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1972 Yamaha TX650

Posted on May 24, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized. 17 comments

Shooting Kent's Motorcycles 2014

Written by Ian Lee.

After more than three decades in the motorcycle industry, you’re bound to pick up a whole heap of neat tricks. It also helps if you run one of the biggest motorcycle accessory houses in Europe, with a catalogue of over 6000 fibreglass molds and the know-how that attracts the attention of factory race teams. With access to so much awesome, you know whatever Kent Riches deems fit to lay spanners on is going to end up a feature bike somewhere. And that’s what Pipeburn is featuring today. Starting off with a ‘crusty’ 1972 Yamaha TX650, Kent Riches has raided the Yamaha parts bin and the parts catalogue from his business, AirTech Streamlining, to create a homage to the AMA Pro Twin racers of the 70s, to take the master bike builder back to where it all began for him.

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‘88 Ducati 750 Sport – JvB Moto

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Andrew in Racer, Uncategorized. 26 comments

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Perfection. It’s a glittering prize that many of us endlessly strive for but few rarely achieve. For all the polished-to-perfection show winners you see around the traps, there’s a million builds that are quit on or just left to rot. But what if, instead of throwing in the towel on the build itself, you gave up on the idea of that ‘perfect’ bike? What if you took more of a racing approach and simply considered the bike as something that was constantly evolving? A new part here, a modification there. And all with the aim of making something that was just straight up badass and damn fast. Because that’s just what Jens and the boys at JvB have done. And if this is what happens when you kick perfection to the kerb, we’re not so sure it’s such a big loss after all.

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Halcyon 50 Deluxe – Janus Motorcycles

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Andrew in Moped, Uncategorized. 32 comments

Everything old is new again. The more we race towards the future with our iPhones and internets, the more we seem to long for a time when things were simpler. Cut throat razors are now selling better than they have in 50 years. 15 years ago, a hand-made leather wallet was something only Louis Vuitton and $500 could have got you. Now there are small leather makers popping up all over the place. And it seems like every man and his dog are doing a decent pair of jeans, although we remember when the only choice you had were 501s. So what would happen if you took this bespoke, small-scale approach and applied it to build an entire motorcycle? Enter Janus Motorcycles of Goshen, Indiana, and their wonderful Halcyon 50.


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Poll – Cafe Racers And Track Days. Yes or No?

Posted on January 17, 2012 by Andrew in Other, Uncategorized. 59 comments

The image above shows the everbold Mark Hawwa, supreme ruler of our good mates at Sydney Cafe Racers, doing something that kinda blew my mind. Extraordinarily, he took his beautificient SR to Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway for a track day. A cafe racer. On a race track. Crazy. But it got my mind wheels a turnin’. Do cafes really belong on a track? Aren’t they specifically a public road beastie? Sure, they were inspired by racing bikes but they were never intended to actually race on a track, were they? Or is it more a long-lost son returning to his true home? Oh, how my motorcycling mind spins! So what do you guys think? Do cafes belong on-track?



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Head Full of Snakes Magazine

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Scott in Uncategorized. 20 comments

Next time you walk into your local newsagent just have a look at how many crappy magazines there are crammed on all those busy little shelves. And let’s be honest, most of them were more useful as trees – and probably better looking as well. So when we were sent a copy of a new magazine called ‘Head Full of Snakes’ we were initially sceptical, to say the least. Until about 10 seconds after we opened up the envelope and pulled out a magazine that didn’t feel like the usual glossy motorcycle mag we’ve come to expect. This felt more like something that was made in the 60’s or 70’s. It felt handmade. It felt like an old friend; the way a motorcycle magazine should be. Not completely filled with advertising. Not overly polished or slick, but instead a solid collection of great photographs and honest stories. You can almost smell the passion and sweat that went into it. The magazine is the brainchild of motorcycle nuts and graphic designers Luke Wood and Stuart Geddes. Here’s how Stuart describes his magazine…


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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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Chasing Thunder

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Scott in Uncategorized. No Comments

Scott Pommier is a talented photographer from Vancouver who has been working on a new book titled ‘Chasing Thunder’. Many shots from the book can be seen on Scott’s blog which is continuously updated, showing a new shot every week or so. The series of photographs have a vintage photojournalist feel and the captivating subject matter focuses on choppers, bobbers and motorcycle parts.


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1942 Harley Davidson WLA

Posted on January 19, 2010 by Scott in Uncategorized. 2 comments

This Harley WLA is owned by Mr Nishida of the Posh Factory in Tokyo, Japan. The Posh Factory make high performance parts for a range of motorcycles but specialize in Harley Davidsons. This WLA was built to race in the AVCC (American Vintage motorcycle Competition Clubman road-race) in Japan and has had some great wins over the years. Nisheda says he loves circuit racing more than anything else, and enjoys meeting people and learning more about vehicle parts through racing which helps them make better motorcycle products.The HD 42WLA was originally built around World War II to US army specs, and apparently were very popular amongst young soldiers who would come home hoping to get a Harley-Davidson like he saw or rode in the war. Not many original WLA’s exist today, most of them being turned into choppers and extensively modified … Read More »


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1962 Norton Manx 500

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Scott in Uncategorized. No Comments

This stunning illustration is by Australian artist Gaston Vanzet. Gaston is completely obsessed with drawing and painting classic motorcycles. Each picture usually takes him around 3 weeks to finish and this is how Gaston describes the experience: “I love painting these motorcycles, I become one with the machine as I end up knowing every detail, every curve and fin, they become mine”. These days he does the painting on his computer using a Wacom tablet – “the technique is nearly the same as the old days of paint and turpentines except there is no mess”. Each stroke is still done by hand except for the backgrounds which are combinations of photographs mostly from his local area. To view all these amazing illustrations visit the gallery at Custom Motorcycle Art, also check out Gaston’s blog to get some history about the artist. 


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Motorcycles of the 20th Century

Posted on January 16, 2010 by Scott in Uncategorized. 2 comments

It’s truly amazing what you can find on the internet. This exquisite picture is a 1963 Kreidler Renn Florett and is just one of 700 high quality rendered images on Bert Knoester’s extensive archive of historically interesting motorcycles, scooters and mopeds of the twentieth century. The site is called Motorcycles of the 20th Century and features most of the best motorcycles ever manufactured, ranging from a 1907 Harley Davidson through to the world famous 1987 Buell RR1000 Battletwin. Whether you need some inspiration for a project or just want to see the vast number of unique motorcycles the world has produced over the past 100 years this site won’t disappoint. Another site worth checking out is The Blueprints which also has a huge selection of almost 2000 motorcycle pictures, drawings and models. The site even offers higher quality images to those that choose to register … Read More »


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