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Review: 2017 Triumph T100 & Street Cup

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 24 comments

I have no idea what I’m doing. As I reach over and adjust the mirrors on the brand new T100 I catch a glimpse of an ex-superbike world champion riding behind me. He blips the throttle and with a tug of his arms has the nose of the Bonneville pointing towards the sky. In front of me, a seasoned motorcycle journalist and part-time racer weaves from side to side, scraping his pegs at nearly a walking pace.

In between them is me. Bolt upright, hands gripped tight on the bars and riding dead straight. Marlon Slack from Pipeburn – commuter, tourer, sometime weekend scratcher. I’m not a racer. I’m not thinking about stoppies or wheelies or burnouts. What am I thinking? Don’t Drop The Bike.

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‘72 BMW R75/5 – Tattoo Custom Motorcycles

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Scott in Classic, Scrambler. 56 comments

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We are happy to introduce a new writer at the ‘House of Burning Pipes’. Marlon Slack is our latest recruit and we’re happy to have him on board for the ride.

Tattoo Custom Motorcycles have taken this 1972 R75/5 – a traditional, commuter-style bike – and turned it into a neat scrambler with a few particularly nice, subtle touches. There’s quite a few boxer engine custom bikes kicking around these days, but it wasn’t always the case. Eight years ago I sat in the café attached to Deus Ex Machina and between bites of breakfast and the occasional superior scowl I tried to throw at the Deus clientele, the side doors opened and a mechanic wheeled in a BMW R65, propping it up in a window display that overlooks the cafe. Behind me an older guy looked up at the motorcycle with a scowl. ‘Please,’ he groaned, ‘we’re trying to eat.’

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BRING THE NOISE. Krautmotor’s ‘Little Go Beep’ BMW R nineT Racer

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer, Tracker. No Comments

In the world of custom motorcycles perhaps the only thing as interesting and as eclectic as the machines themselves are the people who build, buy and ride them. A more diverse group you are unlikely to find and one of the leading characters who manages to still stand out in such a crowd is Mr Krautmotors…

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’POWER AND THE PASSION. Bottpower’s Buell Ulysses XR1R Racer

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

Bottpower are a Spanish custom shop that make parts for high performance twins. Carbon fibre tanks and seats, perfectly machined triple clamps and even entire frames. Much of their work ended up on their iconic Pikes Hill motorcycle in 2017. It was fast, it handled like a dream and it was gorgeous…

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STONE FREE. Medusa’s Honda Dominator Scrambler

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

There’s something refreshing about Atelier Medusa. Based in France, the shop doesn’t make any pretensions about being the most experienced team out there. They have mentors, they ask questions and they learn. A lot. Each of their builds has been getting better and better….

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NEW SKIDS ON THE BLOCK. Young Guns’ Royal Enfield 650 GT Racer

Posted on August 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

If you haven’t heard of the new Royal Enfield 650 GT – welcome. I hope life has been comfortable for you under your rock. Feast your bleary eyes on the new platform that’s going to become a staple of the custom scene over the next twenty years…

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FAMILY FIRST. Kott Motorcycles’ Heirloom Honda S90 Racer

Posted on August 9, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

LA’s Kott Motorcycles are the clinicians of the bike-building word. They produce hospital-grade builds so clean you could eat off them. Each one of their cafe-inspired builds is a masterclass of balance, proportion and build quality. This time around they’ve tackled a smaller offering…

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’WING AND A PRAYER. Rodsmith Motorcycles’ ’76 Honda Goldwing Cafe Racer

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Craig Rodsmith is one of my favourite characters in the bike building world. An Australian working in the US, his motorcycles are bombastic creations that feature incredible aluminium work. Miles of polished metal and astonishing levels of fit and finish are his calling card…

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SPORTS STAR. Dan Moto’s Harley Sportster Racer

Posted on August 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Dan Moto have been building exhausts that please owners and piss off neighbours for the last ten years. And as their catalogue of bike parts expands quicker than a Harley owner’s waistline they’ve decided to showcase exactly what their team of fifty staff can do…

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DIRT FANCY. Lucky Custom’s Honda NX400 Scrambler

Posted on July 28, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Scrambler. No Comments

I can pick a Lucky Custom’s motorcycle a mile away. They’re one of the most distinctive custom builders in the world. Over the last few years the Argentinian shop has produced some of the craziest, most genre-bending trackers, choppers, bobbers and cafe racers…

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