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BIG BANG THEORY. Lucky Cat’s ‘Bombinette’ BMW Sprint Racer

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 18 comments

The European ‘Sultans of Sprint’ race series is open to anyone with an air-cooled European twin and a penchant for insanity. Rather than just awarding points for running the quickest time down the short-range drag strip, extra marks are given for bike presentation, hair-raising moments on the track and how much the support crew drinks the night before the race meet. Having another crack at the title is France’s Lucky Cat Garage with their incredible Boxer-powered custom dubbed ‘The Bombinette’.

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AS THE CROW FLIES. Officine Rossopuro’s ‘Corax’ Moto Guzzi 850 T3

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Classic. 17 comments

In almost every major religion and from ancient mythologies around the globe the Crow, or similar appearing Raven, makes an appearance. The legends are as much as 60,000 years old and although the authors never met, somehow the theme of death is common to them all. But when seeing a murder of the black birds flying past Abruzo’s Filippo Barbacane had an idea to build a bike that would push past the basic stereotype.

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LACQUERED FINNISH. Sami Karvonen’s ‘Woodie’ ’77 Honda CB500 Cafe Racer

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 43 comments

The Scandinavians and beautiful woodworking. They go together like cafes and racers or Trump and super hold hairspray. Any Scandinavian, Norwegian, Danish or Finnish house worth its salt should have some amazing examples. And in the Finnish house of school teacher and bike builder Sami Karvonen, the example is this superb four-pot Honda CB500. Got wood? You have now…

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ALMOST FLAT FOUR. Motorworld’s Pristine 1936 Puch P800

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Andrew in Classic. 22 comments

We love featuring bikes from Russia’s Motorworld because each and every one is like a script for the next Indiana Jones movie, just without the aliens and the flying refrigerators. Naturally, this amazing example of pre-war mechanical mastery is no different. One of only a handful of remaining examples, this machine has survived innumerable bullets, bombs and fascist bad guys to emerge looking like it was made only yesterday. Meet the Puch P800.

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BLOODY MARVELLOUS. H Garage’s ‘Vampire Squadron’ Honda Goldwing Cafe Racer

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 25 comments

Despite what your over-active imagination may be telling you, the Vampire Squadron was actually an American Airforce group based in Guadalcanal during WWII. Their plane of choice was the unique Lockheed P-38 Lightning. A ‘twin boom and a central nacelle’ design, the aircraft stood out amongst its contemporaries like the dog’s proverbials. Cue Honda’s similarly unique flat four Goldwing. A little BMW, a little Moto Guzzi and a whole lot of engine capacity, it’s a bike that still occupies the outer fringes of the custom scene. But not if Kentucky’s Scott Halbleib has his way.

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VINCENT-SAN. An Yamaha XV920 from Hageman Motorcycles

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 34 comments

If you’ve wondered why second-hand Yamaha Viragos are demanding ridiculous money these days I know who you can blame. Greg Hageman. As head of Hageman motorcycles in Iowa, he’s near single-handedly turned a daggy 90’s cruiser into a favourite of the custom scene with his incredible builds. This time around Hageman have knocked another one out of the park with this amazing Vincent-inspired 1981 Yamaha XV920.

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FASTER AND SON. A ’75 Honda CB550 from Italy’s Soiatti Family

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. 19 comments

It’s easy to underestimate just how big motocross was in Europe in the 70s and 80s. In Italy, it seems you’d be more likely to find someone who didn’t like their Nonna’s food than find a custom bike shop without some connection to the off-road art. For the Soiatti family, it was a seat on a factory bike that marked the peak of their motocross addictions. And after they kicked that habit in the 80s, father Daniele started the Soiatti Moto Classics workshop. Thirty six years later and with his son now in the picture, here’s their latest build.

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OLD GOLD. A ‘78 Honda CB750 SuperSport from Kott Motorcycles

Posted on September 1, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 25 comments

For any artist there is a fine line between allowing yourself enough creative space to fulfil your passion and doing the work that puts food on the table. For Dustin Kott that involves the delicate balancing act of working at the major Hollywood studios while still giving time to his artistic endeavour, Kott Motorcycles. There is also the small fact that he’s a perfectionist, a time-consuming trait. But that hasn’t stopped him from proving you can in fact improve on perfection; four years since the completion of a Honda he called Ruby Red, Dustin’s back with an homage that raises the bar to all new heights. An elite level Cafe Racer, Ruby Gold is a 1978 Honda CB750 Super Sport that’s flawless in fit and finish.

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BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE. Rotten Motorcycles’ Reverse Head ’57 Triumph Racer

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 26 comments

Here’s another gem we discovered on our recent trip to the bike-rich heartland of Malaysia. The Art of Speed show had a whole bunch of killer bikes; this amazing ‘Tryharder’ Triumph Tiger racer from West Malaysia’s Rotten Motorcycles was our clear favourite in the classics category. As a clean pre-unit bike with amazing lines and racing numbers we were more than sold. Then we realised that Rotten’s Wanzamani ‘Zam’ Ahmad and his crack Baganland team had gone and reversed the bike’s head as well.

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TIME FLIES. Motorworld’s Speedy & Stylish 1930 Tornax III-30 Tourer

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Andrew in Classic. 14 comments

Nazis. Jewels. A large family inheritance. Bombing raids. The Great Depression. The history of Germany’s Tornax Fahrzeug und Apparatebau reads like the plot of a big budget WWII thriller. But far from it being a work of fiction, the story of the Wuppertal-based Western German motorcycle manufacturer is as real as it gets. And the bike you see here is arguably the best that they got. Meet the world-beating 1000cc III-30.

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