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UNHEAVY METAL. Ad Hoc’s Svelte & Chromed Honda PC50

Posted on April 9, 2018 by Andrew in Moped. No Comments

It’s a wondrous thing how less can sometimes be more – especially when it comes to mechanical engineering. Soichiro Honda understood this implicitly; his abilities saw him dubbed the ‘Japanese Henry Ford’. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than with his pressed metal frame motorcycles, like the classic PC50 moped…

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THE SINGLES SCENE. Ad Hoc Cafe Racers’ Yamaha MT-03 Roadster

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Andrew in Other. No Comments

Barcelona’s Ad Hoc are a company after our own heart. They make custom bikes with huge swathes of colour based around all kinds of platform, but some of our favourite work are those bikes built around modern platforms. Here they’ve wheeled out another fantastic roadster, based on a Yamaha MT-03…

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APEX PREDATOR. Macco Motor’s ‘Great White’ BMW R100RS Cafe Racer

Posted on March 20, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Reviving clapped-out road bikes from sheds and garages is all fine and good, but spare a thought for the old racers of years gone by. More likely to end life upside down than right-side up – and probably on fire – it’s a tough gig to survive without some serious war wounds. So when Spain’s Macco Motors had a customer bring them not one but two BMW R100RS ex-racers…

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SLIM SHADY. Tamarit’s ‘Sombra’ Triumph Thruxton Racer

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

There’s a reason why Salvador Dali didn’t quit painting in this thirties to take up mime. Similarly, Jorge Lorenzo isn’t about to become a violinist and Hernando Cortez didn’t decide to throw it all in and make baskets a few days before he claimed the Americas. The moral of the story here is that doing anything great takes time…

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DEF METAL. Kiddo’s Slick & Silver T120 Triumph Bonneville

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. 14 comments

There’s some beautifully elemental things at the core of motorcycling. One is fire; I’m all for electric bikes, but you have to admit that internal combustion and motorcycles go together like guitars and rock. They are inseparable. The same goes for metal. If a super quick, super light plastic bike…

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SECA AND YOU SHALL FIND. A Yamaha XJ600 Racer by Foundry Motorcycles

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 24 comments

There’s a whole lot of customs out there that fly pretty close to the definition of cheating. You can do up a SR500 to look like an old school cafe racer easily enough and bikes like the W650 come as a pre-packaged halfway point to a great looking custom…

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

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 21 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 0-100 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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