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ELECTRIC AVENUE. Bottpower Prepares To Shock Pikes Peak

Posted on November 12, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 36 comments

What have Pikes Peak racers and WWII fighter planes got in common? Well believe it or not, they both face the same challenges when it comes to making engines work at higher altitudes. As with the old fighters, the internal combustion engine on a racing bike might be fine at sea level, but will rapidly lose power as the air gets thinner…

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WE SHALL BE MONSTERS. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘Frankenstein’ Ducati Sprint Racer

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 12 comments

Mellow Motorcycles are anything but. They don’t do partial restorations or touch ups and they’re refreshingly forward about charging a premium for the work they do. Work which is consistently clean and clearly belies the name they’ve given themselves. And nowhere is their dedication and incredible craftsmanship more apparent than on their latest bike, a Ducati-Honda sprint racer named FRKNSTN.

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STRATOSPHERIC. A Rally-Inspired Ducati Monster From Vida Bandida.

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Andrew in Other, Racer, Scrambler, Tracker. 14 comments

Yesterday we had an 80s endurance cafe racer and today it’s rally cars that are setting the scene. But not just any rally car; it’s arguably the rally car. The Lancia Stratos HF with its Ferrari V6. Argentina’s Vida Bandida are, like many of their country folk, huge rally fans. And to pay tribute to the Lancia and rally’s Group B golden age of the 70s and 80s, they’ve built an perfectly Italian tribute in the form of this dirt-eating Ducati Monster.

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CHEQUERED PAST. Titan’s Very Seasoned BMW R80RT Endurance Racer

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 27 comments

Here’s a movie idea. A BMW that’s owned by the chief of police gets purchased by a somewhat suspect hemp farmer who uses it for ‘deliveries’. It’s then customised by a bunch of Austrian bike freaks and turned into an endurance racer for a wealthy goldsmith. Too far-fetched to be believable? Think again, because that’s the gospel truth when it comes to the history of Titan Motorcycles’ latest build, a BMW R80RT endurance racer.

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EUROPEAN UNION. An Irish XV750 Cafe Racer from Italy’s KSC

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 33 comments

Yamaha’s XV750; been there, done that. Am I right? We’ve seen more cafe’d iterations of the good ol’ Coffee Grinder than just about any other bike out there. Hell, if XV cafe racers were actual coffee, the world would be ankle-deep in espresso. But every now and then we come across one that’s different enough to catch our very jaded eyes. No points for guessing that this, the latest bike from Italy’s Kustom Special Components, is just such a one.

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BREAKING RAD. BCKustom’s ‘Bone Destroyer’ Honda XL 600R Tracker

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 18 comments

I tried flat tracking a few months ago. I blitzed the first-timer’s field until someone pointed out that I was riding a bike with a front brake and using it. So I switched to the rear brake, went for broke on the last lap and promptly ate more dirt than a stoned earthworm with poor self-control. The bike was cactus and my left knee has only just recovered. The lesson was simple; learning to go fast on dirt can be a painful exercise. Which is probably why France’s BCKustoms has called this, their gorgeous new ‘87 Honda XLR 600 flat tracker, the ‘Bone Destroyer’.

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THE NINTH SON. Beautiful Machines’ ‘Kuro’ Suzuki GS550 Neo-Racer

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 34 comments

When Malaysia’s Beautiful Machines found themselves working incredibly long hours preparing two spectacular builds for a show, they decided it couldn’t hurt to another yet another bike to the mix. From the remains of a motorcycle that’s been an old friend to the shop comes this trick neo-racer from one of the original middleweight legends; a 1979 Suzuki GS550 they call Kuro.

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BIG BANG THEORY. Lucky Cat’s ‘Bombinette’ BMW Sprint Racer

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 18 comments

The European ‘Sultans of Sprint’ race series is open to anyone with an air-cooled European twin and a penchant for insanity. Rather than just awarding points for running the quickest time down the short-range drag strip, extra marks are given for bike presentation, hair-raising moments on the track and how much the support crew drinks the night before the race meet. Having another crack at the title is France’s Lucky Cat Garage with their incredible Boxer-powered custom dubbed ‘The Bombinette’.

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CAFÉ EN LA PLAYA. XTR’s Beach-Ready Honda Hornet Racer

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 15 comments

“Make me a Cafe Racer”. It’s undoubtedly the most fool-proof brief a bike builder can get. Jose Rosell from Spain’s XTR Pepo probably had the bike designed in his head before the sentence had left his customer’s mouth. But the next words to emerge would be akin to someone jamming a broom handle in your wheel at race speeds. “Also, I want to ride it on the beach,” the free-thinking owner added. And no, he wasn’t kidding.

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MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Mule Motorcycles’ Mean Harley Sportster Street Tracker

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 53 comments

As always at this time of year, Harley have just wheeled out their 2018 models to the world’s eager press. Sure they look cool but all we can see is the big, fat hole where there isn’t a street tracker. C’mon Milwaukee! Just slap a light and some indicators on the XG750R and be done with it. No? Well, that’s cool because Mule Motorcycles’ Richard Pollock, a.k.a. California’s king of trackers, has just delivered us a Harley Sportster XL1200 street tracker that should keep all but the most unhinged of HD tracker fans happy for a millennia or three.

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