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Motorcycle Builds

BMW R100

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$14.500

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BMW R100- HS

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$18.000

High Specs build ready to be customized to your liking - about 70% Complete. Inquire for the build sheet.

HONDA CX500

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BMW R65-LS

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$12.500

HONDA CX500

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$14.500

Yamaha XS650

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$10.500

BMW RnineT

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$28.000

Suzuki TL1000R

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$12.800

KZ650 TURBOCHARGED

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$13.700

XV 1100

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$9.500

Honda CX500

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$9.500

Honda CB750

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$8.500

KLR-650

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$10.850

CB750 SOHC

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$17.500

CR750

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$13.500

XV 750

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$8.700

CB750

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$8.500

CB750

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$8.500

CB750 DOHC

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$8.500

BMW R100

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$18.000

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Custom Built - Land Rover Defender

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Custom Built

Land Rover Defender with all new powertrain, custom interiors and exterior design package.

Powertrain

Crate LS3 6.2L

6sp AUTO transmission

 

about.

I'm passionate about motorcycles and cars, from the old glories to the latest high tech rides.

The work i do reflects my polyhedric personality.

 Elements of form, function and style integrated into 

a speed machine

 

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Press

1982 HONDA CB750K "DO THE TON" CAFE RACER 

Featured on Cafè Racer TV

Cafè Racer TV (Velocity Channel) - March 11th 2015

#88 Dual Racer Yamaha XV by Magnum Opus The original intent behind the cafe racer movement was to add speed by shedding weight. When the build team at Magnum Opus completed their surgery on this Virago, some fifty to sixty pounds of OEM excess had been lopped off.

Hand built parts like the rear subframe, the new headlight and those exquisite down-shooting pipes help with the lightness as well as the looks. Other subtle touches involved swapping the tank for a CB750 unit, and fitting a tucked-and-rolled Motolanna seat to the modified frame—creating a stance and aesthetic that can’t be ignored. The dual sport rubber is a nice touch, too.

Bike Exif - September 2015

1982 Yamaha XV750 #88 Dual Racer

The Bike Shed Custom Classifieds is suddenly filling up daily with stunning pre-loved/pre-fettled builds, like this XV from Magnum Opus

The Bike Shed - October 4th 2015

1978 Kawasaki KZ830 Turbocharged

Featured on Cafè Racer TV

Cafè Racer TV (Velocity Channel) - April 15th 2016

Big bore kit AND a turbo, this Kawasaki KZ by Magnum Opus Custom Bikes packs a serious punch

Check out the huge spec over on the Custom Classifieds

The Bike Shed - April 2016

This Kawasaki KZ650 by Magnum Opus Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Magnum Opus Custom Bikes is helmed by Ezio Covelli a man with a growing resumé of impressive builds. His latest custom work is this turbocharged Kawasaki KZ650, which made its debut at the Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas last week. Its period-correct alterations have me all kinds of impressed.

Starting with a standard 1978 son-of-Z1, Ezio wanted build a bike that would slot somewhere between the Z1 and the bonkers Z1r-TC Turbo in performance terms. So the factory mill was overbored to fit a 70s-vintage MTC 803cc kit. Then a period-correct American Turbo Pak kit, the same brand used on the Z1r-TC, was fitted on top. Currently the bike is running at around five to six pounds of boost during the break-in period, but Ezio figures she’ll handle ten pounds of spool once all is said and done. That’ll deliver about around 110 horsepower in a bike with the handling characteristics of a sprightly 500.

Bike Exif - April 2016

We discovered this blown KZ650 by Magnum Opus Custom Bikes at this year’s Handbuilt Show, only to realize that this custom shop, run by Ezio Covelli, is located in the same town as our headquarters:  Wilmington, NC! Now Magnum Opus is back with this oh-so-wicked, bloodred CB750 “Brat Cafe.” We love a cafe racer capable of two-up riding, which was part of the concept of this machine, and we also loved the contrast of the worn, un-repainted engine with the rest of the build.

BikeBound - June 2016

We are huge fans of the KLR. The bike has been ridden all across the world, and the big single is nearly bulletproof. Hayes Diversified Technologies modifies KLR650s to run diesel fuel for the US military, and riders like Dr. Gregory Frazier have circumnavigated the globe on KLRs. It’s one of those go-anywhere, do-anything bikes that’s achieved near legendary status. It’s always fun to see what a builder can do with a dual-sport platform, and Magnum Opus blew this one out of the water.

BikeBound - September 2016

Though the TL-R was intended to be “the best potential Superbike winner,” it ended up overweight and overcomplicated. It weighed 434 lb dry — 40+ pounds more than the R1 of the time — and made less power. Besides that, high-speed instability in early models gave the bike a “widow-maker” reputation, and much of the bike was over-complicated, hiding the motor’s true potential.

Enter one of our favorite builders, Ezio Covelli of Magnum Opus Custom Bikes, who set out to rectify these issues. Ezio is one of those builders who leaves no stone unturned, and he approaches each build with a holistic mindset. Unlike many bikes, which are more like design exercises, he never neglects brake, suspension, and maintenance-related upgrades. The result here is “Alphamille,” a TL1000 cafe racer boasting a 23% improvement in power-to-weight ratio, along with a staggering wealth of other upgrades. Below, we get the full story from Ezio on the build.

BikeBound - January 2017

If ever there was a reason to build a special, it's for a 50 percent power hike. North Carolina USA based Magnum Opus custom bikes have achieved exactly that with this tasteful yet unhinged breathed-on KZ650.

The Crankcase mouths have been machined to accept an 830cc MTC big-bore, which in turn breathes through an ATP (american turbo pak) intake manifold and a Rayjay F40 Turbo and pipe.

With 10psi boost it makes 100bhp, even on half that boost it produces 90bhp at the wheel - a stock Z650 makes a claimed 64bhp. On stock brakes it must be terrifying.

Practical Sportbikes Magazine - March 2018

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Available custom projects

in the workshop.

- 1982 BMW R100-HS Under construction ready to be purchased and customized to your specs.

 

We can source, acquire and customize any motorcycle, contact us for a personalized quote!

Bench #1

Bench #2

Bench #3

BMW R100-HS

HONDA CX500

BMW R100

*Because of the increasing cost of donor bikes and parts associated with my builds i'm no longer offering builds under $9500.

Bench #4

HONDA CB750