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Janus Motorcycles – “The Paragon”

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Andrew in Classic, Moped. 16 comments

Over the years, I have thought long and hard about the difference between mopeds and motorcycles. There’s the technical considerations regarding pedals et al – the whole “motor with pedals” thing that seems to be the most obvious seperator. Then there’s the licensing thing and the fact that in many countries you can jump on a moped with minimal intervention from “the man.” There’s also the lack of a cross-bar frame and the extreme economy of the typically minute moped engines that split the pack, too. But you know what I keep coming back to as the overarching difference that really defines the two? The sure-fire way to explain the difference to a laymen without risking any sort of misconbobulation down the track? It’s the fact that mopeds are just so beautifully svelte. Trawl back through the Pipeburn archives and you’ll notice that pretty much ever ‘ped we’ve ever posted has the most sublime minimalism – it’s enough to take your breath away. But you ain’t seen nothing yet – at least until you lay your eyes on our new model of minimal excellence, and pretty much the nicest ‘ped we’ve ever seen, The Paragon Puch from Janus Motorcycles.


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Ellaspede’s Honda CT 110 – “Postie”

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 28 comments

Christmas, 1982. Piallaway Road, Currabubula, North Eastern New South Wales. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and I’ve decided in all my 11 year-old wisdom that I’m going to ride a motorbike as fast as it will go on a deserted public road with a complete lack of skills, safety gear, licence or fear of death. As the bike tears through the summer air I soon realise that the wind blast means that I can’t keep my eyes open, but the speed I’m travelling at means I can’t shut them either. I settle on a eyes-wide-shut squint. They begin to water profusely, which not only decreases my already limited vision to something now resembling being underwater, but has the added effect of creating copious amounts of tears which are almost instantly blown back into the hair above my ears. Still I fight on until I realise that the bike has no more left to give. The roar of wind in my ears is deafening, but within seconds it dies away as I back off and roll to a stop in the middle of nowhere, grinning like an idiot in almost complete silence. Well, technically speaking I probably WAS an idiot – a phrase which would be repeated many times over the next hour by my angry parents. Thinking back, that was the exact point I fell in love with motorbikes. The bike I was on? The Honda CT 110 “Postie”.


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Children of Decadence Motobecane SP98 – “Roast Beef”

Posted on August 21, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 34 comments

I’ve been blessed/cursed over the past couple of weeks with the task of designing a seat for my new bike. Everything else on the thing is sorted (well, in my head and on paper at least) except for that goddamn arse receptacle. In one memorable session I sat down with a note book and pencil and drew no less than 25 different shapes, each one only a few grains of HB graphite different from the last, yet all totally unique. And none quite right. One looks like a fighter from Battlestar Galactica. The next one a shovel. And then a loaf of bread. And on it goes. Until slowly I realise I’m going a little bit crazy. But obviously not as crazy as the boys from the coolest Parisian ‘ped shop we know, Children of Decadence. They spent so long on their seat it started to look like a slab of rare roast beef. And you know what? It really kinda does.


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Rogue Creation’s “Blood Lust” Moped

Posted on August 9, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 84 comments

I was shooting the poop the other day with a few bike-minded compadres, and the subject of mopeds came up. Now as often happens, one of the peanut gallery came out with the usual, “they’re not real motorbikes” schtick. Which I have always thought was a rather irrational and petty view to hold. See, if you look back over the history of motorbikes, you’d quickly find that not only do mopeds and motorbikes share a common ancestory, but for the first phase of their existence, motorbikes were essentially mopeds. We all love board trackers, but somehow we seem to forget that many of them actually had pedals, twin chains, and bicycle frames – just like mopeds. Not real bikes, you say? Tell it to Austin Tremellen, the man behind Rougue Creations and maker of the wonderful ”Blood Lust”.


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Revdub’s Puch Moped – “General Mayhem”

Posted on July 21, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 89 comments

A wise man once said, “If a custom bike could be made with keyboards alone, there would be outstanding builds everywhere.” Now I’m pretty sure most people here would know what that means. Comments sections are the playground of armchair experts who talk the talk, but just can’t seem to ever put a spanner where their mouths are. And although we have our fair share of those types around theses here parts, I’m pretty damn proud to say that we also have guys like “Revdub”, a.k.a. Jeremy Dubish. He’s not only one of our top commenters, but he’s also a bastion of civility, positivity and constructive criticism. Now, while we are pretty thankful for him just showing up each day, we are uber stoked to be able to present a bike of his as well. Here’s his very sweet little “General Mayhem” Puch moped.


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MotoMatic’s “Step Up Your Game”

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 25 comments

Whenever we post a moped it usually polarises our readers. You either love it or hate it, and you never hold back – that’s why we love you guys. And when it comes to mopeds we don’t really know anything about them. To be honest, I didn’t even know what a batavus hs-50 was until I googled it. All I know about mopeds is that when I see one I like, it’s usually a stripped back piece of rolling art. Like this stunning Batavus moped built by Nathan Kiehn and the guys at Motomatic. Their philosophy is pretty simple “we want to build bikes that have the nostalgia of the past, the power and performance of the present with a touch of reliability and style to them.” Sounds like a pretty good combination to me.


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Indigan’s ‘Diablo’ Moped

Posted on March 20, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 32 comments

Here’s one that we got our hot little hands on a touch too late. We got all steamy under the collar when we first saw it and then had our high hopes deflated like a bunch of horny teenage virgins interupted by the fuzz when we realised that it had been published elsewhere (damn you, Wes… damn you to hell) and kind of gave up on it. But you know what? After much burning of the midnight oil we thought, “damn it, she’s just too bloody smokin’ to not punch her dance card (do you punch dance cards? Note to self: buy a nice dress and get out more often) and let her take a turn around Pipeburn’s firey dancehall. So here she is. Wicked, isn’t she?


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The Sportsman Flyer ‘200’

Posted on January 24, 2012 by Andrew in Classic, Moped. 40 comments

Here’s one bike we’ve been dreaming about what seems like ages now. After the sweet success of his first bike, we were kind of wondering just where he’d go after such a tasty treat. The answer? Open your eyes you crazy, inattentive blog viewer you, because it’s right in front of you – for this magical monotone magnificence is the second bike from Mister D and his California-based Sportsman Flyer Company. Now if you liked the last bike, prepare to have your mind totally bent, just like some chocolate-loving freak who’s just been locked in a Swiss sweet shop overnight after spending his life entire thinking that Hersheys was the top-shelf stuff. Just shout when you want to be let out; until then here’s Flyer’s own Pat “Wonker” Dolan.


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1978 J.C. Penny Pinto – ‘The Baby Maker’

Posted on January 13, 2012 by Andrew in Moped. 1 Comment

New Year Resolutions. Some people give up smoking crack, others tell themselves they are going to get fit and lose a hundred pounds. Then there are folk that just say they are going to do something different. Like us, we decided to start a New Years Resolution at Pipeburn this year. Can you guess what it was? I’ll give you a clue. Our last post was a trike – which we have never posted before. And now I am posting a moped – which we have posted before but not on a regular basis. Yep, we decided to quit doing drugs and focus on the bikes we truly love. No seriously, we decided to try and surprise our readers with bikes that were a little bit more unexpected. Sure, we’ll still be featuring the usual suspects like the CB750 cafe racers and XS650 bobbers, but we want to be more open to different builds. Like this J.C. Penny Pinto moped they call ‘The Baby Maker’. Nothing gets the ladies hotter than a featherweight cafe’d moped. The owner of this beautiful specimen started building it as a young single man and finished the bike as a young father of twins. True story, almost. Here’s the virile builder Nicholas Voigt with all the facts…


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AFS Taiwan – Redman ’59

Posted on October 8, 2011 by Andrew in Moped. 16 comments

The Redman ’59 – any lower and it’d be underground

We’ve always strived to leave no stone unturned in our quest to bring you, our loyal, wise, and slightly smelly readers the absolute best in custom bikes. And the bike you see here is no exception. It’s one that has been doing the rounds on a few sites of late, but information has been sadly lacking. The reason? She’s straight outta Downtown Tainan City, Taiwan with a builder who speaks English about as well as I ride. Or Scott tap dances. Come to think of it, Scott tap dances quite well – but you get the gist. Never ones to rest on our laurels, we activated our crack team of international linguistics experts (OK – he’s a guy I used to get drunk with in Hong Kong) to get us an exclusive interview with the man himself. See? See what we do for you guys? Don’t you just love us? Yeah. We love you too. Now go and have a shower, the lot of you.


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