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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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1977 Honda CT70 Dax

Posted on August 21, 2011 by Andrew in Classic, Other. 51 comments

Customising a bike is in many ways a truly epic undertaking. It’s like the Everest climb of the mechanical world, requiring equal parts engineering skills, design, creativity, problem solving, patience and brute force. So now imagine we tell you the story of a man who climbed his own personal motorbike Everest, but decided to do it walking backwards, naked, while carrying his mother-in-law on his back. That’s about the size of the challenge that Texan Dave Morales undertook when he committed to customising what could easily be the world’s most uncustomised bike. No pre-fab parts or extensive online repositories of information for this intrepid explorer, no sir. A mission of this magnitude is tantamount to going when no man has gone before. And now that we gaze admirably upon his creation, we think it’s fair to say that what he has achieved is much more than one big step for Dave, but it’s also one giant leap for biker-kind. Houston, we have a custom…


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Honda CL 360 – ‘Willow’

Posted on August 19, 2011 by Scott in Bobber. 63 comments

“So why did you name the bike Willow?” This is the first question we asked Troy Helmick, the builder of this amazing bike. “Willow trees are strong but fluid” he replied. Very zen, sensei Helmick. Troy is a retired photographer who now runs an Alpaca farm in West Virginia. “It is my attempt to evoke a picture in a person’s head when they hear a name and then couple that name with the image they see before them in my machine” he explains. This bike was reborn on a farm in West Virginia. Willow started life as a 1974 Honda CL 360 before Troy found her on her side, rotting behind someone’s garage. The build was inspired by the era of the board track racers — they were brutal machines, elegant in their simplicity. The pictures you see before you are Troys redefined interpretations. Photographs and words by Troy…


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1969 Honda CB350 – Vintage Customs

Posted on August 17, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 35 comments

Vintage Customs was started a couple of years ago when Jason Lajkov quit his graphic design job to pursue his dream of building custom motorcycles for a living. Since we featured one of his early builds just over a year ago, he hasn’t looked back and his bikes seem to just keep on getting better. This stunning 1969 Honda CB350 which Jason named ‘The Speedster’ hasn’t always been beautiful; when Jason bought it she was uglier than Ernest Borgnine in lipstick and a tutu. “I got the bike from a salvage yard – it was just going to be sold as parts” explains Jason. “The motor was seized and everything was really rotten and destroyed”. Jason saw past all the rust and visualised what this old girl could look like in the right outfit. So he got to work.


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1997 Honda NX650 Dominator

Posted on July 6, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 15 comments

The country of Wales is famous for producing two things, the singer Tom Jones and also for mining many precious metals. Ironically, precious metal was all that was left when Welshman Andrew Greenland stripped the plastic off his 1997 Honda Dominator and did a ground up rebuild. Andrew has a serious perchant for Honda Dominators and he does them impeccably. This isn’t the first Dominator he has built, and by the sounds of things it won’t be his last.


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Evolution Motorsports 1976 Honda CB750

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Racer. 46 comments

If having your handy work plastered up here on the pages of Tube deTemp Rouge earned you some sort of shiny golden statuette of a stylised, airborne motorbike with a windswept pilot barely managing to hold on while his rattly steed heads for the heart of the sun, then the boys at Evolution Motorsports would be kicking back right now, feet up, staring at four of the things up there on their greasy, old spark plug infested mantle piece. Undoubtedly the initial honour of owning one will have worn off by now, and the first spate of polishing and dusting and showing it to everyone who entered the shop will have subsided, now replaced with casual comedic additions to them including a beer bottle cap as a hat, some racing numbers added with a sharpie, and even a stupendous appendage grafted onto trophy number 2 using some used pink gum. But why? Because of late they have had something else to occupy their crafty, talented minds. What have they been cutting their fingers on and greasing up their cuticles with, you ask? This is what.


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1969 Honda S90 Café Racer

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 41 comments

Most motorcycle shops start by building bikes for a living and then end up printing the odd tee with their logo on it to sell on the side. Not these guys. They started a clothing label that now builds bikes on the side. Uprising is label designed by two guys from Jakarta, Ariadi Poernomo and Pedi Tahir. “30 year old kids with motorcycles in our hearts,” says Ariadi. “Our clothing is coming out later this year and we’ve always teamed up with local talented builders to make our rides; we’ve decided we wanted it to be part of the brand… which is why all our bikes are a collaboration. But sooner or later we are planning to have our own workshop. We do sell these bikes afterwards, so we can build more new stuff.” They have many bikes on the go at the moment but their latest is this stunning 1969 honda s90 café racer.


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Honda CL360

Posted on June 7, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 30 comments

Living in Australia we sometimes forget how cold it can get in other parts of the world. On the recent Pipeburn ride I heard many grown men whining about how cold the early morning was in Sydney and it was only 16˙C (60˙ fahrenheit). So I take my mohair beanie off to guys like Aaron Ruse from Illinois who has spent the last American winter building a bike in freezing temperatures in his unheated concrete garage. Aaron is a young guy who recently decided it was time to learn some wrenching skills and build his first bike. “I got interested in motorcycles last summer as a way to learn about basic mechanics,” says Aaron. This interest quickly grew into a love for classic motorcycles. He was inspired by his uncle R.J. Ruse and his buddies who restore classic bikes, along with a new friendship with Team Hansan Racing’s Terry Naughtin, and set out to build a cafe racer last winter. “I found a beat up ’75 CL360 and a badly dented and rusted CB350f tank in a back junk yard of a local motorcycle shop and set to work”.


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1975 Honda CB200T Café Racer

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 26 comments

The Beatles. A great band. Actually, the greatest band. And do you know why they rock so many record collections and get raved about so much, so many years after they split up? It’s because they were so amazingly eclectic. In other words they weren’t slaves to one particular style of music but instead they simply had superbly developed taste, allowing them to cherry pick sounds and styles from pretty much any musical source they liked and somehow transform it into an amazing song that would inevitably top the charts globally. Only a band like that can manage to stay so popular and so loved for so long. If they had just re-written “Love Me Do” over and over again they would have been a flash in the pan, but instead they pushed themselves to do more, and to do it better.


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1975 Honda CB550K – “Le Mans Special”

Posted on May 10, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 34 comments

Although the carpark was completely empty, Chris still managed to park on the only rock for miles…

Want to freak out a graphic designer? Make him pray to a higher power and start rocking back and forth on his fancy bent-wood chair. Then give him a job where he can only use two colours – safety orange and turquoise, and then watch him squirm. All the rules of colour theory say “no, this absolutely cannot work.” And yet behold the beauty that is the Gulf Oil livery. Is that angels I hear? Beautiful retro motor racing angels playing heavenly engine music through trumpets that look remarkably like velocity stacks? Chris Trotter from Bozeman, Montana heard that music too. And that music said unto him “build the world’s sweetest Honda cafe racer and paint it like the world’s coolest race car, then send it over to those incredibly great guys at Pipeburn so that they may show it to the world.” And beholdeth, he did. And it was good.


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