Bringing you the world's best café racers, trackers, scramblers & custom motorcycles

Other


Icon’s Triumph Tiger 800XC – “Dromedarii”

Posted on February 15, 2013 by Scott in Other. 56 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

So you decide you are going to build a custom bike. From this starting point you have so many directions you can head in for the style of your build. Should your bike run motocross bars or clip-ons? Is it a good idea to lengthen your swingarm? Is it really a problem if you want to run both Firestones and pipewrap? All good questions if you are a run of the mill customiser. However, if you are in the same state of mind as the builders at Icon, then your ideas will stretch far beyond conventional means, to the realm of the post-apocalyptic.


Read more...

Pipeburn and Sydney Café Racers – Group Ride

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Andrew in Other. 20 comments

Here’s something we haven’t done in a very long while; a good old-fashioned group ride. It’s been more than a year since we did our last one with the lads from Sydney Cafe Racers, and that was a bit of a wash out. Not being ones to take such metrological insults lying down, we have decided to get together and do it all over again. And this time we’re inviting you.

So what do you have to do to join the fray? If you live in Sydney and you are free this coming Sunday, the 17th of February then all you have to do is meet us at Audley car park in the Royal National Park at 9am. From there we’ll cruise down south for a spot of lunch in Kangaroo Valley. Easy. All bikes types and skill levels are welcome. There will be a support vehicle, photographers and a film crew on the day. More details here. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.

(As always, sorry to our interstate and international readers. If you start pulling your bike apart now and sending it via FedEx, you just might make it in time.)


Read more...

Pipeburn on Pinterest

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Andrew in Other. 20 comments

Let’s face it, although Scott and I are handsome, smart, witty guys who’s writing will one day stand alongside that of Hemingway and Kerouac, the real reason you come back here day after day is the great photos of the bikes. Well, what if I told you that there’s a place where you can now see every bike we’ve ever posted on Pipeburn in one place? Every. Single. One. There’s one thousand of them to be exact, and as of right now they are all up on Pinterest for your eye-candy-ing pleasure. Take a look, and make sure you follow us when you’re there. Enjoy!


Read more...

Pipeburn’s Top 10 Bikes of 2012

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Andrew in Other. 46 comments

Ahhh, 2012… a superb year for custom bikes, yes? Scott and I have just spent a quiet evening in, sitting around the drawing room table while sampling some of this year’s best vintages. We’ve had a few cheeky German numbers. One or two North American examples and a decent tipple of some fine Australian produce. Were we Impressed? Naturally. Looking back at our 2011 list, it’s hard not to be taken with the overall rise in quality of this year’s selection – one that was hand-picked by us according to your comments, Facebook likes, and with an added pinch of ‘just because’. So here’s cheers to all the makers who were generous enough to bless us with their hard work, and here’s another one to all of you readers for frequenting this fine establishment. The first vintage on this year’s list is a cheeky little number from one of Arizona’s finest makers, the very talented Del Prado brothers, which earnt a record-breaking 1.7k Facebook likes. It must be something in the New River soil.


Read more...

Merry Christmas from Pipeburn

Posted on December 24, 2012 by Scott in Other. 22 comments

We want to wish all our readers, builders, commentators, critics, keyboard warriors and even the spammers a Merry Christmas from everyone at Pipeburn. We would also like to give a special thanks to all our sponsors who help keep Pipeburn upright. If you are wondering who they are, check out the right hand side of this post and you will see some of the most passionate and awesome moto companies from around the world – we heart you guys.

We have some big plans for 2013, so watch this space, Pipeburn will be going in for a complete rebuild – don’t worry, we won’t be using vintage Firestones. Over the next few weeks we will still be posting motorcycle goodness but we are on holidays, so they may be a little less regular than normal.

Wherever you are on this planet, be sure to have a great holiday and if you’re lucky enough to be able to ride in your part of the world, ride safe…

The above photograph was taken by our good friend and fellow Australian Cafe Racer member, Smelvis Broholm. Art direction, set build, styling and cat wrangling was performed by Nixie the Xmas Pixie Skobier. And the handsome talent is Rogue the cat and the bike is Smelvis’s XS650 he calls Thor’s Hammer – you can check more on this project here.


Read more...

2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition Sidecar Motorcycle

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Scott in Other. 39 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

The Yamal Peninsular on the northwest tip of Russia is cold. Mind numbingly cold. Temperatures of minus 60 degrees Celsius have been recorded there, even in summer the arctic winds will bring on a chill. It’s definitely not the sort of place you want to find yourself locked out without your keys. It takes a hardcore form of transport to get around such an area, one of these being the nuclear powered icebreaker Yamal, named after the peninsular which it sails around. With a giant set of cartoon jaws adorning it’s prow, most pictures tend to show the Yamal leading other icebreakers through fields of ice, showing what it takes to traverse these waters. When Ural were looking for a name for their new special edition, Yamal seemed the perfect moniker. We present to you, the ultimate ‘go anywhere’ bike and sidecar unit, the 2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition, complete with sidecar mounted oar.


Read more...

Andy Copeland’s Honda CT110 – “Express Post”

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Andrew in Other. 51 comments

More rake than an autumn tree festival

Pipeburn firsts? We’ve had a few in our time. A WWII Harley blown with Subaru supercharger. A twin pulsejet bobber. Even a murdered-out Chinese army bike. But never, NEVER, have we had anything like this. First and foremost, it has no seat. On any other day that would be enough to stop you in your tracks, until you realise that it has no tank, either. Or frame. Or instruments… hell, it barely has anything at all and looks like the bastard child of an unholy union between a drag bike and a giant’s Mecano kit. And we love it. Introducing Andy Copeland and his CT110 masterpiece, “Express Post”.


Read more...

Interview: Shasta Smith – The Vintage Monkey

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 47 comments

Let’s be honest, there’s not a lot of females working in the motorcycle industry. So when I recently stumbled across a site called The Vintage Monkey, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was run by a fiery red head from Sacramento called Shasta Smith. She doesn’t claim to be the female version of Shinya Kimura, but she is passionate about building vintage motorcycles, so we asked her a couple of questions…


Read more...

AFT Customs – Halia

Posted on October 6, 2012 by Scott in Bobber, Other. 34 comments

 

By guest writer Ian Lee.

Remembrance. It means different things to different people. Some people like to plant trees to remember someone passing. Some people hold massive parties to remember the good times. My friend has his dad’s ashes in his shed – because that was where he was his happiest. So when Nalani from AFT Customs dad past away just before this build kicked off, they decided to build the bike in honour of him. And what a symbol of commemoration it is…


Read more...

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Posted on September 11, 2012 by Scott in Other. 39 comments

This picture of Don Draper straddling a vintage Matchless motorcycle in a very sharp suit has sparked an international motorcycle event. It’s been named the ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’ and is the work of Mark Hawwa from the Sydney Cafe Racers. “The idea was actually sparked by members in our Perth chapter” says Mark. On the 30th of September, riders from all around the world will be donning their best suit and ties (smoking pipes optional) and taking to the streets. We’re told there’s already a thousand riders from 20 cities around the world participating. “We are expecting this to grow as people organise their own events and inform us” says Hawwa. “At the moment the cities involved are – Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Portland, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Gauteng, Sicily, Paris, Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and London.” 

The rules for the ride are pretty simple. Everyone has to wear a suit – the bikes should be Café Racers, Bobbers, Retros, Flat Trackers, Brat or Modern Classics (and metal scooters… yep no plastic). “The ride needs to take the participants through the busy areas of each city which also ensures a slow speed” says Mark. “It’s not our intention to see people going fast especially in this un-suit-able attire”. Boom tish.  

If you’re interested in being part of this ride in your city, you can find more details on the gentlemans site or follow them on their Facebook page.


Read more...