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EXTENDED REVIEW: 2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 701

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Review, Scrambler. No Comments

These bikes are nothing if not divisive. You’ll either think they’re the best looking motorcycles on the market or you’re just plain wrong. But what are they like to ride?

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SECOND COMING. Diamond Atelier’s ‘Mark II Evo’ BMW R100R Cafe Racer

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Germany’s Diamond Atelier craft motorcycles so clean you could eat off them. And they don’t do one at a time – the team work and refine a design, gather the parts and build a limited run of them. It’s a clever process that keeps the workshop humming and the price well below frightening…

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HECTIC ÉCLECTIQUE. A Honda XR600 Cafe Motard from Duke Motorcycles

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Enduro. No Comments

Last night we had a bike builder that had reverted to a classic, or standard, look for his build. A little tired of all the cafes, scramblers and trackers, he’d wiped the slate clean and started from scratch. Well, Lionel from France’s Duke Motorcycles found himself with a similar challenge, but his solution was quite different…

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HEART STOPPER. Republica Motocicletas’ ‘Bypass’ Honda XR 250

Posted on November 23, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Enduro. No Comments

The team at Republica Motocicletas don’t struggle to find business. The Argentinian workshop has belted out over 30 motorcycles in their short time on the scene and they can’t keep up with the amount of orders coming in. Why? Well, it’s because they create rides like this, a killer 2013 Honda Tornado 250 dubbed the ‘Bypass’…

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DELINEATION – MONNOM Customs

Posted on November 18, 2018 by Scott in Café Racer, Video. No Comments

Whoever coined the phrase “he’s good with his hands” had definitely met Mike Gustafson from Monnom Customs. Mike is a furniture maker by trade but can build pretty much anything he puts his mind too – especially custom motorcycles. This is a little film about Mike and his love of motorbikes – both dirt and street…

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LITTLE WONDER. Beautiful Machines’ ‘Kechik’ Honda CG125

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Having built some big dollar creations including a supercharged Harley showstopper, Malaysia’s Beautiful Machines team wanted to get back to basics. Enter ‘Kechik’, a mini monocoque masterpiece, from the very ordinary Honda CG125 comes this extraordinary little build…

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A CLASSICAL EDUCATION. Kaspeed Moto’s Timeless Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Make no mistake. When you look back at the ‘cafe racer boom’ of the last ten years from the comfort of your anti-grav recliner chair circa 2048, this will be the bike that you will see. Because all of our fiddly little brat, scrambler and tracker nuances will be lost in time like a replicant’s tears in rain…

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R YOU EXPERIENCED? Recast Moto’s Classic BMW R100 Cafe Racer

Posted on November 8, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

At Pipeburn we’ve seen more stripped-back airheads than a college quarterback. So it takes something special for our jaws to hit the floor. And this, a 1976 BMW R100 by Belarusian shop Recast Moto, is pretty damn special. Recast are fans of the R series. “They’re classic airheads that have passed the test of time…”

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GOING FOR GOLD. Rough Crafts’ ‘Midas Royale’ Royal Enfield 650 Twin

Posted on November 7, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: What do you get when a builder at the top of his game and a manufacturer with a game changing new bike cross paths? In this exclusive interview with Rough Craft’s Winston Yeh – done in his home city of Taipei – we talked with one of Asia’s best customisers about his new project…

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CRADLE TO KNAVE. Krossover Custom’s ‘Leftover 43’ Yamaha XS650 Cafe

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

In the restaurant game they call it ‘paddock to plate’. In manufacturing they call it ’cradle to grave’. And in the oil game they call it ‘well to wheel’. Put simply, it’s the practice of looking at the complete life cycle of something to make sure that you’ve considered where it’s come from and where it’s going to…

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