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STAR LORD. Galaxy Custom’s ‘Duke’ Yamaha XS650

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 30 comments

There’s something very cool about hearing from a shop that you’d almost forgotten about. Better yet, when they come knocking with a custom bike that takes your breath away, you know something big is afoot. So, like an artist emerging from their studio with their once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece…

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STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Ara Mekhtarian’s Retro ’71 Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 23 comments

One of the most awesome aspects of customising bikes is the ability it gives you to make your imaginary moto thoughts a reality. What if BMW had made a bobber in the 1970s? What if Harley had embraced racers instead of cruisers? Or, in Ara Mekhtarian’s case, what if Japan had made a futuristic Honda cafe racer in the early 60s?

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SMACK TORQUE. Kingston Custom’s No-Nonsense BMW R75 Bobber

Posted on January 6, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 37 comments

Plenty of people talk a big game and smack talk has filtered down from the highest levels of sport to the worst kind of keyboard warriors. Sometimes it can be funny, other times it’s down right wrong but there is something particularly satisfying about seeing the guy with the big mouth get taken down…

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REDHEAD SLED. Ready Moto’s ‘Ginger’ ‘78 Honda CB550

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. 24 comments

If there’s one thing about this whole moto blogging malarkey that really warms the hemispherical cockles of our big old hearts, it’s seeing new builders go from strength to strength. When it happens, it never fails to put a smile on our faces…

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FIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. Origin8or’s Brilliant Honda Rebel Bobber

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber. 14 comments

It’d be easy to discount Honda’s new custom-friendly Rebel platform as too little too late from one of Japan’s most conservative manufacturers. Hell, we can almost hear Soichiro San turning in his grave at the thought of anyone but his own beloved Hamamatsu team wrenching on a bike with the company’s full consent…

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The PIPEBURN 2017 Bike Of The Year Award

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Andrew in Other. 40 comments

“Can we top last year‘s bikes?” We freak ourselves out with the same damn thought every year. And then we begin the judging, only to realise that we’re more spoilt for choice than ever. Welcome to our 8th annual Pipeburn Bike Of The Year Award…

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TIRING WORK. Diamond Atelier’s Bridgestone RnineT EICMA Special

Posted on December 23, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 45 comments

We’re huge fans of BMW’s retro lineup here at Pipeburn. Hell, Andrew, the fearless co-founder of Pipeburn, recently shelled out his own hard-earned cash for a brand spanking new RnineT.  Lots of others have too. Since its release in 2014, the retro-inspired BMW has been sitting comfortably…

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THRASH OF THE TITANS. Emporio Elaborazioni’s ‘Titano’ BMW R1200R Street Scrambler

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 13 comments

Plying your trade in a workshop that is literally a stones throw from the centre of Rome means any artist is surrounded by thousands of years of inspiration. A handy boost for those building custom bikes where the stimulus to creativity goes far beyond the mere mechanical…

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FENICE FANTASTICA. Motorworld’s Gilera Marte Post-War Masterpiece

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Andrew in Classic. 16 comments

Italy, 1946. It’s less than 12 months since the Italian Republic’s defeat at the hands of the allied troops. The sight of Mussolini’s battered body hanging from a Milanese Esso gas station is still fresh in the country’s mind. Any rich industrialists in their right mind should have been lying low and avoiding marauding communists…

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YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. Analog Motorcycles Rebuild Their Classic ’72 Triumph Bobber

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 22 comments

It’s a fine line between perfection and obsession. One that is probably crossed once you find yourself customising a bike more than once. After achieving what most of us would find almost impossible to do the first time, Analog’s Tony Prust took a perfectly amazing ‘68 Triumph Bonneville bobber he built 10 years ago…

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