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BAT INTO HELL. Macco’s ‘Dark Angel’ Yamaha XJR1300

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 19 comments

If you’ve ever ridden any of the larger capacity UJMs, you’ll know that a lack of caution when applying the throttle can be a biblical experience, metaphorically or otherwise. With sub three second ton-up times for most of these colossally-motored motos…

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ELECTRIC AVENUE. Bottpower Prepares To Shock Pikes Peak

Posted on November 12, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 36 comments

What have Pikes Peak racers and WWII fighter planes got in common? Well believe it or not, they both face the same challenges when it comes to making engines work at higher altitudes. As with the old fighters, the internal combustion engine on a racing bike might be fine at sea level, but will rapidly lose power as the air gets thinner…

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CAFÉ EN LA PLAYA. XTR’s Beach-Ready Honda Hornet Racer

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 15 comments

“Make me a Cafe Racer”. It’s undoubtedly the most fool-proof brief a bike builder can get. Jose Rosell from Spain’s XTR Pepo probably had the bike designed in his head before the sentence had left his customer’s mouth. But the next words to emerge would be akin to someone jamming a broom handle in your wheel at race speeds. “Also, I want to ride it on the beach,” the free-thinking owner added. And no, he wasn’t kidding.

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HIGHWAY TO HELL. Macco Motors New ‘Dusky Devil’ XSR700 Street Tracker

Posted on October 6, 2017 by Andrew in Streetfighter, Tracker. 10 comments

There’s always been an adage in the car and motorcycle world, ‘fast, reliable and cheap; you can only pick two’. Yet along came Yamaha with their MT/XSR range of motorcycles and proved that was absolutely not true. You can thrash these things all day long; the MT10 with superbike levels of performance and they just don’t break despite being bargains off the showroom floor. But the looks are not everybody’s cup of tea, so when Señor Alberto of Madrid bought a 2017 XSR700 brand new he went straight from the dealer to Macco Motors for a solution. There the prolific kings of Spanish customs, Jose and Tito, transformed the Yamaha into a tasty street slaying ride they call Dusky Devil.

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VIDEO: Macco Motors’ ‘Desperado’ Yamaha XSR900 Cafe Racer

Posted on October 2, 2017 by Andrew in Video. 6 comments

Our recent story on the latest cool build from Spain’s Macco Motors and their work with Dutch watchmakers TW Steel got a particularly positive response from readers right around the world. So when we found out that they had just dropped a slick new video showing the bike in action, we thought that you’d probably like to see it, too.

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AFRICAN OFFENSIVE. XTR Pepo’s ‘RAID’ BMW R NineT Dakar

Posted on September 5, 2017 by Andrew in Enduro. 12 comments

With the success of the original BMW R nineT you can’t blame the big Bavarian for wanting to cash in on the success of the model. To do that they’ve increased the line up to five variants all designed to appeal to various sectors of the market. While many categories enable them to get away with cosmetic changes, the desire to pay homage to the original all-terrain long-distance enduro G/S requires a whole lot more. Sadly the R nineT Urban G/S doesn’t quite tick the box with urban being the operative word. But never fear, Spain’s XTR Pepo is here, with a knockout 2016 R nineT that drops the urban pretence and delivers an authentic Paris-Dakar race replica known as RAID.

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GO GREEN. Spain’s AdHoc Cafe Racers Scramble An R nineT

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 12 comments

For years now manufacturers have been offering off the shelf accessories for the vast bulk of their range of motorcycles. On new models, just like at car dealers, a list of optional extras could be yours and all you have to do is tick a box to have them fitted. Since the boom of the custom motorcycle scene, it seems each manufacturer has expanded their list of factory custom parts to almost ridiculous proportions. But is it really the best way to get bang for your buck having just forked over an already large sum for a new machine? One buyer of a brand new BMW R nineT decided there was a better way, by throwing the keys to Spain’s Ad Hoc Cafe Racers and the resulting Scrambler more than proves the point.

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RENEGADE PARADE. A Brat Tracker Triumph T120 from Spain’s Macco Motors

Posted on August 1, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 6 comments

In our review of the new model Triumph T100, we argued that it was in many respects the better bike when compared to its beefier cousin, the T120. Channelling that thought, Macco Motor’s latest build was for a customer that took a T120 over and above a Thruxton when faced with a similar dilemma. Well, that’s if you can use the phrase ‘dilemma’ when the very same customer calls a bike’s lines and style ‘perfect’. Here’s Macco’s ‘Renegade’ Triumph, a classic-looking bike that forced them to start from zero.

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WATCH THIS. Macco Motor’s Timely Yamaha XSR900 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 30 comments

TW Steel is a Dutch watch manufacturer that builds quality timepieces large enough to beat a man to death with. Recently they’ve been dabbling in the custom motorcycle scene, commissioning a series of bikes based around Yamaha’s incredible, unique-looking lineup. The latest builder to throw their sizeable hat into the ring on behalf of TW Steel is Spain’s Macco Motors, with their brand spanking new XSR900 cafe racer dubbed ‘The Desperado’.

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THE KIDS ARE ALL LEFT. Russell Motorcycles’ Sanglas 500 S2 Junior Flat Tracker

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 7 comments

We all know that without getting kids into motorcycling the sport will go the way of the dinosaurs, Morris Dancing and Tiger Wood’s reputation. But what have you done about it lately? For Eduardo and Dani from Spain’s Russell Motorcycles, they’ve introduced their kids to the sideways glory that is flat tracking by building them a bike to do it on. It’s a Sanglas/Puch/BMW mash-up that makes us want to get some dust in our faces.

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