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THE COMPLETE PACKAGE. Ellaspede’s Immaculate Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 4, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Whether it’s a new bike, car, house, watch or laptop – the temptation is always the same. You want the biggest and the best. For Brisbane’s Ellaspede and customer Kevin, the negotiations started in the time-honoured tradition. What could he get for his hard-earned bucks? This is what…

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FOUR POT SUPERSHOT. A Classic Honda CB550 Cafe Racer from Mellow Motorcycles

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

When Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles revealed their latest custom bike in January, the plan was to have it do the hard yards through Europe’s biggest bike events for the rest of the year. Sadly no one told the bike’s new Spanish owner, who purchased it 10 minutes after the show’s gates opened…

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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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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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SCANTILY CLAD. The ‘Bikini’ ’72 Honda CB500 by Blacksquare Motorcycles

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 28 comments

Kyril Dambuleff has no barrow to push. He doesn’t run a workshop or sell parts or posters or scarves or t-shirts. He only builds motorcycles to keep himself happy and make the rest of us plonkers look bad. And he’s doing an admirable job of it with this exceptional 1972 Honda CB500 he’s dubbed ‘Bikini’.

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FASTER AND SON. A ’75 Honda CB550 from Italy’s Soiatti Family

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. 19 comments

It’s easy to underestimate just how big motocross was in Europe in the 70s and 80s. In Italy, it seems you’d be more likely to find someone who didn’t like their Nonna’s food than find a custom bike shop without some connection to the off-road art. For the Soiatti family, it was a seat on a factory bike that marked the peak of their motocross addictions. And after they kicked that habit in the 80s, father Daniele started the Soiatti Moto Classics workshop. Thirty six years later and with his son now in the picture, here’s their latest build.

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GOOD WOOD FESTIVAL. Monnom’s ’76 Honda CB550 Street Tracker

Posted on September 7, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 15 comments

For a professional furniture maker like Monnom’s Mike Gustafson, using wood on a daily basis is a necessity. But when he swaps hats to his role as a custom bike builder, the exact opposite is true. That’s because using wood on custom bikes is damn tricky at the best of times and in many cases it can look downright nasty. But with his designer’s eye, Mike took the wooden bull by the horns and created this terrifically timbered Honda CB550 he calls the ‘M3’.

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‘Amber’ Honda CB550 – Thirteen and Company

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 21 comments

I was flicking through my old record collection over the Holiday break. I’ve been seriously thinking about getting my turntable working again and dusting off a few of the many pieces of vinyl I haven’t heard in over a decade. Going through the records that had convinced me to part with my hard-earned dollars, I had one very clear thought, “Gee, I was easily amused in my teens.” There we just so many bands that seemed amazing at the time that now seem really damn gimmicky. It’s funny how age and maturity bring such clarity. It made me wonder about Pipeburn, and what we’ll all think of the bikes we post in ten years. Now I may be wrong, but I’d happily bet a crisp new $50 on the fact that this one will still wow us… and then some. Meet the very mature, and very elegant ‘Amber’ CB550 from California’s Thirteen and Company.

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‘75 Honda CB550 – Kott Motorcycles

Posted on December 9, 2016 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 7 comments

The phrase “unfinished project, 95% complete” is one you often see when trawling the internet to find an old car or motorbike to buy. The machine in question often looks like it’s ready to roll, comes at a bargain price and ‘how hard can that last five percent really be to finish?’ you say to yourself. Ah the horror stories. Five percent often turns out to be closer to fifty and then there is the real zinger; those last few parts you need, they’re not available any more, or “only needs a new battery to start” proves to be a full engine rebuild, wiring nightmare or both. Even complete show bikes that appear in magazines are passed off this way – that’s where Kott Motorcycles is different. Dustin spends just as much time restoring his builds to perfection as he does customising them and this slick as black ice ‘75 CB550 is no different.

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‘78 Honda CB550 – MONNOM

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Andrew in Café Racer. 13 comments

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“That bike’s a classic!” It’s a phrase we hear all the time, and often it’s used far too flippantly for its own good. But if we were to use a, erm, classic definition of the word ‘classic’ it would mean that for any bike to truly deserve the title, it has to be ‘of an exemplary standard within a traditional and long-established form or style.’ Of course, many of the bikes that grace our pages are far from being traditional in form. Hell, some are the exact opposite of that. But for the lucky few who do live up to the title, adoration of a bike that we know will look as good in 100 years as it does right now awaits. And the latest candidate for the title? Meet Monnom Custom’s latest, a classic Honda CB550 cafe racer if ever we saw one.

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