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MAJOR LASER. Wrench King’s ‘War Zone’ Yamaha XJ Apocalypse Scrambler

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

On Any Sunday, The Great Escape and The Wild One. These are the highbrow motorcycling movies that we all name-drop as being one of the reasons we got into motorcycling in the first place. But let’s face it, it wasn’t just them. There were plenty of more embarrassing shows that pushed our buttons, too…

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY? The Moto Adonis ‘Elegant Bastard’ Yamaha XV Cafe Tracker

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Tracker. No Comments

When you’re a kid everything seems big, adults appear to be giants and a semi-trailer truck may as well be a Transformer. Even the childhood home feels like a castle until one day you return as an adult and realise it’s just a regular old three bedroom house. So too the bikes of our youth…

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TITLE FIGHTER. A BMW R80 Neo-Racer from Nozem Amsterdam

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 53 comments

If the original design team at BMW knew that their sandals-with-socks tourers would get turned into bikes like this they would haves choked on their strudel. Despite their uninspiring origins, over the last ten years we’ve seen old Boxers shift to the forefront of the custom scene…

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FLAT OUT. Netherland’s Moto Adonis Dominate Flat Track With A Honda NX650

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 9 comments

It’s been six months since we touched down in Parma, Italy, and made our way to the inaugural Wildays show. Of all the show’s highlights, one stands out from all the rest. The flat track racing. Moto Adonis’ Daan Borsje was dead keen to have a go…

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UNDERNEATH THE RADAR. A Honda CB750 Urban Scrambler by Moto Adonis

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 44 comments

Americans don’t know how lucky they are. It seems to us outsiders that you could weld a set of wheels to an Exocet missile and it would still be considered a roadworthy bike in all 50 states. But for the rest of us – especially those in the EU – there’s an army of engineering bureaucrats…

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THE WIZARD OF OZZ. A Ducati ST4S Cafe Fighter By Ozz Customs

Posted on November 3, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Streetfighter. 30 comments

Despite being one of the most enlightened countries in the world, the Netherlands doesn’t have a thriving motorcycle scene. I’ve no idea why this is – they could be all too busy getting ripped, getting drunk or falling off pushbikes to really catch the bug. But for whatever reason, Roosendaal-based Ozz Customs breaks the silence yet again with their latest build, a Ducati ST4S touring bike cut down into a mean cafe fighter.

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BIG BRICK KICKS. Ironwood Custom’s ’86 BMW K100 Cafe Racer

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 11 comments

Business seems good for Dutch builders Ironwood Motorcycles. Last week it was their sweet restomod Honda that garnered a great response. This week, it’s a Flying Brick that’s reminded us how no serious custom garage collection is complete without at least one example of Bavaria’s take on the inline four. And if we had to choose one right now to add to the collection, it’d be this cafe’d ’86 K100 that would get the nod.

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T IS FOR TROUBLE. ‘The Rascal’ Restomod Honda CB360T from Ironwood Motorcycles

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. 25 comments

As the old cliché goes, “Restraint is the better part of beauty”. I prefer to think of it like this; there’s nothing more unattractive than someone who’s trying too hard. Be it popularity, personal appearance or 2-for-1 cocktails, the end result is usually always a disaster. Understanding this implicitly, Ironwood’s Arjan Van Den Boom (how cool is that name?) chose a subtle yet beautiful plan of attack when it came time to build this cool little ‘75 Honda CB360 tracker.

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BADA-BING BADA-ZOOM. Wrench Kings’ ‘Mobster’ Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 16 comments

Giving you new custom bike a Mafia-related name requires a certain amount of bravado. After all, portraying something that’s got your life in its hands as a violent, vindictive and possibly unhinged criminal doesn’t bode so well for your future personal safety. Open the garage door one sunny Sunday to find it in a bad mood and you could well end up riding with the fishes. Luckily for us, the Netherlands‘ Wrench Kings are still healthy enough to tell us about this, their brand new Ducati Monster cafe they’ve named ‘Mobster’.

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BLUE RACER CULT. Gannet Design And The Wrench Kings Take On A Moto Guzzi V7

Posted on August 6, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 10 comments

Working on a bike project with a team of new people can be a hellish experience. Even simple things like picking paint colours or upholstering a seat can take up many hours while terms are defined and differing expectations are met. But for Switzerland’s Gannet Design and the Wrench Kings and Vanguard Clothes from the Netherlands, it really seems as if they were all freakishly, cultishly in sync. It’s the only explanation we can come up with for how such a superbly turned-out bike came out of such a diverse bunch of brains.

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