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BAVARIAN BLUE: BMW R80 by La Motocicletta

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Scott in Board Tracker, Bobber. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Literally Italian for “motorbike”, La Motocicletta is a small shop in Italy that approaches custom building from a different vantage point than most. Massimo, La Motocicletta founder and head honcho, previously spent his days working on prototypes for major manufacturers, so churning out one-off parts and ultra-clean bikes with a factory level finish is what the man is accustom to.

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OLD SCHOOL COOL: Custom Works ZON Knucklehead Chopper

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Scott in Chopper. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The last time we visited the rural village of Hino in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan we brought to you Custom Works ZON’s incredible American V-Twin mud muncher that’s been ripping it up in the Suzuka Mountain Range. At the time we teased that while Yuichi San had recently done some work for BMW his bread and butter was cool as can be old school choppers. Returning to his shop, that is a step back in time to custom Harley craftsmen of old, we find his latest creation. A stunning 1947 Knucklehead Chopper with all the fruit for both King and Queen.

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SECOND COMING: Triumph Speed Triple by Ludwig Motorcycles

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Artists and builders tend to be extremely critical of their own work. With the benefit of hindsight, it can be hard not to go back and ponder all the things you would have done differently were you given a chance to turn back the clock and take a second crack at an earlier completed work. But after Italy’s Ludwig Motorcycles had one of its 2017 builds suffer a crash, the shop was given the opportunity to turn all those would-haves and should-haves into reality.

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TRACK WEAPON: Ducati 1098 by Walt Siegl Motorcycles

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Scott in All, Racer, Supermoto. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

A modern sportbike is an amazing thing; 200+hp, ultra-advanced electronics and top of the line suspension and brakes. But apart from the packaging they’re almost all the same and lack so much of the character and charm of their older brethren. So to perfectly meld the best of both, who better to create the ultimate superbike than legendary New Hampshire based builder, Mr Walt Siegl! A race only version of his company’s WSM SBK model, it was commissioned by one very lucky man’s girlfriend, as the Christmas present, we’d all love to have.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BRAAP: 1978 KTM GS250 by Sam Customs

Posted on September 12, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Enduro. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

On the edge of a crystal clear lake, with its stunning historic buildings and sweeping views of the Alps, Thun, Switzerland is a popular place to visit. “Scooter bikes can be rented for the trip back down to the valley if you’re feeling adventurous,” enthuses the local tourism website. Boring! Instead, be like Sam Luginbühl and bring the hills alive with the sound of a rip snorting two-stroke! The proprietor of his own all-round metal fabrication and Hot Rod business, Sam Customs, he’s spent the past five years in his downtime piecing together this killer KTM GS250 with looks that are as good as it goes.

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DROP DEAD GORGEOUS: 1986 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

For just over a decade, beginning in the early ’80s, the Cagiva brand was the king and dominant force in Italian motorcycling. Winning world championships, Dakar Rally’s and buying out Ducati, Husqvarna, MV Agusta and Moto Morini; but all that is over! What we do have as the company’s legacy is the beloved brands it managed to save and a hand full of models from that glorious period worthy of celebration. Based on the beautiful Ducati Pantah, the Cagiva Alazzurra is one such bike and with a band of merry men, Sydney’s Ash Kollmorgen has taken this 1986 model and made an exquisite custom cafe racer.

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Harley Sportster 1200 – The Purpose Built Moto YouTube Series

Posted on September 10, 2019 by Scott in Adventure, Tracker. No Comments

There’s no denying the world of video content is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives. It’s something we want to start featuring more of and even create our own Pipeburn video content. To start off, we thought we’d support Purpose Built Moto’s new build series. Over to Tom from Purpose Built to tell us what he’ll be doing in the new series. Or just grab a beverage and hit play…

I’m currently mid-build on two Adventure projects and we’re going to be walking you through, in a series of step-by-step YouTube videos. Starting off with a 2006 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200C. This bike, and a Nemesis 400 to come will be used on new film project we’re working on with some of Australia’s most exciting motorcycle personalities. For now though I’m focussing my energy on prepping this Harley to go to hell and back.

This Sportster is a personal project, I want to test new ideas, build out concepts I’ve had in my head for a while and really experiment with just how you turn a 1200cc highway-puppy into a dirt-fighting-dog. The key to this build is stripping weight, improving handling and allowing the bike to put its torquey motor to good use off-road. Turning a Sportster into an adventure-ready off-road scrambler will be a challenge, but that’s exactly why I chose it.

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TITANIUM TRACKER: Ecosse Heretic by Roland Sands Design

Posted on September 9, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

There’s something almost sacrilegious about placing an exorbitant and exotic motorcycle under the grinder for customization. Not only is it practically guaranteed to destroy an exclusive model’s resale value, but it also removes one of the few existing examples from circulation. Often produced in minute numbers, these machines are hand-built works of rolling art and engineering that are extremely calculated in their design. 

So to “undo” an elite and seldom-seen model like an Ecosse Heretic Titanium Edition is a major gamble, to say the least, but if anyone has the competence to cut up the exotic American and come out on the other side with a winning hand, it’s Roland Sands and his crew at Southern California’s Roland Sands Design.

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RACE READY: Triumph Legend TT ‘Bob’ by Mr Martini

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Produced from 1998 to 2001, Triumph’s Legend TT is basically a more affordable, less flashy version of the Thunderbird 900. The running gear and amenities are pretty unremarkable, but it features the Hinckley firm’s famous three-banger and a decent enough frame. So with a few performance parts and a cosmetic redesign, Nicola Martini of Italy’s Mr. Martini fame, reasoned it’d make for a solid base for his next project bike. So a 2001 Legend TT donor was sourced, and the build — dubbed “Bob” — got underway.

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SHOVELHEAD SCRAMBLER by Sato Marine Cycle

Posted on September 4, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

In a world filled with celebrities with no discernible talent and the scourge that is the social media influencer, there comes our favourite antidote. The incredible craftspeople and visionaries that from their humble locales ply their trade without ever seeking fame or fortune. It is in the back streets of any Japanese city that you’ll find many of these fine folk working their magic. And from the beautiful temple filled port city of Onomichi we meet another master, Yusaku Sato. Who presents to us his latest build, a stunning Shovelhead Scrambler from his house of handmade machines, Sato Marine Cycle.

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