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DARK ARTS. Wenley Andrew’s Triumph Thruxton R ‘Phantom’ Racer

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 16 comments

For something to be reborn first it must die, and this particular ghost who walks lived a very short life before it was resurrected in just eight tumultuous weeks. Whatever perfect product you buy, the end result is a culmination of blood, sweat and tears that the consumer is never likely to see. But prepared to let the masses get a glimpse behind the scenes Australia’s premier custom bike builder, Wenley Andrews has pulled back the curtain and revealed the alter at which he works. Making this process even more special is the collaboration that made it happen; a collective of the Australian industry’s very best. The incredible finished product was finished just hours ago. A Wenley special, this 2016 Triumph Thruxton R racer is known as the one who cannot die; the ‘Phantom’.

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Long-term review: 2009 Alpinestars SP-1 leather gloves

Posted on September 27, 2010 by Andrew in Review. 7 comments


Review and photos by Andrew Jones (AKA Pamberjack)

I’ve had these gloves for a little over a year now, and I thought it’d be a perfect time to write a little piece on how they are holding up. Hope you like it.

Initial impressions were good. They seemed very well made which instilled confidence as to their toughness and durability. Style-wise they are obviously targeted towards more of the “sport” end of the market. I got these black and white ones, as the all-black ones I had originally planned to purchase weren’t available in my size. The white does add a little to the track day feel, but I’d be more than happy wearing either style on any bike made since the seventies.


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A Parallel Universe

Posted on August 29, 2010 by Scott in Other. 1 Comment

Yesterday the guys at Deus Ex Machina put on their ‘Parallel Universe‘ day – a festival celebrating all Parallel Twin motorcycles. Andrew Jones our resident photographer/writer dropped by and took some snaps of the goings-on. We hope you like them.

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1969 Harley Rat Bobber

Posted on September 22, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Rat. 30 comments

To open, I have a frank and shocking admission to make. I don’t like Harleys. Never have. I’ve always seen them as way too bourbon, bandanas and bald eagles, if you see what I mean. Sure, on the odd occasion I’ve seen a custom HD that I’d not mind being seen on – but for the vast majority of this Milwaukee metal I’d rather set my pubes on fire than have them parked in my garage.

Then I met Jed DePyper at the recent Deus ex Machina Parallel Universe day. I shot the faeces with him for a while and he eventually told me he rode a “Rat Bobber”. Being none-the-wiser, I asked to see it. And Christ on a bike, what a bike; I was pretty much smitten from the get go. It wasn’t until later that day that I put two and two together and realised that I had just had my socks shocked and awed by a Hardly Ableson. God bless America.


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D’ORS OF PERFECTION. Walt Siegl’s Immaculate MV Agusta Brutale Racer

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

When it comes to winning at life, it’s hard not to think that New England’s Walt Siegl has got things all figured out. Hell, if life was an olympic sport, Walt would be covered with more gilt than Auric Goldfinger’s secretary. Just take this MV Brutale as exhibit A…

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY? BCKustom’s ‘HuXSy’ Yamaha XS500 Scrambler

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

Vincent’s brief for his new custom bike was as quick as it was poetic. Leaning on the corner of his French bar, his hand-drawn sketch showing a classic early 70s scrambler was handed to Yann from BCKustoms with a smile, a handshake and a deposit….

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VTEC FOR VICTORY. A Honda CB400F Street Tracker from Mandrill Garage

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

When someone mentions the words ‘Honda’ and ‘VTEC’ in the same sentence, you’d be excused if your mind was filled with images of stanced Honda Civics with neon lighting, tearing around your local strip on a Friday night. But as any real Honda aficionados will tell you, their famous VTEC is available in magical moto land as well…

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FAIR WEATHER FIEND. Vagabund’s ‘V08’ BMW R80RT Summer Brat

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Andrew in Brat. No Comments

You know you’ve probably got a custom bike problem when you start ordering builds based on weather. And for Vagabund’s Paul and Phil, that’s exactly what their latest customer has gone and done. They were distraught by the fact that their summer riding options didn’t include a fenderless BMW brat. Until now…

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MOTO PHOTOS: 2018 Motor Bike Expo, Verona, Italy

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Andrew in Other. No Comments

After you’ve been to more than your fair share of bike shows, it’s easy to become a little jaded about the whole shebang. But within 30 minutes of arriving at the MBE show, I was rethinking my convictions quicker than a televangelist at a jelly wrestling contest. There is a better way, and I think MBE has found it…

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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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