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BAD DAD. FNG Works’ Insane ‘Papa Jahat’ Honda C70

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Moped, Other. No Comments

Most engine swaps on motorcycles are sensible. People will stick a SR400 engine into a British plunger frame. They’ll lower a shovelhead engine into a hardtail. It usually makes sense. But rarely will a builder do something as bonkers as Malaysia’s FNG Works…

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I SCRAM LEGEND. FCR Original’s McQueen Triumph Scrambler Homage

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

For all their marketing bucks, there’s one thing the motorcycle manufacturers’ money will never be able to buy. It’s the same stuff that Burt Monroe, Giacomo Agostini and Rollie Free have in spades. Authenticity. And for Triumph, their authenticity mostly revolves around Steve McQueen’s star…

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SPLINTER SPRINTER. Origin8or’s Stunning ’69 Triumph Bonnie Board Tracker

Posted on August 22, 2018 by Andrew in Board Tracker, Bobber, Classic. No Comments

When you’re a builder who has done it all and get to build amazing machines everyday for your clients, occasionally you need to set yourself a challenge so daring you just might fail. When it comes to his personal projects Rob Chappell admits he can get easily bored…

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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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1930 MONET-GOYON SUPERSPORT. The Cold Scorch of Fear

Posted on August 20, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

As you first set foot in “The Race Track” at the Haas Moto Museum, an oblong-shaped chamber dedicated to speed merchants that span over a century from a 1904 Peugeot to a 2017 Grand Prix Suter, you are greeted by a panel that reads in part: “In a moving tribute to the world-renowned free-diver Nicholas Mevoli”…

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NEW SKIDS ON THE BLOCK. Young Guns’ Royal Enfield 650 GT Racer

Posted on August 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

If you haven’t heard of the new Royal Enfield 650 GT – welcome. I hope life has been comfortable for you under your rock. Feast your bleary eyes on the new platform that’s going to become a staple of the custom scene over the next twenty years…

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FAMILY FIRST. Kott Motorcycles’ Heirloom Honda S90 Racer

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

LA’s Kott Motorcycles are the clinicians of the bike-building word. They produce hospital-grade builds so clean you could eat off them. Each one of their cafe-inspired builds is a masterclass of balance, proportion and build quality. This time around they’ve tackled a smaller offering…

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’WING AND A PRAYER. Rodsmith Motorcycles’ ’76 Honda Goldwing Cafe Racer

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Craig Rodsmith is one of my favourite characters in the bike building world. An Australian working in the US, his motorcycles are bombastic creations that feature incredible aluminium work. Miles of polished metal and astonishing levels of fit and finish are his calling card…

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THE SEELEY-TAIT RACER. A 40-Year Love Affair

Posted on July 15, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Other, Racer. No Comments

As I stare, white-knuckled and barely breathing, at the trucker unloading the famous three-cylinder 492cc Seeley-Tait customized racer that I managed to capture at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale, the thoughts that ricochet through my mind, strangely enough, are thoughts of love…

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CLIMB EV’RY MOUNTAIN. A BMW R80GS Enduro from Austria’s NCT Motorcycles

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro. No Comments

The BMW GS just might be the world’s most versatile go-anywhere moto machine. So it makes perfect sense that if you’re an Enduro riding instructor it’s the sort of machine that’s right up your alley, but wanting a custom classic example where do you turn? The answer is NCT…

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