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STONE FREE. Medusa’s Honda Dominator Scrambler

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

There’s something refreshing about Atelier Medusa. Based in France, the shop doesn’t make any pretensions about being the most experienced team out there. They have mentors, they ask questions and they learn. A lot. Each of their builds has been getting better and better….

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AUTEUR MOTO. FCR Original’s ‘Super 8’ Triumph T100 Roadster

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Roadster. No Comments

FCR Original are a mainstay of the custom motorcycle scene. Hell, they’re probably the premiere builder in France. So it’s no surprise that when one half of Synapson, an electronic music group, was looking for a new ride he approached FCR. And what he got was this…

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TRANSATLANTIC FRIGHT. Ortolani Customs’ Brutal Avinton Cafe Racer

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

The idea of a European/American hybrid is not a new one in the automotive world, with vehicles like the Shelby Cobra using parts from each side of the Atlantic. A lightweight, well-balanced chassis with some Yank V-Power muscle to get things moving always seemed like the perfect combination. Enter the Avinton…

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CANNED TURISMO. Lucky Cat’s ‘Houndstooth’ BSA Spitfire Dustbin Tourer

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Standing out from the crowd; it goes with motorcycling like white on rice. And while we don’t know much about the owner of this latest bike from France’s Lucky Cat Garage, but we’re pretty sure the guy’s not trying to lay low. Exhibit A is the fact that he owns this bike…

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RENDEZ-VOUS DEUX. Bad Winner’s Yamaha TW125 Street Tracker

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Pretty much every petrolhead will know of Claude Lelouch’s infamous 1976 short film, ‘Rendezvous’. Done in one take and purportedly showing a Ferrari 275GTB racing through early morning Paris, its influenced everything from Mad Max to Ghost Rider. Oh, and also this…

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WIFE NUMBER SEVEN. Duke Motorcycles’ ‘Mrs Duke’ ‘73 Honda CB500 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

There is nothing in the laws of physics that says leaving parts in a junkyard couldn’t result in the wind turning them into a custom bike; it’s just that the odds are infinitesimal. To make it a sure thing, you only need to park a Ducati Panigale next to a Honda CB500 in the Duke workshop…

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY? BCKustom’s ‘HuXSy’ Yamaha XS500 Scrambler

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

Vincent’s brief for his new custom bike was as quick as it was poetic. Leaning on the corner of his French bar, his hand-drawn sketch showing a classic early 70s scrambler was handed to Yann from BCKustoms with a smile, a handshake and a deposit….

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TRIALS & TRANSFORMATIONS. BAAK Motocyclette’s ‘1960’ Royal Enfield Trials Racer

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro. 16 comments

Old motorcycles, while they may look like heaven in the fancy studio shots you’ll often see, can be right little bastards in the flesh. Their exorbitant cost, oil leaks, starting issues and inexplicable breakdowns are enough to challenge even the most even-tempered of riders…

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A FLYING START. Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues’ Honda Gold Wing Cafe Bobber

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat, Café Racer. 23 comments

Here’s a fun fact. Shoichiro Irimajiri, the Honda engineer who designed the first generation Honda Gold Wing engine, had spent the previous 10 years making Grand Prix engines. His initial concept for the Gold Wing was a 1500cc flat six engine that put out 80bhp and propelled the test bike to well in excess of 140mph…

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BOBBER INCEPTION. FCR Original Strip Back Triumph’s Bobbed Bonnie

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber. 16 comments

Here’s a little bobber Inception for you. By definition, a ‘bobber’ is a factory bike that’s been stripped down to decrease weight and improve performance. So this begs the question, if a factory builds a bobber, can you still ‘bob’ it? It seems that France’s FCR Original have gone a few levels deeper to provide us with an answer, and that answer is a resounding ‘oui’.

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