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Blitz’s ’91 Harley 883 – “Gentle Board Tracker”

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Tracker. 35 comments

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know what you all are thinking. I thought the same thing when I first laid eyes on this cool new Harley from Paris’ Blitz Motorcycles. “Surely they mean STREET tracker, not board tracker?” I wondered. After all, this Harley looks about as much like a board tracker as the Hindenburg looked like a hummingbird. But you, like I, would be wrong. See the concept behind the latest Blitz creation was to take the essence of that much-loved era of fearless riders and death-by-buttock-splinters and and apply it to one of Milwaukee’s finest. And gosh darn it if they haven’t just gone and done that very same thing. The more observant readers out there will also note that unlike pretty much every other blitz bike in existence, this one is in fact “avec de la peinture et sans poussière,” or “not completely filthy” as we say in Anglaise. Please welcome the Gentle Board Tracker to our friendly pages.


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BMW R100 Tracker – Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Scott in Tracker. 14 comments

It’s always a Good Friday when we receive fine photographs of great bikes in the Pipeburn inbox. Like this recently completed beemer flat-tracker from our friend Karles over at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles in Spain. Karles is also the man behind Scram Africa and has a serious passion for classic flat trackers and scramblers. It’s been almost a year since we posted Karles first bike, another BMW R100 tracker which was also a tribute to the flat trackers of old. After several months of hard work Karles is extremely happy with his latest project. “It has been a great challenge to complete the bike and a way to improve and continue learning in this addictive world of customization” he says. I have a soft spot for airheads and flat trackers, so for me this is the perfect combination.


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Honda CB360T – ‘Cherry Bomb’

Posted on March 30, 2012 by Scott in Classic, Tracker. 24 comments

Forty years ago Mark Brelsford was crowned the 1972 AMA Grand National Champion, riding his Harley-Davidson XR750 to victory. Many years later Simon Whittaker from Canberra Australia was flicking through some old motorcycle magazines and stopped on an article. It was a story about the legendary Mark Brelsford and featured some photographs of his Flat Track XR750 in all its glory. Simon had just acquired an old Honda CB360 from an old lady’s back yard and was wondering what to do with his first ground up rebuild. It was a light bulb moment. “I decided to build a XR750 inspired flat tracker” said Simon. “This is the bike that started my 70’s Honda twin obsession”. As the old saying goes, you always remember your first…


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1974 BMW R75 – Krautmotors Street Tracker

Posted on February 12, 2012 by Scott in Tracker. 30 comments

When it comes to finding inspiration on building a custom motorcycle, most people search the internet, look in magazines or pray to a higher being to give them a brilliant idea. Not Rolf Reick from Germany. He was inspired by people telling him he couldn’t do what he always wanted to do — build a BMW using an old frame and a new engine. “I guess the overall motivation was that people told me it just wasn’t possible to build it like that” says Rolf. Rolf is a product designer and head of a private school for product design. Besides that he works as a freelance designer and also owns a clothing label called Krautmotors. So between doing all those things we have no idea how he has time to build so many amazing bikes. Like this one-of-a-kind ‘BMW Frankenstein’ Street Tracker…


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1976 Honda XLS 125 – ‘Dirt’

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. 26 comments

I’m a man of the world. Or at least I like to think I am. So when French Pipeburn fan Laurent Huille sent us these shots of his beautiful little Honda XLS I thought it’d be a perfect time to brush up on my high school French and get that second language back in shape. And as we all know, French and English are so damn close anybody with half a brain could probably do it. So with any further a due (see – I’m at it already!) Pipeburn’s first ever opening gambit (and again) in French. Stand clear…

En se flambe à exhaustificationne (alà Pipeburn.com) un trés cool Honda avec Laurent Huille après des rêves agités un le grand mammaries, Gregor Samsa se retrouva flambe posterior, dans son lit, métamorphosé en un phuque vou, monstrueux insecte. Boom! Oui oui il était sur le dos, un dos aussi dur qu’une carapace, et, en relevant un peu la tête, il vit, bombé, brun, cloisonné par des arceaux plus rigides por madame’s pleasure « a bucket full of horse nipples », son abdomen sur le haut duquel la couverture « I repeatedly fell over the naughty nun », prête à glisser tout à fait, ne tenait plus qu’à peine. Ses nombreuses shizzle la nizzle pattes, a hor he hor hor lamentablement grêles par comparaison « That’s what SHE said! » avec la corpulence qu’il avait par ailleurs, grouillaient désespérément sous « Tom Cruise is the queen mother » ses yeux. Qu’est-ce qui m’est arrivé ? Pensa-t-il. Ce n’était pas un rêve. Trés haude merde!


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1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ650 Bobber

Posted on November 4, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Tracker. 48 comments

Some of you will have seen Roland Sand’s recent custom job on a Ducati Desmosedici RR where he took that undoubtedly very cool and expensive super sports bike and made it into a very different type of very cool and super expensive bike. Sort of like taking a lump of gold and making it into a different sort of, erm, gold. Well that’s all well and good, but what really impresses us is the rags-to-riches type of custom alchemy that you find from time to time. The kind of transformation where you see a bike you previously thought of as a bit lame and embarrassing being transformed into something that is cooler than cool. The build that stands out in our minds is John Ryland’s Reciprocity Virago. Until now, that is. The bike you see here is the result of some serious talent being applied to one very uncool Yamaha Maxim by a guy called Chris Tschiffley and his dad. Nothing like setting the bar really high and then sailing over it like you’re not even trying. Nice work Chris – and hello Roland if you’re reading this…


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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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