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HARD YARDS. Russell Motorcycles’ ‘Resilience’ Yamaha XSR700 Racer

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

The 1980s sure was a different time, and in an era of minimal rules and regulations motorsport was full of radical prototypes and financed largely by big tobacco. Greed was good, there were gnarly designs and Gurney flaps, and companies like Gitanes and Marlboro were branded everywhere…

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CORDON BLUR. Schlachtwerk’s Tricolour Kawasaki W800 Racer

Posted on July 21, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

As modern retros go, Kawasaki hit the nail on the head with their re-imagining of the W series bikes from the ’60s. In fact, the ‘new’ W’s bevel driven twin cylinder engine is even more of a classic than the original. But as an overall package they’ve always needed a little more panache…

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AMERICAN WOMAN. Sylvain Carignan’s ‘Simone’ Buell XB12R

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The story of Erik Buell has been a roller-coaster ride of enormous highs and lows. Buell is a bonafide genius, his desire to build the true American Sportsbike has led to some incredible innovations. But financial woes, Harley Davidson’s timidity and strong competition has made it a struggle…

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THE SEELEY-TAIT RACER. A 40-Year Love Affair

Posted on July 15, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Other, Racer. No Comments

As I stare, white-knuckled and barely breathing, at the trucker unloading the famous three-cylinder 492cc Seeley-Tait customized racer that I managed to capture at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale, the thoughts that ricochet through my mind, strangely enough, are thoughts of love…

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MECCANICA FAMIGILA. Alonze Custom’s ‘350 Special’ ’67 Ducati Racer

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

“We started off just doing general welding repairs and custom fabrication jobs,” says Jim from the UK’s Alonze Custom. “There is only me and my Dad here so we’re not a big company or anything.” And as if to prove the point, this beautiful custom ‘67 Ducati‘s photos were snapped by his Dad, too…

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BAD COP, BADDER COP. VTR’s ‘Polizia 1.9’ Blown BMW Nitrous Racer

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

What is it about ex-police vehicles? The thought of nabbing something that used to enforce the law seems to really float our boats. Hell, muscle cars seem to increase in value if they were used by the boys in blue. But there’s a perverse pleasure at play when you take an ex-police bike a turn it into a drag racer

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RACE REPORT: Sultans of Sprint Race 1 – The Reunion Monza

Posted on June 24, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Racer, Video. No Comments

In case you’ve been in suspended animation, let us fill you in on a little secret. If you like custom bikes, racing and getting silly, Europe’s Sultans of Sprint is so up your alley, your neighbours have just called the cops because the alley is now full of French lunatics doing burnouts…

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BRING THE NOISE. Krautmotor’s ‘Little Go Beep’ BMW R nineT Racer

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer, Tracker. No Comments

In the world of custom motorcycles perhaps the only thing as interesting and as eclectic as the machines themselves are the people who build, buy and ride them. A more diverse group you are unlikely to find and one of the leading characters who manages to still stand out in such a crowd is Mr Krautmotors…

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CANNED TURISMO. Lucky Cat’s ‘Houndstooth’ BSA Spitfire Dustbin Tourer

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Standing out from the crowd; it goes with motorcycling like white on rice. And while we don’t know much about the owner of this latest bike from France’s Lucky Cat Garage, but we’re pretty sure the guy’s not trying to lay low. Exhibit A is the fact that he owns this bike…

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MOUNTAIN BIKING. Blue Thunder’s Mean Kawasaki Z900RS ‘Pikes Peak Special’

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

The launch of Kawasaki‘s new Z900RS has seen the return of some good ol‘ manly retro moto madness. Custom-made for 2018, Japan’s Blue Thunders shop in conjunction with Icon Motosports has taken a brand new Z, made it into a racer and decided to run it up Pikes Peak at 110% just for shits and giggles…

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