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APEX PREDATOR. Macco Motor’s ‘Great White’ BMW R100RS Cafe Racer

Posted on March 20, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Reviving clapped-out road bikes from sheds and garages is all fine and good, but spare a thought for the old racers of years gone by. More likely to end life upside down than right-side up – and probably on fire – it’s a tough gig to survive without some serious war wounds. So when Spain’s Macco Motors had a customer bring them not one but two BMW R100RS ex-racers…

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DEEP SPACE 9. The Honda SuperSport 125 ‘L•Concept’ From Bandit9

Posted on March 10, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Other. No Comments

In the 1950’s people had a glassy-eyed vision of the coming millennium. They imagined a  jumpsuit-clad future with rocket-shaped cars and bikes to zoom around in. But now we’re here now, and somehow we ended up with the Ford Taurus and the Yamaha TDM. But Singapore’s Bandit9 aim to change that…

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FASTER PUSSYCAT. A Reverse Restomod BMW from Two Cats Garage & Better Boxer Co.

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

“It’s hard to say what style the bike is. Maybe a reverse restomod?” It’s a seemingly innocuous statement, but New Zealand’s Mike Dobson and his Two Cats Garage instantly had us hooked. Most of us will know what a restomod is, but a reverse restomod? Well, it’s taking a modern bike with all the bells and whistles…

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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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