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BALLS & CHAIN. 485 Design’s Tough Yamaha XV920 Cafe

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

We wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to Yamaha’s good ol’ Virago Vee. We bloody well love ‘em. But boy, we’ve seen a heap of them. So needless to say that it takes something a little special for us to notice them. Enter Denver’s 485 Designs and their rather unique chain-driven XV920…

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MOTO PHOTOS. 2019 Machine Show, Braidwood, Australia

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Event, Racer. No Comments

The same thing happened every year. I’d promise myself that I’d go to Australia’s Machine Show and then at the very last minute the reality of travelling three hours south of Sydney would kick me in the family jewels. With a six-hour round trip, it’d either be a seriously big day or I’d have to organise accommodation…

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ROUGH AND READY. Pasquale’s ‘111’ Honda CB500 Cafe Brat

Posted on March 26, 2019 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Roadster. No Comments

Gustavo from Pasquale and his dad are fucking legends.” That’s how our man Marlon described the family powerhouse that is Colombia’s Pasquale Motors, and he’s harder to impress than Vladimir Putin. We don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the whole custom scene in Colombia looks to them…

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BIRD OF PRAY. Hookie’s Evil ‘Crow’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 23, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

In just about every ancient culture that spans the globe exists a mythology around the crow, and it almost always leads to death. So imagine yourself sitting alone in the middle of the night, stopped at a red light in the bad part of town, when as if from nowhere this blacked out harbinger of death rolls up beside you…

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WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be calling…

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QUICK SILVER. Stephen Brisken’s Ducati 900 SS Cafe

Posted on March 20, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

How many 21-year-olds do you know with an amazing bike collection? The answer is probably zero. That’s because getting older seems to be a distinct benefit in the bike scene. In retirement many of us find ourselves in a position where those dream bikes we’ve always wanted are finally within reach….

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JEWEL, BRITANNIA. Old Empire’s ‘Gypsy’ Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 15, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

When you’re as good as suffolk’s Old Empire Motorcycles you don’t need to go hunting for work. Hell, their incredible history of customising classic motorcycles has customers practically begging them to create a bike. And that’s what’s happened with their latest creation, a 1976 Honda CB360…

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DOPE DIRIGIBLE. Kacerwagen’s ‘Zeppelina V72’ Board Tracker

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Andrew in Board Tracker, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Over recent years with TV shows like Harley and the Davidsons and Sons of Speed, along with the input of America’s best builders, the board tracker is back with a vengeance. But what do you do when finding an Indian in a barn is as likely as finding gold at the end of a rainbow? You make one from scratch…

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PIPEBURN EXCLUSIVE: A Behind The Scenes Look At Royal Enfield’s New 650 Twins

Posted on March 6, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Review, Roadster. No Comments

It’s September 26th, 2017. Through a series of events I still don’t quite understand, I’m sitting in the boardroom of the new Royal Enfield Technical Centre at Bruntingthorpe in the UK. Next to me is Siddharth Lal who’s the son of Vikram Lal, one of India’s richest men. ‘Sid’, as he’s called, is the CEO of Royal Enfield…

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GLAMOUR HAMMER. Wrench Kings’ ‘Anvil’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Restomod. No Comments

The 90s CBs are great for customisers. For a precious few years, we had bikes that retained the essence of those 70s and 80s classics while being (even more) reliable and now cheap as stale peanuts to buy. And now the older bikes are becoming rarer, it makes double the sense…

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