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OUTSIDE THE BOX: BMW R75 ‘The Shark’ by Titan Motorcycle Co.

Posted on December 4, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The one thing you know about receiving an email from Titan Motorcycle Co. is you have no idea just what kind of custom bike you’ll find inside. The awarding-winning team headed up by Michael Siebenhofer and Tom Possod relish in their role of turning up to a show and delivering a bike that nobody was expecting. From their new workshop in Graz, Austria, they now have the space and technology to turn bikes out at an incredible pace, while still maintaining their exacting standards. Their latest email was opened to reveal Titan No. 2 affectionally known as ‘The Shark’, a BMW R that’s ready to take a large chunk out of the competition.

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WEAPON OF MASS SEDUCTION: MV Agusta ‘La Rouge’ by Tricana Motorcycles

Posted on December 3, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

MV Agusta has a rich and lengthy race history as one of the winningest motorcycle marques of all time with the Varese firm having nabbed more than 75 world titles between ’52 and ’74. The company’s also had the honor of seeing a slew of motorcycling legends pass through its ranks and pilot its bikes with racers like Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini famously at the helm. So, it’s frankly unsurprising that when looking to build an MV Agusta-based cafe racer, that Switzerland’s Tricana Motorcycle’s would draw inspiration from the Italian brand’s illustrious race machines from around half-a-century-ago. 

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DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL: Yamaha XV750 by Purpose Built Moto

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

They say the devil is in the detail, and it is this aspect that separates the best from the rest amongst the thousands of custom bikes built every year. The ability to incorporate form and function into every aspect of a bike and yet still stay true to a cohesive design is rare. It’s here that Tom Gilroy shines and combined with his customer friendly approach has lifted him to the upper echelons of Australian bike building. Now the Purpose Built Moto head honcho is leaving 2019 the way he started, with a flurry of exceptional builds rolling out of his workshop, and his latest is this stunning Yamaha XV750.

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SHAPE SHIFTER: BMW R90 by Catskill Mountain Customs Inc.

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Life is filled with many simple joys and one of them is to observe a true master craftsman at work. The artisan is found all over the world, the watchmaker with his intricate tools in Switzerland to the Balinese woodcarver sitting on the floor performing his magic. While many of us repair and restore their works, they create true art from the most basic materials in a way that seems almost mystical. And so we find amongst the forest in the small hamlet of Olivebridge, New York, Nick Cologero shaping metal into masterpieces. The latest build to roll out of the Catskill Mountain Customs Inc. workshop is a BMW R90 cafe racer that’s simply sublime.

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ROUGH DIAMOND: BMW R100GS by Diamond Atelier

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Scott in Adventure, Desert Sled, Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

When Diamond Atelier first burst onto the scene in 2013 with its inaugural BMW R80 project, it was abundantly clear that the two 20-something-year-old German builders possessed a near-prodigious level of talent and skill when it came to customizing motorcycles. And while the world-renowned shop has stepped out of the limelight for the majority of 2019, that doesn’t mean major moves weren’t happening behind closed doors. 

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LICENCE TO THRILL: Honda FT500 by Hombrese Bikes

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The engineering professor who was the first to build functioning models of artificial neural networks has a quote he likes to use when explaining his work, “the simple things are the hardest”! It was a philosophy that Uwe Kostrewa of Cologne’s Hombrese Bikes was to discover when taking on this build. His girlfriend wanted to get her motorcycle licence and have him build an easy to ride yet cool looking custom for when she passed her test. But despite Uwe having a portfolio of incredible machines, he was still working on this slick Honda FT500 street scrambler when she’d achieved her half of the bargain.

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THE BIKES THAT GOT US MOVING: EICMA 2019

Posted on November 11, 2019 by Scott in Adventure, Desert Sled. No Comments

Honda CB4X Concept

Designed by Honda’s European R&D team lead by Valerio Aiello, the CB4X is Big Red’s latest CBR650F-based concept bike. The 4X boasts a sharp futuristic design with a one-piece tank and front-fairing unit with wing-esque protrusions just above the radiator, and a host of LED lights tucked beneath the nose, resulting in a smooth form somewhat reminiscent of race bodywork. The front of the bike also sports aggressive looking hand guards, an adjustable windscreen, Ohlins forks, and a dual disc Brembo brake setup.

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GENTLEMAN RACER: Honda CB350F Board Tracker by Smith Brother’s

Posted on November 6, 2019 by Scott in Board Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

With almost any style of motorcycle there are different stages of customisation you can go to while still accomplishing a complete build. A race replica doesn’t need a 200hp engine and the very beauty of a cafe racer is only a handful of changes can get the job done. But building a board tracker is the exception, you have to go all-in or not at all. So when Chris Kent and the team at Iowa’s Smith Brother’s Classic Cycles & Customs decided to push their chips to the middle of the table they were committed to doing it once and doing it right. With the help of some of the best in the industry, the result is this beautiful 1973 Honda CB350F board track racer for the road.
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MAGNIFICENT MAGGOT: Honda CX500 ‘Mustang’ by Underground Custom Cycles

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

When you’re a Ford Mustang owner but all you want to do is ride around, what better way to do it than to have a matching motorcycle parked in the garage. Living in the beautiful seaside city of Limassol, Cyprus, there is no shortage of spectacular roads to enjoy and vistas to appreciate when parked up. So to make the dream a reality the original importer of the bike, Petros Louca of Underground Custom Cycles was tracked down to carry out the build. With the Mustang as his muse he emerged from his workshop with the perfect CX500 cafe racer, a Cypriot chariot to carve up the coastline.

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KREATIVE EXPRESSION: BMW K75C by JAX Garage

Posted on October 30, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Building custom bikes means different things to different people. For some it’s a way to make a living, while for others it’s a means of blowing off steam and getting to unleash a little creativity upon the world. For Australia’s Jas Babalija, it’s very much the latter. The Melbourne-based bike enthusiast holds a number of largely clinical positions by day, leaving little to no room in his work life for any form of real self expression.

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