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The Great Frog London

Posted on September 20, 2010 by Scott in Other, Review. 16 comments

Who doesn’t like a skull? Iconic London jeweller The Great Frog have created a new Biker Skull ring. The Great Frog aren’t new to skull rings, they claim to have created them. Now in its 37th year they have made jewellery for many rockers, bikers and those on the “edge of the mainstream”. They also have designed original pieces for Metallica, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Slash – just to name a few. Great Frog caused a stir a few years ago with this graphic tv ad which was quickly banned, but generated loads of free publcity. Check out the new Great Frog Blog to see more from these bespoke jewellers. [Photos by Mads Perch]


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Photographer profile – Mondo Lulu

Posted on September 18, 2010 by Scott in Other. 4 comments

Mondo Lulu is a photographer and designer living in Toronto. We spotted some of his Café Racer photos on Flickr and thought we’d asked him a few questions.


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ICON Container Yard Classic

Posted on September 16, 2010 by Scott in Video. 8 comments

Love em or hate em, Icon know how to have fun – and isn’t that what riding a motorbike is all about? This video is fresh out of the box and features some of the Icon team riders tearing it up in a container yard on some of the Icon bikes. Enough said.

We would like to give a big shout out to Icon, especially their creative genius Kurt Walter who decided to support Pipeburn this year. Check the Icon blog to see what motorcycle goodness Kurt has posted today.

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Honda NX650 Street Tracker

Posted on September 15, 2010 by Scott in Tracker. 16 comments

An amazing ‘before and after’ shot can do wonders shifting products. Just think of all the diet products that are sold by showing a photo of a fat person and right next to it the same person now slim with an amazing six pack. Sometimes the improvement is so incredible you can’t believe the transformation. It’s similar to when I first laid eyes on this beautiful looking street tracker – it was hard to believe it came from a beat-up 1992 Honda Dominator. Luckily there’s people like Andrew Greenland, who didn’t see an out of shape body but a hot street tracker waiting to get out.


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1977 Suzuki GT500

Posted on September 14, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 5 comments

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This all alloy beauty was built by Tim Hart and Paul Courbot from Titan Performance in the U.K. Titan specialize in building Suzuki 2-stroke café racers and café racers parts. This 1977 GT500 features a polished alloy TZ tank, polished alloy race seat, Titan Performance polished alloy ‘S’ logo rearsets and Titan polished stainless steel expansion chambers. The motor is basically stock apart from a little tidy up in the ports, 120 mains jets, cone filters and of course the pipes, which look they make a sublime sound. Tim told us the bike isn’t quite finished yet. “As with all cafés it’s undergoing constant mods and will soon have a smaller, neater polished alloy oil tank/battery box so we can do away with the huge standard one” Tim said.


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Imaginary Garage – 1929 Norton Café Racer

Posted on September 13, 2010 by Andrew in Classic, Other. 18 comments

If you’re anything like me, the bikes you lust after tend to go through phases. My current obsession is English bikes from the 20s and 30s so I’ve been doing a lot of thumbing through Google images and drooling over various Matchless, AJS, and Vincent collectibles from the era. Yesterday I found myself daydreaming about customising something from this era, but shrugged it off as pointless – like tweaking a Jean-Michel Basquiat or re-recording a Joy Division album.


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The other pipe burn

Posted on September 11, 2010 by Scott in Other. 15 comments

It sizzled. That’s what I remember. Ten years later (see photo below) I can’t be sure that my memory is serving me as well as it should be, but in my head I can hear the steak-on-BBQ hiss.

She had her full weight on the leg as she dismounted the bike. That probably made things worse. Your normal, garden-variety “hand touches freaking hot metal thing” burn only lasts an instant before your reflexes kick in, but in this case she had to shift her whole body to a new position to break contact with the hot exhaust.


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1973 Yamaha RD250 Street Tracker

Posted on September 9, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Tracker. 7 comments

This RD250 caught my eye after recently winning the coveted Do The Ton Bike of the Month. The bike hadn’t run for 20 years when Ken Stout bought it as part of a package deal with two 60’s Honda Superhawks. Being a design engineer in the motorcycle/powersport industry it didn’t take him long to get it going. “After cleaning the carbs, new fuel line, and some gas, she fired right up” Ken said. Ken wanted to do something special with the bike and decided to turn it into a street tracker.


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Honda CB750 Dunstall

Posted on September 7, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 12 comments

We always love receiving motorcycles from our readers in far away places. This Honda CB750 café racer was built by engineering student Ilkka Töyli from Finland. The bike has an original Dunstall racing tank, clubman bars, Suzuki GT front end /w dual disc brakes, Dunstall rear sets, chromed swingarm and a seat built by Ilkka himself. “I also designed the Dunstall logo on the tank purposely to resemble the old Ducati double-line logo” he says. The bike took around 10 months to build and is Ilkka first ever bike – not bad for a poor engineering student.

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BSA B31 – GOLDSTAR REPLICA

Posted on September 5, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

Steve Jones is the owner of this sensational BSA B31. Like most vintage motorcycles, it has a story and I thought it would be best if Steve told it:

The bike was purchased from a dealer in 2008 by the previous owner. It was described as a running and restorable 1957 B31. On delivery it was clear the bike had not been run for a very long time, after a little bit of tinkering it was fired up, but sounded like a box full of spanners and the big end was shot so a full strip down was required. After the strip and examination it was found to be in a far worse state. So the rebuild commenced with the idea of a special to show what the B31 could be capable of.

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