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‘92 BMW R100R – Blitz Motorcycles

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. 13 comments

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As the school ma’am cliché goes, “begin as you wish to continue”. Or maybe legendary Australian racer Peter Brock said it better, when he coined the phrase “bite off more than you can chew and chew like hell.” Whatever the case, we thought that we’d kick things off after our big redesign with the latest (and dare we say sweetest) bike from one of Europe’s best shops. Or should we say ateliers. It’s a rather svelte-looking BMW R100R , and it’s from those famous Frenchmen with a German name, Blitz Motorcycles.

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Kawasaki KZ750 ‘La-Loma 750’ by Valtoron

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Scott in Scrambler. 22 comments

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Words by Ian Lee.

Passion. The Spanish are known for their passion; in life, in love and most importantly for us, in their custom motorcycle builds. The lines of a vintage MX bike, massaged into existence with a Mediterranean flavour make for one hell of a beautiful ride. This unique custom rolled out of the Spanish workshop Valtoron, named ‘La Loma 750’ it’s a reworked Kawasaki KZ750 stripped of the majority of it’s factory componentry. In its place you’ll find a stripped back dirt chewing machine, with go to match the show. And what a show it is.

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’77 BMW R60/7 – ER Motorcycles

Posted on December 14, 2013 by Andrew in Scrambler. 28 comments

Here’s the second bike from a guy who’s reputation is growing faster than a wave of nausea at a Nickelback concert. Arguable one of Eastern Europe’s top shops after only his second build, we’re genuinely excited about what this guy has up his oily, rolled sleeves. This BMW follows his blinding ’83 R80 job from a few months back; this time he’s turned his eye to a rather nice R60/7 from ’77. His name is Blaž Šuštaršič. He has 5 diacritics in his name. His shop is called ER Motorcycles. This is ‘Macchiato’.


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Borile B450 Scrambler

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Scott in Classic, Scrambler. 10 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

I’ve always been a fan of scrambler bikes. This has been in part thanks to a couple of 1960’s period motorbike mags I have in my collection. Hard-jawed scrambler riders riding their bikes at impossible angles, safe in the knowledge their ‘state of the art’ cork helmets will give them protection should they need it. One modern day bike builder is channeling the spirit of those original trials type bikes, but putting some new age reliability into his offerings. Based in the town of Vò Euganeo, Borile is a boutique bike workshop, producing small volume models in their range – so there is no chance of pulling up next to one at a set of lights. Today’s feature bike is the B450 scrambler, Borile’s first bike to utilise the new 450cc engine, containing componentry supplied by Ducati. And it’s a brilliant tribute to the scramblers of old.


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‘91 Honda Dominator – Anvil Motociclette

Posted on October 13, 2013 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. 13 comments

Of all the strange and wonderful donor bikes you could pick for a custom project, it’s hard to think of one that trumps the indefeasibly popular Honda Dominator. In orginal form, its look is a rather alarming mix of awkward plastic mouldings and 80s graphic styling – as if a Duran Duran album cover and a wind-up praying mantis had somehow managed to produce a freakish love child. Which makes the production of any cool-looking bike out of its freakish lines a particularly skilled accomplishment in our books. Cue the latest build from our favourite Northern Italians, the alarmingly Rock’n’Roll Marco and Phonz with their Honda Dominator named “Madunassa”.


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Yamaha Star Bolt Scrambler – Doc’s Chops

Posted on October 7, 2013 by Andrew in Scrambler. 27 comments

Doc’s Chops is a household name in some parts, especially if the parts you are talking about are located within the borders of the glorious Custom Yamaha Land. There he’s pretty much the undisputed ruler, save for the odd incursion by John Ryland and his band of merry metal men. DC’s army of work on Yamaha’s XV750 has been victorious to say the least and now Greg Hageman, the man behind the brand, has turned his golden hands to something decidedly non-XV. In a build-off organised by Yamaha America, Greg’s now in battle with nine other shops to see who can take a 2014 Star Bolt and make her the fairest in the land.


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‘88 Honda Africa Twin 650 – ‘Whiskey Throttle’

Posted on September 28, 2013 by Andrew in Scrambler. 21 comments

Some people thrive in adverse situations. They’re the ones that end up climbing mountains, crossing deserts or diving to record depths. They could take the easy option, but somehow they always end up choosing something that is inherently more risky. Similarly, in the bike world customisers who like to minimise problems and get results in the shortest amount of time will often pick a Yamaha SR or CB Honda as a donor bike. They are a tried and true route to good outcome. But where’s the fun in that? Why not choose a bike that would really pose a challenge? Our latest builder did. In fact, he chose the Everest of the custom bike world. A bike we’ve never featured on Pipeburn before. Meet Lorenzo ‘Tenzing’ Rapparini and his ‘Whiskey Throttle’ Honda.


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’81 Yamaha SR 250 – La Raíz Motorcycles

Posted on September 14, 2013 by Andrew in Brat, Rat, Scrambler. 12 comments

It’s that time of year. A time when our Northern Hemisphere friends are enduring the slow, steady descent into winter. And while they sadly put away their bikes and hunker down for many months of snowy oblivion, we here on the bottom the of planet are doing just the opposite. That’s right – summer is coming. You can smell it in the air, and unless you haven’t cleaned your leathers from last year, it’s probably the sweet perfume of spring flowers. That’s why this bike instantly caught our attention. There’s something about it that screams summer like a Tourette’s surfer with a loud hailer. The only thing missing from the shots is a case of cerveza, a beach, and a few surfboards. Like a warm breeze, here’s the latest from Spain’s La Raíz Motorcycles.


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Honda CL450 – Lossa Engineering

Posted on September 6, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 23 comments

Sometimes, life can really throw nasty shit at you. But one of the nastiest things it can throw is cancer. Jay Lossa from Lossa Engineering has been dealt this card not once, but twice. So when cancer reared its ugly head again a second time, he knew what the best therapy for it was. Build a bike. “I haven’t built a bike for myself in over 3 years” says Jay. “So after a horrible 2012 and getting cancer again, doing chemotherapy, full body radiation and having a bone marrow transplant I was aching to build something. I’d had a bike in my head for years and I was keen to use the build as therapy while I was recovering to get back into the swing of things. Everyone knows me for building café bikes. Well, I actually will build any brand and any model – just as long as they are from the 60’s or 70’s. I wanted to build something I could take off-road or jump off a curb and actually carry stuff with me when I ride.” Jumping off a curb? By the looks of it, Jay has built a bike that could take on just about anything – including cancer.


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‘75 Honda CB360T – ‘Cowboy’

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Scott in Rat, Scrambler. 47 comments

By guest writer Phil Guy.

By all appearances Erik Harland Ludwig of Denver, Colorado, is living a fair approximation of the Man Dream. The 26-year old lives in his shop, ‘Machine Shed’, just him, no women (not permanently, anyway), no potpourri or cotton tips, just tools and grease and auto parts. By night he manages Meadowlark, quite possibly Denver’s smoothest bar, and by day he strips back and builds up, fabricates and assembles. Motorbikes or cars, it doesn’t matter, he loves both. No big surprise then that tearing out of this vortex of gritty cool is this raffish dirt rat, affectionately known as ‘Cowboy’.


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