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It’s not everyday you receive an email asking if you’d be interested in going to India to ride Royal Enfields across the Rajasthan desert with a film crew and a professional photographer. That’s exactly what happened at the end of last year: I received an email from a guy called Matt from Nevermind Adventures. He runs organized motorcycle adventure tours all over India. Only a fool would think about it for just a second. I thought about it for two, and replied: ‘When do we leave?’.
Pipeburn is owned and run by two biking Sydneysiders, Scott Hopkin and Andrew Jones. The site was set up in January of 2009 by Scott, a keen rider and advertising art director. After buying a Yamaha SR400 he got bitten by the bike bug and decided to start a blog and post any custom bike material that he thought was worthy of sharing.
After about a year, the mammoth task of posting something interesting on a daily basis hit home. So Scott shot off an email to a guy called Andrew who was a regular commenter on the site, asking him if he’d like to contribute something. They got talking and soon realised that were not only living in the same city, but they were both in the ad game and both spent way too much time looking at custom bikes on the web.
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Martin Hodgson has been writing for automotive publications since 2000 to paying his way through an International law degree. But it’s a lifelong passion for pulling apart engines and sometimes even putting them back together. Since 2003 he’s spent time working for teams in the V8 Supercar championship, as well as production racing at the regional level. And when he’s not working legal cases, the professionally trained engine tuner is tweaking maps on race bikes or rebuilding motorcycles that most would have left to die.
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Scott got bitten by the bike bug at a very young age while riding little Honda CR80s on his uncle’s farm. He graduated to bigger bikes before spotting a custom Yamaha SR400 on the side of the road in Bondi in 2008. From that moment on he knew he wanted to … Read More »
Some brands transcend their own industry and become part of a culture so linked that one simply goes hand in hand with the other. If you mention motorcycles and India everyone’s mind is instantly drawn to the name Royal Enfield and their classic designs that have been around for generations. Enfield’s have been the transport of choice for the motorcyclist in India doing it in style, from the Brit’s who stayed behind after Independence, to the Indian Army and Police, Guy Martin on his epic adventure and our own Scott Hopkin’s high into the Himalayas. For Charlie Hallam and the Mid Life Cycles team from Melbourne, Australia, the RE Classic just made perfect sense as the platform for their latest custom and a chance to build a bike that not only looked incredible but could be easily replicated in a cost-effective manner for a limited production run. The result is this brilliant Royal Enfield Classic 350 wearing just enough of India’s most famous alloy to earn the name ‘Brass Rajah.’
This is obviously based on the Thruxton racing bikes of the 60’s that lead to the huge Cafe Racer Revolution. They have done a great job keeping close to the original. Even hiding the fuel injection system in a pair of carburetors so it retains Thruxton’s legendary racing look.