Custom John Varvatos Edition Motorcycle built by The Black Motorcycles with support from Dime City Cycles to create a one-of-a-kind CB750 Cafe Racer to be auctioned for charity.
Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, the Dime City credo. Nothing but the best is good enough. A statement that rings true to fashion designer John Varvatos and The Black Motorcycles of NYC. It only made sense when the duo, who was working together to create a hand-built CB750 Cafe Racer to auction off to benefit the rock n’ roll focused charity, Road Recovery, contacted us to see if we wanted to be involved as their premier parts supplier for all non-handmade pieces on the motorcycle.
The project was right up our alley. Taking a lonely old 80’s CB750 and turning it into a custom one-off speed machine while leveraging the design prowess of not only The Black Motorcycles, but John Varvatos himself. From accouterments such-as leather wrapped grips crafted by Christina Z Antonio Leather Artisans and gear-shift accents made from the finest materials available to hand-made alloy bodywork, the project was spoke to us as one of quality and vision. Throw in the philanthropic bend and we were sold!
The bike is finished and the public auction via Charitybuzz begins very soon, June 19th (see details below) and we’re headed to NYC on June 26th for the unveiling of this gorgeous hand-built piece of machinery. Get involved, help spread the word about Road Recovery and all the good they do for at-risk teens through music and if you feel lucky, place a bid!
Follow The Black Motorcycles on Instagram / Follow John Varvatos on Instagram checkout #JVCafeRacer – and keep an eye on our social feed over the coming weeks for photos from the build process as well as teasers of the completed machine!
About The Bike
The Custom John Varvatos Edition Cafe Racer built by The Black Motorcycles with support from Dime City Cycles will be revealed to the public at an unveiling event in New York City on June 26, 2014. John Varvatos has teamed up with The Black Motorcycles to create a custom fabricated 1980 CB750c Cafe Racer motorcycle. Working hand-in-hand, The Black Motorcycles and John Varvatos set out to design a motorcycle combining the signature artistry and rock n’ roll style of John Varvatos with the expertise and craftsmanship of The Black Motorcycles. In addition, The Black Motorcycles worked closely with Dime City Cycles to source many of the parts used on the JV Custom build.
This unique collaboration, merging masters of their trade has created a truly one-of-a-kind piece of machinery. The JV Series 1000 model was specially crafted to help raise funds for the non-profit organization Road Recovery to reach 1000 at-risk teens through its outreach programs. The motorcycle features chromed steel components, rich artisanal leathers and handcrafted details, balancing function and authentic beauty. Designed to be street ready, this custom motorcycle can be displayed at a residence, in a showroom or road-raced.
About The Black Motorcycles
www.theblackmotorcycles.com | Facebook | Instagram | #TheBlackMotorcycles
The Black Motorcycles is the brain child of the international duo consisting of Russell Lowe from Sydney, Australia and Todd Ketterman (a Road Recovery board member) from Brooklyn, New York. Their spirit and drive for building motorcycles brought them together. TBM set out to change the game in custom motorcycle design and build by staying true to the vision set forth by Russell and Todd; to design and build one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles that are a bona fide piece of art while staying true to the performance expected from a motorcycle. Down to the smallest detail, you will see the outstanding design and unique craftsmanship that goes into each and every Black Motorcycle build.
About Road Recovery
www.roadrecovery.org | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram
The New York-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization Road Recovery was founded in 1998 through the support of Sony Entertainment and Dreamworks Records, substance abuse and mental health specialists, and entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and wish to share their life experiences with at-risk teens through the dynamic process of creating, planning and executing their own live concert events and recording projects. Road Recovery has received generous time and support from a wide-range of people including Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, KISS, James Hetfield, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett, Phil Ramone, Perry Farrell, Denis Leary & others.
About John Varvatos
www.johnvarvatos.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | #JVCafeRacer
Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, John Varvatos now represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men’s fragrances, and John Varvatos U.S.A. Collection and Boys’ line, as well as Converse by John Varvatos. The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007 and The CNN Style Award’s “Menswear Designer of the Year” in 2013. In October 2013, John released his first book entitled John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion, which documents the elements of rock style that are intrinsic in the music community. Further rooting the brand in music, John Varvatos entered into a strategic partnership with Republic Records to formally launch John Varvatos Records in February 2014. The collection is distributed in freestanding John Varvatos boutiques and better department stores throughout the world.
www.charitybuzz.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Charitybuzz is the place to find extraordinary experiences and luxuries to benefit remarkable charities making an impact. CharityBuzz’s online auctions bring together hundreds of the world’s most acclaimed celebrities, inspiring luminaries and beloved brands to give you unforgettable access to your passions. Plus, bidders can feel good knowing that every winning bid supports an incredible cause. From walk-on roles with Hollywood A-listers to power lunches with Fortune 500 CEOs, when someone joins Charitybuzz every dream is a new way to make a difference.
About Christina Z Antonio Leather Artisans
www.christinazantonio.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Christina Z Antonio Design, specializes in leather architectural applications for residential and commercial interiors. We have been designing and collaborating with designers to create custom, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, using unique and exotic materials combined with old world craftsmanship. We are very passionate about creating pieces that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow. With a strong interest in the modern and Art Deco period we have embraced the artistic influence of Paul Dupre-Lafon, Jean Michel Frank and Jacques Adnet. Our staff is composed of leather master craftsman who merge a sharp sense of classic art with contemporary insight and technique, to achieve excellence in the finished product. We have a unique way of approaching leather work, paying respect to the principles of quality, superlative attention to detail, form and function.