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‘12 KTM 350 SX-F – Engineered to Slide

Posted on February 2, 2016 by Andrew in Racer. 12 comments

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For a man known as ‘Engineered to Slide’, Nigel Petrie certainly gets how to go seriously fast in a straight line. He also knows a good idea when he sees one. Since 2010, he has used his web presence under the E.T.S. banner to share his ideas, showcase his endless automotive creations and be a place where like-minded creative spirits can push each other to new heights. His latest venture is this Salt Flat Racer based on a 2012 KTM 350 SX-F, but his ground breaking Hilux Drift Ute is perhaps the vehicle that truly put Nigel on the map and spawned a documentary about its build and exploits known as Dream.Build.Drive. So it made perfect sense that as he began this new adventure to concur a land speed record that the cameras would once again be rolling. The results, a movie called Flats, will soon be released. But first, the bike…

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‘51 BSA Star Twin – Old Glory Builders

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 14 comments

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Land Speed Racing gets into your blood. Once there, it digs down deep into your veins, stretches its claws and releases its barbs. It stays with you for life. That has to be true if the 100+ years of man and machine racing down abandoned runways, across salt flats and hurtling over hard sand beaches has taught us anything about this sport and those who compete in it. For once they’ve completed that first pass, success or failure, they spend the rest of their lives tinkering, designing and building new parts and machines that will get them even that extra mile per hour faster. Dan Daughenbaugh and his ’51 BSA Star Twin ‘Greasy Gringo’ are no different and he’s the first to admit it – “It sounds like you’re crazy”.

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2013 KTM 690 Duke by DSR

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Scott in Racer. 18 comments

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For a car guy, he sure builds an amazing motorcycle; that was the consensus a few years back when Darrell Schneider from DS Restorations (DSR), an award winning car builder of many decades, turned his hand to custom bike building and truly knocked it out of the park with his DSR GP250R café racer. Three years later he’s back with another bike build and just like before the workmanship is first class and it’ll leave many debating once again how exactly do you categorise a DSR build. Starting with a 2013 KTM 690 Duke “The goal was to redesign the bike with a factory race bike theme without loosing the distinct KTM angular, edgy style. I wanted people to see KTM (design and color) but wonder what model or class it was in” explains Darrell. We think he nailed it.

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‘67 Honda Super Sport 125 – Bandit9

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 27 comments

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Daryl “Dazza” Villanueva of Bandit9 fame is back and once again he has left convention at the door, stepped through a worm hole and pieced together a futuristic master piece that takes its inspiration from an old favourite, a 1967 Honda Supersport 125. “I’m back in Saigon after living in Beijing. The beauty of starting over is you feel like anything is possible, which coincidentally, I feel is lacking in the motorcycle industry. A sense of possibility.” So he has done exactly that; created a new fully functional piece of futuristic riding possibilities known as ‘AVA’ and available in a limited run of just nine, there are already orders from the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Five months ago when the project began Daryl had a very clear vision “I wanted something that didn’t look like it came from this era but from the generation ahead.” Inspiration from the past, a design for the future and all from right now as everything on the bike is brand new.

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Yamaha RD400 TZ – City of Hate Cycles

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 38 comments

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It’s hard to deny that Yamaha made some exceptional motorcycles in the ‘70s. Two of those machines are arguably ‘ride before you die’ bikes; namely the insane RD two-strokes and the now legendary TZ racers of ‘King’ Kenny Roberts. So when Dallas bike builder Isiah Booth of City of Hate Cycles was commissioned to build a raffle bike for the Tenth Annual Dallas Rockers vs Mods gathering, he decided there was no better way to honour these two legends of the ’70s than to combine them into one hell of a machine. To get it done he found a 1977 RD400 and teamed up with Jason Small of Small Time Moto to build a very special race themed machine, nicknamed the ‘Giant Killer.’

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BMW R100RS – Joe DeMoss

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 16 comments

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Imagine you work at a motorcycle dealership that sells only the most exclusive of brands from Italy and Germany. You also own the latest and greatest BMW Sportsbike on the planet. Do you really need another bike that was also built for the road and is nearly 30 years old? Of course you do! And that’s why Joe DeMoss built this stunning 1988 BMW R100RS over a period of nine months. Because motorcycling runs in his veins.  Because working everyday at Florida’s Eurocycles of Tampa Bay has made him a hands-on kind of guy. And because his fondest memories are of he and his father sharing time in the garage working on just about anything with wheels.

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Triumph Bonneville – Maria Motorcycles

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Andrew in Racer. 1 Comment

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Lordy! What are they putting in the water over there in Lisbon town? One would have to assume it’s a mixture of amphetamines, high-octane racing fuel and a big gob-full of ecstasy. Why? Because it seems that for a country of only 10 million people, they are certainly pumping out some very quick and very beautiful builds. And clearly no-one’s been keeping well hydrated more that Luis and the boys at Maria. Here’s their next build – hot on the heels of August’s muito popular Spitfire bike – it’s a 2001 Bonnie they’ve entitled ‘Lieutenant’.

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Buell M2 Cyclone – Plan B Motorcycles

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Andrew in Racer. 12 comments

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Plan B Motorcycles from Northern Italy might describe themselves as being a ‘neo-café’ workshop, but in the grand tradition of Speed Shops around the world they have an in-house racing monster with a quirky name, a mongrel sprinter named ‘Cherry Salt’. Christian the owner of Plan B makes no apologies about being inspired by the all-conquering drag machine built by Lucky Cat’s Garage that took the European scene by storm a few years ago. But the plan was never to simply emulate it, Christian wanted to build his own bike to take to the Glemseck 1/8th mile race in Germany, conquer his competitors and win big.

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Yamaha TX650 – Hageman Motorcycles

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 6 comments

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High school graduations often end with parents giving their kids a special gift. I, for example, got a ball point pen with my name engraved on it. But when your Dad is friends with Greg Hageman, one lucky girl got this 1973 Yamaha TX650 retro racer. That my friends is some kind of gift!

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Ducati 749R – Ezikiel Dacanay

Posted on August 15, 2015 by Andrew in Racer. 22 comments

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Taking the cutting torch to a Ducati is not something you do lightly, when that Ducati is a limited run 749r homologation special it’s no wonder it took some time before the power tools spun into action. This is not Ezikiel Dacanay’s first Custom Duc having previously built a café racer out of a 1997 916 but that bike was lost to an accident and it would take a few swings and roundabouts to get to the bike you see before you.

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