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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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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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]
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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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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Indonesians are truly amazing at using whatever resources they have to create ‘silk purses out of a sow’s ear’. You see, due to the heavy import tax in Indonesia bikes like TW200’s, W650’s and SR400’s are not available, so they have to think outside the square when building classic looking motorcycles. This time the donor bike is the uninspiring 2009 Yamaha 225 Scorpio. When I first laid eyes on this little hill climber I immediately thought it was a TW200 but was pleasantly surprised when they told me it was a Yamaha Scorpio. “The ‘Bali Dog’ is a distant cousin of Deus Australia’s ‘Drover’s Dog‘ – all dick and ribs just like the barking mutt trotting around the temples at night” Deus tells us. Felix the head of the Deus Bali workshop designed and built this bike with the help of his team. Everything is either custom made here or imported from Japan. For a small bike the spec list is large; including a Harley Davidson Headlight, Daytona 36cm rear shock, customized W650 Chrome back Fender, Nitro Head Studded seat and Chrome Scrambler bars just to mention a few. The end result is the perfect custom to transport you down to the local surf reefs while turning a few ‘wax heads’ on the way.
Just discovered this inspiring story about a group of 10 guys (mainly from New Zealand) who are travelling across the middle of Australia on custom made motorcycles. The 5500km trip is called ‘Our Great Escape’ and aside from being one hell of an adventure the the boys are also raising money for Cure Kids. When I say ‘boys’ they are mostly middle aged men who are young at heart . “Our youngest ‘carnival’ member is 21 and our oldest is 58 yrs old and with the exception of one father and son combination (Dave and Brendon), we probably would be unlikely to spend too much time together with our very different great lives” Doug explains. “Most of us have had motorcycles built especially for our desert scrambling adventure thanks to the Deus Ex Machina custom motorcycle team, Shed 5, Auckland”.
It’s probably no secret that Deus are venturing into the surfboard market, especially with one of the owners being ex Mambo and Australia having such a huge and profitable surf culture. Their real point of difference though will always be trying to stay left of field, so we won’t be surprised when they manufacture surfboards using old school shapes and designs. They have nearly finished transforming a Balinese rice paddy into their factory and surf headquarters – where they will be shaping and making the Deus surfboards. And what surf factory would be complete without a custom TW200 complete with surfboard racks to take your workers down to the local surf breaks at Bukit? This TW200 is appropriately named the Bukit Climber and looks like it’s main purpose is to travel from the popular beach to the Deus factory at the top of the hill. For more pics of this understated rice burner (and rice fields) check out this Bali gallery.
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These Italian Urban Scramblers have been causing a stir on many Italian motorcycle sites. It’s the first motorcycle designed by TPR Italian Factory – a new company started by Pietro Figini. Like many custom bike builders, Pietro Figini couldn’t find a motorcycle on the Italian market that showed character, style and uniqueness, so he designed this urban scrambler hoping others would share his taste for classic bikes. Figini loves his English motorcycles, so decided to use a twin cylinder 800cc engine as a base, along with the Triumph Bonneville’s double crade chassis. The rest of the bike then went into production, taking inspiration from bikes mainly from the 1960’s. The Urban Scrambler is no show pony either, but also a performance bike, with work on the engine and fuel system resulting in a respectable 75 hp. We love this scrambler and can’t wait to see TPR’s Cafe Racer which is apparently in production. To view the whole spec list hit this link.
[Via Rocket Garage]
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