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1994 Suzuki DR650 Street Dracker – Blitz Motorcycles

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 25 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

The French always seem to be on the forefront of fashion. Clothes, perfume, and now custom motorcycles. Not that I pay much attention to the first two. The latest fashion in custom cycles appears to be to use a dirt bike as the base for a build. Rugged, simple design makes for an excellent platform to build on, they’re cheap as well, and the ability to get that big bore thumper note all add to the desirability. Blitz Motorcycles knows this, and has used this thinking to the best of their abilities to create a level of custom rarely seen, all from the starting point of a simple trail bike. It just makes sense, oui?


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La Corona’s ’81 BMW R100RS – “004”

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 24 comments

La Corona Motorcycles is one of the latest shops in Europe to be producing this stripped back street tracker look. Based in Barcelona, this is their fourth build by the four passionate Spanish builders. Each of their builds has used a different donor bike, but they all have the ‘less is more’ La Corona aesthetic to them. This time they decided to use a 1981 BMW R100RS. It’s the second incarnation of this beemer, originally being built red with black detailing. The stock bike had a sizeable complete fairing, which was the first thing to go. Their goal, like most of their builds was to build something simple and “naked” – we think they acheived this with flying colors.


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Kevils Speed Shop’s BMW R100 RS – “Le Mans”

Posted on November 24, 2012 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. 24 comments

If you are going to use a race car as inspiration for your BMW scrambler project, there is not a better, more famous or outrageously cool race car than the 1970 Gulf Porsche 917 featured in Steve McQueen’s movie ‘Le Mans”. The classic Gulf powder blue with marigold orange trim is one of the most iconic racing liveries in history. Kevin Hill from Kevils Speed Shop in Devon, England, decided to use these iconic colors and Porsche 917 as motivation for this sensational street scrambler he has named “Le Mans”. Kevin has a serious soft-spot for old BMW boxers and has built too many to count over the years. He started working in the motor industry straight from school in the early eighties and has had a varied career since, including industrial model making. “I suppose that’s how I got a keen eye for detail and design,” he says. It wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to make his passion of building custom motorcycles his full time job – and we’re sure glad he did.


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Suzuki DR650 – Deus Bali

Posted on September 22, 2012 by Scott in Scrambler. 60 comments

Bali is known as “the island with a thousand temples” but there’s only one temple most moto monks will be interested in visiting on their spiritual pilgrimage to Bali, and that’s the ‘Deus Temple of Enthusiasm‘ – it’s the place of worship for those that bow their helmet to the ‘God in the machine’. And the latest machine from the Bengkel boys is this dirty back track Suzuki DR650. Compared to most countries like Australia and America, the DR650 is not a very common bike in Indonesia. As the saying goes ‘they are rarer than rocking horse poo’, thanks to the strict Indonesian import laws making the importation of larger displacement bikes a very expensive venture due to the huge import taxes. So when one comes up for sale, Deus try to snatch them up.


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Renegade Custom’s Yamaha Scorpio – “Desert Racer”

Posted on September 16, 2012 by Andrew in Scrambler. 40 comments

It’s funny how two seemingly incongruous things can go really well together. Like pickled fish and sour cream, tractors and drag racing, or hot girls and samurai swords. At first glance you’d dismiss the match-up, but once you see (or taste – and I mean the fish, not the girls) it in action, you’re sold. Likewise for motorbikes and deserts. From a tarmac-centric point of view there’s not much to be said for turning you back on the smooth, safe blacktop and heading towards the cacti. But once you get a taste of the dirt in your mouth and you loose the road, you realise that the whole planet is yours to conquer. Just ask Steve McQueen. And Ren de Haas, of Sydney’s Renegade Customs.


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E3 Motorcycles ’71 Honda CL 100

Posted on September 3, 2012 by Andrew in Scrambler. 56 comments

New York. Probably the most famousest city in the world. Well known for it’s food, architecture, night life and it’s custom bike scene. Um, ok – you got me. So maybe the bike thing was a bit of a stretch. Now I’ve never been to the ol’ City That Never Sleeps, but at a glance it seems like pretty much exactly the wrong place a biker should be holed up in. Killer traffic. Expensive rent. Lots of cops. And the world’s largest collection of working traffic lights. But glance again, because out of the hot dog scented steam haze of a Brooklyn street comes E3 Motorcycles, and a rather lovely Honda CL.


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’88 Yamaha DT50MX – “Cocaine White”

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Andrew in Scrambler. 71 comments

Is it me, or are there a heap load of cool ‘peds dropping lately? Although Scott and I are closet moped fans, we’ve always told ourselves that the bikes we chose to feature on Pipeburn would consist mainly of the motorbike variety, and that we’d only feature the odd moped that took our fancy. Now, looking back at the bikes we’ve posted, I see three mopeds in the last month. All killer examples oh just how cool the bikes coming out of the scene really are. Well stand back, because here’s another blow-your-socks-off example. She belongs to Swede Hakan Persson and to our eyes she could just be the most amazing moped/trial/MX bike we’ve ever seen. Either that, or the cocaine we just did is affecting our judgement.


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CRD’s ’95 Yamaha SR 250 – ‘Atomica’

Posted on June 17, 2012 by Andrew in Scrambler. 31 comments

As much as it pains us to say it, this post is the first bona fide post we’ve ever done on Pedro and the boys at Cafe Racer Dreams. By hook or by crook, we’ve never managed to get our hands on his sweet, sweet goodies while they were still box fresh. But never say never; please meet CRD’s latest and greatest creation, “sweet #16” – better known as “Atomica”.


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’75 Honda CL360

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Scrambler. 74 comments

Aspen, Colorado. You’re thinking about the mountains, the snow, the cashed-up tourists, yes? Of course all that frozen water, dampness, and roads full of chains-on-the-tires virgins would make it pretty much the antithesis of what you’d call “good biking country.” Well think again, because it seems the local scene there has got their long Johns all in a twist over a rather beautiful scrambler-cum-cafe racer that has been buzzing up and down their streets disturbing the peace. The perpetrator of this public nuisance? One Casey Braaksma. And the bike? It’s probably the nicest Honda CL360 we’ve seen all year.


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CRD #14 – BMW R75/5

Posted on May 6, 2012 by Scott in Brat, Scrambler. 47 comments

The guys from Spanish shop Café Racer Dreams are truly making a name for themselves on a global scale. The garage was born out of a lack of vintage custom shops in Spain and founder Pedro Garcia hasn’t looked back since opening its doors a few years ago. This is the first BMW to roll out of their small Madrid based garage and we love its stripped down simplicity. The bikes engine has been rebuilt with the expertise of Javier from Maxboxer who specialises in boxers. At this stage it’s still a work in progress but we definitely like where they are going with this project. Pedro tells us it should be complete by the end of next month so we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime there’s a solid build thread worth checking out on the CRD blog.


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