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2019 PIPEBURN BIKE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Posted on December 27, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Scrambler, Supermoto. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

While Santa packed up his sleigh and headed off to fill his stomach with Cookies, Rum and Hay, for Rudolph and the lads, back here at Pipeburn HQ we were locked in a small room trying to pick the best bikes of 2019. It’s no easy task, but thanks to the custom builders right around the world who continue to amaze and our dear readers comments, likes and shares; we managed to narrow down the field. Plenty of worthy contenders just missed out, we created two new categories to help capture the years best, but in the end there can only be one winner and to top the pack it had to be seriously special, Ladies and Gentleman, you’re Pipeburn Bike of the Year…

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SINISTER SCRAMBLER: ‘Black Villain’ Ducati Scrambler by Motocrew

Posted on December 20, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

2019 has been a tough year for those facing wildfires, from Europe to Australia’s East Coast, California to the vast Amazon jungle, the devastation has been immense. But while many of us live in harms way, when it’s time to flee there is another group heading towards the flames. The brave men and women of the world’s fire fighting community are truly owed a debt of gratitude. But what do they do to wind down when it’s all over? For Germany’s Chris Scholtka his life long passion for bikes provides the escape and from his Motocrew workshop in his spare time he’s turn out this ‘Black Villain’ beast from the bones of a 2015 Ducati Scrambler.

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STELLAR SCRAMBLER: Ducati 750SS by LL Motorcycles

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Though the Monster is a fairly close second, the 750/900 SS platform has become Ducati’s most commonly customized model in recent years. While its bodywork is admittedly on the dated side, once stripped from the SS, what you’re left with is a strapping L-Twin engine, the Bologna firm’s signature tubular trellis frame, and, with a little creativity; gobs of potential for customization.

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BADLANDS BAVARIAN: BMW R100R ‘Rogue’ by Side Rock Cycles

Posted on November 22, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber

Building one-off motorcycles for customers requires a bit of a delicate balancing act: the shop has to adhere to the wants, needs, and personal tastes of the client, while also aligning with the builder’s style, abilities, and overall ethos. Juggling these elements can be a headache, though sometimes, things come together wonderfully, with a design and theme that jives well with both the builder of the bike, the characteristics of the donor, and the customer who commissioned it. And that’s very much the case with Side Rock Cycles’ latest work, entitled “Rogue”.

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GOLDEN EYE: Indian FTR 1200 by Indian Metz

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It was June 2016 when multi-time American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees announced he would join Indian as they returned to the series for a full factory tilt at the title. The signing left no doubt that the company was serious about winning, this was no marketing exercise; but little did we know at the time that in parallel to the development of the race bike, work had commenced on a road-going version. Now three years on and people the world over are getting their hands on the FTR 1200 and France’s Thomas Castany of Indian Metz has given this S model the custom treatment dubbing her ‘Over Light’.

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LIMITED EDITION: CCM Spitfire Stealth Series

Posted on November 19, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

When CCM introduced the first Spitfire model in 2016, the handmade singles took the world by storm, generating an enormous amount of hype and punching well above the boutique manufacturer’s weight. After the first batch sold out in a matter of days, the Clewes boys were prompted to release another Spitfire-based model… and then another, and another, and another. So after offering the original model, the cafe racer, the scrambler, flat tracker, the bobber, and Foggy, and the Six, the small UK operation has just revealed its latest addition to the Spitfire platform with the new 2020 Stealth Series. 

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ROUGH DIAMOND: BMW R100GS by Diamond Atelier

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Scott in Adventure, Desert Sled, Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

When Diamond Atelier first burst onto the scene in 2013 with its inaugural BMW R80 project, it was abundantly clear that the two 20-something-year-old German builders possessed a near-prodigious level of talent and skill when it came to customizing motorcycles. And while the world-renowned shop has stepped out of the limelight for the majority of 2019, that doesn’t mean major moves weren’t happening behind closed doors. 

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OFF THE CHAIN: Yamaha TR1 ‘Django’ by Remastered Cycle

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

In the proud city of Brescia, Italy, they’ve long valued innovation and tradition in everything they do. It is the home of motorcycling God Giacomo Agostini and firearms producer Beretta, so you can imagine they didn’t take it lying down when the Italian GP was moved from their city. Instead, they came up with the grueling Mille Miglia and like everything in the Lombardy region they do it their own way. So when searching for a workshop to breathe life back into his long-deceased Yamaha TR1, Alessandro Gallina stayed local and selected Remastered Cycle to build him a street scrambler that’s off the chain, appropriately called Django.

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TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: 1973 Honda Dax by Hombrese Bikes

Posted on November 4, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

There’s something about mini bike models that’s hard not to love. The small-wheeled steeds are motorcycling in its simplest and most pure form with components that just meet the bare minimum requirements to get the job done and engines boasting power to match. And despite their performance (and size/comfort) limitations, for many riders, mini bikes were their first introduction to the wonderful world of motorized two-wheelers.

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TOUGH PROPOSITION: Royal Enfield Himalayan by Julian Palapa

Posted on October 15, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

For the past few years motorcycle manufacturers have embraced custom builders and through various competitions have had them give a new look to their latest releases. But even a good idea can start to grow stale and rather than stick to the well-worn path, Indonesia’s Royal Enfield importer turned to a fresh pair of eyes. The result is a RE Himalayan designed and executed by leading architect Julian Palapa; ready to rip up the jammed roads of Jakarta, it’s called .02View.

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