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1975 Suzuki T500

Posted on May 28, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 26 comments

I always love finding out what people do for a living. Most people find their chosen occupation boring as bat poo, mainly because they have to do it for nearly every day of the week for 10 hours a day (or more). But sometimes, from an outsiders perspective some jobs just sound so friggin’ cool. Take Mark Wolf for example, he is the owner and builder of this fine Suzuki T500 cafe racer. I asked him the question I ask most people whose bike we are about to feature: “Tell us a little about yourself” in which he replied “Nothing remarkable about me. By day I’m just a licensed aircraft mechanic who builds turbine jet engines for Rolls-Royce.” What? Just an aircraft mechanic who builds jet engines for Rolls Royce? Is it just me, or does that sound awesome? But then again, I’m not the one doing it everyday. It is safe to say that when it comes to rebuilding motorcycle engines, we think Mark can probably do a pretty solid job. “I’ve rebuilt a few wrecked sportbikes over the years but the T500 is my first attempt at any sort of vintage or cafe project” says Mark.


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1975 Honda CB200T Café Racer

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 26 comments

The Beatles. A great band. Actually, the greatest band. And do you know why they rock so many record collections and get raved about so much, so many years after they split up? It’s because they were so amazingly eclectic. In other words they weren’t slaves to one particular style of music but instead they simply had superbly developed taste, allowing them to cherry pick sounds and styles from pretty much any musical source they liked and somehow transform it into an amazing song that would inevitably top the charts globally. Only a band like that can manage to stay so popular and so loved for so long. If they had just re-written “Love Me Do” over and over again they would have been a flash in the pan, but instead they pushed themselves to do more, and to do it better.


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1975 Honda CB550K – “Le Mans Special”

Posted on May 10, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 34 comments

Although the carpark was completely empty, Chris still managed to park on the only rock for miles…

Want to freak out a graphic designer? Make him pray to a higher power and start rocking back and forth on his fancy bent-wood chair. Then give him a job where he can only use two colours – safety orange and turquoise, and then watch him squirm. All the rules of colour theory say “no, this absolutely cannot work.” And yet behold the beauty that is the Gulf Oil livery. Is that angels I hear? Beautiful retro motor racing angels playing heavenly engine music through trumpets that look remarkably like velocity stacks? Chris Trotter from Bozeman, Montana heard that music too. And that music said unto him “build the world’s sweetest Honda cafe racer and paint it like the world’s coolest race car, then send it over to those incredibly great guys at Pipeburn so that they may show it to the world.” And beholdeth, he did. And it was good.


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Garage Company Customs – Negro Pantalones

Posted on May 3, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Racer. 25 comments

It takes the average man around 30 days to grow a beard. Not a silly hipster stubbly beard, but a fully-blown Unabomber jobby. American Morgan Spurlock gained 11.1 kilos or 24.5 pounds after eating nothing but McDonald’s burgers for 30 days in his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me.” And it takes 30 days to grow a carrot. Um. Ok, so we ran out of more 30 day things, but it also took Garage Company Customs (GCC) just 30 days to build this rad bike named Negro Pantalones – or Black Pants in English.


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Photos: Barry Sheene Festival of Speed

Posted on April 15, 2011 by Andrew in Classic, Other, Racer. 6 comments

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Barry Sheene, in case you were born yesterday or have spent all your life in a Shaker community, is a World Champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Yes yes, I know. Sure, he was a Pommie; but don’t let that put you off. He was sensible enough to move to Australia in the late 80s and we accepted him with open arms – knowing full well that here was a man that was a legend in his own lifetime. Throughout most of the 70s and the first half of the 80s, Sheene reigned supreme as a Grand Prix master par excellence, challenged only by the American Kenny Roberts. Indeed, their battle at the 1979 British Grand Prix is the stuff of legends and is oft-sited as one of the best motorcycle races of modern times.


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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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