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1978 Honda CM 185T – Classified Moto

Posted on November 2, 2011 by Scott in Other, Tracker. 20 comments

The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” couldn’t apply more to what Classified Moto do. First they used old bike parts to make stupid cool lamps. Then they turned the undesirable Virago into a stripped back sexy beast even it’s own mother wouldn’t recognize. Now they have turned a 1978 CM185 into a piece of art. “Like a lot of the bikes we work on, it was not the coolest bike on the block,” say Classified Moto owner John Ryland. The bike was built for ad agency producer Christina Cairo. Aparently she had never ridden a motorcycle before but loved what Classified Moto were doing and wanted one for herself. “We gave her the (unofficial) friends and family discount and she gave us free reign to do what we wanted,” says John. Luckily she wasn’t in a hurry because they have been working on the bike on and off for a year. It got back-burnered repeatedly as other bigger paid projects came in, but as you can see by the photos it’s now finished. And how.


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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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Kawasaki KZ400 Street Tracker

Posted on April 19, 2011 by Scott in Tracker. 23 comments

“The customer is always right.” We’ve all heard the saying. It’s based on the thought that if a company really wants to get ahead, they need to listen closely to what their customers want. Most of the time you dredge it up when your stuck in a tricky situation dealing with an airline hostess or rental car attendant. You know the feeling; you just want that second damn bag of tiny little peanuts and it just so happens that no, you don’t care so much about the one-small-bag-of-nutty-snacks-per-passenger-rule thank you very much. So when a good customer of Maindrive Cycles in Texas asked them to build a street tracker using a Japanese bike, they needed a little convincing before they started. You see, Cory Hebert from Maindrive specialises in good ol’ American bikes, and had never built a Japanese bike before.


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1979 BMW R100/7 Blitz Street Tracker

Posted on March 24, 2011 by Scott in Brat, Tracker. 57 comments

A couple of months ago we featured a beautifully shot video of some French gentleman from Blitz Motorcycles in Paris cruising the country roads of France. The video caused quite a commotion with most people liking it, but we also had our fair share of haters — but as they say in France, “such is life.” Well, hopefully their latest creation, this rough and raw BMW street tracker will show you that these guys aren’t a “bunch of douche bag hipsters” but actually a group of quite talented builders putting out some really impressive bikes.


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“Madame Guzzi” Boardtracker

Posted on November 23, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Tracker. 41 comments

What were you doing with your life in your late teens? If you were anything like me you were flunking out of university, getting right-royally wasted, living at home and you more than likely hadn’t even considered riding a motorbike. At least, not legally. Cough. So what if I were to tell you that the creator of the amazing Moto Guzzi you see above is only a mere 20 years old and that this is in fact the third custom bike he’s built? Well, it’s with gritted teeth and a slightly awkward, jealous smile that I’d like to introduce you to Adam Nestor, creator of this Ferrari blue wonder called “Madame Guzzi”.


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1972 CL350 Brat-Tracker

Posted on October 13, 2010 by Scott in Brat, Classic, Tracker. 7 comments

A year ago we featured another Honda CL350 built by Jonathon Wood (AKA Woody), which was one of our favourite builds of 2009. Instead of creating another cafe racer, this time Woody created what he calls a ‘Brat Tracker’. “It’s basically a bratstyle and street-tracker inspired motorcycle” says Woody. This latest project was based on a “super clean” 1972 CL350 that he picked up a little while ago.


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Honda NX650 Street Tracker

Posted on September 15, 2010 by Scott in Tracker. 16 comments

An amazing ‘before and after’ shot can do wonders shifting products. Just think of all the diet products that are sold by showing a photo of a fat person and right next to it the same person now slim with an amazing six pack. Sometimes the improvement is so incredible you can’t believe the transformation. It’s similar to when I first laid eyes on this beautiful looking street tracker – it was hard to believe it came from a beat-up 1992 Honda Dominator. Luckily there’s people like Andrew Greenland, who didn’t see an out of shape body but a hot street tracker waiting to get out.


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1973 Yamaha RD250 Street Tracker

Posted on September 9, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Tracker, Uncategorized. 7 comments

This RD250 caught my eye after recently winning the coveted Do The Ton Bike of the Month. The bike hadn’t run for 20 years when Ken Stout bought it as part of a package deal with two 60’s Honda Superhawks. Being a design engineer in the motorcycle/powersport industry it didn’t take him long to get it going. “After cleaning the carbs, new fuel line, and some gas, she fired right up” Ken said. Ken wanted to do something special with the bike and decided to turn it into a street tracker.


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1972 Honda XL250

Posted on August 30, 2010 by Scott in Brat, Tracker. 15 comments

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Larry Pearson is no newcomer to the pages of Pipeburn. First we featured his beautiful CB550, then his Wes Cooley GS1000S (which is about to appear in Cycle World) and now this striking Honda XL250. “A co-worker of mine had this dilapidated ’72 Honda XL250 that he used as a woods bike for 20 years” said Larry. “He stripped it down, put a set of knobby tires on it and just rode it occasionally. It had been bored out to a 305cc and a mild cam installed by a previous owner.” For whatever reason it sat outside for about 5 years unused, until it was offered to Larry for free – just to see if he could do something with it. “I didn’t really have any need for a dirt bike, but when he told me about the engine and how well it ran, I went over for a look. Even after sitting outside for all those years, and with bad gas in the tank, it fired right up after about 5 kicks!.” Larry decided to haul it home. It was in terrible shape, with rust everywhere, dented tank, broken fenders, bent exhaust and anything else you can think of. Wondering what to do, Larry came up with the idea to make a retro motard.

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Yamaha XS650 Boardtracker

Posted on July 25, 2010 by Scott in Tracker. 7 comments
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It’s not every day you see a Yamaha boardtracker – especially one of this calibre. It wasn’t long ago that this one of a kind XS650 created a lot of attention when featured on XS650Chopper. Built by the talented Nick Stringer from Metal Head Fabrication in California, it recently picked up Iron Works Bar Hopper 1st place at the LA Calendar Motorcycle show.

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