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Royal Enfield Bullet – ‘The Badger’ V2.0

Posted on October 13, 2011 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 29 comments

Damn show offs. That’s right – we’re calling it as we see it. The guys from Cycle Icons are show offs. Why? Well listen up, ’cause we’re about to rain on their little parade big time. First they go and create one of the sweetest little Enfields we’ve ever seen. It get a serious amount of coverage and applause from almost everyone, except a few guys in the EXIF comments section which means they are obviously doing something pretty friggin’ right. Job done, yeah? Break out a case o’ cans and rest on your own merits, yeah? Of course! But not for these guys. So what do they do? They go again. ON THE SAME BIKE! C’mon! And as if that’s not bad enough we think they’ve actually gone and made it better. Boo! They’re like that high-school jock who saves the game by scoring in the final minute and then scores again with seconds on the clock just to make sure no one missed the fact that he’s so annoyingly talented. Do you have a mental image of him in your head? Good. Now swap the team uniform for a Cycle Icons Tee. See where we’re going with this?


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1972 Jawa 250 Racer – Highland Custom Motorcycles

Posted on October 6, 2011 by Scott in Other, Racer. 35 comments

As you probably know, India has a hell of a lot of people. Around four times the population of America. Or about 50 times the size of Australia. That’s right, there’s about 1.2 billion Indians and only a small percentage of those people have cars. As of 2002, India had an estimated 37 million motorcycles/mopeds which made it home to the largest number of motorised two-wheelers in the world. And ever since we featured a couple of bikes from India, it seems like we have received about 36 million emails from Indians submitting their motorbikes. Of those emails, here is one that stood out. The bike was built by Umang Shankar and his team at Highland Custom Motorcycles. It’s called ‘Highland’ because Umang is from a village in the Himachal hills and is proud to be a ‘highlander’. He is also a proud member of the Royal Enfield motorcycle group called ‘Road Survivors’ – one of the oldest motorcycle clubs in India. Umang is passionate about motorcycles and passionate about this little Jawa racer, so lets hear from the man himself…


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J.L. Mekaniikka’s ‘996 Compressore’

Posted on October 4, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 25 comments

More rubber belts than a sex shop. Here is JLMs new ‘996 Compressore’

History is a wonderful thing. But don’t believe what the scholars tell you, the most interesting parts aren’t “the lessons from the ages that we must all keep in mind as mankind progresses.” And it’s not the politics or the relationships or the romances either. No way. It’s the really cool big shit. The catapults, the pyramids, the zepplins, the battleships with a thousand guns that can throw car-sized projectiles over the horizon. It’s the rockets that have 38 million horse powers to carry a car to the moon so that the guys inside can do low-G burnouts on another world. That’s the stuff that really matters – the stuff that they will remember in a thousand years. Janne Leiman knows this. That’s why his bikes are amongst our favourites. He’s not the sort of guy that fluffs about with clever colour schemes and faux-aged finishes; he’s the sort of guy who looks at a bike and thinks “what’s the biggest, coolest, most insane mod I could possibly do? I know – how about an enormous, face-melting supercharger to give it enough giddy-up to melt diamonds on a distant planet and make all the Pharaohs simultaneously rise from their graves and give us a very dusty, skeletal ‘sign of the horns’ with both hands.” Love your work, Janne. Love. Your. Work.


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Garage Project’s Yamaha SR250 – “Lunacy”

Posted on September 17, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 20 comments

Of all the wonderful things that the internet has given us, you’d be hard-pressed not to admit that anonymous user comments are right at the bottom of the heap. It magically seems to be able to bring out the worst in us and will often turn a calm, rational, intelligent adult into a name-calling, boasting, irrational, long-winded idiot. Of course, the fact that you can do it with almost total anonymity is the main cause of all the trouble – it’s like the 80s equivalent of a prank phone call where you get time to rehearse your lines. In the midst of all this dissing and lowest-common-denomenatorism, it takes a brave soul to stand up and be counted. Our hats are off to anyone who puts their bike where their (keyboard) fingers are. And that’s just what our next builder has done. And do you want to know the real icing on the cake? He’s done it twice in one week. Assembled Pipeburn bitchers and moaners, behold a man who talks the talk and walks the walk. Meet frequent commenter Rex Havoc and his lunatic Yamaha SR 250.


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Rajputana Customs Royal Enfield – ‘Chingari’

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 15 comments

Here at the Pipeburn palace, we often wonder aloud to ourselves while relaxing river-side with the elephants, a fresh yoghurt Lassi and decent serve of post-curry gulab jamun, just why there isn’t more Royal Enfield-based customs around the place. After all, they are in a way a living fossil whose basic design hasn’t changed since 1948. Surely this would make a perfect base for creating a motorcycle that would be pleasing to these young coffee racer-types we hear so much of? Today we were doing just that – wondering, that is – when the young tea wala broke his usual silence and pointed out to us that we had indeed received a communiqué from our good friend Vijay of the very reputable Rajputana Customs in Jaipur just this very day. “My word,” I exclaimed. Then there was a long pause in proceedings where I stared into the distance, adjusted my monocle, and commanded the wala to refill my tea with a mere twitch of my eyebrow. “Well, shouldn’t we read it?” Scotty interrupted. “Jolly good,” I said. “Let’s have at it then…”


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1952 Triumph Thunderbird

Posted on August 30, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 15 comments

Depending on what floats your boat, you will eventually make the pilgrimage to your ‘Mecca’. If you are a surfer, then you will take on the waves at Teahupoo. If you’re an Elvis fan, then you will shuffle your blue suede shoes to Gracelands. And if you are a motorhead, then you will take your speed machine to the Bonneville salt flats, like many did a few weeks ago. One of those people was Alp Sungurtekin, who took his purpose built bike, a 1952 Pre-Unit 650cc Triumph Thunderbird. The bike is named ‘Kursed’ – because of all the things that went wrong with it. He really had to race the clock to have it finished on time. Actually, he was still working on it up until the final hours of leaving for the legendary salty race strip. This is how Alp describes his time at Speedweek and the pursuit of his own personal land speed record.


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1974 Honda CB125 – Uprising 149

Posted on August 28, 2011 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 24 comments

Purple. It’s not a colour you choose to coat your beloved custom with lightly. If you’re anything like us, you’ll just default to rattlecan black, or maybe live on the wild side and go for a metallic white. Crazy! Hell, purple’s not a colour you’d often choose to coat anything with. When’s the last time you walked down the street in a purple shirt, or considered a nice shade of lilac to give your house a little zip. That’s right, just about never. Ever. Unless you’re four foot nothing and you have the words “formerly known as” in your name. How then, you may ask, do those mechanical magicians at Jakarta’s increasingly bitchin’ Uprising customs manage to make such a damn funky colour look so stupidly cool? Well, I asked them. And they told me something you’re not going to believe.


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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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1968 Triumph Drag Bike

Posted on July 13, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Other, Racer. 8 comments

One of the best named motorcycle blogs on the information super autobahn is Eat The Rich — after the classic film and Motörhead song. The blog is run by classic parts dealer Peter Stansfield from the U.K who is always buying and selling custom parts for many different types of bikes. Last year he came across this drag bike frame for sale on ebay and knew he had to purchase it. “I bought the frame for £170 and the rear slick for £10” he says. “I bought it from the guy who originally built it in 1968, he raced it first with an iron 6T motor then later put a Hillman Imp engine in it. It was last used in 1974 when he built a new bike.”


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Evolution Motorsports 1976 Honda CB750

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Racer. 46 comments

If having your handy work plastered up here on the pages of Tube deTemp Rouge earned you some sort of shiny golden statuette of a stylised, airborne motorbike with a windswept pilot barely managing to hold on while his rattly steed heads for the heart of the sun, then the boys at Evolution Motorsports would be kicking back right now, feet up, staring at four of the things up there on their greasy, old spark plug infested mantle piece. Undoubtedly the initial honour of owning one will have worn off by now, and the first spate of polishing and dusting and showing it to everyone who entered the shop will have subsided, now replaced with casual comedic additions to them including a beer bottle cap as a hat, some racing numbers added with a sharpie, and even a stupendous appendage grafted onto trophy number 2 using some used pink gum. But why? Because of late they have had something else to occupy their crafty, talented minds. What have they been cutting their fingers on and greasing up their cuticles with, you ask? This is what.


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