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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER FLY. A ‘Great Escape’ Honda CM400 Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Tracker. 15 comments

The Iron Curtain. The Cold War. The USA v the USSR. The 60s and 70s were tough years for Eastern Europe. With hardline communism ruling the roost and the Nazi occupation still fresh in most people’s minds, it’s little wonder that a movie like Steve McQueen’s The Great Escape with its Polish locations and flying moto finale, might have struck a chord with the locals…

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BACKWARDS TO VICTORY. Titan’s Reverse Head Honda CB350 Racer

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 46 comments

When Austria’s Titan Motorcycles first set up a workshop, they stuffed their storage area with a collection of rusted-out motos they’d collected from the 70’s and 80’s. And in the years since they’ve been wandering through, vulture-like, picking interesting bits off for use in their custom builds…

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ANCIENT RACE. Republicas Motocicletas’ ‘Old Power’ Honda NX350 Tracker

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. 9 comments

There is something about the bond between childhood best friends that is impossible to break and for many, they’re the greatest years of life. You don’t need much, just the free days of the holidays, that one best friend and the smallest things will entertain you…

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‘TACO CON QUESO. A Bultaco Racer from Speed Of Cheese Racing

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 21 comments

I have a strange affinity for old Spanish two strokes. As a kid, my dad raced trials on a Bultaco Sherpa T. There was something mystical and interestingly odd about them, with shifters and kick start levers all on the wrong sides. I ended up with my dad’s Sherpa at some point in my youth…

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SHOT IN THE DARK. Mandrill Garage’s BMW RnineT ‘Dark Fighter’ Neo-Racer

Posted on January 20, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer, Streetfighter. 21 comments

It’s a country of over a billion people, thousands of years of invention and innovation, and just about everything you buy is made there or features something that was. Yet around the world there is those who still doubt the quality of product that comes from China, but in recent years the major motorcycle manufacturers have shown its not a fear they share…

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TOP SHELF. Chris Kent’s ‘Obersten Regal’ Honda CX500 Racer

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 21 comments

“Throughout the process they kept saying, ’Man, you aren’t cutting corners. It’s all top shelf!” smiles Iowa’s Chris Kent. And you’d probably be smiling too, if you could lay claim to handiwork like this. “My wife is from a small town in southern Germany, so by the end of the project, the bike was affectionately named ‘Obersten Regal,’ or ‘Top Shelf‘.”

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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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SHOOTING AT MONSTERS. Meet The Bullitt’s Ducati 821 Canyon Carver

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 13 comments

“Can we buy one of your bikes?” If we had a dollar for every time we’ve been asked that, we’d be richer than Donald Trump’s hairdresser. Of course, it highlights the fact that many casual Pipeburn readers assume all the bikes we feature are built by us. As if we aren’t busy enough already…

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TITLE FIGHTER. A BMW R80 Neo-Racer from Nozem Amsterdam

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 53 comments

If the original design team at BMW knew that their sandals-with-socks tourers would get turned into bikes like this they would haves choked on their strudel. Despite their uninspiring origins, over the last ten years we’ve seen old Boxers shift to the forefront of the custom scene…

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Rough Crafts’ ‘Noir King’ Harley Road King

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Other. 19 comments

It’s a style of motorcycle so popular that manufacturers have been offering them for years, whole magazines are dedicated to showing them off and workshops around the globe exclusively specialise in their customisation. And yet in nine years of Pipeburn we’ve never featured a single one…

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