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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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COOL RUNNINGS. Banb Motorcycle’s ‘Zumax’ Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma Racer

Posted on February 20, 2019 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Ostentatious oil coolers have been a stock-in-trade item for Japanese car customisers for decades. Lifted from racing car stylings of the 70s and 80s, the more ridiculous its placement and the route the oil lines take, the more street cred the cars seem to have. But has it ever been attempted on a custom bike?

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RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. Pop Bang Classics’ ‘Borg’ Honda CB450

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Roadster. No Comments

Living next to the ocean is gorgeous, but as any surf-girted motorcycle nut will tell you, all that salty sea breeze just destroys motorcycles. It eats chrome, dulls aluminum and causes rust to flash up in weeks. So what’s the point of a polished custom if it’s just going to get eaten by the sea?

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ON THE GAS. Tattoo Customs’ ‘Blue Velvet’ BMW R80RT Cafe Brat

Posted on February 14, 2019 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Forget the disco-era 1970s or even the golden age of the Renaissance, turns out men have been wearing colourful velvet since 200 BC in China. Personally I’ve never got the trend; unless you’re the legendary American pimp, Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan, then you’re probably best leaving the velvet in the draw…

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HERE COMES THE SUN. Mecano Motorshop’s ’83 Suzuki GS450T Brat Scrambler

Posted on December 18, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. No Comments

I’ve got a theory that the Northern Hemisphere is sometimes better than the Southern for custom bikes due to the long, harsh winters. What to do when you’re forced to hunker down for 4 months of winter? Why, you build customs and dream of what you’ll be doing come the thaw…

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FOUND IN TRANSLATION. Ironwood Custom’s ‘The Interpreter’ BMW R100R Scrambler

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Scrambler. No Comments

When a client approached Ironwood Customs with very specific demands, the pressure was on Arjan van den Boom to deliver. But his ability to decipher someone else’s desires are as refined as his bike building skills and he’s turned a BMW R100R into this, a bike appropriately called ‘The Interpreter’…

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SHOULDERS OF GIANTS. Vagabund’s Next Level BMW R100R Roadster

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Roadster. No Comments

Somehow in all the hype and limelight that surrounds custom bikes, the customer often gets lost. While more than a few bikes we feature on these pages are labors of love that are entirely funded, made and ridden by the builders themselves, a fair whack of them are funded by regular Joes like you or I…

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. MB Cycles’ BMW Brat Racer

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Think your relationship is pretty good? Chances are, you’ve got nothing on Heidelberg’s Martin and Melissa from MB Cycles. He builds rad bikes and she photographs them. He gives her a rad bike and she rides it. She likes it so much, she sends it to us to see what we think. And hey presto, here’s their story…

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SAND UP & BE COUNTED. Kingston Custom’s BMW R80 Beach Racer

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Scrambler. No Comments

Custom bikes can be so fancy sometimes. Like a Mardi Gras in Rio, an interplanetary spaceship or Hunter S. Thompson’s narcotics routine, they’re silly big and super impressive but it’s not something you’d want to deal with on a daily basis…

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AUTEUR MOTO. FCR Original’s ‘Super 8’ Triumph T100 Roadster

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Roadster. No Comments

FCR Original are a mainstay of the custom motorcycle scene. Hell, they’re probably the premiere builder in France. So it’s no surprise that when one half of Synapson, an electronic music group, was looking for a new ride he approached FCR. And what he got was this…

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