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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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Peugeot 103 Custom – Cherry Coke

Posted on September 21, 2011 by Scott in Moped. 33 comments

The name ‘Children of Decadence‘ might sound like the latest reality TV show starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie bathing in Moet cocaine and snorting champagne. But in the real world, or at least in the European motorcycling world, the ‘Children of Decadence’ are a group of Parisian moped builders who are pimping Peugeots like they are going out of style. Their last build, a cafe racer-inspired moped that we featured got you guys talking, and we’re guessing this chopper-inspired 103 will have a similar effect. Thomas Patouillard Demoriane is the Frenchman behind this unique little moped they call ‘Cherry Coke’ – a little sweeter than usual but it still has that caffeine hit. Over to Thom to talk us through the build – remember French is his mother tongue, and we’re not talking about him kissing his old lady.


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Sportsman Flyer Racer

Posted on August 15, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Moped, Racer. 24 comments

Back in 1910 the world’s first board track was opened at the Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome near Playa del Rey, California. Now, 100 years later, board track racers are again making a comeback to America’s west coast. These stunning bikes are being hand-built in Gilroy, California by Pat Dolan who started the company out of passion for these classically styled motor bicycles. The “Sportsman Flyer Company” started not as a business, but as a hobby” he says. “I have built and collected cars and bicycles for years and have always wanted to add a Schwinn Whizzer motorized bicycle to my collection”. So while Pat was searching for the right bike, he started seeing motorized bicycles around the place with newer two stroke engines. That’s when he decided to build one and started the project with a vintage Schwinn Panther frame.


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