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Saint Motor Company Ural 650 Racer

Posted on March 1, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Racer. 15 comments

“Must not plough, MUST NOT PLOUGH!”; the Ural was barely able to suppress it’s traditional urges

Fish and bicycles. Icecream and oysters. Germans and humour. Some things just don’t really go together. Up until about this time last week I would have happily added “Ural motorbikes” and “racing” to that list. Can you imagine? A racing Ural? People have be committed for suggesting less. Then I laid eyes on this little green gem. I assumed, as you maybe did, that it was a BMW of some sort or another. But no, it’s a government-issued comrade carrier from the hefty bossom of Mother Russia herself. And this one is built to go fast, not plough fields and carry plump babooshkas. Who’s repsonsible for this fire and ice miracle, I hear you ask? May I introduce to you Jeff Yarington of Saint Motorbikes; bike builder and master alchemist par excellence.


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1989 Yamaha SR250

Posted on January 27, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Rat. 7 comments

Doesn’t look like the usual SR250’s you see on the road, does it? No siree. This bad boy was recently built for the Metamorfosis Masiva — which is a SR250 build-off in Spain where you can’t spend more than €1,000 on parts. Although, there was no limit on the amount of hours they could spend building, and that’s what D.B from El Solitario MC did. Spending more than 500 hours creating this one-of-a-kind motorcycle. The bike, which D.B has named ‘The Winning Loser’ didn’t win, but ironically it has probably gained the most attention, being posted on numerous motorcycle blogs around the world and therefore living up to its name.


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1950 Nimbus Bobber

Posted on January 8, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. 32 comments

Kim Scholer’s Nimbus Bobber is one striking bike. When he’s not riding it around Japan, you can find him cruising the roads of Denmark. We asked him a few questions about this interesting build.
What kind of motorcycle is a Nimbus? It’s the only Danish bike produced in large numbers, and it was used for just about everything. 750 cc ohc straight four engine, 22 bhp, shaft drive, steel strip frame riveted together. They built 12,000 of them from 1934 through 1959, with only few changes. This is good for the spares situation, so an estimated 8,000 have survived. The papers for this one says 1950, but there are bits and pieces from many other years.


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Rajputana Customs ‘Nandi’

Posted on January 3, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Other. 34 comments

This bike, believe it or not, was a wedding gift. No, it wasn’t on the gift registry but the soon-to-be groom Subhayou Nayak decided to buy himself a little present before the big day. Smart guy. So he commissioned Vijay Singh and his team at Rajputana Customs in India to build him something special. The brief for the bike was pretty straight forward. “Subhayou specified that he wanted an old-school-looking fatty, with a 300mm rear tyre and a Royal Enfield 500cc engine” said Vijay. Apart from that, they could pretty much do what they wanted.


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2010 Harley Iron 883 Sportster Custom

Posted on December 23, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber. 29 comments

More fun in the garage; if only I could keep them after I shoot them (click for a larger version)

Ever asked someone about Harleys? I have and I’ve decided that there’s really only three responses that matter. Firstly, and most obviously, you’ll get a flat out “don’t like ’em”. Fair enough. Then there’s the response that a Johnny-come-lately hipster like my good self will give; a long rambling monologue about nothing in particular that you’ll be lucky to stay awake through. Put simply, I like a select few. Then there’s the response that the owner of this bike gave me. No words, he just rolled up his sleeve and showed me an old Harley tattoo. Enough said, I reckon…


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Holiday Customs XS650

Posted on December 16, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 32 comments

This year has been no vacation for Jared Johnson at Holiday Customs. “We built some 13 bikes this year and didn’t have time to build for myself” says Jared. After finding a rusty old 1976 Yamaha XS650 in Portland for $400, Jared knew exactly what he wanted to create. “I had been thinking of how I wanted this thing to look. I really like the lines on Schwinn cruiser bicycles, flowing with curves.” The bike sat in his shop for a few months until he was ready to fully immerse himself in the project. “I made everything on the bike except for the seat. The frame alone took a week. I rolled the tube metal, welded it up, then put the tires on and realized it wasn’t low enough, so I cut off the tail and started over.” After the frame was complete, the idea for the curved pipes that follow the lines of the frame came to him. “The pipes took 4 long days, rolling the tube, notching out for the rear axle bolt, walking around looking at it for hours” he says.


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Deus Moulin Rouge

Posted on December 14, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 10 comments

Here’s a couple of sweet little videos from Deus starring their Moulin Rouge – don’t worry, there’s no sign of Nicole Kidman singing in either video. The first one (above) features beautiful shots of the W650 springer bobber, all set to the gravelly voice of Tom Waits. The second video shows the bike in action, being ridden around the back streets of Sydney.

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Deus ex Machina New Blood Harley Sportster

Posted on December 3, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber. 15 comments

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After all the hoo-har of the Deus bike build last weekend I was flicking through my photos of the event and realised that amongst all the bikes entered in the competition, there was a new Deus on display. The whole gig had forced it into a bridesmaid sort of role, but none-the-less we thought it was more than worth a few pixels of Pipeburn’s time.

The custom Harley Sportster trend is something we’ve duly noted here at Pipeburn, as I’m sure you all have. More and more we are seeing custom shops and individuals turning their attention towards this particular type of Milwaukee metal. And as a card-carrying member of the “I’m Not Really Sure About Harleys” Brigade, I’m finding myself more and more intrigued.

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“Madame Guzzi” Boardtracker

Posted on November 23, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Tracker. 41 comments

What were you doing with your life in your late teens? If you were anything like me you were flunking out of university, getting right-royally wasted, living at home and you more than likely hadn’t even considered riding a motorbike. At least, not legally. Cough. So what if I were to tell you that the creator of the amazing Moto Guzzi you see above is only a mere 20 years old and that this is in fact the third custom bike he’s built? Well, it’s with gritted teeth and a slightly awkward, jealous smile that I’d like to introduce you to Adam Nestor, creator of this Ferrari blue wonder called “Madame Guzzi”.


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Bob Maddox Pulsejet Bobber

Posted on November 15, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber, Other, Video. 8 comments

OK, this is getting a little silly. Bob Maddox, possible lunatic and the world’s pre-eminent expert on pulsejets, has just finished his latest creation. Not content with his pulsejet boardtracker we featured previously on Pipeburn, he’s gone and mounted a monster pulsejet with a split exhaust onto a bike he’s calling the Harley Davidson Sportjet. Apart from a Harley-ish tank design I’m not quite sure what it has to do with Milwaukee, though it would seem about as safe as your average Harley and probably has the handling to match.


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