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‘79 General 5 Star Moped – Rogue Builds

Posted on December 8, 2013 by Andrew in Moped. 39 comments

Blood Lust. Bloodless. Cyborg Death. Let’s face it; when it comes to naming his builds, Austin Tremellen from Philly’s Rogue Builds is a guy with some rather gruesome influences. Sure, he builds some of America’s best mopeds, but we’re genuinely worried about him. Then we find out he’s named his latest build ‘The Oracle’. Harmless enough, you’d think. But do a little research and find out that in ancient times, ‘oracles’ were priests that told the future by gutting a bird and reading its entrails. So, the truth is obvious. Poor Austin is clearly possessed. We’re off to find an exorcist; you guys keep yourselves busy by reading on.


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‘77 Honda PA50III

Posted on November 9, 2013 by Andrew in Moped. 22 comments

To build a custom bike is, in many ways, and exercise in knowing where to draw the line. It starts with small decisions, like whether that replacement carb you need is going to be new or reconditioned. Then it’s the off-the-shelf seat versus the bespoke leather one. Soon you add up all the ‘little extras’ you’ve decided on and realise that if you continue down this particular road you’ll be riding the world’s most expensive two-wheeled vehicle; a two-wheeled vehicle that you’d be lucky to be able to sell for half the money you spent on it. But what if you didn’t stop? What if you had the time, money and patience to keep going? This is what. Meet what is quite possible the world’s most loved-up moped, Matt Turner’s Honda PA50.


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Mustang Cobra 2000 – ‘The Lunch Build’

Posted on October 4, 2013 by Andrew in Moped. 8 comments

Modern life is rubbish. Or maybe it’s just us and our take on what we think matters in the 21st century. Whichever way you look at it, downtime in our lives has never been at more of a premium. We’re constantly online and never really out of reach. What’s the real casualty of this? For those of us that aren’t fortunate enough to work with bikes for a living, it’s our riding and building that suffers. And that’s because the finite amount of hours in the week means that the more we’re social media-ing and talking on our gadgets, the less we’re getting our hands dirty. The answer? Find more hours in the day. That’s exactly what Håkan Boqvist did. He realised that the lunchtime he spent staring into his Facebooks at work could be better utilised staring into oily metal componentry. And instead of building ‘likes’ or ‘friends’, he built this.


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‘Bonneville’ – Vintage Addiction Crew

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Andrew in Moped. 26 comments

It’s been quite a while between moped posts for us. As a matter of fact, we haven’t posted a single one since last year. So we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for something to redress the imbalance, and when we laid them on this little Catalonian gem from a shop that goes by the name of Vintage Addiction Crew, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. It’s a rather amazing mash-up of a Derby, a KTM, and a Beta Trueba (a rather natty-looking Moto that we’d never heard of before) mixed with a touch of salt flat racing. And I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that it’s our favourite ‘ped of 2013 so far.


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Halcyon 50 Deluxe – Janus Motorcycles

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Andrew in Classic, Moped. 32 comments

Everything old is new again. The more we race towards the future with our iPhones and internets, the more we seem to long for a time when things were simpler. Cut throat razors are now selling better than they have in 50 years. 15 years ago, a hand-made leather wallet was something only Louis Vuitton and $500 could have got you. Now there are small leather makers popping up all over the place. And it seems like every man and his dog are doing a decent pair of jeans, although we remember when the only choice you had were 501s. So what would happen if you took this bespoke, small-scale approach and applied it to build an entire motorcycle? Enter Janus Motorcycles of Goshen, Indiana, and their wonderful Halcyon 50.


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MotoMatic’s ’78 Sears Free Spirit – “Yuba 2”

Posted on November 1, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 23 comments

Another day and, hey presto, another killer ‘ped build. I’m not sure sure where they are all coming from, but our super computer calculations show that at this rate, every man, woman and child in the world will be tootling around town on a bitchin’ custom moped within the next 4.27 years. Scarily, the builds won’t stop there and look set to continue amassing until we reach a moped armageddon of sorts where it becomes us against them, man versus machine, in a nightmare-ish future that will see the bikes test mankind to it’s very limits by blocking out the sun with vast clouds of blue smoke, all while getting great gas mileage and being very convenient to boot. The leader of this future moped master-race will be none other than this exact bike; Motomatic’s “Yuba 2”. And deservedly so. I, for one, welcome our new low-powered overlords… and their creator, Nathan Kiehn.


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Janus Motorcycles – “The Paragon”

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Andrew in Classic, Moped. 16 comments

Over the years, I have thought long and hard about the difference between mopeds and motorcycles. There’s the technical considerations regarding pedals et al – the whole “motor with pedals” thing that seems to be the most obvious seperator. Then there’s the licensing thing and the fact that in many countries you can jump on a moped with minimal intervention from “the man.” There’s also the lack of a cross-bar frame and the extreme economy of the typically minute moped engines that split the pack, too. But you know what I keep coming back to as the overarching difference that really defines the two? The sure-fire way to explain the difference to a laymen without risking any sort of misconbobulation down the track? It’s the fact that mopeds are just so beautifully svelte. Trawl back through the Pipeburn archives and you’ll notice that pretty much ever ‘ped we’ve ever posted has the most sublime minimalism – it’s enough to take your breath away. But you ain’t seen nothing yet – at least until you lay your eyes on our new model of minimal excellence, and pretty much the nicest ‘ped we’ve ever seen, The Paragon Puch from Janus Motorcycles.


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Ellaspede’s Honda CT 110 – “Postie”

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 28 comments

Christmas, 1982. Piallaway Road, Currabubula, North Eastern New South Wales. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and I’ve decided in all my 11 year-old wisdom that I’m going to ride a motorbike as fast as it will go on a deserted public road with a complete lack of skills, safety gear, licence or fear of death. As the bike tears through the summer air I soon realise that the wind blast means that I can’t keep my eyes open, but the speed I’m travelling at means I can’t shut them either. I settle on a eyes-wide-shut squint. They begin to water profusely, which not only decreases my already limited vision to something now resembling being underwater, but has the added effect of creating copious amounts of tears which are almost instantly blown back into the hair above my ears. Still I fight on until I realise that the bike has no more left to give. The roar of wind in my ears is deafening, but within seconds it dies away as I back off and roll to a stop in the middle of nowhere, grinning like an idiot in almost complete silence. Well, technically speaking I probably WAS an idiot – a phrase which would be repeated many times over the next hour by my angry parents. Thinking back, that was the exact point I fell in love with motorbikes. The bike I was on? The Honda CT 110 “Postie”.


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Children of Decadence Motobecane SP98 – “Roast Beef”

Posted on August 21, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 34 comments

I’ve been blessed/cursed over the past couple of weeks with the task of designing a seat for my new bike. Everything else on the thing is sorted (well, in my head and on paper at least) except for that goddamn arse receptacle. In one memorable session I sat down with a note book and pencil and drew no less than 25 different shapes, each one only a few grains of HB graphite different from the last, yet all totally unique. And none quite right. One looks like a fighter from Battlestar Galactica. The next one a shovel. And then a loaf of bread. And on it goes. Until slowly I realise I’m going a little bit crazy. But obviously not as crazy as the boys from the coolest Parisian ‘ped shop we know, Children of Decadence. They spent so long on their seat it started to look like a slab of rare roast beef. And you know what? It really kinda does.


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Rogue Creation’s “Blood Lust” Moped

Posted on August 9, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 84 comments

I was shooting the poop the other day with a few bike-minded compadres, and the subject of mopeds came up. Now as often happens, one of the peanut gallery came out with the usual, “they’re not real motorbikes” schtick. Which I have always thought was a rather irrational and petty view to hold. See, if you look back over the history of motorbikes, you’d quickly find that not only do mopeds and motorbikes share a common ancestory, but for the first phase of their existence, motorbikes were essentially mopeds. We all love board trackers, but somehow we seem to forget that many of them actually had pedals, twin chains, and bicycle frames – just like mopeds. Not real bikes, you say? Tell it to Austin Tremellen, the man behind Rougue Creations and maker of the wonderful ”Blood Lust”.


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