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1981 Honda CM400 – Retro Moto

Posted on July 9, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 27 comments

We’ve been at this whole posting-beautiful-custom-bikes-on-a-blog thing for a while now, and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that there’s not much we haven’t seen. Sex. Drugs. Rock ‘n’ (throttle) roll. It’s all old news as far as we’re concerned. But then, just when you think nothing could surprise you, a bike comes straight out of left field and knocks you for six. You see, this is the only bike we can remember that has appeared more than once on Pipeburn. And with some simple additions, it’s builder has managed to create something that’s changed so completely from where it was only four months ago, he had to correct us when we mistakenly called it his ‘new’ bike. Meet Retro Moto’s CM400, version two point woah.


Ducati 1098S – Shed X ‘Malizia’

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Scott in Racer. 14 comments

Written by Phil Guy.

The genesis for the latest to roll out of Sydney’s Shed-X came almost a year ago, when their first build, a wicked café/street hybrid dubbed ‘Bastardo’, caught the eye of a potential buyer. The buyer had a problem, though. To free up some cash for ‘Bastardo’ he needed first to sell his mint 1098S, but in a flooded market he was getting little joy. At about this juncture we can assume the term ‘trade-in’ was uttered. And thus ‘Malizia’ was born. “As soon as I test rode the 1098S,” Neil from Shed-X explains, “I knew we could do something with it to make it more enjoyable around the streets”.


Honda FT500 – Lorenzo Buratti

Posted on June 9, 2013 by Scott in Brat, Racer. 22 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

Big 500cc thumper engine. Good ground clearance. Hell, the FT in FT500 stands for flat tracker. It’s a good start for a custom build, that is if you are able to see past the 80s plastic fantastic styling, and even more unique if you keep the ‘Comstar’ styled wheels, even though they aren’t the most popular option. Lorenzo Buratti could see past all that, his latest build a 1982 Honda FT500 named ‘Metropolitan’. Here is the build concept in his words: ‘it’s all about a city playbike, light and manoeuvrable in traffic, low seat, something different to the hundreds of café racer styled bikes’. Café racer it ain’t, but it would sure cut a mean image tearing down city streets, and the sound would definitely match the imagery.


Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone – Medaza Cycles

Posted on May 27, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 34 comments

The AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building has some pretty big boots to fill. After all, putting the words ‘World Championship’ in your name doesn’t let you do anything by half measures. They have to throw a net over the entire custom bike scene in order to live up to the expectations. Sometimes this means they can uncover some real gems, but it also means that they do tend to get their fair share of choppers, ape hangers, and billet. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But this year, they’ve really taken it to a new level. All the bikes placed in the top three slots are rides we’d be more than happy to have in our garage. And the winner? Well, it’s a bike that we’d tear down our old garage for and build a new one just to do it justice. That bike is a Moto Guzzi single mounted in a one-off frame called ‘Rondine’.


1979 Suzuki GS750 – Tin Shack Restorations

Posted on April 21, 2013 by Andrew in Brat, Racer. 31 comments

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that many custom bike builders and shops sometimes also dabble with custom cars. Less café, more drive-in diner you might say. If you ever follow the links to the builders websites in the stories we post you’ll undoubtedly see the odd hot rod, classic Porsche, or muscle car lurking around in the background. But what did take us by surprise was the way Colby Morris of Tin Shack Restorations gets his four-wheeled kicks; he has a burning desire to bring old Land Rovers back from the dead. And if this is the kind of bike that gets made when these rubber boot and pheasant hunting types aren’t, er, pheasanting then it’s fine by us. Presenting ‘a series Land Rover and motorcycle hobby run amok,’ here’s a ’79 Suzuki GS750 they call the ‘Tin Shack Special.’


1984 BMW K100 – BSK SpeedWorks

Posted on April 9, 2013 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 15 comments

If you are anything like me, you’ll always have your latest ‘bike of interest.’ To the uninitiated, that’s the bike that is currently catching your eye. The one that you look at first when you surf eBay or thumb through the local classifieds. And for me right now, the bike is definitely the BMW K100. What it is about the K that really pushes my buttons, I’m not quite sure. Maybe it’s the ludicrous car engine laying on it’s side in the frame. Maybe it’s the shaft drive, or maybe it’s just the jaw-dropping mass of the things. Whatever the case, if I started a new project bike today, a Beemer K100 would be it. And it’s not just me who’s thinking along these lines. Take, for instance, one Ben Kingham of BSK SpeedWorks in Bedfordshire, England. He too has the bug, and I think it’s fair to say that he been bitten worse than I have. A lot worse.


1976 Honda CB500T – Caffeteria 36

Posted on April 7, 2013 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 20 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

It feels so much more meaningful when you do something yourself. It’s even better when others have a chance to take enjoyment in what you have decided to do. And to be able to affect a whole area’s bike culture is an amazing task in itself. Sam Maksimovsky – who is only 16 years old – of Caffeteria 36 has done this, and along with building up the café racer scene in Moscow, has built a bike which is testament to his passion for this style of bike. Taking a 1976 Honda CB500T and his father’s advice, he has built into it his own styling cues, based on his fondness for the culture of the 60s & 70s. Oh, and having nine months of Russian winter to build the bike came in handy as well.


Ruleshaker’s Honda CB750 – “Old Spirit”

Posted on March 26, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 29 comments

If you ever found yourself riding in France and the whim took you to see just how far you could go west-bound and down before you hit Spain, sooner or later you’d probably end up in Bayonne. Being the last real French city before travellers reach the border, it’s famous as a stop over on the route from Paris to Madrid. It’s also well-know for it’s chocolate, ham, and as being the oldest bull fighting city in France. But we think it’s probably time that something else was added to the list. Thanks to the city’s Ruleshaker Motorcycles, it seems to us that killing angry cows or eating cured swine just got a whole lot less interesting, due to a certain new Honda in town.


ATJ Project’s ’83 Honda CB400 Café Racer

Posted on January 19, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 24 comments

I’m here to tell you something that I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt. ATJ Project’s main man, Adam Jasiński, is one persistent, determined son-of-a-bitch. Looking back through the records, he first contacted us in early September of 2012 with photos of a bike he’d just finished. We liked it and asked if he could get us some decent photos of. He said yes, and then spent the next five months battling with cameras, lights, SD cards and our tachyon-sized attention spans trying desperately to impress us. I swear at one point I actually forgot who he was and introduced myself to him a second time. But he soldiered on and on and on until finally, when the moon was aligned in the third house of Sagittarius and an albino dog in China barked three times, he managed to wow us with the photos you see before you. Adam, I’m here to say thanks. Thanks for persisting. And thanks for putting up with our fussiness. If you’re in Poland and looking for a custom bike, I can guarantee you this is the guy that will go the extra mile. Or month, as the case may be…


Honda GP250R Café Racer

Posted on November 30, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 70 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

Inspiration. It can come from so many sources, and affect different people in different ways. Some people take no notice of inspiration. Some people use just their surroundings for inspiration. And some people actively seek out inspiration, grabbing it by the collar and headbutting it into submission. Darrell Schneider from DS Restorations (DSR) is one of the latter. After more than 25 years in automobile restoration, Darrell decided he needed a change, and a challenge. A long history with motorbike riding, with no further thought than fueling them up and riding them, gave Darrell a basic idea of where he could start. The challenge brought up the bike we feature here today, the DSR GP 250R Café Racer. Built mainly around CRF250R components, with inspiration drawn from numerous bike builders, it’s proof that sometimes it’s worth it to challenge yourself, you never know what might happen…