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FIGHTING SPIRIT: Honda Hornet by Bull Moto Custom

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The popularity of certain models in the custom bike industry often makes total sense and at other times boggles the mind. Entire subcultures with a supporting aftermarket can grow around one particular bike while its direct competitors from other manufacturers are all but forgotten. But away from the scene’s strongholds and isolated from peer pressure, Bulgaria’s Ivan Mushev chose a model we’ve only featured twice in Pipeburn’s ten years. Taking a Honda Hornet 600 and turning it into a cafe-fighter that’s a rolling promotion for his newly formed outfit Bull Moto Custom.

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WASABI BURN: Kawasaki W800 by Schlachtwerk

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Scott in Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Nobody goes for Sushi to only have just one piece, and the world’s best Kawasaki W builder has taken the same attitude to his bikes! So having crafted a killer Kawasaki powered drag bike called ‘Wasabi’ with all the fun, flavour and exhilaration of the real thing, Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thoring decided that the second dish needed to be just the same, only available on the takeaway menu! So with his team of world-class chefs, he’s back with his second Wasabi offering and this one takes all of the drag racing hardware to the street for one hell of a traffic light GP racer.

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TRACK WEAPON: Ducati 1098 by Walt Siegl Motorcycles

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Scott in All, Racer, Supermoto. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

A modern sportbike is an amazing thing; 200+hp, ultra-advanced electronics and top of the line suspension and brakes. But apart from the packaging they’re almost all the same and lack so much of the character and charm of their older brethren. So to perfectly meld the best of both, who better to create the ultimate superbike than legendary New Hampshire based builder, Mr Walt Siegl! A race only version of his company’s WSM SBK model, it was commissioned by one very lucky man’s girlfriend, as the Christmas present, we’d all love to have.

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NEED FOR SPEED: Honda CD250U ‘Motoleggera’

Posted on September 2, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It’s frowned upon these days as we all get a little wiser, but the old saying ‘happy wife, happy life’ could well be put to the test as Francesco was supposed to build this bike into a road-going cafe racer for his one true love! But somewhere along the way this 1990 Honda CD250U became a track bike for the man himself, with a more race orientated name, MotoLeggera, meaning Lightweight Motorcycle. Rescued from a Hippie on a Horse Farm the Honda commuter has undergone an epic transformation at Francis Von Tuto Moto Works and now tears up the tarmac at Australia’s Lakeside International Raceway.

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RADICAL RACER: Kraftstoffschmiede ‘Achilles’ BMW R1250 RS

Posted on August 30, 2019 by Scott in Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

When it was first conceived the Sultans of Sprint race series provided the perfect place for the custom bike builders of Europe to compete in a fun but competitive environment. Fast forward to 2019 and while the teams still party harder than Charlie Sheen, the desire to be the fastest has seen the bikes go to all new heights. With the final round of the series at the Glemseck 101 just days away, Philipp Ludwig of Germany’s Kraftstoffschmiede unveils his midyear update of his radical racer, ‘Achilles’. Teaming up with designer Krzysztof Szews from Man & the Machines, they’ve gone all out on the BMW R1250 RS in the hope of ending the year on top!

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BRUTISH & BRUTAL: Triumph Street Triple by Vintage Addiction Crew

Posted on August 21, 2019 by Scott in Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Triumph’s torquey Street Triple offers a ridiculously fun riding experience with gobs of tractable low and mid-range power and character for days. While you’d be hard-pressed to argue the merit of its performance, the model’s appearance is markedly more decisive. So, Carlos “Xarly” Guzman’s Vintage Addiction Crew set out to revamp the mid-size three-banger under the directive of building something lightweight, compact, fast, stylish, minimalistic, and ridable on a daily basis.

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WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE

Posted on August 16, 2019 by Scott in Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It’s the most powerful production motorcycle ever produced, nothing else even comes close, but this missile on two-wheels is more than just the sum of its parts. The brainchild of Australian race engineer Paul Maloney, who spent two decades in the paddocks of the world’s premier racing categories, the PGMV8 is the ultimate street bike he came back to the Victorian bush to build. The carbon bodied, road-legal machine is a mechanical masterpiece, packing 334hp from its signature 2.0l V8. So to get the inside word, Pipeburn spent considerable time over the last six months getting to know the man and his machine.

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RACE TO THE CLOUDS: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Scott in All, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb joins the Isle of Man TT as the two most prestigious and legendary time trials in all of motorsport. The ‘Race to the Clouds’ pits man and machine against 156 unique turns on the way to climbing nearly 5000ft in altitude before reaching the summit, high in the Rocky Mountains, some 14000ft above sea level. The demands on the motorcycle are only exceeded by those on the body and tragically some won’t make it home. But for Thomas Kendall the call of the mountain was strong and he re-built his 2008 Yamaha YZ450F in preparation for his first attack on the lightweight class.

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BAVARIA TO BEIJING. BMW R80 by Mandrill Garage

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Beijing might be one of the world’s largest and oldest cities, with an ever-expanding motorcycle manufacturing industry, but that doesn’t mean its smooth sailing for the customisers who call it home. All the big companies have a presence there now, but that is a recent development, so when a client approached Mandrill Garage to build them a slick 1981 BMW R80, finding a donor bike let alone parts was a major challenge. Never fear, as the team of friends simply pooled their collective skills to craft a truly one of a kind BMW Vintage Racer from scratch.

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RRETRO. Honda CBR600RR

Posted on June 26, 2019 by Scott in Classic, Racer, SuperSport. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

If you’re old enough to remember, then it’s impossible to forget the 1980s GP bikes ridden by the likes of Wayne Gardner and Fast Freddie Spencer. But building one today is nearly impossible, try finding a 500cc two-stroke for a decent price and you’ll be left scratching your head. But Australia’s James Campbell has come up with the next best thing. Utilising all the performance of a modern SuperSport machine, a 2006 Honda CBR600RR, and transforming the look to give it that proper nostalgia feel.

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