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1964 Matchless Rickman Metisse G50

Posted on March 4, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

Another Webb’s Classic Motorcycle Auction is on in a couple of weeks and as usual they have loads of spectactular bikes to drool over. The standouts include a 1950 HRD-Vincent Rapide Series B, a 1955 Vincent Black Knight Series D and this beautiful Matchless Rickman Metisse G50 (pictured). The estimated price tag for this bike is around $35,000 US, which is a lot of coin in anyones language. However, with only 180 of these ever built, the G50 is one of the rarest examples of classic racing design and will continue to increase in value over the years. Plus, this G50 has the legendary Rickman frame, which only adds to the pedigree.


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Saint Motor Company Ural 650 Racer

Posted on March 1, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Racer. 15 comments

“Must not plough, MUST NOT PLOUGH!”; the Ural was barely able to suppress it’s traditional urges

Fish and bicycles. Icecream and oysters. Germans and humour. Some things just don’t really go together. Up until about this time last week I would have happily added “Ural motorbikes” and “racing” to that list. Can you imagine? A racing Ural? People have be committed for suggesting less. Then I laid eyes on this little green gem. I assumed, as you maybe did, that it was a BMW of some sort or another. But no, it’s a government-issued comrade carrier from the hefty bossom of Mother Russia herself. And this one is built to go fast, not plough fields and carry plump babooshkas. Who’s repsonsible for this fire and ice miracle, I hear you ask? May I introduce to you Jeff Yarington of Saint Motorbikes; bike builder and master alchemist par excellence.


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140cc Racer

Posted on February 27, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 14 comments

They say good things happen in threes. Or is that bad things? Either way, this is the third low displacement bike we have featured in a row — and who could blame us. Just like the ‘Minimus’, this little beauty is another unique creation that’s in the running for Bike of the Month on Do The Ton. The bike was built by Brad Smith who is a art school grad turned contractor who has “found a new outlet” for his creativity. “I just get ideas of what I think would be a cool bike and I find a way to build it” Brad says. “So that said, I saw a video on Youtube of a Kreidler van venn 50cc GP bike and thought it was one of the coolest little motorcycles I have ever seen. Then I saw some pics of RC116, so I just wanted to build something in the spirit of those bikes.” When I look at the two bikes Brad used for inspiration, I think he nailed it.


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Honda XR500 Desert Racer

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Scott in Racer, Scrambler. 12 comments

This story starts in 1979, when a young 12 year old is flicking through a copy of his uncles Cycle Magazine and comes across a review of the newly released Honda XR500. The article makes such a huge impact on him that he promises himself that one day he will buy one. Now, 30 years later and Andrew Greenland has finally made that childhood dream happen. Andrew isn’t a newcomer to the pages of Pipeburn we featured his meticulous NX650 Street Tracker last year. As he says “ Honda fourstroke dirtbikes are definitely my thing.”


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Hyde Harrier

Posted on February 8, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 18 comments

Please get your bike off of my bed sheets. Meet the Hyde Harrier demo bike and yes, they ticked all the option boxes on this one.

We’ve got a lot of cool things hanging around here at the Chateau D’Fumé D’Flambé. Beautiful women of many flavours, piles of cash, and heaps of bikes. Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful motorbikes. Rare Ducatis, V4 Hondas, Antique BSAs… and Triumphs. Lots and lots and lots of good old Rule Britannia Triumphs. God, they are everywhere. I even found one on the roof the other day. Oh the hilarity!

You’ll be glad to know then, that there’s now a kit that’ll let you turn your bog standard spare Bonnies into balls-out retro seventies road racers. Genius, yeah? Also, you’ll now have a valid excuse next time someone laughs and points at your gold medallions and thick, luscious chest hair.


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1929 Harley-Davidson – Found in toilet

Posted on January 22, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 26 comments

We have all heard amazing stories of rare and expensive motorcycles found in barns around the world. However, this is the first time we’ve heard of a bike being found in a toilet. This is how the story goes… in the late 1940’s a gentleman by the name of Mr Bicker had heard tales that a Harley, still in a wooden crate, was sitting in a remote mine in Western Australia. After an extensive search his father located the bike and it turned out to be in the men’s room of the mine. Best of all, the machine was a factory racer with overhead valves. Essentially a twenty year old motorcycle at the time, it was not considered rare but still a desirable ride. The owner at the mines was not able to get the bike running so he decided to sell it. Removing the wheels, the motorcycle was carted home in the back of his father’s car. After he got it home, Bicker was able to get the Harley started easily, maybe running it for the first time since it was imported.

On January 6th 2011, this rare 1929 Harley-Davidson fetched $125,800 at the Bonhams Vegas auction – not bad for a ‘toilet find’. But this was not just any Harley. This Peashooter was in exceptional original condition, perhaps the best known in the world. With its known racing heritage, the bike is in remarkable shape and people have thought it looks like its been in a time capsule since it left the Milwaukee factory in 1929.

(Now there must be some funny comments about this story. Bring em on.)


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1930 Norton CS1 TT

Posted on December 21, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 12 comments

When the original Norton CS1 was released way back in 1927 it pretty much blew the socks off everyone. On its first race it won the Isle of Man Senior TT and also set the fastest lap time. This thing was like a superbike before the word even existed.

Marcel Schoen from the Netherlands is lucky enough to own the pictured 1930 CS1 TT. “It belonged to my late uncle and has been in the family for more then 50 years” said Marcel. Over the past few months Marcel has been busy rebuilding this classic motorcycle. He gave it a complete check over, new 20″ tires were fitted, the magneto was rewound and many original nuts and bolts sourced. It has a special 3 speed gearbox type N103, Webb 650 forks, the engine is a hybrid between a W.Moore and A.Carroll design.


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Triley Café Racer

Posted on October 28, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 11 comments

Found this exquisite machine on The Motart blog, which is run by Frank Sider – a man with great taste in motorcycles and other objects of desire. The bike was built by Frenchman Vincent Michel and is called a Triley. If you are wondering what a Triley is, it’s a combination of a Triumph 6T engine mounted in a Seeley frame. The Seeley frame is a legendary frame created by well known British builder and side car racer Colin Seeley.


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Eastern Creek Track Day, 2010

Posted on October 3, 2010 by Andrew in Racer. 2 comments

Let me tell you a story of horror and sadness. Sydney. A spring long weekend. A much-anticipated and expensive track day at Sydney’s premier racetrack. Then, on the drive out to the track, the heavens open and spill their horrible, grey wrath onto the earth in never-ending demonic sheets. Grown men wept and shook their damp, wrinkly fists at the sky.

I had grand plans for colourful action shots of speeding machinery and bitumen. Instead, I got a lens full of empty track and grown men in leather snoozing in fold-up chairs, $250 dollars out-of-pocket. I did my best – hopefully the shots have captured the essence of the day without making you want to slash your wrists. Please enjoy in a silent, respectful sort of a way.


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Kedo KCR500 CupRacer

Posted on July 27, 2010 by Scott in Racer. 6 comments

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If you’re the owner of a Yamaha SR500 or a XT500 then you have probably come across Kedo while searching for parts on the internet. They are based in Germany and have been sending motorcycle parts and accessories all around the world for over 15 years. We recently received their comprehensive catalogue in the mail and were impressed to see they have built this limited edition SR500 racing bike. Kedo’s press release says “10 years of racing experience went into building this race bike. Our objective was to get the maximum out of both engine and handling by using close-to-production material and no expensive special parts. However, at the same time, we would not accept any compromises regarding durability and practicality. The KCR500 is now built to order by Kedo as an exclusive low volume production. Together with many perfectly restored and modified genuine parts, lots of popular items from our product range are included. The engine is refurbished and tuned; the wheels and most cosmetics are all new. If it was not for the bones of this bike being at least 20 years old, you could easily label this bike as a quasi ‘brand-new’.” This ready to race KCR500 is being sold for 9.900 Euros or $12,800 USD and Kedo will only be building 5 of these impressive bikes.

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