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

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 12 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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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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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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FENICE FANTASTICA. Motorworld’s Gilera Marte Post-War Masterpiece

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Andrew in Classic. 16 comments

Italy, 1946. It’s less than 12 months since the Italian Republic’s defeat at the hands of the allied troops. The sight of Mussolini’s battered body hanging from a Milanese Esso gas station is still fresh in the country’s mind. Any rich industrialists in their right mind should have been lying low and avoiding marauding communists…

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YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. Analog Motorcycles Rebuild Their Classic ’72 Triumph Bobber

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 22 comments

It’s a fine line between perfection and obsession. One that is probably crossed once you find yourself customising a bike more than once. After achieving what most of us would find almost impossible to do the first time, Analog’s Tony Prust took a perfectly amazing ‘68 Triumph Bonneville bobber he built 10 years ago…

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GROWING UP FAST. Greg Hageman’s Yamaha XS650 & XSR700 Faster Sons Twins

Posted on December 16, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Scrambler, Tracker. 29 comments

The retro revival is still in full swing with motorcycle trade shows overflowing with homages to bikes from days gone by. But never before has a chip off the old block ever been so accurately described as major manufacturer and master build up team up for the best of XS…

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TRIALS & TRANSFORMATIONS. BAAK Motocyclette’s ‘1960’ Royal Enfield Trials Racer

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro. 16 comments

Old motorcycles, while they may look like heaven in the fancy studio shots you’ll often see, can be right little bastards in the flesh. Their exorbitant cost, oil leaks, starting issues and inexplicable breakdowns are enough to challenge even the most even-tempered of riders…

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