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NEW SKIDS ON THE BLOCK. Young Guns’ Royal Enfield 650 GT Racer

Posted on August 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

If you haven’t heard of the new Royal Enfield 650 GT – welcome. I hope life has been comfortable for you under your rock. Feast your bleary eyes on the new platform that’s going to become a staple of the custom scene over the next twenty years…

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’WING AND A PRAYER. Rodsmith Motorcycles’ ’76 Honda Goldwing Cafe Racer

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Craig Rodsmith is one of my favourite characters in the bike building world. An Australian working in the US, his motorcycles are bombastic creations that feature incredible aluminium work. Miles of polished metal and astonishing levels of fit and finish are his calling card…

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SPORTS STAR. Dan Moto’s Harley Sportster Racer

Posted on August 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Dan Moto have been building exhausts that please owners and piss off neighbours for the last ten years. And as their catalogue of bike parts expands quicker than a Harley owner’s waistline they’ve decided to showcase exactly what their team of fifty staff can do…

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HIGHER PURPOSE. Ironwood Motorcycles’ Yamaha XSR900 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 25, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

n the midst of the anguish and heartache of tragedy can come some of life’s most important lessons. For Dutchman Arjan van den Boom it was the untimely passing of his beloved Father, that came with it the realisation that living his dream to its full potential couldn’t wait another day…

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AMERICAN WOMAN. Sylvain Carignan’s ‘Simone’ Buell XB12R

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The story of Erik Buell has been a roller-coaster ride of enormous highs and lows. Buell is a bonafide genius, his desire to build the true American Sportsbike has led to some incredible innovations. But financial woes, Harley Davidson’s timidity and strong competition has made it a struggle…

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ALTERED CARBON. Purpose Built Moto’s Immaculate Honda CX500

Posted on July 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Australia’s Purpose Built Moto have created a Signature Series to delineate their uncompromising world-class builds from their other services, often built to suit a budget or a client’s specific needs. Enter Signature Series build No. 1, head honcho Tom Gilroy’s vision of the ultimate Honda…

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HIP TO BE SQUARE. Johan Balsvik’s Sharp Ducati Pantah

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Other. No Comments

From the get go, it was clear to us that Johan Balsvik wasn’t your average custom bike builder. From his ‘Here’s my Ducati Pantah thing’ introductory email to describing his job as ‘Swedish railway development,’ we kind of suspected that the guy was a little out there. But little did we know…

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MECCANICA FAMIGILA. Alonze Custom’s ‘350 Special’ ’67 Ducati Racer

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

“We started off just doing general welding repairs and custom fabrication jobs,” says Jim from the UK’s Alonze Custom. “There is only me and my Dad here so we’re not a big company or anything.” And as if to prove the point, this beautiful custom ‘67 Ducati’s photos were snapped by his Dad, too…

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THE COMPLETE PACKAGE. Ellaspede’s Immaculate Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 4, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Whether it’s a new bike, car, house, watch or laptop – the temptation is always the same. You want the biggest and the best. For Brisbane’s Ellaspede and customer Kevin, the negotiations started in the time-honoured tradition. What could he get for his hard-earned bucks? This is what…

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TRANSATLANTIC FRIGHT. Ortolani Customs’ Brutal Avinton Cafe Racer

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

The idea of a European/American hybrid is not a new one in the automotive world, with vehicles like the Shelby Cobra using parts from each side of the Atlantic. A lightweight, well-balanced chassis with some Yank V-Power muscle to get things moving always seemed like the perfect combination. Enter the Avinton…

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