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WEAR & TEAR. Tobacco Motorwear Gets Down and Dirty

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Andrew in Review. 11 comments

Wherever you go, whatever you ride you should always consider riding in gear that can protect you if you crash. Tobacco Motorwear Company is committed to producing stylish, yet protective motorcycle apparel that you can wear every day. Because looking like a motorcyclist doesn’t mean you have to look like a motorcyclist, if you catch my drift.

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ONE FOR ALL. Rough Crafts’ ‘Sterling Musketeer’ Harley Softail

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber. 18 comments

Welcome, Harley Davidson Executive Management! You might not have visited our website before. There’s not too much here for you normally, but maybe you’ve stumbled onto Pipeburn looking for inspiration for future models. It’s hard making those big decisions, like picking between gloss black, matte black, denim black or black black. But why not build something different? Like this custom Harley Davidson 2008 Softail Cross Bones, built by Winston Yeh and the team at Rough Crafts, based in Taipei, Taiwan.

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ROUGH WEEK. Lucky Cat‘s ‘Six Days’ BMW R80 Enduro

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Scrambler. 21 comments

The International Six Days Trial is a true giant amongst motorcycle races. Celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2013, it claims the prize for the world’s oldest off-road motorcycle race. Originally held in Carlisle in the north of England, in the Seventies it held its first race outside Europe. BMW put their brand where their mouth was and entered a four man factory team, including the renown Herbert Schek, in the race. To celebrate the event, France’s Lucky Cat Garage have come up with an amazing R80/7 that pays homage to BMW’s bold, muddy efforts during those six long days in 1973.

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GERMAN ARMY KNIFE. A Do It All BMW R100T from Boxer Metal

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 9 comments

The more you ride and the more bikes you own, the more you realise that pretty much every bike is a compromise. If it goes fast, chances are it’ll be uncomfortable. If it’s great on the highway, it’ll suck on the twisties. And if it’s old, it’ll be totally unreliable. But the beauty of bike customising is that you don’t have to blindly take what you’re given. On the contrary, you can pretty much have it all. Which is just what the Boxer Metal client who now owns this ‘Weiss & Grun’ BMW 1982 R100T asked for. You name it, this cafe can pretty much do it.

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LESS IS MORE. Schlachtwerk’s Featherweight Kawasaki W650

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. 31 comments

Nitrous oxide. Turbos. Superchargers. We’re as guilty as the next guy and or gal for drooling over flashy go-faster parts that make good headlines and get those website clicks a-clicking. But there’s a much more traditional approach to speed that doesn’t involve mega bucks and a team of rocket scientists. It’s what bikers have done since the dawn of time. Drop weight, increase capacity and work on the heads. And for Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring, it’s just this approach that turned out this little gem. Meet his Kawasaki W740 he calls ‘No Fat’.

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“T-Race 1200” Triumph Thruxton R – Städler Motos

Posted on April 9, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 9 comments

It seems that nary week goes by without a clever new custom bike build from an authorised bike dealer appearing in our overworked inboxes. Especially prevalent in Europe, it seems that their in-house access to bikes, mechanics and a shipload of spare and aftermarket parts sets them up for some pretty prime builds. And tonight’s bike is no exception. Made by Switzerland’s Städler Motos, it’s a delicious new Triumph Thruxton R that’s been given just enough warming-up to make all but the fussiest Swiss Triumph fans feel all warm and gooey inside.

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‘No. 280’ Kawasaki Ninja 650R Flat Tracker – River Rat Cycle Fab

Posted on April 9, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 20 comments

It’s 2017 and I find myself in a dilemma involving lack of time and money. Questioning how we would build our next custom as well as a new bike to race in the American Flat Track series, a decision was made to kill two birds with one stone. Why not build a custom worthy of the race track and a race bike worthy of being a custom piece of two-wheel art? Why not, indeed!

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1987 BMW K75 Cafe Racer – Moto Adonis

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 9 comments

Keen-eyed readers of these pages will no doubt be familiar with Dutch motorcycle workshop Moto Adonis. Just a few months back they turned out this spectacular R1100S build that’s equal parts beautiful and terrific to ride. This time around Daan Borsje and his team have returned to the marque, crafting this incredible cafe racer based around a venerable 1987 BMW K75 tourer.

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‘The Raven 500’ Royal Enfield Bullet – Corb Motorcycles

Posted on April 6, 2017 by Andrew in Classic. 5 comments

The modern retro market is booming and where once it was a niche for a few manufacturers, it is now a profitable sector across the board. There are an endless number of machines to choose from. And while they retain much of their classic styling to appease the retro loving eye, there is nothing old school about their functionality. A Royal Enfield is really the only modern machine that gives that true vintage bike feel; chunky gearbox clicks and a bike that you ride and doesn’t ride you. Santiago García of Corb Motorcycles in the beautiful Catalonia region of Spain craved just such a machine. So he created a 2003 Royal Enfield Bullet known as “The Raven 500” – a fitting doff of the cap to classic British engineering.

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Harley XL883 Sportster Cafe Racer – Hirock Kyoto

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 10 comments

It’s fair to say that we’re all very used to the notion of one bike, one builder. While shops may work with an upholsterer or painter to help their project look it’s best, we very rarely see multiple builders working together on the same bike. Well, now its time to try something a little different. Namely, a three-builder collaboration. Sure, it could end up a dog’s breakfast. But what if instead it took the best skills of all three players and ended up with something superlative? Here’s a clearly superlative HD 883XL from Kyoto’s Hirock, by way of Nice Motorcycles and Plus Cycles, too.

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