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BUCKET LIST. 1966 Ducati Monza by Vantech

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Jimmy Ban

In addition to young motorcyclists and custom builders who’ve found a love for bikes of a different era, part of the success of the retro revival is fuelled by those going back to the bikes of their youth. But never before have we featured a builder who’s been building bikes and winning races since the end of the Second World War. Enter Bill VanTichelt, founder and patriarch of the Vantech family; who together combined to build a bike that was always for Bill the one that got away. A stunning cafe racer powered by a Ducati Monza engine, in a frame he designed to great success more than 50 years ago.

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FAMILY AFFAIR – ‘Zeus’ Drag Bike

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Scott in Awards, Drag Bike, Racer, Speedway. No Comments

Photography by Tadashi Kono

Growing up as a kid, Kevin Busch always looked up to his Grandfather. You see, his Grandfather was a mechanic, fabricator and engine builder who had a passion for going fast. He used to build drag bikes in the 1950s and his JAP drag bike was one of his favourite builds, built and raced by him and few of his friends until 1960. “After 1960 the bike was taken apart as they had all moved onto racing dragsters” says Kevin. “Some of the bike was parted and was forgotten about and left in the back of the shop gathering dust for many years.”

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AWARD GRINNING – Ducati 796 X Drive-in Workshop

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

Written by Martin Hodgson.

The agony and the ecstasy; that’s the roller coaster ride you learn to live with when you enter some of the world’s most prestigious motorcycle shows. But from his base in Russia’s beautiful cultural capital of St. Petersburg, Leonid Skakunov, has found a way to balance the triumphs with the adversities. And out of heart break, fuelled by determination, he took a bone stock 2011 Ducati 796 and crafted a show winning machine. It rolled into his Drive-in Workshop as a Monster and left as the God before you, Prometheus.

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DOUBLE ESPRESSO – Ducati Monster S2R

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Keith Treder

When it comes to motorcycles, it turns out that if you ask for ‘just what the doctor ordered’ then the answer is a tricked out Ducati. To discover this, we didn’t just turn to any old medicine man, but Dr Chris Stout who was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow. They’re serious credentials and he’s a busy man, so to build his perfect weekend weapon to deliver that two-wheeled therapy he assembled a talented crew. Together they’ve brewed up a potent café racer from the unique Ducati Monster S2R: they call it the ‘Double Espresso’!

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MOTO PHOTOS. 2019 Machine Show, Braidwood, Australia

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Event, Racer. No Comments

The same thing happened every year. I’d promise myself that I’d go to Australia’s Machine Show and then at the very last minute the reality of travelling three hours south of Sydney would kick me in the family jewels. With a six-hour round trip, it’d either be a seriously big day or I’d have to organise accommodation…

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BRAAP MUSIC. Hombrese’s KTM 450 SX Dirt Tracker

Posted on March 29, 2019 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

We totally get show queens here at Pipeburn. Something built and polished to within an inch of its life, destined to live out it’s existence in a shop front window or a lounge room. That’s cool. But even better is a custom bike that’s going to be thrashed, dropped, flipped, and bounced off people’s heads…

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WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be calling…

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QUICK SILVER. Stephen Brisken’s Ducati 900 SS Cafe

Posted on March 20, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

How many 21-year-olds do you know with an amazing bike collection? The answer is probably zero. That’s because getting older seems to be a distinct benefit in the bike scene. In retirement many of us find ourselves in a position where those dream bikes we’ve always wanted are finally within reach….

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DOPE DIRIGIBLE. Kacerwagen’s ‘Zeppelina V72’ Board Tracker

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Andrew in Board Tracker, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Over recent years with TV shows like Harley and the Davidsons and Sons of Speed, along with the input of America’s best builders, the board tracker is back with a vengeance. But what do you do when finding an Indian in a barn is as likely as finding gold at the end of a rainbow? You make one from scratch…

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NEW MODEL ARMY. Gannet & Fuhrer’s Honda ‘CB1000R-adical’ Neo Racer

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Andrew in Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Blame Akira. Blame Blade Runner. Blame Daft Punk. We have a rather unhealthy obsession with the limitless future of motorcycle design. Bring on the electric engines and the artificial intelligence. Swiss supergroup Gannet Design and Fuhrer Moto have teamed up to kick off the Honda CB1000R custom scene…

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