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RIDE THE LIGHTNING. GDZH’s ‘Storm’ Suzuki A100 Racer

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

While most motorcycle racing has its origins in Europe and North America one form of the sport is so quintessentially Australian it started life in New Zealand; just like Phar Lap and Russell Crowe. The humble Bucket Racer was a cheap way to get your need for speed…

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EL PERRO LOCO. The ‘Caniche’ Zanella Bobber from Republica Motocicletas

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

When it comes to creativity, they say there’s a fine line between inspiration and insanity. But luckily for Argentina’s Republica Motocicletas and this 150cc Zanella Sapucai, it was their client who was the crazy one, and it was their own creativity that was the big winner…

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FORREST GRUMP. Woidwerk’s ‘Mad Fritz’ BMW R80 Cafe Roadster

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Roadster. No Comments

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Namely, Ralf from Bavaria’s Woidwerk motorcycles tearing shit up on his latest creation, a BMW R80 roadster called ‘Mad Fritz’…

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I’LL BE BACK. Desmobibu’s Buell Thunderbolt 80s Muscle Restomod

Posted on December 5, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Other, Restomod. No Comments

Being a child of the 80s, many of my first moto memories are tied back to this insane decade. Be it Mad Max, Purple Rain or Top Gun, their weird mix of B grade schlock, no-holds barred fashion disasters and overt machismo went a long way to making me the tragic bike fan I am today…

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AUSSIE INVASION: Craig Rodsmith Visits the Moto Guzzi Factory

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Interview. No Comments

Craig Rodsmith, our favourite Aussie customiser and all-round bloody talented nice guy took a trip from his US shop north of Chicago to visit the home of Moto Guzzi in Mandello del Lario, north of Milan. We spoke to him about his Guzzi obsessions and what it’s like to work with the 97-year-old factory…

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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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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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GOING POSTAL. Tattoo Customs’ ‘Bane’ ’73 BMW R75 Roadster

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Roadster. No Comments

We’ve all heard the one about reinventing the wheel. But what happens when your wheels go missing? For North Carolina’s’ Tattoo Projects, a set of rims that took a detour into the twilight zone transformed a relatively simple BMW custom job into a post office nightmare that took no less than seven months to straighten out…

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REBUILT LIKE A GUN. Lembinc’s ‘The Varial’ Royal Enfield Bullet Boardtracker

Posted on November 16, 2018 by Andrew in Board Tracker, Bobber, Classic. No Comments

One of the best things about running a motorcycle blog are the friends that we make around the world. We’re on solid beer-drinking terms with builders in the US, across Europe and Australasia. But the guys that we really love are the mad buggers from Indonesia, like the team from Lembinc…

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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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