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1966 Ducati 250 Benefit Bike
This bike is built around two passions, the art of the build and the heart for service. Since 2005, Mike has been working with at risk youth in Thailand and Idaho. Through knowing mutual children in Thailand, Mike met a few of the Re:acts' members. Re:acts Ministries, a nonprofit also sharing the same vision of God's compassionate care and love, works to create opportunity and support for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for these children. Out of this shared vision was born the idea for Mike to contribute in a unique way with a custom sweepstakes bike build to raise funds for Re:acts.

Once the idea started to formulate, the first step was to find a bike that would lend itself most readily to being built economically, while still remaining true to what Union strives to do. This meant thinking outside the proverbial box. Shaping new body work from scratch was not an option due to time and budget constraints. The Chosen One would need to use Union body work ready to pull from existing tooling. Hello Gorgeous! A 1966 Ducati basket case scrambler, a customer trade for fab work, was the lucky girl. She came with two knockout punches: first, a clean title; second, a usable scrambler motor. Mike and Luke are partial to 5 speed scramblers for custom projects--one gets Dianna type performance for a fraction of the cost, plus the "turning a rare bike into a custom" guilt is a thing of the past.

Looking back at the gold Monza Mike had shaped body work for, it seemed the natural progression for GFTP to make another set. Luke, a dab hand if he does say so himself, completely rebuilt the motor. All parts are vapor honed and carefully reassembled, with Luke installing an electronic ignition and building a new wiring harness. Mike took care of fabbing all the brackets and making the frame mods. All black parts are finished in powder coat, and new rims, tires, and brake shoes have been installed. The exhaust and center stand are Union made.

The most interesting fabrication for this build was the pattern making and casting process for the rear sets. Having built the pattern for his 450 Desmo projects, it seemed fitting for Mike to put a second set on this bike.

Hats off to local help Interior Revolutions for the seat and Jon Hart for the paint. Special thanks to local youth who donated time to help keep this project moving forward.
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1993 BMW R100
There is much fascination with Bol D’or endurance bikes in the brains of a lot vintage bike enthusiasts. Luke and Mike are included in this lot.

Same old Union formula (sort of). This go around Union focused on what BMW might have done with an endurance racing R100. One of the guys rode with a friend in the early 90s who had an early R100 autobahn police special with a Hienrich tank. The look of that bike played a role in this design. Goal was also to make it ultimately work very well on the street. Contemporary BMWs embrace an asymmetrical world. This asymmetry influenced subtle features throughout the bike. Much work went into making the Showa inverted fork work with the frame and most importantly to Union – the stock front wheel. They thought it was very important that the Akront be retained for quality and spoke pattern match to the rear wheel.

A handformed aluminum tank is the center of the bikes profile. Union always wondered how much the German engineers looked at the main hoops of a featherbed frame. The shape of the tank was in their mind for a Norton frame for a long time. Tank form is dictated by the swooping frame hoops. Knowing that the tank idea would never work with a featherbed - the guys thought the idea was correct for this BMW. A hammer buck was made and all the aluminum panels were shaped and welded in house. Fairing design has some obvious Laverda inspiration. Glass from the Past made the mold and now the fairing is available on their website, in racing form.
Ducati 250 Narrow Case
Ducati 250 Narrow Case
Customer asked for a custom 250 narrow case Ducati. He showed us a picture of a Diana and said that he wanted it to look a bit like it. No sense in arguing with that design idea. We changed the proportions to make the motor look bigger in relation to the tank, fenders, and seat. Motor was completely rebuilt. We fabbed up a custom muffler, rearsets, and a bunch of brackets. Frame was modified to fit a custom seat. A non stock paint scheme was devised to accommodate a request for a red frame.
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1965 Ducati 250 Monza
1965 Ducati 250 Monza
Our customer purchased a mid 60's 250 Ducati Scrambler in Arizona. When the bike arrived it came with some unexpected parts. The parts included a matching numbers 1965 5 speed Monza motor and frame in bits. The owner brought it to us and asked if we could do anything with it. His only stipulation - It cannot be red.

A rebuilt motor, newly shaped tank and seat (now available at GFTP), and a bunch of fabrication resulted in this. Fabrication included- rear sets, brackets, exhaust, center stand, parts for the mix and match forks, tank bits, and other "you name its". Customer picked it up in his super cool 1969 VW drop side truck. His only excuse for not riding it home - 20 degrees in Idaho that day.

We like the finished product - Hey, it is not red - right?
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1956 600cc Model M100 Panther
1956 600cc Model M100 Panther
Brought to us by the customer in original and ready to restore state. Complete engine rebuild and renovation. Thanks to all of our UK suppliers helping source all the odd bits for this classic sloper.
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Union Gary Nixon Tribute
Union Nixon Triumph Tribute
This is what happens when you walk into Union and ask for your basket case oil in the frame Triumph to be built into a bobber...The idea of a Nixon project had been hanging around the shop ever since Bret at GFTP got his hands on an original Triumph factory race tank and made a mold of the top. Union designed and built the plug to make the tank fit the later model triumph twins. Project sat in que as an idea until just the right customer showed up. Who knew that the "right" customer would be a bobber "wanter". After a thumbs up from the customer - Union started work on all the frame mods and one off parts construction. Stock GFTP body work was massaged to fit the project. The bike features custom triple clamps, exhaust, brackets, rear sets, upholstery, wiring, and paint. Union likes it and they hope "number nine" would like it also.
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1967 BSA Lightning
A talented engine builder went through the motor of this one time basket case, but then lost interest as the flashier Spitfires, Rocket Goldstars, and Proddy Commandos kept his attentions focused elsewhere. An old comrade, he sweet talked us into taking on this project.

Like the builder before him, Mike started on the Bezza, but lost interest as a Bonny and Triton project turned his head and drew his affections away from this diamond in the rough. In spite of its brand new motor, it seemed that this little sleeper with a heart of gold would be relegated to watching life from its box on the sidelines of shops, until its fairy godcycle stepped in. Having captured the eye of one Caferacer TV, Union Motorcycle was asked to build a bike for one of their features.

Suddenly, everything old was new again. Pulling the Bezza to the front of the line, Union shaped a new first of their kind seat, tank, fairing, and side covers. GFTP put their name on the dance card with new molds and parts. The frame was heavily modified in concert with the with new body work. Rear sets, brackets, mounts, and miscellaneous hardware were fabbed up. No stock BSA bracket went untouched. We are especially keen on how the triple clamps, steering dampener mechanism, and fork caps all play together nicely. Countless hours on the lathe, mill, and welder resulted in every part looking period correct.
1973 Norton Commando
Once upon a time, there was a Commando who thought it would enjoy life as a Roadster. It would take the safe road, the expected road, mind its ps and qs. But then life happened. Nearly 40 years old, this not so distinguished gentleman is just getting started. Ever the neoclassicist, its custom bodywork was proportionately streamlined to reinvent a lighter appearance, while still giving a respectful nod to the past. A modified rear frame makes it all work, while custom brackets hold everything together. Glass From The Past (GFTP) is our hands down choice for all our bodywork. Like what you see? Go to the source: caferacingparts.com.
Porter Aermacchi
In and out through the space of 20 years and as many hands, this bike has orbited our collective, waiting for the right moment to make its grand entrance. Enter one Al Porter, local UMC customer, noted restorer, doting dad. He had an old BSA Victor that he wanted to turn into a street racer for daughter Kristin, soon to be collegiate graduate.

After pitching our case: 1) We have the bike! 2) I have the perfect seat in mind! 3) I need an excuse to shape it and hand it to GFTP for mold making! Al kindly let us talk him into building this Aermacchi, every father's dream!

Bret at GFTP had already built the fairing and tank over the course of its many owners, so the bike already had good bones. Still, much more was needed. We worked side by side with Al to position all the bodywork and build all the brackets. Luke engineered and fabbed up the rear sets. He also made the custom center stand and chain tensioner. Show off! Mike shaped the seat and built the aluminum exhaust shroud for the underside of the fairing. Oh yeah, did we mention that Al rebuilt the motor? Between her busy graduate schedule, Kristin also found time to get her hands dirty.

Once we got it into a solid mock up - Al took it home - and presto! change-o! returned with paint and polish all wrapped up. His attention to detail is great. We feel this Aermacchiavellian approach to a Harley Davidson Sprint project is one of the best times we've had. We think Kristin likes it, too.
1993 Ducati 900ss High Pipe
Check out this Cinderella story: Boy meets bike, Boy likes bike, Boy crashes bike. Keep reading. It gets better. From the ashes of its damaged frame, all parts were removed. A one of a kind fiberglass tail section was crafted to work with a sectioned stock frame that was rebuilt from the rear motor mounts back. The proportions of this bike puts one in mind of the Scuderia Spaggiari Ducati and Tony Rutter's TT2. Once again, a GFTP piece was created just for this rising phoenix from the ashes: a modified 900SS front fairing to accept the headlights and turn signals. The tank is a collaboration of a 900SS tank and a late 80s 750 Sport. Custom brackets and period race parts complete the package.
1974 Yamaha RD60
Inspired by the 50cc Grand Prix bikes of the 60s and 70s, only good sense and cultural decorum prevent you from clapping your hands with glee and exclaiming, "That is one damn cute motorcycle!" From its humble beginnings as a basket case, this little gem was built from the ground up. A GFTP fairing was modified to complement the stock RD60 seat and tank. After a stripping and detabbing, the frame lives to fight another day. Oh, and did we mention the YSR 50cc motor? You have been served.
1993 Ducati 900ss Low Pipe
The call came from our Northern neighbors: can you build a bike for a nice chappy from Canada? Always international ambassadors of goodwill, we responded with, "Natch!"

We sourced an imperfect but sound '93 900SS and broke it down. Using the molds from the first 900SS, we reconstructed the frame and manufactured bodywork. This helped us justify the hours we took shaping the original parts. The customer wanted an encore of the paint we used on the high pipe bike, but we convinced him to go with a variation on the original theme. Builder knows best! Many of the stock Ducati parts were retained this go around.
1947 Ariel Red Hunter 350
007 likes his shaken, not stirred, and we like this Ariel renovated, but not restored. Raced in Northern Idaho hill climb events in the 50s by the original owner and his brother, it was then taken to a shop for restoration. Saving itself for something better, it was taken to another shop, then handed over to Luke. Waving a red flag in front of a Ransom, Mike bet Luke the bike would remain unfinished and never run again. Determined to get the bike up and running again, Luke hand fabbed many of the parts, including the push rods. A BSA part here, a Triumph part there, and now you have it. You only live twice.

Oh James!
1967 Triumph Tiger 100
The owner brought this project in as a complete renovation. He specified the paint and other details, but left the rest up to Luke. Up against man skills, tools, and pixie dust, this Tiger didn't stand a chance.
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Found objects: A Hoarder's Fairytale

Mike bought a set of tired old 35mm clips from a race bike that ran in the Eastern US and England. Too tired to restore, and too neat to throw away, they were hung on a wall, that happy resting place of two too many objects. While rummaging through his stash of Ducati singles parts in prep for another restoration project - Mike realized that he had enough old parts to build a "barn find Ducati." The challenge was to rebuild the bike using only parts found on the premises. The goal was achieved on everything but the seat cover, chain, and a few cables.

A Wards Riverside tank was scrounged up, and new old stock tires were found in the corner of the barn. Clip ons were pulled from the wall and sleeved down to fit the Ducati's little fork tubes. An old set of Norton fork tubes donated their steel to make the sleeves (we love cross breeding!). An old GFTP seat (also a wall hanger) was cut in half and widened by Mike to fit the new subframe built for the project. An old set of GFTP Ducati replica number plates were skirted for the sides, and a factory Ducati front number plate was installed. Luke did a little carb work and a lot of stator and wiring harness work. Mike repaired the shift mechanism, and the little Diavel fired up on the third kick.

Not quite yet familiar with big city manners, this little hayseed can't remember to use its inside voice, and likes to let you know it's coming from about a mile away.
1950 Harley Davidson Hummer 125
After earning its keep as a hard working southern Idaho farm bike, this tough little scrapper still starts on first kick, thumbing its handlebars at retirement.  Its rubber actuated springer front end ain't too shabby either.
1966 Honda CB450 Black Bomber
The CB450 was the Japanese tentatively sniffing the collective air, testing the water for larger displacement categories. Brushing off heavy initial criticism for their styling, their mettle and their metal have endured the test of time, emerging as one of the most sought after early Japanese classics. Like Athena springing full grown from Zeus' head, this classic brought its A game straight out of the gate. Making no apologies, thumbing its nose at restoration, it's in it for the long haul.
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