Builder Profile: Johnny Scheff

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If you’re a sports fan, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “it’s better to be lucky than good”. But what if you’re both? Five minutes into any conversation with Johnny Scheff, the man behind Motoworks Chicago -- your Iron Moto Challenge winner, Calle Maton -- and it becomes pretty clear: He’s damn good at what he does, but he’s convinced it has a lot to do with luck. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world. Seriously, I must have horseshoes up my ass!” Johnny’s shop -- don’t dare call it a dealership --, Motoworks Chicago, has just celebrated its first decade in business. What started out as an actual bike ...

Northern Ohio Triumph’s “Elysium”

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Working with Triumph’s Ton-running factory Cafe Racer, the Thruxton, twenty-seven year-old Carl Peshof and the team from Northern Ohio Triumph and Ducati, decided to showcase its inherent old school appeal. Of course, that doesn’t mean they left anything alone. Performance was paramount with their build as they overbored the the Hinkley twin to punch it up to 1000cc’s. High compression pistons, a hotter cam set, bigger intake manifolds and larger injectors were all added to the mix to make Elysium a powerful enough to contend in the Thruxton Cup.   We’re pretty sure you wouldn’t wanna risk swapping paint ...

Team Triumph’s “Gypsy”

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When Todd Ligman and his build team from Team Triumph were tapped to create a unique custom for the Iron Moto Challenge, they turned to the history and culture of the motorcycles, and their riders, for inspiration. Their build, the Gypsy, is svelte, clean and simple in its approach, but every inch a traveller. Beginning with a bone-stock Triumph Bonneville T-100, the Team Triumph crew went to work with their own custom black wheel hubs, voltage regulator and throttle bodies. The trained eye will also notice that every single bolt was replaced during the build and the custom side covers, again a Team Triumph creation, devoid of ...