There are badass one of a kind custom motorcycles, and then there’s “Frank,” built by the mad geniuses at Classified Moto. Based out of Richmond, Virginia, the guys at Classified specialize in a very unique form of restomod style motorcycles that are a perfect blend of vintage with a modern twist. Frank was commissioned by a company called Rebel Yell Bourbon who was looking for a killer bike to help spread the word on the brand. And as you can quickly see, Frank is definitely what you would call a “head turner,” so I think it’s safe to say the crew at Classified knows a thing or two about building beautiful badass machines.
If you were to look at the description on the Classified Moto website, they refer to it as “beautifully ugly.” Which you can’t really argue with considering it has a funky looking style, not to mention the massive STI Black Diamond DOT radial ATV tire perfectly situated on the custom single sided swingarm. Although, in my opinion, those are the very same reasons that make it so badass.
It all started with a donor 2007 Triumph Speed Triple 1050, although only a few parts remain such as the front wheel, front end, and front brakes. Technically the gas tank as well, but it’s given the works including a full fiberglass treatment that has an excerpt from “Frankenstein,” the original story by Mary Shelley, overlaid into it. There also appears to be a full list of parts used to create the bike too.
Powering this monster is the stout Triumph Triple that should have more than enough oomph to turn that meaty ATV tire and provide ample traction no mater what the terrain. With it being so aggressive, it does make you wonder how well it handles the open road, but according to most reports, it still handles like a dream. While there are many unique parts on this incredible machine, it’s that single sided swing arm that was the biggest challenge for the Classified crew. Apparently, they had a hell of a time finding one that would accommodate such a ginormous rear wheel, so they actually had to custom fab one that would suit their needs. It took a long time, a solid month to be exact, and I’m sure there was a lot of blood sweat and tears that went into it. But the end result was more than worth it if you ask me. I’ve always loved the look of that single sided swing arm on high-end sport bikes, and being an avid offroad enthusiast makes this particular example even more appealing.
Needless to say, this is yet another example of the badass concept of the Restomod. The combined look of the old school and new school is just so damn impressive, at least when it’s done correctly. We recently brought you a prime four wheeled example with Old Smokey F1, a 1,233whp Ford F1 that pushes out over 106psi from a highly tuned Diesel engine. And now Frank can join the list and represent the two wheeled restomod community.
All photos: Classified Moto