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DAD MOD. MotoVida’s ‘V11x’ Moto Guzzi Californian Scrambler

Posted on August 8, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

If my Dad had owned a Moto Guzzi of any kind I’d have thought that was pretty darn cool; but it turns out kids these days expect a hell of a lot more and a stock 1996 Moto Guzzi California 1100 just isn’t good enough…

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AMERICAN WOMAN. Sylvain Carignan’s ‘Simone’ Buell XB12R

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The story of Erik Buell has been a roller-coaster ride of enormous highs and lows. Buell is a bonafide genius, his desire to build the true American Sportsbike has led to some incredible innovations. But financial woes, Harley Davidson’s timidity and strong competition has made it a struggle…

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FIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. Origin8or’s Brilliant Honda Rebel Bobber

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber. 14 comments

It’d be easy to discount Honda’s new custom-friendly Rebel platform as too little too late from one of Japan’s most conservative manufacturers. Hell, we can almost hear Soichiro San turning in his grave at the thought of anyone but his own beloved Hamamatsu team wrenching on a bike with the company’s full consent…

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KIDS BEHAVING RADLY. Clockwork’s Genre-Defying BMW R100 Enduro Brat

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Enduro. 13 comments

Listen to any good rock song from across the ages and that rhythmic pulse that you tap your foot to is provided by the bass player. Often maligned, rarely the charismatic front man, what they provide is the reliable foundation for every great song and band…

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AIR-COOLED AIRLINES. KickMoto’s Flying Suzuki GS1150 Neo-Racer

Posted on November 4, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 39 comments

More than a decade ago I watched a team rebuild a 1000+hp Subaru engine in just over 20 mins with the lead mechanic screaming, “just slap it together!” On the very next run it broke its class world record; incredible to observe but not the attitude I hoped the Qantas engineers would adopt for the aircraft flying me home. So when a client with a background in aviation engineering approached KickMoto in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they decided to adopt that meticulous aircraft attitude for the build. The result is KM006 an incredible 1985 Suzuki GS1150 Neo-Racer.

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CHARLIE X-RAY. Captain Kirschner’s Classic ’80 CX500 Brat Café

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 15 comments

It’s no coincidence that pilots and bikes go together like jets and turbines. After all, the perfect bike on the perfect road is about a close to flying as you can get without a pilot’s licence. And for Canada’s Nic Kirschner, who’s an airline pilot by trade, there’s nothing better than taking a break from his day job of screaming through the air at high-speed to speed all weekend doing the very same thing, albeit with less hostesses and in-flight movies.

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ONE MAN ARMY. A Ram Air Yamaha XS650 from Canada’s PanicRev Customs

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 29 comments

It’s no secret that loads of custom builders farm out elements of their builds. Often it’s the paintwork, sometimes it’s the wiring or even particularly swear-worthy moments of fabrication. But not Paul Miller. As head honcho of the small shop PanicRev Customs young Paul does everything himself. Everything. And he does a damn fine job of it too, as this XS650-powered, custom-framed street tracker shows.

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ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT. Origin8or’s Shed-Find ‘71 Honda CB750 Racer

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 22 comments

This bike came about by accident, really. About two years ago I made arrangements through a friend to have some wheels trued at this old retired guy’s home shop. The wheels were for a CB550 build I was working on, so when I showed up with them in hand we naturally got talking about old Hondas. About half an hour into the conversation, he walks me to a shed behind his main garage and reveals a treasure trove of Honda CB750s. This bike is the result.

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KING HIT. MotoVida’s Kickass Ducati 1098S Streetfighter

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Streetfighter. 26 comments

Anyone who knows about cage fighting will tell you that the match itself is the easy part. Believe it or not, the pre-match process of ‘making weight’ – or losing mass to make your fighting weight by intense dehydration is the risky part. Go too hard and you could be facing hospital time or much, much worse. But for Canada’s Motovida, the consequences of dramatic weight loss had a decidedly more pleasant outcome – more go. And here’s their title-winning champ, a 1098 Ducati they call the ‘Cage Fighter’.

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TRIPLE THREAT. Origin8or’s Tough Triumph Street Triple Neo-Racer

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 12 comments

Sportsbikes are all but dead. After bikers realised that riding a litre bike on public roads was akin to straightening that crooked picture in your hallway with the USS Nimitz, the bottom fell out of the global market. And while the more switched-on manufacturers have shifted their eggs to other baskets, it seems that the custom builders are again one step ahead. The recent rise of seriously capable machines with cafe racer influences is undeniable. Finally we’ve realised that fast bikes don’t have to rev to 18 grand and look like a reject robot from a Michael Bay film. And here’s a perfect example, via Rob Chappell from Canada’s Origin8or Custom Cycles.

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