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Corpses from Hell

Posted on March 25, 2010 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Came across this great image on one of my favourite mc sites Bubblevisor. The photograph was shot by Richard Baybutt from Corpses from Hell (CFH) of his Honda CD250 and the superbly simple artwork was done by illustrator Maxwell Paternoster who is the other guy behind CFH. Richard shoots a lot of professional BMX and snowboard riders but has also taken some striking black and white photos on his journey from London to the Alps on his motorbike. In the B&W picture below you can see how he travelled with his snowboard strapped to the side of his bike – don’t think a sherpa could have packed that bike better.
We look forward to seeing more from this talented duo.


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Bell Custom 500 Range

Posted on March 4, 2010 by Scott in Other. 5 comments

Back in 1954 Bell founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fiberglass and named it the “500”. That humble helmet was to change the entire modern motorsport helmet industry. Bell’s 2010 Custom 500 range pays homage to these original classics, although luckily now they are designed with loads more protective technology. The ‘500’ range are some of the coolest lids we have seen since the Steve McQueen replica that Bell released last year, and unlike the Biltwell helmets these are DOT-compliant. Most of the designs are limited editions and can be purchased through The Bell Store which post worldwide. The ‘Bloodshot Eye’ design in particular looks like it was inspired by legendary skateboard and rock poster artist Jim Phillips. Check out his amazing range of work if you appreciate this style of illustration.


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Half a Million

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Scott in Other. 7 comments

A huge milestone occurred last week for Pipeburn and we almost missed it. We checked our stats and realised we have received over 500,000 hits since we started the site in June last year. Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that visits Pipeburn and shares our passion for cafe racers, customs and classic motorcycles – you are all one in a (half) million.


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Alfabeast

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Scott in Bobber, Other. 1 Comment

Crossbreed Cycles are based in the U.K and created this amazing bike a few years ago using a 2.5 Litre Alfa Romeo V6 engine. This is what these guys specialize in – they use parts, frames and engines you think would be impossible to combine and then make it happen. This one of a kind motorcycle has a Kraftek frame, a four speed Harley Davidson transmission, all powered by the Italian Alfa Romeo V6. There are six individual exhaust pipes, a pair of Weber downdrafts, with fork, discs and calipers from a Kawasaki ZXR750. That may sound like an unusual combination but they are working on an even bigger project – this time creating a Maserati bike which we can’t wait to see. Until then check out some more pics of this ambitious Alfa project.


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Icon Kawazuki

Posted on February 10, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Other. 1 Comment

We love the story behind this killer Icon KZ1000. Back in 1979 this humble bike started life as a police bike in Portland – but now 30 years later it’s on the other side of the law, ready to cause some trouble. The build started by removing the stock swingarm and replacing it with the swingarm and rear wheel from a ’92 GSX-R750. The KZ1000 frame was modified to accept a SV monoshock – not quite sure about the Redbull can shock cover but we have been told it’s already been removed. The engine was given a 1075cc Wiseco big bore kit and the front end is off the same Suzuki SV1000. Considering the bike is a motorcycle mash-up we can’t believe how stunning it turned out. It not only looks great but we bet it would be a whole lot of fun to ride this monster. To read a very humorous story about this KZ, visit the Icon Blog. [Spotted on HFL]


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Norton Watch

Posted on January 22, 2010 by Scott in Other. 4 comments

Legendary British motorcycle brand Norton has teamed up with British watch brand, Bremont, to produce limited edition chronograph watches to mark the return of the classic brand. You better get in quick because only 200 Bremont Norton watches will be hand crafted at the Bremont workshop in Switzerland. These watches won’t be cheap, at the special price of £3,850 ($6200) you could place a large deposit down on a real Norton motorcycle. But for the serious (or seriously cashed-up) Norton enthusiast these watches will be hard to resist. Bremont will also be the Official Timing Partner for the British ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’ again in 2010. Check out this video to see last years event. [Hat tip to BikeEXIF]


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Biltwell Megaflake Helmets

Posted on January 6, 2010 by Scott in Other. 3 comments

 

These are the new mouthwatering ‘Megaflake’ Biltwell helmets. Biltwell says “The flake is much bigger and crisper, hence the Megaflake name. It’s the same lightweight and comfortable shell but with a few significant upgrades. Vintage style chrome strip around the opening is pure class and only available on a Biltwell. The new liner now has detail stitching and contrasting ventilated panels in the top. The embossed goggle strap has a new shape and an improved snap”. We love some of the names including Sunburst Orange, Root Beer Mega Flake Brown and my favourite Disco Gold. Unfortunately they are not safety approved and are supposed to be for novelty purpose only. To see the full range of tasty colours visit the Biltwell website.


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Nannini Flag Goggles

Posted on January 4, 2010 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Now you can fly your flag while flying down the highway on your motorcycle with these flag designs from the classic Italian Goggle and Eyeware company Nannini. They may not look like serious goggles but they truly are, with hand sewn genuine leather eye pads, scratch resistant UV proof lenses and chrome plated brass frames, these goggles are made to the high standards Nannini have become famous for. We are sure they will be a hit with many patriotic Cafe Racer and motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. But if these aren’t your style maybe you’ll fancy their luxury range, made from hand sewn python leather. You can buy them straight from the Nannini Store or in Australia through FlexVision.

Just a little history about the company that I found interesting – Giorgio Nannini the man who started the company has an amazing history … Read More »


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Merry Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2009 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Back in the old days Jesus would have rode around on a donkey. But if he lived in these times the original king of cool probably would have rode a chopper (or cafe racer). Found this company called We are Fisherman who sell these Christ action figures. This one is called ‘Christ on a Bike’ and can be bought for only $30 on their site. They are probably not to everyones taste but there’s no one that deserves an action figure more than Jesus. Also would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank you for following Pipeburn this year.


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Halcyon Goggles

Posted on November 24, 2009 by Scott in Other. 7 comments

Halcyon Goggles were made famous by WWII fighter pilots in the 1940’s but it was the cafe racer culture that brought them back in the 1950’s and 60’s. There’s something really special and nostalgic about Halcyon Goggles. It may be that in this disposable world where everything is being manufactured in mass quantities in China it’s reassuring to know that Halcyon frames are still being made in Britian from brass, and plated in chrome. They are the quintessential classic goggle with over 70 years of history and adventure in every pair. You know that saying ‘It’s never been a better time to buy’, there seriously hasn’t been a better time to buy these goggles. With the British pound sterling taking a beating in this tough economic climate these goggles are now better value than ever. You can order them straight from Halcyon … Read More »


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