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PLAYING CHICKEN. A Nitrous Indian Scout Sprinter by Young Guns

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 16 comments

A headless chicken earning $50,000 a month, a female racer beating up on the boys and an Indian Scout with a 1:1 power to weight ratio. These are not old wives tales, stories from someone three sheets to the wind or plucked from an episode of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. All these things are true and they form the foundation of one incredible machine that took home the top trophy at its first race meeting. Having been selected by Indian to undertake the build Nik, Fabien Ale and Zesi at Switzerland’s Young Guns Speed Shop haven’t let down the big American maker. Delivering a tyre shredding 2016 Indian Scout Sprint Racer known fondly as ‘Miracle Mike’.

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‘DK’ Harley Sportster Tracker – Young Guns Speed Shop

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 22 comments

When you’re young, brash and at the top of your game you can push a lot of buttons and get away with it. Just ask the great Muhammad Ali who once said, “I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail!” The motorcycle equivalent to this level of smack talk is like standing in front of a pack of grey bearded Harley Davidson enthusiasts having defiled the purity of some fine Milwaukee Muscle. The reaction will come quick; bottles may fly, F-bombs will rain down and a chase worthy of the Blues Brothers will ensue. It’s not that the Young Guns Speed Shop lads set out to upset those who cry, “why?” – it’s that they simply answer, “why not!” Their latest bike is yet another badass build with an exclamation point, a 1999 Husky Harley Sportster known simply as ‘DK’.

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‘Odessa’ Harley FXSB Cafe Racer – Young Guns Speed Shop

Posted on February 16, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 21 comments

When someone says Young Guns and the 1980s in the same sentence, my mind instantly races back to the shoot ’em up Hollywood Western film that I must have watched fifty times as a kid. Owning a copy on VHS will do that; heck it’s been a hell of a long time and the movie starred a young Charlie Sheen. But these days Young Guns Speed Shop have given the name a great deal more credibility, crafting beautiful custom bikes in their homeland of Switzerland. The team of Nik, Fabian, Ale and Zesi must have had an extra spring in their step when a lovely young lady brought her machine in for a makeover. The result of their handy work is this badass ‘82 Harley Davidson Cafe Racer known as Odessa.

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AJS by Young Guns Speedshop

Posted on September 16, 2015 by Scott in Board Tracker, Café Racer. 12 comments

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A relic of the first half of the last century, the 350cc capacity class of motorcycle harks back to a time when having such a category made sense. Quicker than a commuter 250cc, but without the insurance fees tied in with owning a more sporting 500cc, this class of bike allowed for a happy medium for the discerning rider. It also makes for a unique donor bike for a custom project, as shown in this build from the Young Guns Speed Shop. Built for the Swiss-bike Expo, this AJS pre unit bike is a product of 14 hour a day, 7 day weeks, with the final product a hard as nails board track tribute appropriately named ‘Fabilas’.

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1998 H-D Sportster by Young Guns Speed Shop

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Scott in Bobber. 10 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson.

Incredible watches, chocolate and cheese so goes the cliché about Switzerland the landlocked mountainous country in the middle of Europe. But a group of young Swiss lads are making their name with a different kind of craftsmanship, one off custom bikes that tip their hat to the days of old and with a blend of bobber and board tracker they’ve turned a Harley Sportster into a beautiful piece of standing art that also rips the street.

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‘The Crow’ BMW R100RS – NCT Motorcycles

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Andrew in Classic, Scrambler. 10 comments

The Eastern Alps of Austria must be one of the most picturesque places in the world, from the snow-covered alpine region, to the 200 crystal clear lakes and the many castles, museums and breweries to visit there is not shortage of things to do. Everywhere you go the food is as spectacular as the scenery and not only does the beer flow but there is an abundance of wineries and literally a “Cider Trail”. The only thing left to decide is how to get around the perfectly laid mountain roads and it’s hard to think of anything that suits more than two wheels. It’s here that David Widmann and his team Kurt and Manuel operate National Custom Tech (or NCT) and turn out the perfect machines for sweeping through the mountain passes or munching up the flower covered meadows. Although the young guns have built everything from a Ducati Streetfighter to a side-car equipped Moto Guzzi, their passion and pride is in slick old school BMW’s.

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Zündapp Combinette Sport by YG Speedshop

Posted on September 3, 2015 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Moped. 14 comments

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A few months ago we featured a bad arse Harley from the young fellas at Young Guns Speed Shop built in their old school themed workshop in the picturesque Rapperswil Switzerland. But late model Hogs are definitely not all they do, from the best of British in old school Triumphs and BSAs, to Japanese mainstays like the Yamaha XS650 and vintage machinery in the form of a beautiful ’47 AJS; so it should come as no surprise that their first build was something a little left field, a bike so out of the ordinary I’d never even heard the name.

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MOTO PHOTOS: Germany’s Christine Gabler

Posted on February 4, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Other, Racer. 11 comments

It’s with a little embarrassment and an apology to 50% of the world’s population that we admit to not having ever featured a female photographer in our Moto Photos weekend specials. Well, not until now that is. On our recent trip to Italy’s MBE Show…

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Pipeburn’s 2015 Bike of the Year Award

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Andrew in Other. 68 comments

With 2015 disappearing faster than petrol down the throat of a badly tuned race carb, it’s time to take stock of the past 12 months and see what bikes really floated our collective boats. In this, our sixth year of making a fuss about the world’s best custom beasts, we’re glad to say that the brouhaha surrounding this weighty, exhaust-shaped prize seems to be getting bigger and bigger. But the award itself is nothing without the guys it’s intended to honour; the bike builders that bless us daily with their art and expect pretty much nothing in return. Here’s to you, you big, oily, talented lunatics. As always, we’ve revisited every bike from this year (all 180-odd posts) to count and re-read your comments, tally Facebook likes and whip out our trusty awesome-o-meter to come up with our top 10 bikes for 2015. So, without any further ado…

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OLD SALT. Bonham’s Classic ’51 Triumph Thunderbird Bonneville Racer

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 12 comments

When is a Triumph Bonneville not actually a Bonneville? When it’s a Thunderbird T6 that raced and wowed the Bonneville salt flats in the sport’s golden era, that’s when. A full 6 years before the model name was dreamt up, a 13-year-old Californian named Bobby Sirkegian…

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