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BOTH BARRELS. Max Hazan’s Enfield-Powered ‘Musket II’ Bobber

Posted on March 2, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

In a world full of creative minds, he is a true renaissance man who doesn’t produce works of art to impress but simply because he is driven to. The ideas inspired by the world around him are manifest in metal with a dedication to perfection, a standard he demands of himself. He is Max Hazan…

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EASY BEING GREEN. Kott’s Beautiful ‘75 Honda CB550 Cafe

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

California’s Kott Motorcycles mostly do one thing – build exceptional cafe racers based around late 1970’s Hondas. They’ve wrenched on a few side projects, a few Triumph’s and BMW’s, but the best work Dustin and his team produce is a steady flow of wonderfully perfect Hondas. Like this one…

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ROARING FORTIES. Motorworld’s Mint 1928 BMW R47

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Ever noticed how the impossible seems simple once you’ve already done it? BMW’s creation of their very first bike, the R32, seems like a ludicrous feat even 100 years later. Hell, they are still using the same basic layout today. But for designer Max Friz and the rest of the company’s engineers, that hard work had just started…

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THE MAGIC NUMBER. Analog’s ‘Dritte’ Restomod BMW R75

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Andrew in Classic. 9 comments

Twenty-twenty hindsight is a truly wonderful thing. It turns drunkards into teetotallers, sleaze bags into prudes and fools into geniuses. But for those of us of a more creative bent, revisiting a previous piece of work without the deadlines and lack of sleep can be a godsend. This second bite of the cherry is rare…

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YES WE CAN. Chi-Jer’s Can-Am TnT 250 Racer

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Racer. 27 comments

The custom bike scene, like pretty much everything else in life, has trends. Right now it seems to be BMW boxers. A while ago, every second bike we received was a CB Honda with Firestones. And back when we first started, SR Yamahas were all the rage. Now these trends come and go, but there’s one thing that we’re pretty damn sure of….

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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER FLY. A ‘Great Escape’ Honda CM400 Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Tracker. 15 comments

The Iron Curtain. The Cold War. The USA v the USSR. The 60s and 70s were tough years for Eastern Europe. With hardline communism ruling the roost and the Nazi occupation still fresh in most people’s minds, it’s little wonder that a movie like Steve McQueen’s The Great Escape with its Polish locations and flying moto finale, might have struck a chord with the locals…

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BACKWARDS TO VICTORY. Titan’s Reverse Head Honda CB350 Racer

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 46 comments

When Austria’s Titan Motorcycles first set up a workshop, they stuffed their storage area with a collection of rusted-out motos they’d collected from the 70’s and 80’s. And in the years since they’ve been wandering through, vulture-like, picking interesting bits off for use in their custom builds…

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‘TACO CON QUESO. A Bultaco Racer from Speed Of Cheese Racing

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 21 comments

I have a strange affinity for old Spanish two strokes. As a kid, my dad raced trials on a Bultaco Sherpa T. There was something mystical and interestingly odd about them, with shifters and kick start levers all on the wrong sides. I ended up with my dad’s Sherpa at some point in my youth…

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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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