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82′ BMW R100RS – Route 62 Customs

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Scott in Café Racer. 5 comments

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With the boom in popularity of the R series BMW’s of late the men who designed and worked on its many incarnations must be sitting back and scratching their heads, this they would say is not what they had in mind; BMW until recently had always been a very conservative manufacturer. That’s even more true of the R100rs that was built with the purpose of slapping on some panniers and cruising the highways of Europe, with the first review by Cycle Magazine describing it as a “Basic long-haul BMW”. But Craig and Thor of Route 62 Customs from Port Elizabeth in South Africa saw in this a 1982 BMW R100rs what so many others have seen, solid engineering, mechanical strength and a sense of unique style that would be perfect for their shops first custom.

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‘74 Honda CB750 – Cognito Moto

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 32 comments

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For all the attention the craziest new builds receive, the ones displayed at bike shows on spinning podiums, there is something very special about an understated bike that comes along that just does everything right. So it should come as no surprise that such a machine comes from Richmond, Virginia’s kings of cool, clean and celerity, Cognito Moto. “We wanted to do something that spoke to the weekend bike builders out there that want a badass bike without all the headaches,” explains Cognito’s Devin Henriques. So it is that this 1974 Honda CB750 proves nothing serves a weekend biker as well as a machine that will carve the canyons, hammer in a straight line, look the goods parked up and importantly starts with the first hit of the button.

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2013 KTM 690 Duke by DSR

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Scott in Racer. 18 comments

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For a car guy, he sure builds an amazing motorcycle; that was the consensus a few years back when Darrell Schneider from DS Restorations (DSR), an award winning car builder of many decades, turned his hand to custom bike building and truly knocked it out of the park with his DSR GP250R café racer. Three years later he’s back with another bike build and just like before the workmanship is first class and it’ll leave many debating once again how exactly do you categorise a DSR build. Starting with a 2013 KTM 690 Duke “The goal was to redesign the bike with a factory race bike theme without loosing the distinct KTM angular, edgy style. I wanted people to see KTM (design and color) but wonder what model or class it was in” explains Darrell. We think he nailed it.

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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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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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PRAWN STAR. Anvil’s Wild ‘Shrimp’ Indian Scout Tracker

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

Indian Motorcycle company has turned to one of Europe’s premier custom workshops and the World’s best suppliers to honour Albert ‘Shrimp’ Burns. The Glimmer Twins of Anvil Motociclette have handcrafted a Flat Track Scout Sixty Racer that’s world unveil will happen today in France…

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HIROSHIMA HERO. Heiwa’s ‘No.10’ Kawasaki W650 Bobber

Posted on June 8, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber. No Comments

In an industrial area near the wharves, on a white weather beaten wall, is an old Castrol sign that looks like it marks the spot of an old English workshop. Welcome to Hiroshima and the now world famous workshop of custom builder extraordinaire Kengo Kimura…

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FIVE FOR FIGHTING. Pipeburn’s Top 5 Isle of Man TT Bikes

Posted on June 3, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Other, Racer. No Comments

Since 1907 man and machine have boarded countless ferries to cross the Irish Sea and compete at the legendary Isle of Man TT. With the action set to commence again today, Pipeburn delivers you five of the most important racing machines ever to take on the mountain…

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WIFE NUMBER SEVEN. Duke Motorcycles’ ‘Mrs Duke’ ‘73 Honda CB500 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

There is nothing in the laws of physics that says leaving parts in a junkyard couldn’t result in the wind turning them into a custom bike; it’s just that the odds are infinitesimal. To make it a sure thing, you only need to park a Ducati Panigale next to a Honda CB500 in the Duke workshop…

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DIAMOND ON THE ROUGH. The Ducati ‘SCRMBLR’ by Germany’s Diamond Atelier

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

Diamond Atelier founders Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder are going back to where it all began, with new ideas and new possibilities, but all while keeping that same unmistakable style. The opening track in their latest production is a killer Ducati Scrambler called ‘DA#11’.

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