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IMPERIAL TRANSPORT. The ‘Rogue Shadow’ Yamaha XV750 from Cardsharper Customs

Posted on May 7, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Their latest client turned up with a barely rolling bike and an obsession with all things Star Wars. Just months later, Cardsharper sent him on his way with a stunning 1983 Yamaha Virago XV750 Cafe Fighter, the perfect for of Imperial transport, known as ‘Rogue Shadow’…

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FASTER & SON. A Honda CB750 Cafe Racer from MT Customs

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Most of the planet got their introduction into what a Father and Son custom bike shop looks like from the hugely popular series American Chopper. But if the motorcycles themselves were terrible, the damage to the relationship was even worse, sending a cautionary tale around the world. But for the family Brewus of Poland, no such problems exist…

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URBANE WARFARE. Cardsharper Customs’ Camouflage K100 Cafe Racer

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

Consider the work of Poland’s Jacek Mulak. As Europe descended into one of its harshest winters in years, Jacek began to realise that his custom crowdfunding project was, as he put it, ‘A disaster.’ His solution? He put everything aside and did what he loves best; he built this…

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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER FLY. A ‘Great Escape’ Honda CM400 Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Tracker. 15 comments

The Iron Curtain. The Cold War. The USA v the USSR. The 60s and 70s were tough years for Eastern Europe. With hardline communism ruling the roost and the Nazi occupation still fresh in most people’s minds, it’s little wonder that a movie like Steve McQueen’s The Great Escape with its Polish locations and flying moto finale, might have struck a chord with the locals…

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INNER ZOOMER. Ugly Motors’ Lightning Fast Suzuki GSX1200 Racer

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 16 comments

‘Inazuma’. It means ‘Lightning’ in Japanese. But it’s a little more complex than that. It’s also the first name of a legendary Sumo Wrestler from the 19th Century, A Japanese battleship and a famous 1950s Japanese film about the search for personal happiness. No coincidence, then, that Suzuki also attached the name to a bike like this. Being a fast, powerful fighter that’s put a smile on more than a few dials, the name seems perfectly suited to both the factory bike and this little reworking of a ‘00 Suzuki GSX1200 Inazuma by Poland’s Ugly Motors.

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SUSHI ‘TACO. A Delicioso Honda CB400 Tracker by T. Jasin Motorcycles

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Andrew in Enduro, Tracker. 20 comments

Hot on the heels of their CB250 from a few weeks ago, Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles have just rocked up with another killer Honda – this time it’s an ‘83 CB400 that’s clearly just been to Spain for its summer holidays. Deciding that the Bultaco MX livery was the perfect vibe for this Comstar’d and knobby’d little champ, the Japan-loving Jasin brothers have left the thing co-branded to add a little frisson to the mix. And boy, don’t they mix well?

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TOUCH OF EVEL. A CB250 Honda Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 29 comments

Of all the major manufacturers, we think it’s fair to say that Honda is the one most unmoved by current trends. Triumph, Ducati and Yamaha have all thrown their hats in the ring when it comes to appealing to a new generation of riders. But Honda has remained steadfastly traditional with their new models. CB1100 anyone? It’s easy to point and laugh, but the real losers are us. Just think of all the bikes that could be in your local Honda showroom. Bikes like this neat little tracker from Poland’s Jasin Motorcycles. With a touch of HRC and a pinch of Evil Knievel, it’s pretty much everything we’ve ever wanted in a Honda weekend warhorse.

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THE HEAT SECA. A Brat Yamaha XJ750 from Poland’s Custom Operational Group

Posted on June 5, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. 8 comments

Much of the criticism levelled at this new generation of custom bikes concerns usability. Whether it be fenders, suspension travel or comfort, the main undercurrent to the comments is that the bikes just aren’t functional in the real world. But if there’s anyone who really cares about how their equipment works, it’s a soldier. Hammered with rules about unwavering trust from day one, most soldier’s tools are nothing but thoroughly, brutally, unforgivingly functional. So what happens when a career warrior builds a custom bike? This happens. Meet Piotr and his newly weaponised Yamaha XJ750 Seca.

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JOLIE LADIE. A Beautiful Yamaha XV920 From Poland’s Ugly Motors

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 23 comments

When the Japanese custom car culture really began to boom in the early ’90s those heading to the land of the rising sun to witness it all were given a simple instruction. Don’t look for big showrooms with flashing lights, head to an industrial area of any of the country’s big cities and go down the smallest of alleys. Here in cramped garages, 1000hp beast were being turned out in spaces so small you could barely spin a spanner. Now Poland’s Ugly Motors is taking it to extremes, with a 1st floor workshop that sees bikes lifted into place by a homemade crane. It’s here that Jakub Beker has crafted Ugly #08, a power cruiser come cafe racer from a 1983 Yamaha XV920 Virago.

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‘Cestus’ ‘75 Honda Gold Wing – Cardsharper Customs

Posted on February 3, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 34 comments

Whenever I think of big Honda tourers I think of the hulking modern ones. You’ve probably seen them – they’re hard to miss. They have stereos, airbags, a reverse gear, heated seats and air conditioning. Honda call it the ‘Gold Wing’ but I usually refer to it as ‘Just go buy a goddamn car’. But the earlier 70’s models are something else. They were still monstrous bikes for their time, but they were simpler, mile-munching naked cruisers. And that’s what Poland’s Cardsharper Customs have tackled – a 1975 Honda GL1000 dubbed ‘Cestus’.

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