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The Throttleroll 2013 Custom Motorcycle Show

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Andrew in Other. 7 comments

In the U.S. they have the 1 Moto show. France has its Wheels and Waves. And now we are very proud to introduce Sydney’s own world-class custom, classic, and café racer biker show – the inaugural Throttle Roll. It’s the brain child of our very own Mark Hawwa and Jordan Kightly. The same guys who brought us the Australian Café Racers and the now famous Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. With a pedigree like that, we’re guessing it’s going to be a doosey. That’s why we put our name on it.

If you’re in Sydney next Saturday the 11th of May, you can drop by the The Vic in Enmore from 12pm onwards. There’ll be more than 40 custom bikes, live bands, a few cleansing ales and a whole bunch of guys and girls who like custom bikes… just like you. And if you’re the type who finds that too much fun is barely enough, then you can also join the Sydney Café Racers on a morning ride through the Royal National Park. Interested? Then check out more on the website and Facebook pages for the event. Scott and I will be there with bells on – and Pipeburn t-shirts as well. Feel free to come up and say hello.


1980 Harley XLS “MX” – Lucid Customs

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Andrew in Other. 47 comments

In life, you’ll see plenty of things that seem pretty good from a distance but just don’t stand up to scrutiny once you have a closer look. Take, for instance, cheap tools. Or your local politician. Or just about any film James Cameron has made. Similarly, custom bikes can sometimes look great at first glance, but upon closer inspection they just don’t impress. Well, here’s a bike that kind of reverses the equation. Now, that’s not to say that it’s crap from a distance. Hell no. See, what the latest build from Kevin Clarkson and the Boys at Lucid Customs in Calgary, Canada manages to do is to fool you into thinking it’s a rough-and-ready parts bin special. But get up close and, well, just take a look for yourself.


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.


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.)


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!


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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…