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ICING ON THE CAKE. George Baker’s Ducati 900SS Cafe Racer

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

George Baker has an enormous, professional workshop at his disposal. Described by many in the scene as the ‘deathstar of custom motorcycles’, his premises also takes in a 200 seat cafe, a small theatre, a bar and a huge apparel store. Alright, that’s a lie…

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KISSING ASS. Federal Moto’s ‘Bottom Feeder’ Yamaha XS650 Chopper

Posted on September 9, 2018 by Andrew in Chopper, Classic. No Comments

Please spare a thought for the poor old chopper. King of the custom scene for almost 40 years, the resurgence of the bobber and cafe look in the first decade of the Noughties has, in some eyes, relegated it to uncool school ever since. Of course, custom bike tastes wax and wane like Australian Prime Ministers…

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FIERE & FURY. The ‘Bazooka’ Moto Guzzi From Ruote Fiere

Posted on September 8, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

In the last ten years old Moto Guzzis have gone through a stratospheric increase in value. Big block 70’s and 80’s models now command prices that would have been laughable a decade ago. The secret’s out – and now people realize what a great base they are for a killer custom build…

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STING LIKE A V. NCT Motorcycle’s Angry ‘Predator’ Ducati 750SS

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

We’re often told that creativity takes time. But when you’re a custom workshop without celebrity levels of cash the job just has to get done. Seemingly with endless brilliant ideas running through their veins, Austria’s NCT Motorcycles has been turning out one hit after another…

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BAMBINO TO GO. Anvil Motociclette’s Tiny ‘Koz’ Italjet Minimoto

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Moped, Scrambler. No Comments

When builders thought that scramblers were getting old, they looked to ‘60s and ‘70s Enduro and Motocross for greener pastures. So when Italian moto magicians Anvil Motociclette grew tired of that, where to next? Bambini, that’s where…

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AXIS OF GLEEFUL. A Honda CBX750 Cafe Racer From X-Axis

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Most people reading this story wouldn’t think twice about choosing a CB over a CBX. Hell, I’d probably do the same. But nothing much ever happens when you stay in the middle of the road, right? So with this though in mind, England’s X-Axis chose the dark side…

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ESPRESSO EXPRESS. Emporio Elaborazioni’s ‘Crono’ Ducati Darmah Cafe

Posted on September 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

They’re one of the leading motorcycle builders in Italy, restoring classic bikes to their former glory and creating some of the best customs in the land. Yet for all the success that Rome’s Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche has had, can you believe they’ve never built a Ducati? Not until now…

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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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