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2009 Yamaha TW200 – Machine 13

Posted on June 13, 2011 by Scott in Other. 16 comments

If you know what the Bones Brigade, Animal Chin and Slime Balls are, then you’ll probably appreciate this TW200 more than others. Built by Zack Taylor from Machine-13, who is a young builder from Phoenix, Arizona. Zack has managed to merge three of his passions into one business – skateboarding, art/tattoo’s and motorsickles. You see, Machine-13 is a tattoo shop, custom shop and every bike goes out with his unique ‘skate style’. Zack’s trademark is using skateboard wheels as tail lights and he also loves chopping up skate decks to use as rear fenders – it might not be to everyones taste but you have to give him points for originality.


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Deus SX225 Street Tracker

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 27 comments


As winter approaches here in Australia, the thought of migrating to a tropical climate is very appealing. A place like Bali would be the perfect location; not only is it balmy for most of the year but thanks in part to Deus they have a very sweet bike and surf culture. And with beautiful bikes like this Deus SX225 Street Tracker that keep rolling out of their Bengkel workshop, one could only assume that things are going to stay pretty warm over there for a while yet. Here’s how Deus Bali describe the build, “this Yamaha SX225 Street Tracker has literally been rebuilt from the ground up. The frame to the engine, and everything in-between has been modified, rebuilt or replaced to fulfill the specs laid out by our customer and friend Alex. What he wanted, he got. Including the short wheel base – seems he has a liking towards the wheelie.”


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Yamaha XT 500 Café Racer

Posted on February 15, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer. 17 comments

Built in a cramped apartment. Photographed in a deserted factory. Oh, the delicious irony.

As you all now realise, Pipeburn strives to bring you the best custom bikes from all around the world. And bring we do; on an regular basis you can check in and get a piping hot serve of sweet motorbicycling goodness. Why, anybody would think these things beautiful things grow on trees! Well we’ve got some potentially shocking news for you; they don’t. They are actually bloody hard work to create. Even if you have yourself a bunch of spare time and decent garage to get down and dirty in, chances are that for every sweet bike like the one you see here there are another three rusty, half-finished wrecks that never cross the line.


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1978 Yamaha XS650

Posted on February 1, 2011 by Scott in Video. 18 comments

Another little video from our friends at Deus. This time featuring a freshly painted red 1978 XS650 cut to Al Barry & The Cimarons song ‘Morning Sun’. The bike has been hiding out in the Deus ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’ since they opened their doors. Now it’s off to a new home where she’ll be enjoyed by some lucky bugger.

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1989 Yamaha SR250

Posted on January 27, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Rat. 7 comments

Doesn’t look like the usual SR250’s you see on the road, does it? No siree. This bad boy was recently built for the Metamorfosis Masiva — which is a SR250 build-off in Spain where you can’t spend more than €1,000 on parts. Although, there was no limit on the amount of hours they could spend building, and that’s what D.B from El Solitario MC did. Spending more than 500 hours creating this one-of-a-kind motorcycle. The bike, which D.B has named ‘The Winning Loser’ didn’t win, but ironically it has probably gained the most attention, being posted on numerous motorcycle blogs around the world and therefore living up to its name.


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Yamaha XV 750 Virago “Reciprocity”

Posted on December 30, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 54 comments

Imagine being asked to build a custom bike for a hitman. That’s what advertising creative John Ryland was commisioned to do by director Sunny Zhao. Although, the “hitman” in question was a fictional character starring in his new film called Reciprocity. It all sounded too good to be true for a ‘part-time builder’, so I asked John a few questions about the project.


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Holiday Customs XS650

Posted on December 16, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 32 comments

This year has been no vacation for Jared Johnson at Holiday Customs. “We built some 13 bikes this year and didn’t have time to build for myself” says Jared. After finding a rusty old 1976 Yamaha XS650 in Portland for $400, Jared knew exactly what he wanted to create. “I had been thinking of how I wanted this thing to look. I really like the lines on Schwinn cruiser bicycles, flowing with curves.” The bike sat in his shop for a few months until he was ready to fully immerse himself in the project. “I made everything on the bike except for the seat. The frame alone took a week. I rolled the tube metal, welded it up, then put the tires on and realized it wasn’t low enough, so I cut off the tail and started over.” After the frame was complete, the idea for the curved pipes that follow the lines of the frame came to him. “The pipes took 4 long days, rolling the tube, notching out for the rear axle bolt, walking around looking at it for hours” he says.


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Raider Motorsports SR “Norton Manx”

Posted on November 14, 2010 by Andrew in Café Racer. 7 comments

Upon reflection, Maurice was really taken by the polished tank on the Norton

Just a quick update – we thought those of you who enjoyed the Raider Motorsports/Moz Rissman article we posted recently might be keen to hear some news concerning the latest creation from the Coffs Harbour shop.


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1981 Yamaha XS650 Bobber

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 46 comments

This is a story about a young man named Cassio Silva who fell in love with a bobber sitting outside a tattoo shop in Texas. “That same day I went home and spent hours researching how to build one for myself” recalls Cassio. You see, this 20 year old had never even ridden a motorcycle, let alone tried to build one. “I’ve been building and modifying cars for years and knew i had the skills to take on the project” he says. After finding a suitable XS650, Cassio took the bike home and within days it was cut in half in his garage.


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Yamaha SR400 – The Varkain

Posted on October 2, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 9 comments

A few months ago we featured another SR400 built by Raider Motorsports in Coffs Harbour. Well, it looks like they’ve been up to their old tricks again – turning stockers into rockers. Their latest bike is the black sheep of the family and is appropriately named The Varkian – which is Finish for “By Stealth”. “As with all our motor-sickles, the Varkain is 100% designed and hand-built in our garden shed” says Maurice from Raider Motorsport. “The frame has been stripped, all the ugly OEM brackets and mounts hacked off before a trip to the sandblasters and then over to the powder-coaters. The engine has been disassembled, all clearances and OEM tolerances checked and/or refined prior to reassembly and some trick heat-proof coatings and making of lots of shiny bits and pieces. Engine side cases are powder-coated, as are the rims and hubs. The Varkain has a stack of custom and handmade accessories, far to many to mention and more than you can see in the pics, plus the usual neat bits and pieces our customers have come to expect, like new wiring loom, LED warning lights, new vintage Firestone tyres, new seat from our Nitro-Bed range, new custom paint, blah blah blah and stacks more!”If you want to view more pics of the Varkain build, from “stripped and naked to all dressed up and ready to play”, visit the Raider Motorsport gallery. The bike is for sale and is currently at Chidiac Motor Group showroom in Sydney if you want to check it out in person.

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