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Briton Bees ‘47 BSA B33 – “Howlin’ Wolf”

Posted on March 20, 2013 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 68 comments

There’s a funny feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you first start to customise a classic bike. It must be the same kind of feeling that an architect who is asked to modify a famous building gets, or an audio engineer that has to do a ‘digital remaster’ of a classic rock album feels. The excitement that builds from creating something new and original, mixed with the heavy burden that comes from modifying a classic. But there’s a simple remedy to this that I’d never considered until I laid eyes on this, the latest build from North Carolina’s pre-eminent custom bike shop, Briton Bees. And that’s to build the bike from not one, but ten different donor vehicles… including a VW Bug and a ‘30s Peugeot. Seriously. Please read on as you enjoy the world’s most recycled, um, cycle; the amazing ‘Howlin’ Wolf’ BSA.


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1972 BSA A65 Lightning bobber

Posted on February 19, 2013 by Scott in Bobber. 46 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

Everyone should have a hobby. Something removed from everyday employment in order to keep one’s sanity. Today’s feature bike is a result of keeping work and play separate, of escapism of the best kind, that of custom motorcycle building. A civil engineer by trade, Aaron Rubio’s true passion is building and riding custom bikes, which he tries his hardest to be able to do at least once a week. Recent comments about a BSA and electrical wiring prompted Aaron to send pics of his 1972 BSA A65 Lightning bobber into Pipeburn, to show solidarity in not having every little aspect of your bike perfectly tucked away and looking neat. In Aaron’s own words “I do believe clean wiring has it’s place, but exposed wiring helps define the soul of a bike”. True, and we love this bike for all it’s touches, exposed wiring and all.


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Tattoo Project’s 1970 BSA Lightning

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 83 comments

Building a custom bike can be one hell of a challenge. And we’re not just talking about the skinned knuckles and cold nights with nothing but a greasy lump of metal to keep you warm. No, what we’re really getting at is the more intellectual aspects of a customisation. The seemingly simple decisions you have to make about what to do with the bike that will successfully take it from ‘hate’ to ‘great’. Having done this ourselves, we are all too familiar with just how infuriating choosing a seat, picking rubber, or routing an exhaust can be. Thoughts race through your head. “Is this a cliché… is it original… will it look cool?” These things can eat you alive if you let them, but then along comes a bike that slaps you right in your navel-gazing, self-important face. Cue the latest build from Rudy Banny’s Tattoo Project Custom Motorcycles. It takes no la-di-da, avanté garde approaches, yet like a simple slice of apple pie and ice cream, it totally manages to hit the spot.


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Rajputana Custom’s 1942 BSA M20 – “Laado”

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber. 36 comments

Wanting more speed, Vijay added two extra horsepower to the bike

You may or may not have noticed, but on the odd occasion us Pipeburnian types do tend to hunt out some pretty sweet bikes. And as with anything that’s pleasing to the eye, you often can’t help but feel a little jealous because every time you look in your inbox you are bombarded with a vast array of rides that, save for a massive crime spree, are most definitely not yours. But today I think I can safely say that I’ve taken it to the next level. See, looking over the photos you see before you, I found myself not only jealous of the bike shown in the shots, but also of… well of everything. There’s the polo horses. The garage full of sweet rides. A house that looks to all intents and purposes like a palace, and a guy called Vijay that owns the lot and runs a custom bike shop too boot. And then he’s gone and done the whole thing in Rajasthan, often acknowledged as one of India’s most beautiful spots. Don’t you just hate him?


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1965 BSA A65 – Chasing Lightning

Posted on April 16, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Rat. 10 comments


Here at Chez Pipe de la Carbon we don’t know much about art, but we know what we like. And we like this; it’s the work of Antoine Stemerding who is an artist living in the south of the Netherlands. His day job involves building weird and wonderful sculptures, most of the time out of metal. So when he came across a 1965 BSA for sale he decided to turn it into a hardtail. “I fabricated the hard tail frame myself” Antoine says. “That wasn’t a big issue, because I work a lot with metal when I make my art. There aren’t alot of chopped BSA’s in the Netherlands but now and then one pops up.”


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BSA B31 – GOLDSTAR REPLICA

Posted on September 5, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

Steve Jones is the owner of this sensational BSA B31. Like most vintage motorcycles, it has a story and I thought it would be best if Steve told it:

The bike was purchased from a dealer in 2008 by the previous owner. It was described as a running and restorable 1957 B31. On delivery it was clear the bike had not been run for a very long time, after a little bit of tinkering it was fired up, but sounded like a box full of spanners and the big end was shot so a full strip down was required. After the strip and examination it was found to be in a far worse state. So the rebuild commenced with the idea of a special to show what the B31 could be capable of.

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BSA Goldstar Flat Tracker

Posted on March 28, 2010 by Scott in Tracker. 1 Comment

Someone wiser than me once said “Ask and Thou Shall Receive“, I asked for your bikes and I did receive. We’ll start with this mouthwatering BSA Gold Star which was originally a long time racer ridden by Ramon ‘Porky’ Perez from Northern California. After he was injured several years ago he sold off most of his Gold Star racers including this one. It was then purchased by flat track legend Tom Horton, who was a former pro National, sporting the number 55. The bike was stripped down and the motor was sent to Matt Hilgenburg from Speed & Sport in Northern California for a complete rebuild to race specs.


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BSA Thunderbolt 650

Posted on July 25, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

The BSA ThunderboIt Cafe Racer was big in the sixties and just by looking at it you can see why. There was another reason it was big. Appearing in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball (1:30). Yes, product placement was alive and well even in Bond films from the sixties. Blink and you would probably miss the bike, especially with the machine guns and gold fairing. This beautifully restored Thunderbolt recently sold for $5500us (sadly by an old guy retiring from motorcycling). Which seems like a steal considering the immaculate condition it was in. With only 16,500 miles on the clock we wish these kind of buys popped up in Australia. [Although, there is an amazing looking 1973 BSA Rocket for sale that looks ready to race].


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Ward Brothers Collection

Posted on July 15, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 2 comments

This Saturday 19th July the Ward Brothers’ Collection of vintage motorcycles and automobiles go to auction. The auction will take place at Henley-on-Thames, UK but overseas bidders are welcome via phone/online. For those collectors out there this will be one you won’t want to miss. They have a range of vintage bikes from a 1920’s AJS through to 1950’s Vincent’s, Norton’s and BSA’s (if only i had room in my garage!). They even have a very rare 1928 McEvoy-JAP that’s expected to sell for more than 120,000 pounds (thats around $200,000 us). If you are interested or just want to drool over the auction catalogue visit Bonhams.

 


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Speer Motorcycles

Posted on July 13, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Café Racer. 5 comments

We love discovering custom shops in our own backyard. These guys are called Speer Motorcycles and are based in Melbourne, Australia. They do a mixture of servicing, restoring and customizing of vintage, unique and performance bikes. Here’s two of their latest projects, the first is a Suzuki T500 cafe racer. The second is a BSA B31 250cc hard tail. Both look like they were built to ride. Check out Speers Blog if you want to see more from this shop. [Thanks to MC Trader for finding this one]


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