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SLIM SHADY. Tamarit’s ‘Sombra’ Triumph Thruxton Racer

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

There’s a reason why Salvador Dali didn’t quit painting in this thirties to take up mime. Similarly, Jorge Lorenzo isn’t about to become a violinist and Hernando Cortez didn’t decide to throw it all in and make baskets a few days before he claimed the Americas. The moral of the story here is that doing anything great takes time…

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KEEPING UP WITH THE ’SMITHS. Craig Rodsmith’s Turbo Moto Guzzi V9

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

We’ve always been of the opinion that if an Aussie puts their mind to something, one way or another it will happen. And Victorian boy Craig Rodsmith is living, breathing, punk rocking proof that this is true…

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YES WE CAN. Chi-Jer’s Can-Am TnT 250 Racer

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Racer. 27 comments

The custom bike scene, like pretty much everything else in life, has trends. Right now it seems to be BMW boxers. A while ago, every second bike we received was a CB Honda with Firestones. And back when we first started, SR Yamahas were all the rage. Now these trends come and go, but there’s one thing that we’re pretty damn sure of….

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SIGN FROM GOD. Skunk Machine’s Jorge-Approved ‘Trackster’ Ducati Scrambler

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Scrambler, Tracker. 23 comments

Esoteric arguments about a custom bike’s relative merits are all good and well, but as we all know it always comes down to the same old fact that there’s no accounting for taste. I like red. You like blue. The rest is mere conjecture. But all bets are off when you own a bike signed by Jorge Lorenzo…

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MOTO PHOTOS: Germany’s Christine Gabler

Posted on February 4, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Other, Racer. 11 comments

It’s with a little embarrassment and an apology to 50% of the world’s population that we admit to not having ever featured a female photographer in our Moto Photos weekend specials. Well, not until now that is. On our recent trip to Italy’s MBE Show…

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DUCK DUCK GAS. Plan B’s ‘Ugly Duck’ Ducati Multistrada Sprint Racer

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. 14 comments

As the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams knows a thing or two about deadlines and the pressure they bring. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” But while Adams may have missed a few…

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BACKWARDS TO VICTORY. Titan’s Reverse Head Honda CB350 Racer

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 46 comments

When Austria’s Titan Motorcycles first set up a workshop, they stuffed their storage area with a collection of rusted-out motos they’d collected from the 70’s and 80’s. And in the years since they’ve been wandering through, vulture-like, picking interesting bits off for use in their custom builds…

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‘TACO CON QUESO. A Bultaco Racer from Speed Of Cheese Racing

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 21 comments

I have a strange affinity for old Spanish two strokes. As a kid, my dad raced trials on a Bultaco Sherpa T. There was something mystical and interestingly odd about them, with shifters and kick start levers all on the wrong sides. I ended up with my dad’s Sherpa at some point in my youth…

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SHOT IN THE DARK. Mandrill Garage’s BMW RnineT ‘Dark Fighter’ Neo-Racer

Posted on January 20, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer, Streetfighter. 21 comments

It’s a country of over a billion people, thousands of years of invention and innovation, and just about everything you buy is made there or features something that was. Yet around the world there is those who still doubt the quality of product that comes from China, but in recent years the major motorcycle manufacturers have shown its not a fear they share…

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TOP SHELF. Chris Kent’s ‘Obersten Regal’ Honda CX500 Racer

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 21 comments

“Throughout the process they kept saying, ’Man, you aren’t cutting corners. It’s all top shelf!” smiles Iowa’s Chris Kent. And you’d probably be smiling too, if you could lay claim to handiwork like this. “My wife is from a small town in southern Germany, so by the end of the project, the bike was affectionately named ‘Obersten Regal,’ or ‘Top Shelf‘.”

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