A WORD FROM THE CLASSIFIERS
Classified Moto is headquartered in a fairly secret location near downtown Richmond, Virginia, USA. In late 2013 we moved out of my residential garage into a large state-of-the-art facility — oh wait — it’s actually a former mule barn with no heat or AC. But it’s home and it’s just the way we like it.
We don’t have a retail showroom, storefront, boutique or whatever you might call it, and we’re not open to the public. That said, if you’re passing through Richmond and want a peek at the shop, we’ll try to accommodate. It can’t hurt to ask anyway.
Our little operation is known for a signature style of motorcycles that can only be categorized as “Classified”. They’re not café racers, they’re not choppers. Nor are they bobbers, street trackers or rat bikes. They’re a Frankenstein combo of old and modern components that hopefully add up to something fun and unique.
We are big fans of bringing old, discarded things back to life. Whether it’s custom motorcycles, our (often copycatted) Moto Lamp or some other creative expression, it’s easy to recognize the CM spirit in the things we do.
Classified Moto became my livelihood the day I got laid off from an 11-year advertising job back in 2011. Staring an uncertain future in its scary face, I decided to roll the dice and turn my newfound love for motorcycles into a full-time job.
In the years since, we’ve gone places, done things and met people we’d never have imagined. And we get to come to work and make cool stuff every day.
|2000 Starling Drive #70614 • Richmond, VA 23255|
KZ650 KAWAZUKI It’s always risky business when you sell something to a friend. But this is one of those cases where all parties ended up pleased as punch. When our garage mate Devin Bousquet was ready for a few more CCs, he expressed an interest in one of three non-running 1978 Kawasaki KZ650 SRs that Greg and I scored this summer. A deal was made and soon Mr. Bousquet was a semi-permanent resident in the already crowded garage — welding, wiring, using all my shop towels and grinding wheels… A handful of weeks later, another Classified motorbike had hit the streets. The intent was to keep the front end stock, but it just so happened that we had an immaculate ’04 GSXR 1000 front end in the vault. Devin got the friends and family discount. Once again, everyone was happy. Devin’s amazing personal seamstress (and mom), Pamela Bousquet crafted a real seat cover — a rare and beautiful thing in the Classified garage. As ever, thanks to Greg and Cindy for all their help bringing this silky smooth Kawi to life in the garage, and to Adam Ewing for doing the same in the studio. SPECIFICATIONS DONOR: 1978 Kawasaki KZ650 FRONT END: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R FRONT WHEEL: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R FRONT BRAKES: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R REAR WHEEL: Stock K650 TIRES: Metzeler ME880 (front), Kenda (rear) TANK: Stock KZ650 stripped and clear coated EXHAUST: Mac 4-into-1 GAUGE: Acewell Digital SEAT: Custom upholstered, Devin’s mom REAR SHOCKS: Aluminum piggyback gas shocks