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RIDE SALLY RIDE. Hageman Motorcycle’s Yamaha XS400 Street Tracker

Posted on July 6, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. No Comments

With the birth of the Cafe Racer revival he’s the man who put the unlikely Yamaha Virago on the map. With an endless run of craftsman like customs to his name, Greg Hageman has had an impact on the scene like few others. Now with his latest build he’s set to ensure another improbable Yamaha makes its mark…

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TALLADEGA KNIGHTS. Rogue Motorcycles’ NASCAR-Inspired Yamaha XV1100

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Tracker. No Comments

When a loyal customer rolled up to Billy Kuyken’s workshop with a 1990s Yamaha XV1100 and a simple design brief, his imagination went into overdrive of how he could turn this once cruiser into a formidable street tracker. Here’s the result…

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STREET FIGHTING MAN. Custom Operational Group’s ‘Hooligan’ Yamaha XTZ660 Cafe Scrambler

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Andrew in Enduro, Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

The military vibe of Poland’s Custom Operational Group’s name is not some mere affectation designed to be cool or edgy. On the contrary, shop owner ‘Piotr’ is an army man who builds bikes when not on duty and answers our interview questions from a remote Polish forest during a break in training exercises…

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PRECIOUS METAL. MotoRelic’s Beautiful ‘Ruby’ RD400 Cafe Racer

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Good memories are prompted by many things, they intoxicate all the senses and nothing in the motorcycle world brings all five alive like a rampaging 2-stroke screamer. But it all means so much more when the heightening of the senses transports you back in time and the nostalgia leaves you overwhelmed…

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LOW RIDER. Moto Adonis’ Slammed ‘Brutus’ Yamaha XV920R Cafe

Posted on June 11, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

When Moto Adonis’ Daan Borsje saw a neon-drenched, swingarm-stretched, Tokyo-driftin’ Hayabusa race in the Caribbean city of Curaçao, he didn’t hate. Instead, he took a Yamaha XV1100 and started to create…

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FLAT EARTH SOCIETY. Hombrese Bike’s ‘78’ Yamaha YZ450F Dirt Tracker

Posted on June 9, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Ever tried flat track racing? It’s ridiculously fun and easily more addictive than chocolate-dipped crack cocaine. Hell, the first time I tried it I was on my phone searching for bikes before the tracker I was on rolled to a stop. It’s little wonder, then, that the amount of flat track racing globally has boomed in the last few years…

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RENDEZ-VOUS DEUX. Bad Winner’s Yamaha TW125 Street Tracker

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Pretty much every petrolhead will know of Claude Lelouch’s infamous 1976 short film, ‘Rendezvous’. Done in one take and purportedly showing a Ferrari 275GTB racing through early morning Paris, its influenced everything from Mad Max to Ghost Rider. Oh, and also this…

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SPACE INVADER. BCR’s Svelte ‘Lane Splitter 54’ Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

For BCR Design’s Benjie Flipprboi, a traffic jammed pick-up truck gave him a little time to daydream about lane splitting. Specifically, he wondered what a bike designed to lane split might look like? Funnily enough, it would probably look a lot like this…

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FORGET ABOUT IT. Greg Hageman’s ‘Fat Vinnie’ Yamaha Virago Bobber

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat. No Comments

Greg Hageman’s beautiful ‘Vincentification’ of his famous Yamaha Viragos is well documented. Just how he manages to turn a Harley knock-off into something with such style is clearly moto black magic. But his latest Vincent Virago as a much more ‘in-your-face’ creation that’s about as subtle as a baseball bat…

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THE ART OF SMOKING. Sabotage Motorcycle’s Yamaha RD125 Racer

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

It’s hard to think of a more Australian story; two young Europeans on motorbikes meet in the car park of Bunnings Hardware and over the obligatory ‘snag’ they form a friendship that brings them together to build a custom motorbike from the remains of a freebie found abandoned and wrecked in Bondi…

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