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HIGH & MIGHTY. ATS Paris’s ‘Thirtieth Story’ Harley Street Bob

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Racer. No Comments

When you’re one of France’s oldest original-owner Harley-Davidson dealers and the company announces a custom competition entitled ‘Battle of the Kings,’ you better not take your entry lightly. With 30 years of history and a dealership smack bang in the middle of the nation’s capital, ATS Paris knew they had much to lose. So they made this…

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RARELY LEGAL. Mule Motorcycles’ Track-Only Harley Super Hooligan

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Custom bikes can come from almost anywhere. Brand new factory bikes or clapped-out junkers. Crash victims or botched restorations. But there’s one type of donor bike that always brings a smile to our faces, and that’s the parts bin specials. Like this Harley Sportster from California’s Mule Motorcycles…

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BUILDING MUSCLE. Cohn Racer’s Tough Harley XR1200X Scrambler

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

“When I make it big, I’m going to build the coolest custom bike.’ Don’t deny it; we’ve all thought about it. It’d be like rocking up to a top restaurant and ordering everything. And for Miami restauranter and businessman John Kunkel, that’s pretty much exactly what happened. Here’s his dream bike, the ‘Muscle R’ Harley XR1200X Scrambler…

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LOW BLOW. FMW Motorcycle’s ‘Hurakàn’ Harley Cafe Racer

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 20 comments

The Italians sure do have a way with words – especially when it comes to naming fast machines. For their bikes, there’s the ‘Brutale’, the ‘Pantah’ and the ‘Devil Lusso’ to name but a few. Look further a field and you’ll find cars named the ‘Diablo’, the ‘Murcielago’ and even the ‘Millechili’…

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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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BACK IN BLACK. Lucky Customs’ ‘Rock‘n’Rolla’ Evo Harley Bobber

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber, Chopper. 16 comments

Argentina’s Lucky Customs have done more for 1980’s AMF Harley Davidson than anyone else in recent years. A few months back we ran a show-stopping turbo salt racer from the Cordoba-based business and now they’ve followed up with this spectacular blacked-out 1984 Evo chopper dubbed ‘Rock’n’Rolla’.

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THE ART OF ANGRY. Bang Moto’s ‘Hooligan’ Harley XL1200R Flat Tracker

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 28 comments

We all know that trackers are tools, right? Simply a very fast way to get from A to A in a big, dusty circle and nothing more. Making them look beautiful would serve no logical purpose. You may as well decorate a shovel or bedazzle a hammer. Except no. See, Utah’s Tyler White obviously didn’t get the memo and he’s gone about creating a Harley XL1200R tracker that’s pretty damn easy on the eyes, too.

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TRUANT AVANTE. A Harley XL883 Flat Tracker from Germany’s Hookie Co.

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 11 comments

Our recent expedition to Northern Italy for the inaugural Wildays show gave us more than just ham-induced consumption, some sunburn and a flat track-related bung knee. It also provided us a chance meeting with Germany’s Hookie Co., who had set up shop right alongside the Pipeburn display area. Bumming their shade, we got to talking over this, their latest build. It’s a 1993 Harley XL883 that’s been given a new lease of life as one of 2017’s coolest trackers yet.

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FEELIN’ ‘FRISCO. Gasser Custom’s ‘Gypsy’ Harley Ironhead Sportster

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 12 comments

If you’ve been flicking through Pipeburn over the last few years you’ll have noticed a change – everyone is shifting away from traditional retro-styled builds. Tight, fast, water-cooled, turn-and-stop on a dime bikes are becoming more popular as more people are actually riding their custom machines and the zeitgeist finds it’s niche in everyday life. Thankfully for grumpy old bastards like me people are still building traditional, honest-to-god specials. And damn well, as Gasser Custom’s 1974 Ironhead Sportster shows.

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