“They don’t make them like they used to.” We’ve all heard the older generation groan it, oil dripping down the inside of their riding boats. But to be able to own a modern superbike dripping with MotoGP technology first there had to be more than a hundred years of development – in factories large and small – all over the globe. Some got it right, some got it wrong, But it is the evolution of the motorcycle we must always appreciate, its many off-spring is the thing that brings us all together as bike lovers and one pre-war big brother made more than a single innovative contribution to motorcycling that lives on today. That bike, the one before your eyes, is the Böhmerland 600 (or ‘Cechie’, as it was known domestically.) It’s the brainchild of Albin Hugo Liebisch who was born in Rumburk in what is today the Czech Republic. Liebisch was a bicycle mechanic until the outbreak of WWI where he was badly wounded on the Eastern front. After the war he took a number of jobs before driving heavy vehicles for flamboyant businessman and sometime race car driver Alfred Hielleho, who would finance the early years of the Böhmerland Motorcycle company. And thank your lucky stars he did.
Written by Martin Hodgson.
Over the last decade we’ve seen the return of the Café Racer, the Tracker, the Bobber, the Scrambler and many of the bikes that dominated the scene in days gone by. Now the renaissance is taking its logical next step, a return of the small motorcycle companies building limited runs of handcrafted motorcycles that mirror the customer’s desire for vintage flare. One such start-up is Indiana-based Janus Motorcycles who, in the spirit of Harley Davidson and Norton, are reviving the small to big approach with an unwavering belief in quality manufacturing.
Peanut butter and jelly. Vegemite and avocado. Pickled eggs and beer. In the culinary world there’s a few combinations that, at first glance, just shouldn’t work at all. And yet if you can manage to cross the chasm of logic and walk free in the land of adventurous eating, you’ll find that sometimes gut instincts and leaps of faith work a whole lot better than common sense. It’s the same instincts that Richard, from Berlin’s Metric Customs, used when he decided that there was no good reason why a Harley engine and a Dnepr bike couldn’t work together. Just like Reagan and Gorbachev. Genius.
Words by Ian Lee.
There are unique bikes. And there are ‘unique’ bikes. A unique bike will catch your eye in the street. The latter you won’t come across at any show, they are generally relegated to the confines of the computer screen or magazine cover. Today’s feature bike falls into the latter category. Definitely unique, this is a one off aerodynamic-as-hell racer with an Italian heart. Looking as good as it did when it rolled out of the workshop 34 years, this MV Agusta special is the first time a sidecar racer has graced the pages of Pipeburn.
By guest writer Ian Lee.
The Yamal Peninsular on the northwest tip of Russia is cold. Mind numbingly cold. Temperatures of minus 60 degrees Celsius have been recorded there, even in summer the arctic winds will bring on a chill. It’s definitely not the sort of place you want to find yourself locked out without your keys. It takes a hardcore form of transport to get around such an area, one of these being the nuclear powered icebreaker Yamal, named after the peninsular which it sails around. With a giant set of cartoon jaws adorning it’s prow, most pictures tend to show the Yamal leading other icebreakers through fields of ice, showing what it takes to traverse these waters. When Ural were looking for a name for their new special edition, Yamal seemed the perfect moniker. We present to you, the ultimate ‘go anywhere’ bike and sidecar unit, the 2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition, complete with sidecar mounted oar.