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EASY BEING GREEN. Kott’s Beautiful ‘75 Honda CB550 Cafe

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

California’s Kott Motorcycles mostly do one thing – build exceptional cafe racers based around late 1970’s Hondas. They’ve wrenched on a few side projects, a few Triumph’s and BMW’s, but the best work Dustin and his team produce is a steady flow of wonderfully perfect Hondas. Like this one…

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RAD PLAID. A Very ‘70s BMW Scrambler by Hello Engine

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

You know life is going well when you wake up one morning, wander outside and there in your driveway is a brand new motorcycle. Things get a whole lot better when you didn’t a dollar and it comes direct from the manufacture with the simple instruction to get creative…

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OLD SALT. Bonham’s Classic ’51 Triumph Thunderbird Bonneville Racer

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 12 comments

When is a Triumph Bonneville not actually a Bonneville? When it’s a Thunderbird T6 that raced and wowed the Bonneville salt flats in the sport’s golden era, that’s when. A full 6 years before the model name was dreamt up, a 13-year-old Californian named Bobby Sirkegian…

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SHOOTING AT MONSTERS. Meet The Bullitt’s Ducati 821 Canyon Carver

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 13 comments

“Can we buy one of your bikes?” If we had a dollar for every time we’ve been asked that, we’d be richer than Donald Trump’s hairdresser. Of course, it highlights the fact that many casual Pipeburn readers assume all the bikes we feature are built by us. As if we aren’t busy enough already…

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STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Ara Mekhtarian’s Retro ’71 Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 23 comments

One of the most awesome aspects of customising bikes is the ability it gives you to make your imaginary moto thoughts a reality. What if BMW had made a bobber in the 1970s? What if Harley had embraced racers instead of cruisers? Or, in Ara Mekhtarian’s case, what if Japan had made a futuristic Honda cafe racer in the early 60s?

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REDHEAD SLED. Ready Moto’s ‘Ginger’ ‘78 Honda CB550

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. 24 comments

If there’s one thing about this whole moto blogging malarkey that really warms the hemispherical cockles of our big old hearts, it’s seeing new builders go from strength to strength. When it happens, it never fails to put a smile on our faces…

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AUSTRIAN SCALPS. A BMW Designer’s Take On The KTM 950 Supermoto

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Andrew in Other. 21 comments

Custom builders and factory designers used to be at polar opposites of the spectrum. Like chalk and cheese or Harvey Weinstein and Germaine Greer. But as the custom scene has kicked down the factory doors, we’re seeing more and more crossover. The biggest victory in the past few years was Ola Stenegärd’s R nineT tour de force at BMW. Don Cammorata, aka ‘Machineform’, is also a BMW designer, a big custom fan and good mates with Ola. His new F750 & F850 GS designs were officially revealed at EICMA yesterday. And today we’re equally as thrilled to bring you this, his ‘custom that looks like it came from the factory’ KTM 950 Supermoto.

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MOTO PHOTOS: California’s Shaik Ridzwan

Posted on October 21, 2017 by Andrew in Other. 14 comments

Time for a quick confession. Shaik Ridzwan was probably the first photographer featured on Pipeburn who really made us sit up and take notice. Yes, the fact that he also shot Max Hazan’s bikes can’t have hurt things – but in my mind Shaik was the one who opened our eyes to the fact that shooting bikes could be a whole lot more than wheeling it out on the driveway and telling the local kids to get out of the shot. Here’s a collection of his best ever photos, assembled by the man himself.

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MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Mule Motorcycles’ Mean Harley Sportster Street Tracker

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 54 comments

As always at this time of year, Harley have just wheeled out their 2018 models to the world’s eager press. Sure they look cool but all we can see is the big, fat hole where there isn’t a street tracker. C’mon Milwaukee! Just slap a light and some indicators on the XG750R and be done with it. No? Well, that’s cool because Mule Motorcycles’ Richard Pollock, a.k.a. California’s king of trackers, has just delivered us a Harley Sportster XL1200 street tracker that should keep all but the most unhinged of HD tracker fans happy for a millennia or three.

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HOG WILD. Gasser Customs Takes A Harley Sportster 1200 Camping

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Andrew in Enduro. 17 comments

Ever since Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman used BMW GS motorcycles to tackle their epic journeys around the world the Adventure bike category has been selling strong. Brands as diverse as Royal Enfield to prestige marque MV Agusta have been getting in on the act but the BMW remains the gold standard. However with the GS and other major challengers now coming with things like GPS, stability control, a quick-shifter and other technological wizardry it seems to be less adventure and more twee Sunday ride. So to get back to the gritty survival spirit, California’s Gasser Customs has built this Baja beast for the intrepid explorer. It’s a 2005 Harley Sportster 1200 that will take you anywhere, kick sand in the oppositions eyes and rightfully earns the name ‘Adventure’.

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