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Trident Cafe Racer

Posted on December 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 4 comments

First spotted this amazing Triumph Trident Cafe Racer on the Bikebolt picture site, then traced it back to wedding and motocross (unusual mix) photographer Chad DeRosa who has taken some killer pics of this super clean cafe racer. The pipes and tank are worthy of a modern art exhibition. Speaking of which, there is a thorough thread by the owner on the Jockey Journal with many detailed pics of the build, starting with those eye catching pipes. Although the best piece of ingenuity must be the rear tail cone, which was made out of a 1928 Model T Headlight bucket – Macgyver would be very proud. Built from the ground up by Carl Bjorklund, Mark Bjorkland and Young Pon, I have a feeling we are going to see a lot more from this beautiful bespoke motorcycle and it’s talented builders. Also check out the making … Read More »


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1966 Triumph TT Tracker

Posted on December 27, 2009 by Scott in Tracker. 1 Comment

Stumbled across a blog called Triumph Flat Track, which as the name suggests is all about everything Triumph from vintage photos through to modern bike builds. Like this cool 1966 Triumph TT with the very retro looking leather spider seat and flame tank.


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Merry Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2009 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Back in the old days Jesus would have rode around on a donkey. But if he lived in these times the original king of cool probably would have rode a chopper (or cafe racer). Found this company called We are Fisherman who sell these Christ action figures. This one is called ‘Christ on a Bike’ and can be bought for only $30 on their site. They are probably not to everyones taste but there’s no one that deserves an action figure more than Jesus. Also would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank you for following Pipeburn this year.


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4Q Triumph Bobber

Posted on December 24, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 1 Comment

Just a quick one due to it being Christmas Eve and I have lots of Santa duties. Mostly drinking the beers my kids left out for the big bearded man. I will be updating Pipeburn as much as possible over the holidays but will also be doing some guest writing on one of my favourite motorcycle sites BikeExif. Check it out if you don’t already.
Discovered another great blog by pro skater and bike builder Max Schaaf. Named 4Q Conditioning Blog after his custom building business. He is a legend in both the skate and bike industry, his blog has a fresh mix of vintage photos, bike events, skate stuff, custom bike builds and whatever the hell he wants to post. It’s all amusing and definitely worth wasting some time there. Just to give you a taste of 4Q’s work have a look at … Read More »


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1968 Greeves Oulton

Posted on December 22, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

It’s hard to believe only 21 of these beautiful Greeves Oulton racers were ever sold. As the story goes the previous race bike they produced was the legendary 1965 250cc Greeves Silverstone which won the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix twice. Then at Silverstone it won third place which cemented the production of the Silverstone through until the end of 1967, until they were being beaten by rice rockets like the Yamaha TD1C. Greeves decided to produce a larger capacity machine for the 1968 season, and thus was born the 344cc 35RFS Oulton. This bike was a lightweight stunner but sadly failed to match the success of the Silverstone, and as mentioned earlier only 21 were sold. Unfortunately Bert Greeves decided it was time to retire from the company in 1968 and after that so did Greeves production of road racers.
Until recently when … Read More »


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1960 Triumph Bobber

Posted on December 20, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 5 comments

This Triumph picture has been haunting me for about a month now. For some reason I couldn’t remember where I found the pic and I couldn’t find any information on it anywhere on the net… until tonight. It’s name is Low Tide Larry and it is a 1960 Triumph TR6 650cc bobber built by Dan Patterson. Dan says “the motor is built from the sludge-trap up with custom “JOMO 15″ cams, and everything else is either new or uprated to better-than-original”. It has to be one of the cleanest bobbers I have seen, and the aqua blue paint job is just like eye candy. You can read about the whole Low Tide Larry build on this Jockey Journal thread. Hit this link to watch a vid of Larry being kick-started. [Thanks to Triumph Bobber Project]


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Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

Posted on December 13, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

Found this Honda CL350 cafe racer on the unusually named motorcycle blog watermelon18. Kenny, the owner of this motorcycle and blog is no professional bike builder, “just a guy who’s always liked the old style racers and decided to try and make his own”. We think he has done a sensational job.


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Triumph Thruxton SE

Posted on December 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

This is the delicious new 2010 Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer Special Edition. Expected to be released in July 2010, it’s essentially the same Thruxton just with a striking red, white and black retro paint job. The other new feature is the cafe racer style headlight cowl. We really dig the red powder coated frame and red stripe that runs down the tank and cowl. The Special Edition Thruxton will have the same 865cc air-cooled, twin cylinder that makes a pretty solid 69hp and 51lb ft of torque. They haven’t announced how much this bike will cost, no doubt Triumph will charge a premium for the privilege.


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Wrenchmonkees #9 – BMW R65/7

Posted on December 7, 2009 by Scott in Brat. 1 Comment

The BMW R65 is personally one of my favourite BMW motorcycles. It was BMW’s answer to the new generation of Japanese bikes hitting the market in the late 70’s. Built shorter and smaller to compete with these Japanese light and middleweight street bikes flooding the markets. Now 30 years later it’s great to see the Wrenchmonkees (WM) work their magic on this German icon. Firstly by placing a R80 engine in the R65 frame, adding Gazi Gas rear shocks and many custom WM features like their megatron muffler, and a no-nonsense monkee seat. The old-school Firestone Deluxe Champion tires are the final icing on the cake. Not sure whether the debadging of the BMW logo is an anti-establishment statement or just WM claiming complete ownership of their creation. Whatever the case, it just works. For more pics of this uber cool … Read More »


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Honda CS90 Racer

Posted on December 5, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

Maejima “Ted” Takeshi the owner of Japanese Shop Ted’s Special has a passion for vintage Honda’s. Ted has been racing and restoring these little beauties for over a decade. Back in the 60’s the Honda CS90 was a bit of a legend. Powered by the Super Cub 90 engine and featuring a lightweight pressed steel frame, this machine earned a reputation for excellent performance in Japan. Although they only produced 8bhp, the ultra-lightweight (191lbs) CS90 was a pocket rocket. After Ted has modified them for the race track these classics become hypersonic Honda’s. Check the Ted’s Special gallery for more pics of these miticulously restored motorcycles. [Via HFL]


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