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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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Armstrong-CCM 250 Speedster

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Scott in Racer, Scrambler. 22 comments

You always remember your first. And this CCM Motorcycle is the first of its kind to adorn the pages of Pipeburn. CCM (Clews Competition Machines) was a British motorcycle manufacturer that was formed in 1971 from what was left of BSA’s off-road competition team. They had a limited budget and bought all the left over spares from BSA to manufacturer their own motorcycles. This eventually became a successful business and were highly regarded as reliable machines. Thanks to a few merges it became Armstrong-CCM and for most of the 1980s they produced about 3,500 trails and motocross bikes. Today’s feature bike was one of those – although they probably didn’t imagine it would turn out like this.


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‘82 Honda CB450T Hawk – Classified Moto

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. 27 comments

Many people, us included, will strenuously argue about the artistic merits of custom motorcycles. From the raw materials to the choice of metal finishes right down to the minutiae of headlight placement and visual flow, in the eyes of the faithful anything can be considered a work of art. Be here’s a crazy idea – what if a bike was not only a work of art in itself, but actually included a work of art as part of it’s asthetic. What if you commissioned an artist to create art for your bike? What if the bike you created was actually a kind of rolling art gallery? Sound crazy? Then welcome to the mind of John Ryland and his Classified Moto Team with their latest creation, an artsy Honda CB450T that goes by the nickname of “The Fox”.


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1983 BMW R80RT – ‘CARNERA’

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Scott in Brat, Scrambler. 14 comments

We love the scramblers coming out of Europe at the moment. The latest is this BMW R80RT built by the talented brothers at Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche named ‘Carnera’. To most of us this name doesn’t mean a thing, but to Italian’s, Primo Carnera was one of the greatest boxers Italy has produced – winning the world heavyweight championship back in 1933. “We named it after him because our bike is a big, elegant and like him, it has a boxer engine too” says Andrea. The bike was commissioned by a customer from Tuscany whose brief was simple “create an elegant and bad ass vintage enduro.” Well, we think they’ve built a knockout Beemer.


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Honda SL90 – Speedtractor Industries

Posted on July 18, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 19 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

Looking back, I was pretty lucky I reckon. I got to grow up around vintage motocross bikes, learning to ride on 70s era Yamaha bikes. Although only smaller capacity bikes, I loved the feeling of riding something that had been ridden offroad for over 20 years, and could still go hard. I didn’t think there was any way you could improve on that. Until I layed my eyes on Speedtractor’s SL90. Or should that be SL600? A big bore late model engine matched with 70s styling, it’s very much the ideal mix in relation to the power to styling ratio. And it’s oh so pretty.


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BSA Lightning 650 – La Raiz Motorcycles

Posted on July 14, 2013 by Andrew in Racer, Scrambler. 16 comments

It’s a truism of sorts, but in many ways customising bikes is as much about what you remove and where you cut the bike as it is about what you add. Many builds that are hailed as ‘miraculous transformations’ turn out to be mostly about the builder’s skill in seeing past all the external frippery and into the core beauty of the bike’s design. As Michelangelo famously put it, ‘I simply saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.’ And if ever there was a bike the personified that approach it would have to be this, the latest build from Spain’s La Raiz (or The Root) Motorcycles.


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2012 Triumph Scrambler – British American Motors

Posted on July 6, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 12 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

The dealership. It usually projects the faceless corporate image of the automotive world, where orders usually come from the head office and conformity is expected. They are hardly a place where creativity can grow freely in – something the boys from British American Motors realised four years ago. They decided to do things a little different and once free of the shackles of orders from above, have been able to build bikes like today’s feature bike, their take on the 2012 Triumph Scrambler. Take that conformity.

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Triumph Scrambler ‘A.R.D’ – Anvil Motociclette

Posted on June 19, 2013 by Andrew in Scrambler. 23 comments

There’s nothing quite like a motorbike that has been painted matte black. Sure, these days you see the use of matte black on everything, hell, I’ve even seen a ‘murdered out’ Rolls Royce recently. But nothing beats a blacked out motorcycle, they just look tough. Add a good set of knobby tires and it instantly turns the look of the bike into something Steve McQueen would outrun Nazi’s on, or you’d find in a vintage motocross race. And that’s exactly the look these Italian brothers from Anvil Motociclette were going for. The latest bike to roll out of their Milan based shop is this rugged looking Triumph Scrambler, and they’ve done more than just add some knobby tires.


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