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Honda CB350 Café Racer

Posted on April 4, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 26 comments

Michael LaFountain from Raccia Motorcycles has been obsessed with motorcycles ever since he built his first bike when he was 17 years old. Little did he know that building that motorcycle would shape the course of his life for the next 16 years. “I’ve been buying and recreating bikes ever since” says Michael. “I’ve built British and Italian motorbikes in the past but I have found the Japanese bikes to be more of a challenge due to the fact that the a large majority of the British and Italian bikes were beautiful to begin with, unlike a lot of Japanese bikes.”


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Honda CB750 Café Racer

Posted on March 26, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 59 comments

I stumbled upon this thing of beauty on a blog called Anatomy of a Cafe Racer. The bike was built by a talented young guy from Kansas called Pete (AKA Pistol Pete). After building it over a two year period, he finally finished it last week. I wanted to find out more about this classy CB café racer, so I got in contact with Pete and asked him a couple of questions.


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Pipeburn Video: Bonita

Posted on March 21, 2011 by Andrew in Classic, Video. 26 comments

As you may remember, we recently featured a very beautiful Honda cafe racer called “Bonita” that got quite a respectable response from you, the good readers of this here blog. Actually, it was more like Beatles riot come to think of it. Basking in the post-victory afterglow, Pepe and I were shooting the poop on all things Bonita, and he mentioned that he was really impressed with the two Deus videos we had recently posted. Luckily for us (or more correctly, me) it didn’t take a genius to figure out what to do next; we’d celebrate the the hottest girl we knew using the magic of modern video. And after many hiccups (including delaying the shoot due to a heatwave) we have managed to finish the thing. What an epic odyssey. Hope you like it.

Many thanks to Pepe (of course) for letting us dance with his babe on the roof of a supermarket at midnight, and his trusty sidekick Pablo. Thanks to Toby for his eccentric yet genius DOP skills and Banana Joe’s for letting us shoot on their roof. Also thanks to Lee from BJs Custom Choppers for letting us stay after the lights went out (long story). The song is “Some Kinda Love” by The Velvet Underground.

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140cc Racer

Posted on February 27, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 14 comments

They say good things happen in threes. Or is that bad things? Either way, this is the third low displacement bike we have featured in a row — and who could blame us. Just like the ‘Minimus’, this little beauty is another unique creation that’s in the running for Bike of the Month on Do The Ton. The bike was built by Brad Smith who is a art school grad turned contractor who has “found a new outlet” for his creativity. “I just get ideas of what I think would be a cool bike and I find a way to build it” Brad says. “So that said, I saw a video on Youtube of a Kreidler van venn 50cc GP bike and thought it was one of the coolest little motorcycles I have ever seen. Then I saw some pics of RC116, so I just wanted to build something in the spirit of those bikes.” When I look at the two bikes Brad used for inspiration, I think he nailed it.


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Honda XL 100 “minimus” Café Racer

Posted on February 23, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer. 21 comments

And here I was thinking nothing interesting ever happened in Canberra

We see a lot of bikes around here. A LOT of bikes. I personally would see at least 30 new bikes a day in my wanderings around the net. Scott would probably see even more. I see a few really cool bikes; just about anything from wrenchmonkees will tick that box. Deus too. Then there’s the nice bikes. Well built and fun to own, but no show stopper. Then there’s the average bikes. The forgettable bikes. The not-quite-finished bikes. The tacky bikes and the just plain crap bikes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But there’s one thing I hardly ever see, and that’s really original bikes. Bikes that just jump up and grab you buy the eyeballs and say “seen anything like me before, punk?” In the last 6 months I have seen exactly two of those bikes; the Moto Guzzi Boardtracker and this one right here. Say “hello” to Glenn McNaughton’s Honda XL 100 “minimus”.


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Honda XR500 Desert Racer

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Scott in Racer, Scrambler. 12 comments

This story starts in 1979, when a young 12 year old is flicking through a copy of his uncles Cycle Magazine and comes across a review of the newly released Honda XR500. The article makes such a huge impact on him that he promises himself that one day he will buy one. Now, 30 years later and Andrew Greenland has finally made that childhood dream happen. Andrew isn’t a newcomer to the pages of Pipeburn we featured his meticulous NX650 Street Tracker last year. As he says “ Honda fourstroke dirtbikes are definitely my thing.”


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1966 Honda 305 Dream

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Other. 51 comments

The giant gold stickers on this vintage Honda Dream won’t be to everyones taste – in fact the Honda purists are probably experiencing convulsions right about now. But for Sascha Darius, it was a way to pay homage to how “rookie the build was”. You see, ‘Bush League’ means an amateur performance the opposite to the ‘Major League’; yet the bike definitely has something special about it. We were intrigued, so we asked him some questions:

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Born in Toronto, Canada (The Great White North). I spent the majority of my youth surfing in Central and South America with my cousin. When I ran out of money (and excuses) I decided I needed to start working, so I got a job in finance and was relocated for work assignment in Vancouver where I spent the next year wrenching on my landlord’s Guzzi in exchange for his wife’s cooking. After a good run in Vancouver, I moved back to Toronto to be with a girl now my fiance. After a year of living together, she purchased me a 1966 Honda 305 Dream as a birthday present, that’s when I knew she was a keeper! We purchased a house near the water so I wouldn’t feel so landlocked and then she announced she was moving to Boston for her PhD so I did what any logical guy would do turned my living room into a motorcycle garage! That’s where the term Bush League came from; it was a really Bush League operation. All the right ideas, all the wrong tools!


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Honda 1971 CB450 “Bonita Applebum”

Posted on January 4, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 67 comments

Suddenly, Bonita found herself lost and alone in a scary but very well-lit cave

Here’s another bike from one of the new friends we made at the Deus Build-off. Please meet the very lovely Bonita Applebum and her old man, Pepe Luque.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Bolivia and migrated to Australia at the age of 2. I grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney in a family of 7 in a small housing commission home (aka ‘housos’ to us Westies). As you could imagine, I spent most of my time on the streets getting away from a cramped up houso, where we were fighting over every little thing. Meanwhile, I had taken up skateboarding which till this day I still do and love. The rest of the time was spent modifying cars in my mother’s backyard, poor Mum! These mods were basically pulling out the piston motor and dropping in a rotary. Some of the cars were Gemini’s 12a and 12a turbo, Datsun 1000 coupe 12a, 13b turbo, and a Ford Anglia (Harry Potter’s car) 12a and so on… In the meantime, while skating, I managed to pick up a few sponsors and a few speeding fines! I eventually moved out of the western ‘burbs and I am currently working for a large private hospital on Sydney’s North Shore as the Operating Theatre Prosthetic Inventory Co-ordinator. Still skating biatches! I also love snowboarding, wakeskating, PS3 and anything to do with Apple Inc. I love building things and Bonita Applebum is my first ever bike build.


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1972 Honda CB450 Café Racer

Posted on October 18, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 14 comments

We were recently accused of featuring too many Honda CB’s on Pipeburn. So when I received this CB450 from Benjie Flipprboi at BCR, I had to think twice about posting it. After about 10 seconds of thinking… I decided it was too nice not to feature. The bike was painstakingly built over an 18 month period by one of Benjies good customers Kevin Dinsmoor – using a lot of BCR products. The unique shaped tank is a BCR Hammer Head and one of my favourite tanks on the market. The cafe seat is also from the talented Mr Flipprboi and both tank and seat have been painted in an old Toyota Corolla green from the 70’s with anthrecite pin stripe. “It took a while to choose” says Joe. “I don’t have photoshop so it took days to settle on a stripe pattern and three rolls of tape.”


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1972 CL350 Brat-Tracker

Posted on October 13, 2010 by Scott in Brat, Classic, Tracker. 7 comments

A year ago we featured another Honda CL350 built by Jonathon Wood (AKA Woody), which was one of our favourite builds of 2009. Instead of creating another cafe racer, this time Woody created what he calls a ‘Brat Tracker’. “It’s basically a bratstyle and street-tracker inspired motorcycle” says Woody. This latest project was based on a “super clean” 1972 CL350 that he picked up a little while ago.


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