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1978 J.C. Penny Pinto – ‘The Baby Maker’

Posted on January 13, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 1 Comment

New Year Resolutions. Some people give up smoking crack, others tell themselves they are going to get fit and lose a hundred pounds. Then there are folk that just say they are going to do something different. Like us, we decided to start a New Years Resolution at Pipeburn this year. Can you guess what it was? I’ll give you a clue. Our last post was a trike – which we have never posted before. And now I am posting a moped – which we have posted before but not on a regular basis. Yep, we decided to quit doing drugs and focus on the bikes we truly love. No seriously, we decided to try and surprise our readers with bikes that were a little bit more unexpected. Sure, we’ll still be featuring the usual suspects like the CB750 cafe racers and XS650 bobbers, but we want to be more open to different builds. Like this J.C. Penny Pinto moped they call ‘The Baby Maker’. Nothing gets the ladies hotter than a featherweight cafe’d moped. The owner of this beautiful specimen started building it as a young single man and finished the bike as a young father of twins. True story, almost. Here’s the virile builder Nicholas Voigt with all the facts…


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AFS Taiwan – Redman ’59

Posted on October 8, 2011 by Andrew in Moped. 16 comments

The Redman ’59 – any lower and it’d be underground

We’ve always strived to leave no stone unturned in our quest to bring you, our loyal, wise, and slightly smelly readers the absolute best in custom bikes. And the bike you see here is no exception. It’s one that has been doing the rounds on a few sites of late, but information has been sadly lacking. The reason? She’s straight outta Downtown Tainan City, Taiwan with a builder who speaks English about as well as I ride. Or Scott tap dances. Come to think of it, Scott tap dances quite well – but you get the gist. Never ones to rest on our laurels, we activated our crack team of international linguistics experts (OK – he’s a guy I used to get drunk with in Hong Kong) to get us an exclusive interview with the man himself. See? See what we do for you guys? Don’t you just love us? Yeah. We love you too. Now go and have a shower, the lot of you.


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Peugeot 103 Custom – Cherry Coke

Posted on September 21, 2011 by Scott in Moped. 33 comments

The name ‘Children of Decadence‘ might sound like the latest reality TV show starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie bathing in Moet cocaine and snorting champagne. But in the real world, or at least in the European motorcycling world, the ‘Children of Decadence’ are a group of Parisian moped builders who are pimping Peugeots like they are going out of style. Their last build, a cafe racer-inspired moped that we featured got you guys talking, and we’re guessing this chopper-inspired 103 will have a similar effect. Thomas Patouillard Demoriane is the Frenchman behind this unique little moped they call ‘Cherry Coke’ – a little sweeter than usual but it still has that caffeine hit. Over to Thom to talk us through the build – remember French is his mother tongue, and we’re not talking about him kissing his old lady.


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Sportsman Flyer Racer

Posted on August 15, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Moped, Racer. 24 comments

Back in 1910 the world’s first board track was opened at the Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome near Playa del Rey, California. Now, 100 years later, board track racers are again making a comeback to America’s west coast. These stunning bikes are being hand-built in Gilroy, California by Pat Dolan who started the company out of passion for these classically styled motor bicycles. The “Sportsman Flyer Company” started not as a business, but as a hobby” he says. “I have built and collected cars and bicycles for years and have always wanted to add a Schwinn Whizzer motorized bicycle to my collection”. So while Pat was searching for the right bike, he started seeing motorized bicycles around the place with newer two stroke engines. That’s when he decided to build one and started the project with a vintage Schwinn Panther frame.


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Briton Bees Motocyclettes

Posted on June 25, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Moped. 26 comments

Briton MotorDrone “#2”

The first thing that came to mind when reading about Briton Bees Motorcyclettes was, “what the heck is a Motorcyclette?” Then, like they had read my mind, I found the answer on their website: “Elementary, my dear boy. Moto: from the Latin “propulsion”, cycle: “movement by wheeled means”, and ette: from the French, “small or smallish”. Giving us a small engine-propulsed two wheeled vehicle.” Briton Bee are the latest in a swarm (sorry) of young builders using mopeds as donor bikes. These sweet handmade bikes are built in Asheville, NC using a mix of parts from Europe and the U.S.


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1974 Peugeot 50 TSA

Posted on June 17, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Moped. 19 comments

How do you start a story about a simple but elegant Peugeot Moped cafe racer? Do you compare it to a slender French super model? No, too shallow. Do you open by telling the amazing history of Peugeot and how they’ve been building motorcycles since before your great grand daddy was popping wheelies on his penny-farthing? Nah, that could seem like a history lesson. Or do you just show the beautiful photographs sent to us by the builders of this French moped and let them tell their story? Probably best. Well, this little 1974 50cc moped was built by Thomas Patouillard Demoriane, who is part of a Parisian moped gang that go by the name of ‘The Children of Decadence‘.


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1978 Motobecane Moped

Posted on April 24, 2011 by Scott in Moped. 48 comments

There’s not many vehicles in Australia that would earn you a police search and a close inspection of the business end of a boom stick, but believe it or not this bike would. Because it’s illegal. Actually it would also be illegal in Britain, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and even Canada. Not because it exceeds any noise or build restrictions but because those big-ass brass knuckles under the seat. You see, knuckle dusters are illegal in most countries. In France where the Motobecane Moped rolled off the production line 30 years ago, brass knuckles are legal, but carrying them requires a license – not a bike license either. The French term for knuckle dusters is ‘coup de poing américain’, literally ‘an American punch’. So we think it’s fitting that an American, Jarrett Petty of Austin Texas gave this French moped a serious make over. You could call it an ‘American Punch’ to the eye balls.


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Honda CT110 Customs

Posted on May 4, 2010 by Scott in Moped, Other. 15 comments

The humble Honda CT110 is one of the most reliable bikes on the planet, which is why Postman use them to deliver the mail down here in Australia. They are affectionately known as ‘postie bikes’ and have always had a cult following but we haven’t seen many customized, until now. A company in Melbourne called Postmodern Motorcycles are turning these air-cooled single cylinders into tasty little customs.


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Puch Magnum

Posted on April 15, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 9 comments

Most people probably don’t know much about Puch Motorcycles but they happen to be one of the oldest manufacturers on the planet. Founded in 1889 in Austria they didn’t start producing motorcycles until the early 1900’s. Then 100 years after it was founded the Puch motorcycle company was sold to Piaggio, maker of the Vespa, who apparently still produce bikes under the name “Puch”. The pictured bike is technically a moped but there’s no denying it has some really nice cafe racer aesthetics.


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Imperial Cycles

Posted on March 6, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 12 comments

Custom motorized bicycle companies seem to be popping up everywhere, but no one is building fresher looking bikes than the guys at Imperial Cycles. Created by Eric Soriano and Jerome they describe their company as “constantly pushing envelopes, opening new doors, and boldly going there. Inspired by the 1920’s board track racers our bike designs incorporate a fresh look using new bike technologies, and innovations”. The bike pictured is their popular ‘Bullet’ and comes with a Vintage Schwinn frame, bare metal tank, aluminum mags, Brooks Saddle, Quill Stem, Oury grips, shortened bars and a dropped springer to give it a lower, more aggressive stance. The ‘Bullet’ sells for a very reasonable price of $1200 and it looks like they ship these bikes worldwide. If you are interested in seeing more from Imperial, check out their Blog which showcases the other models they are building.


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