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Honda NX650 – Deus ‘Dominari’

Posted on February 10, 2012 by Scott in Scrambler. 30 comments

Bali is one of the most famous islands in Indonesia. Famous for it’s amazing surf breaks, tough drug laws and strict low displacement bike laws. So when we recently received some photos from the guys at Deus Bali, we just guessed it would be another sweet little Yamaha Scorpio they do so well. But when we opened up the photos of their latest project we were pleasantly surprised to see a completely unrecognizable Honda NX650 Dominator. To say this size bike is rare in Bali would be a huge understatement — there’s only one other 650cc bike and it also happens to be a NX650. So someone at some stage has paid ‘the right people’ to get it on the island and on the road. Anyway, this is not a story about how it got there, we’re just glad it did. To tell us the tale of how this Dominator transformed into the ‘Dominari’, I’ll pass you over to Tom from Deus…


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Honda NX650 Dominator

Posted on November 29, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 29 comments

Humans are addicted to all kinds of things. The usual suspects are cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs. Then you have people who are addicted to objects like motorcycles – you tend to find a lot of them here at ‘Pipeburn Anonymous’. They collect all kinds of bikes and they crave anything motorcycle. Then you have people who are obsessed with certain brands of bikes. They will only ride a Harley, buy Harley boxer shorts and even tattoo their skin with their beloved logo. And then you have people like Andrew Greenland from Wales who is addicted to one model of bike – the Honda NX650 Dominator. It’s probably not the coolest bike on the block, at least not when he finds them, but they usually are when he’s finished. This is the fifth Dominator Andrew has built in 18 months and we think this could be his finest work yet. “I was wondering what one of these bikes would look like in military style and decided the only way to find out was to build it, so here it is…” says Andrew.


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Kawasaki W650 – Wrenchmonkees #32

Posted on October 2, 2011 by Scott in Rat, Scrambler. 16 comments

I have a confession to make. I’ve been having a relationship with another girl for years behind my wifes back. I keep her tucked away in a garage up the road and I’m always making excuses to go see her. I could ride her all day long and most of the time I do. Then at other times, it’s just a quickie up to the shops – but always satisfying. You could call her my mistress. My metal mistress. So when Wrenchmonkees sent me an email saying they were building a bike for the Mistress Gentlemen’s Motorcycle Club (MGMC), I instantly related to the clubs name. Not because it sounds like a strip club (that helped), but because I like the idea of a motorbike being a ‘mistress’. MGMC is a fractional ownership club for luxury motorcycles in Lisbon Portugal. You pay an annual fee and you get to choose from the bevy of ‘Mistress motorcycles’. The more you pay, the more quality alone time you get to spend with these bikes over the year. “We have a Ducati Diavel, a BMW S1000RR and a GS 1200, but we needed something unique to complete our fleet” says part owner Gonçalo Henriques. “Our goal was to have a dream garage for our members. First we were thinking of a Harley but we contacted Per from Wrenchmonkees, that we found in a Portuguese magazine called Rev and project Mistress was born!”


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Matt Machine’s 1978 XS650 Street Tracker

Posted on September 20, 2011 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. 24 comments

Ever caught one of those documentaries on TV where some unsuspecting Joe Average pays $1.95 for an “old painting” at a junk sale and ends up being told by some expert or another that he is the proud new owner of a multi-million-dollar Van Gogh? Or the spotty kid who gets given a dusty old guitar and amp from a dead relative and later realises he has one hundred large in mint 1952 1954 Fender Strat and Tweed Deluxe clutched in his sweaty little fingers. Never happen to us, right? Well looky over here and please do meet one very lucky Sydney-sider who goes by the name of Rob. Now when the rest of us combine beer, eBay and a “little bid to start things off”, we usually end up with something that looks a little like this. But not Rob. See, he had a tipsy mash of the “bid now” button and ended up buying a bike from Australia’s king of customs, Matt Machine. Pipers, say a big hello to Mr Ayres and the newest member of his personal rolling stock; the Matt Machine 1975 XS650 Street Tracker.


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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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