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OLD SALT. Bonham’s Classic ’51 Triumph Thunderbird Bonneville Racer

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 7 comments

When is a Triumph Bonneville not actually a Bonneville? When it’s a Thunderbird T6 that raced and wowed the Bonneville salt flats in the sport’s golden era, that’s when. A full 6 years before the model name was dreamt up, a 13-year-old Californian named Bobby Sirkegian…

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SHOOTING AT MONSTERS. Meet The Bullitt’s Ducati 821 Canyon Carver

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 10 comments

“Can we buy one of your bikes?” If we had a dollar for every time we’ve been asked that, we’d be richer than Donald Trump’s hairdresser. Of course, it highlights the fact that many casual Pipeburn readers assume all the bikes we feature are built by us. As if we aren’t busy enough already…

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TITLE FIGHTER. A BMW R80 Neo-Racer from Nozem Amsterdam

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 53 comments

If the original design team at BMW knew that their sandals-with-socks tourers would get turned into bikes like this they would haves choked on their strudel. Despite their uninspiring origins, over the last ten years we’ve seen old Boxers shift to the forefront of the custom scene…

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Rough Crafts’ ‘Noir King’ Harley Road King

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Other. 18 comments

It’s a style of motorcycle so popular that manufacturers have been offering them for years, whole magazines are dedicated to showing them off and workshops around the globe exclusively specialise in their customisation. And yet in nine years of Pipeburn we’ve never featured a single one…

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STAR LORD. Galaxy Custom’s ‘Duke’ Yamaha XS650

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 29 comments

There’s something very cool about hearing from a shop that you’d almost forgotten about. Better yet, when they come knocking with a custom bike that takes your breath away, you know something big is afoot. So, like an artist emerging from their studio with their once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece…

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STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Ara Mekhtarian’s Retro ’71 Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 22 comments

One of the most awesome aspects of customising bikes is the ability it gives you to make your imaginary moto thoughts a reality. What if BMW had made a bobber in the 1970s? What if Harley had embraced racers instead of cruisers? Or, in Ara Mekhtarian’s case, what if Japan had made a futuristic Honda cafe racer in the early 60s?

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SMACK TORQUE. Kingston Custom’s No-Nonsense BMW R75 Bobber

Posted on January 6, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 37 comments

Plenty of people talk a big game and smack talk has filtered down from the highest levels of sport to the worst kind of keyboard warriors. Sometimes it can be funny, other times it’s down right wrong but there is something particularly satisfying about seeing the guy with the big mouth get taken down…

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REDHEAD SLED. Ready Moto’s ‘Ginger’ ‘78 Honda CB550

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. 24 comments

If there’s one thing about this whole moto blogging malarkey that really warms the hemispherical cockles of our big old hearts, it’s seeing new builders go from strength to strength. When it happens, it never fails to put a smile on our faces…

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FIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. Origin8or’s Brilliant Honda Rebel Bobber

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber. 14 comments

It’d be easy to discount Honda’s new custom-friendly Rebel platform as too little too late from one of Japan’s most conservative manufacturers. Hell, we can almost hear Soichiro San turning in his grave at the thought of anyone but his own beloved Hamamatsu team wrenching on a bike with the company’s full consent…

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The PIPEBURN 2017 Bike Of The Year Award

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Andrew in Other. 40 comments

“Can we top last year‘s bikes?” We freak ourselves out with the same damn thought every year. And then we begin the judging, only to realise that we’re more spoilt for choice than ever. Welcome to our 8th annual Pipeburn Bike Of The Year Award…

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