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Triumph Flashback 900

Posted on March 2, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

It wasn’t long ago we featured another Mr Martini custom, but this Triumph Thruxton 900 was burning a hole in our inbox. Sent to us by the talented Mr Martini himself, we couldn’t wait to post it. Although it isn’t his latest creation, it’s still one of our favourites. To create this incredible Thruxton-based bike or “Classic Urban Racer” as it has been nicknamed, Mr Martini took a fresh out of the factory pre-series bike and completely modified it. He started by adding Wilbers suspensions, a bigger rear rim and classic Metzeler tires. The forks rigidity plate has been replaced because the cut fender has been placed below to draw it up to the tire. The rear fender has been cut and the rear light has been set inside the seat, and in true cafe racer style loads of unnecessary components, standard speedometer included, have been thrown away. The beautiful long manifolds and megaphone pipes have been custom made and painted to give the bike a striking look. From an aesthetic point of view, this built “Flash Back” Triumph is a well balanced mix of modern and classic styling. Check out his other bikes at the Italian based Mr Martini site, particularly the tasty Triumph Flashback Racer.


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Poor Bastards

Posted on February 27, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

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Portland, Oregon has become a hotspot for the vintage racer scene, especially old Honda’s like the CB160. We have previously mentioned Vicious Cycles but we recently stumbled across another shop called Poor Bastard Cycle Works. They are a small repair, service and fabrication shop in Portland that specialize in creating custom exhaust pipes to get the most out of vintage Japanese and European motorcycles. We particularly like their “Y” pipe which are fabricated by owner Will Jones and not only give the bikes greater performance, they are also very pleasing to the eye. Just by the name alone you can tell the guys at Poor Bastard Cycles have a great sense of humor, but you can also see they are seriously good at what they do. Check the Poor Bastards blog to see more from Will and his team.


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Half a Million

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Scott in Other. 7 comments

A huge milestone occurred last week for Pipeburn and we almost missed it. We checked our stats and realised we have received over 500,000 hits since we started the site in June last year. Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that visits Pipeburn and shares our passion for cafe racers, customs and classic motorcycles – you are all one in a (half) million.


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Alfabeast

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Scott in Bobber, Other. 1 Comment

Crossbreed Cycles are based in the U.K and created this amazing bike a few years ago using a 2.5 Litre Alfa Romeo V6 engine. This is what these guys specialize in – they use parts, frames and engines you think would be impossible to combine and then make it happen. This one of a kind motorcycle has a Kraftek frame, a four speed Harley Davidson transmission, all powered by the Italian Alfa Romeo V6. There are six individual exhaust pipes, a pair of Weber downdrafts, with fork, discs and calipers from a Kawasaki ZXR750. That may sound like an unusual combination but they are working on an even bigger project – this time creating a Maserati bike which we can’t wait to see. Until then check out some more pics of this ambitious Alfa project.


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1936 M30 Norton

Posted on February 22, 2010 by Scott in Classic. No Comments

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This stunning M30 International 500cc motorcycle was recently sold by John De Kruif from the Norton site unusually named Rapid Hare. He bought the bike as a “basket case” and we love how John describes the build: “Restoring was not that difficult. The engine was rebuilt by Stu Rogers and you drop the engine parts at his place, wait for one and a half year, collect and fit. Many of the other parts are similar to abundantly available 16H items that can be made to fit with a little work. What’s left is very careful assembly. It’s not an original bike but then again, very few Inters are”. You might be wondering why he sold such a beautiful machine? Well, like a lot of motorcycle enthuisasts he ran out of room in his garage and moved it into his house for a little while “where it spent a few happy years next to the television”, he then ended up buying a vintage flat tank OHV Norton so this beautiful Inter had to hit the road. To read the full story and to check out a couple more pics check out John’s Norton blog.


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The CP Project – Triton

Posted on February 20, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

Could this Triton be one of the coolest motorcycles ever made? It’s not just a motorcycle, it truly is a work of art. We originally spotted this sleek black beast on BikeEXIF just before Christmas and haven’t stopped thinking about it. Created by French designers Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat from Southsiders MC, they had been planning to build a unique bike for years but it wasn’t until they met a Frenchman by the name of Daniel Delfour at the 2008 Legend Of The Motorcycle event in California that they new they had found the perfect builder for the job. This is how they described the project: “As English motorcycle fans, we choose to use a Norton featherbed frame and a Triumph 750 Bonneville engine,” says Vincent. “But we didn’t want to make the thousandth café racer or Triton; we decided to follow our own road. We started designing a mix of Batman’s motorcycle with a T.Rex fastback and Cat Woman’s curves. Inspiration came directly from the culture of comics.” They sure succeeded, it looks like it could have been built by Bruce Wayne for the streets of Gotham City. To read the full story and to see more pics of this amazing Triton check the article on the Southsiders MC Blog. You can also view this Karl Lagerfield short film that features the bike. [Photo by Benoit Guerry from Studio Ze]


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JMC Egli-Vincent

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 5 comments

John Mossey Restorations used to be one of the leading classic motorcycle restoration companies in the UK. They are not any more. Unfortunately they stopped trading under that name, but there’s a new mob in town that have taken over where they left off. They are called JMC Classics and still have the talented John Mossey as the head engineer and designer. It looks like JMC are pretty much the same classy outfit, specializing in restorations of classics and unparalleled new builds of Egli-Vincents and Norvins, just under a slightly different name. The new JMC Egli-Vincent which was originally released as a 1000cc is now available as a ballsy 1200cc version, which will definitely get a lot of people excited. We asked Mr Mossey the price of the new Egli-Vincent 1200cc but he would prefer to answer the question to serious buyers (he obviously saw right through our cheap leathers). If you are interested in buying one of these stunning bikes, or just want some info, visit the JMC site. To check out more mouth-watering restorations visit their impressive gallery.


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Norton 880 monoshock

Posted on February 15, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments

Many years ago Paul Zuniga from Born Again Bikes had a dream. The dream was to own one of the stunning new Norton monoshock bikes Kenny Dreer was planning to build. Unfortunately Kenny and his partners came up about $10 million short to actually produce the bikes but that didn’t stop Paul from making his dream happen. Paul had been working on British bikes for decades so he decided to build his own monoshock Norton 880 Cafe Racer. He got a lot of parts from Kenny, bought some others on ebay and haggled for the rest. He did come across some modern front forks from a Ninja 636 which he couldn’t resist and decided to merge them with the Norton chassis. Paul also eventually talked Kenny into selling the swingarm, seat, tank, side covers and tuck-in headers from the original prototype bike. The bike looks amazing and we are glad Paul realized his dream of owning a custom Norton Mono. To read the full story about the project and lots more pics visit Born Again Bikes. [Spotted on Kneeslider]


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1975 CB750 For Sale

Posted on February 13, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 16 comments

This legendary cafe racer built by Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter of Ton-Up fame is for sale on ebay at the moment. This iconic CB750 is being sold as “the worlds most famous cafe racer”, having been featured in over 16 motorcycle magazines and countless websites around the world. Just some of the features listed include “fiberglass tailpiece, borrani style H rim front wheel, race gas tank, individual air filters, 4 into 1 exhaust, chrome swingarm, remote resevoir shocks, lucas style tail light, clubman handlebars, drilled brakes for weight reduction and rearsets for better ground clearance“. We will be watching the auction closely to see how much this rockabilly cafe racer goes for. The bike is being sold on behalf of OldBikeBarn and has a “buy it now” price of $26k. That figure might be a little ambitious, but you never know when Billy Joel or Jay Leno are looking for another motorcycle for their collection.


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Deus Bukit Climber

Posted on February 12, 2010 by Scott in Scrambler. 1 Comment

It’s probably no secret that Deus are venturing into the surfboard market, especially with one of the owners being ex Mambo and Australia having such a huge and profitable surf culture. Their real point of difference though will always be trying to stay left of field, so we won’t be surprised when they manufacture surfboards using old school shapes and designs. They have nearly finished transforming a Balinese rice paddy into their factory and surf headquarters – where they will be shaping and making the Deus surfboards. And what surf factory would be complete without a custom TW200 complete with surfboard racks to take your workers down to the local surf breaks at Bukit? This TW200 is appropriately named the Bukit Climber and looks like it’s main purpose is to travel from the popular beach to the Deus factory at the top of the hill. For more pics of this understated rice burner (and rice fields) check out this Bali gallery.


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