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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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‘82 Moto Guzzi V50 – Ellaspede

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 13 comments

Halloween has really taken off in Australia over the past few years. From being a non-event a decade ago, it’s now quite a ‘thing’. Which got us thinking about posting a Halloween bike last week. But what are the chances, right? Unless we were to go all Orange County Choppers on your asses, we weren’t getting our hopes up about finding any kind of Halloween-themed build that didn’t suck. And then like mana from heaven, our mates from Brisbane’s Ellespede Customs dropped an amazingly sweet, pumpkin orange Moto Guzzi right in our hot little laps. And what it’s lacking in skulls, billet and chrome cobwebs it’s more than making up for in taste, restraint and, well, orangeness. Meet the spookily quick ‘EB053’.


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Triumph Bonneville – Ellaspede

Posted on May 23, 2013 by Andrew in Brat. 27 comments

When they are rolled out of the factory, some bikes are a lot closer to a rider’s dream of visual perfection than others. Your early 80s Yamaha Virago is a great example of this. Until an intrepid customiser realised that there was gold buried under them there faux Harley hills, most people would have crossed the street to avoid riding one. Now we’re not about to lump the Bonneville into this category. Not at all. In our eyes, it’s a bike that is as close to perfect as you’ll ever get from a mass-produced ride. But that’s not to say that it couldn’t do with a few little custom touches to really let it shine. And that’s just the approach that the bike’s owner and the team at Ellaspede took when they started this, their latest build.


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Ellaspede Customs’ 1980 Honda CB250N

Posted on November 16, 2012 by Andrew in Brat. 24 comments

Black. The coolest of the colours. If the all the colours in the world got together and had a “who’s most like Steve McQueen” competition, black would have to be respectfully excluded after winning too many years in a row. In fact, it’s so cool that your eyes only register it as black because it’s absorbing pretty much all the light that is falling on it. So that makes it like some sort of pet black hole without all the nasty gravity and the sucking and the killing stuff. Johnny Cash loved it. Young Marlon Brando practically breathed the stuff. It’s the colour of magic, power, evil and elegance. Let’s face it, if you had to choose a single, lonesome colour to make every motorbike that was ever built between now and the end of the world, good old black would be it. And the guy’s at Ellaspede Customs wholeheartedly agree. Their latest creation plumbs new depths of black coolness and as you can see from the photos, there’s just no way you could ever imagine it being painted with anything else.


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’01 Suzuki GS500 – Ellaspede 007

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 66 comments

Consider if you will this mental image. Pipeburn, instead of being the super amazing blog that it currently is, is magically transformed into a warehouse. And not just any warehouse, but one that contains each and every bike that we have ever featured in these here virtual pages in the iron. Now place yourself at the open doors of this warehouse with the world’s biggest baddest, most power gun. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, it’s a phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range. You let rip, and almost instantly the brute power of the gun begins to tear the bikes to shreds. Firestones by the ton are ripped from arsehole to breakfast time. The pipewrap flies up into the air like streamers at a Macy’s Day parade. But you know the one bike bit you’d see nary hide nor hair of in all this supersonic chaos? The one major component that features heavily on a vast majority of bikes built since the early 80s but is rare as hen’s teeth around these parts? For those of you shouting “beam frames” at the top of you exhaust-infected lungs, congrats. You’ve just won yourselves a case of beer. Off the top of my head the only other bike in recent memory that featured a beam frame was Tyler Mill’s Honda VTR. Unfortunately the prize beer is make-believe, just like the warehouse and the gun. But that shouldn’t bother someone with an imagination as powerful as yours so sit down, crack open an invisible cold one, and enjoy the beam-framed splendor of Ellaspede’s superb Suzuki GS500.


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1971 Honda CB350 – Ellaspede Customs

Posted on August 23, 2011 by Andrew in Brat, Classic. 39 comments

Ever found yourself in the midst of a stalled custom project due to a nasty case of procrastination? Whether it be a sudden and irrational dislike you develop towards your less-than-perfect tools, an aversion to spending too much time in that cold, damp box you call a garage, or the guilty realisation that yes, maybe your better half is right and that you should spend some “quality time” on relationship building. Whatever the case, the excuses are myriad but the results are the same – an unfinished bike. Consider then the design team of Steve and Leo at Brisbane’s Heluva Pty Ltd who had their project put on hold by nothing less than Australia’s worst ever floods invading their shop. All this and they still managed to turn out one of the most original and innovative CB Hondas we’ve seen in a month of blue moon Sundays. Feeling a little guilty now, are we?


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