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Interview: Karles Vives – Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Scott in Other, Scrambler. 31 comments


You’ve probably never heard of Karles Vives. He is not famous in the motorcycling world and up until 6 months ago he had never attempted to build a bike. That all changed when he picked up a 1982 BMW R100 and Jeremy Churchill’s ‘BMW 2-Valve Twins’ book and decided to turn a tired old beemer that was drowning in panniers and a chunky fairing into the classic styled scrambler of his dreams. When we spotted this bike, it got our attention like a red rag to a bull and wanted to find out more about this Spaniard and his classy German scrambler he affectionately calls ‘Scram’.


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1997 Honda NX650 Dominator

Posted on July 6, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 15 comments

The country of Wales is famous for producing two things, the singer Tom Jones and also for mining many precious metals. Ironically, precious metal was all that was left when Welshman Andrew Greenland stripped the plastic off his 1997 Honda Dominator and did a ground up rebuild. Andrew has a serious perchant for Honda Dominators and he does them impeccably. This isn’t the first Dominator he has built, and by the sounds of things it won’t be his last.


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2010 Triumph Scrambler

Posted on July 2, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 25 comments

If there was ever a remake of ‘The Great Escape’ (God forbid), I think we’ve found the perfect bike for that famous fence jump. Built by a brand spanking new motorcycle shop in Costa Mesa California called RTL Moto. They specialize in vintage European bikes and describe their work as “Mad Max-style customisation”, which sounds pretty damn good to us. This is their inaugural project and we are honored they sent Pipeburn the very first shots. The Triumph belongs to a customer named Jeremy and his brief was pretty straight forward. “He plans on doing a lot of travel next year and he asked us to build him a vintage-looking bike that he could ride off-road” says Chris Lisk from RTL Moto.


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Deus SX225 Street Tracker

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 27 comments


As winter approaches here in Australia, the thought of migrating to a tropical climate is very appealing. A place like Bali would be the perfect location; not only is it balmy for most of the year but thanks in part to Deus they have a very sweet bike and surf culture. And with beautiful bikes like this Deus SX225 Street Tracker that keep rolling out of their Bengkel workshop, one could only assume that things are going to stay pretty warm over there for a while yet. Here’s how Deus Bali describe the build, “this Yamaha SX225 Street Tracker has literally been rebuilt from the ground up. The frame to the engine, and everything in-between has been modified, rebuilt or replaced to fulfill the specs laid out by our customer and friend Alex. What he wanted, he got. Including the short wheel base – seems he has a liking towards the wheelie.”


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Deus CB100 – The Prospect

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 30 comments

When it comes to building a custom bike, the humble Honda CB100 probably doesn’t sit very high on many peoples list. Unless you live in Indonesia, where thousands of these bullet proof singles are ready for a rebuild — and that’s just what Deus Bali are doing. “This is one outcome of the ‘CB100 range’ we are working on” Tom from Deus mentions. “We have rounded up a gaggle of 1970’s CB100’s and are putting a different twist on each one.” The bike has been named ‘The Prospect’, because it was a while before they work out what to transform it into. It finally all came together when Deus Sydney sent them a chrome alloy ‘Peanut’ tank and “as soon as the reflective orb hit the frame the other parts just seemed to gravitate towards it, until finally the general idea was complete.”


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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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McDeeb Six Day Scrambler

Posted on February 13, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 17 comments

When I first came across photos of this beautiful scrambler with the script “McDeeb” painted on the tank, I pictured a small company in the countryside of England, producing some classically-styled machines. After doing a bit of research and finally getting in contact with the owner, I realised how off the mark I was. Fabrizio Di Bella (AKA McDeeb) turns out to be an Italian with a penchant for Royal Enfields and classic motorcycles. Fabrizio has had an impressive career in the Italian motorcycle industry. “My career began as a motocross and road test-driver for some motorcycle magazines” Fabrizio says. “My technical background was formed mainly in R&D in the Kawasaki off-road and ATV’s Italian branch”. Then twelve years ago he got sick of working for ‘the man’ and decided to start his own garage and workshop which he called Classic Farm Motorcycles.


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Triumph T100 Scrambler Video

Posted on January 28, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler, Video. 12 comments

This classic styled Triumph T100 Scrambler, commonly known as Jack Pine is no newcomer to the limelight. It was numero uno in BikeEXIF’s Greatest Hits of 2010 — a combination of most hits and most comments. Now Hammarhead Industries have released this short video of their scrambler in action. So if you thought this Triumph was all show and no go, then you don’t know Jack.

[Found on Return of the Cafe Racers]

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Harley Davidson 883 Scrambler

Posted on November 8, 2010 by Scott in Scrambler. 21 comments

Only last week Harley-Davidson announced that they were planning to restructure the company and wanted to be quicker to market with new products. Well, young Italian designer Luca Bar has created this Harley Davidson 883 Scrambler concept that should be one such product.

Luca designed this scrambler with the European market in mind – he is Europeon after all. “The project gives a nod to the years when there were no major endorsements, the bike was the bike, one and good for all”, ready to adapt” says Luca. “The horses and the chassis are enough for the scope, the fork gets stiffer springs and at the rear longer units. The wheels 18″ front and 17” at the rear fit very Italian Pirelli Scorpion Sync and the secondary transmission needs to be a chain instead of a belt. The classic saddle and tank shape, form the overall look of the bike. The protagonist of the right side is the “line” of the exhaust, tall and straight, half-way between the European regularity bike and American Drifters.”


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RSD KTM Café Racer

Posted on June 16, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Scrambler. 10 comments

Roland Sands Design (RSD) recently posted these ‘almost finished’ pics of their latest creation on their site – the classic paint job is yet to be done. Turning a KTM 530 into a café racer might not be the most practical build, but I do love the look of it. The bike has the very distinctive RSD styling but the one thing I personaly don’t like is the left-over KTM plastic underneath the new gas tank.


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