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Josh Kurpius

Posted on September 23, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Other. No Comments

If you wanted someone to photograph a Hollywood celebrity you would call Annie Leibovitz. If you want someone to photograph a motorcycle or a bike builder then you’d call Josh Kurpius. Josh has shot nearly every custom bike builder in America. Check out his gallery to see the who’s who of the custom motorcycle industry. He also has a cool blog that shows some of his more recent photographs of road trips and other events. [Update: Check out this video he just shot for Harley]


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Four Aces Triumph

Posted on September 17, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Four Aces in California specialize in Triumphs and other British bikes. Below is an example of one of the Triumph customs they built recently. This is how Four Aces describe this awesome bike… “Long time friend and customer Luis bought a crusty old pre-unit at a now defunct local swap meet and brought it in for some minor fixing up, but the more we dug into the bike, the more we discovered stuff that needed to be fixed or massaged. The bike had been a funky desert sled with some period chopper parts added later, but it became a neo-hot rod So. Cal styled cruiser. We worship at the alter of the ribbed fender and peanut tank around here and Luis’ bike screamed for this treatment. The muted color design and blacked out front end and wheels were at Luis’ direction. The result of the minimal chrome is a stunning understatement. Rick Grindle’s paint job is the coolest mix of stock 1948 Speed Twin and 1950’s bobber that you will ever see. Wrap the custom made exhaust pipes with hot rod heat wrap and it is something old, and something new. We love our So. Cal Style”. For more from the talented guys at Four Aces check out some of their latest bikes.


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Matsumaru SR500

Posted on September 16, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 2 comments

This beautiful SR500 from the the guys at Matsumaru Speed & Customs in Japan won best domestic bike a few years ago at Moon Eyes Hot Rod show. So simple and understated. We love everything about this bike. Do yourself a favour and check out the Matsumaru Gallery. There’s so many bikes on their site for inspiration or just to drool over. If you like the SR500 check out this short video at the Moon Eyes Show shot by DBBP.


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68 Bonneville Custom

Posted on September 15, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 4 comments

Discovered this Bonneville Custom on an Italian site called Cafe Racer Culture. It’s a pretty sweet site packed full of cafe racer and custom goodies. Because man (especially Italian men) can’t live on bikes alone theres also loads of beautiful pinup girls if the bikes weren’t getting you excited. Hit the jump if you want to see more pics of this orange retro Bonnie. Another Triumph worth checking out is this great Bonneville Cafe Racer.


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Gravel Crew Virago

Posted on September 12, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 6 comments

Originally found this Yamaha XV250 on the marvelous Mulligans Machine. Of course it’s from Gravel Crew in Japan who have such a distinctive style. I still can’t believe it’s a Virago. I see so many of these bikes around the streets but I have never seen one customized (unless you think adding saddle bags and tassels counts). The xv250 is actually a really cheap alternative to the more popular project bikes like the SR400’s. Although I’m not sure they have the same range of custom parts readily available.


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Ajito BSA

Posted on September 10, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 3 comments

Discovered the Motorcycle Factory Ajito (their website needs some work) on a Spanish blog called Retro Custom Racer. Ajito is a custom shop in Japan that have made loads of cool sr400’s bobbers but it was this BSA C-11 named Racy King that really stood out. Everything on this bike looks hand made. The seat, brake light and Japanese dragon tank won’t be to everyone’s taste but you have to give credit where credit is due. Ajito has created something truly unique and we look forward to seeing more bikes from these guys in the future.


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Wrenchmonkee HD

Posted on September 6, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 1 Comment

The Wrenchmonkees have done it again. Creating a truly unique HD XLCH Hardtail. We love the combination of the old Husqvarna CR tank, Pirelli trials knobby tires on a HD sportster with a Monkee hardtail rear frame. Add the WM megatron pipes and custom fender and you have one friggin cool looking bike. Their motorcycles are almost worth moving to Copenhagen for (also Carlsberg beer and lego). For all the specs and more pics visit the WM site.


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Life on the PCH

Posted on August 17, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

These beautiful photos were shot by Kristian Ranker for a story in French magazine Citizen K. The story is titled ‘Life on the PCH’. PCH stands for Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles. The article takes a look at the biker culture who ride their customs along this famous stretch of road. If you want to see more shots in this great series check out Means Ranker (There’s also a pretty cool video on there as well).


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Led Sled Hardtail

Posted on August 8, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments
Something a little bit different. We don’t post a lot of Harley’s on Pipeburn. But we thought this HD hardtail was too good to sit idle on the desktop. It’s named the Mercury Pusher and was made by a shop in Ohio, USA called Led Sleds. They specialize in custom HD sportsters and have some amazing projects on their site. This was our pick of the bunch though. Look out for this bike on the cover of Cyclesource Magazine.

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Erwin SR500

Posted on August 5, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 1 Comment

The much anticipated Chop Cult has launched. The site has a fresh feel and some even fresher bikes. We found this immaculate purple 1979 Erwin SR500. Built by the talented Kim Boyle, we are having trouble taking our eyes off it. We thought the beautiful Blue Moon Kustom tank looked familiar having seen it on their blog recently. For more details on the build and more beautiful pics by Wes Drelleshak check out Chop Cult.


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