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MIRACLE MISTAKE: Honda CB750 ‘Tuna’ by FingersCrossed Moto

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Paros Huckstepp

The thing about making mistakes is they usually lead to interesting places. The journey down the path reveals more detail, more possibility, and more to learn. FingersCrossed Moto has forged a path by running a small community garage in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and helping members learn to create their own. Yet, for founders Matt, Matt, and Joseph, continually forging that path means finding new mistakes to make. This bikes journey begins with one trusting dude and an incorrectly ordered swingarm.

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A TIMELESS MEMORY: Honda CL350F by Northbilt Customs

Posted on April 6, 2020 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Ricky Ventaglio

“You say you want a revolution. Well, you know, we all want to change the world” sang John Lennon in 1968. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. took Lennon’s words on board and between 1972 and 1974 the factory produced what would change the face of motorcycle racing forever. Soichiro Honda’s deepest memories were of the golden days of Honda racing, following his attendance at the Isle of Man TT competition in 1954. Here, his decision that the factory would build not Twins or Singles but the then incredibly revolutionary four-cylinder machines (Fours series). One of these being the 350 Four as a tribute to the Honda racers he loved so much such as Jimmy Redman and Mike Hailwood.

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MYTHICAL MACHINE: Yamaha XS360 ‘Smaug’ by Panache Customs

Posted on April 2, 2020 by Scott in Café Racer, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Known as the one with the ‘wrongful impulse to hoard, to accumulate beyond what one can use and to refuse to share with others’, no he is not the bloke on your street stockpiling mountains of toilet paper, but the great dragon of The Hobbit, Smaug. This was the creature that came to mind when Charles and Enzo from Panache Customs stood back to admire their latest build. A French workshop renowned for their incredible attention to detail and brilliant build quality. They’ve once again taken on the challenge of building a Yamaha XS360 custom and delivered a fire breathing result that’s nearly impossible to slay!

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INTO THE WILD: BMW R100GS by Woidwerk

Posted on March 13, 2020 by Scott in Classic, Desert Sled, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

To say that the BMW R series range of motorcycles has become a huge hit in the custom scene is the mother of all understatements. Even the conservative big Bavarian caught on, releasing the R nineT five years ago and has the bruising R18 on the way. But aside from a cult following, the rest of the world has only ever appreciated the R series without falling totally in love. Not so in Germany, for the best part of 100 years the flat twins have been the number one machine. And to prove their passion runs deep, a customer approached Woidwerk for not one but two custom R bikes. This is the tale of the R100GS that emerged, no longer a big tourer but a sleek scrambler with plenty of custom style!

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STREET APPEAL: Suzuki DR650 Street Tracker by Seven Motorcycles

Posted on March 11, 2020 by Scott in Tracker, Uncategorized. No Comments

Just after midday on the 22nd of February, the streets of Christchurch New Zealand started shaking violently. This wasn’t the first time they had experience an earthquake – the city is built on a seismic fault line. Not only did the quake kill 185 people but it also left the roads in a terrible way. So when Christchurch local, Chris Penniall from Seven Motorcycles was looking for a new project, he opted for a street tracker style bike that would be able to handle the odd pothole in style. Last year, when he noticed a really cheap Suzuki DR650 come up for sale he thought it would be the perfect post-earthquake donor bike.

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FUN MACHINE: 1984 Kawasaki KLR250 by Berg & Co

Posted on March 3, 2020 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The days of the vast majority of the workforce clocking in at nine in the morning and heading home by five are all but over. The gig economy is here, shifts are scattered around the clock and job security can be a week by week proposition; no wonder people are stressed. So imagine what it’s like for a firefighter, solider and correctional officer, they need an extra avenue to unwind and what better way to do it than on a street scrambler ready to rip up the roads. Enter Canada’s Kevin Bergeron who builds just such beasts and the latest Berg & Co creation is this crafty Kawasaki KLR250.

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CREAM OF THE CROP: Yamaha XT550 by Zombie Gelato

Posted on January 18, 2020 by Scott in Adventure, Classic, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Wherever in the world you go, it’s not long before you find a kindred spirit who shares a love for motorcycles; it’s a truly universal language. But while that passion burns deep across the globe, nowhere is it so heavily ingrained in the national psyche than in the home of road racing, Northern Ireland. So it should come as no surprise that Chris Martin of Belfast got his first bike from his Granny when he was just a wee boy, went to the races with his Dad and now has turned his attention to hand shaping metal and building custom creations. His latest, a Yamaha XT550 will hoon up any hill, haul along on any highway and looks mega doing it.

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TURKISH DELIGHT: Yamaha Yard Built XSR900 ‘Chimera’ by Bunker Customs

Posted on October 10, 2019 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Created by Bruce Lee in the mid-to-late 1960s, Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy and form of martial arts that places immense importance on the development of one’s spirit and skills, while the combat aspect puts a major emphasis on adaptability, fluidity, and inflicting maximum damage through minimal effort. Mert and Can Uzer, the brothers behind Istanbul’s Bunker Customs, have very much applied Lee’s teachings and philosophy to their latest Yamaha Yard Built build — entitled “Chimera” – honing their skills in order to painstakingly develop a motorcycle design that offers a hugely transformative impact through minimal modification.

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Harley Sportster 1200 – The Purpose Built Moto YouTube Series

Posted on September 10, 2019 by Scott in Adventure, Tracker. No Comments

There’s no denying the world of video content is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives. It’s something we want to start featuring more of and even create our own Pipeburn video content. To start off, we thought we’d support Purpose Built Moto’s new build series. Over to Tom from Purpose Built to tell us what he’ll be doing in the new series. Or just grab a beverage and hit play…

I’m currently mid-build on two Adventure projects and we’re going to be walking you through, in a series of step-by-step YouTube videos. Starting off with a 2006 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200C. This bike, and a Nemesis 400 to come will be used on new film project we’re working on with some of Australia’s most exciting motorcycle personalities. For now though I’m focussing my energy on prepping this Harley to go to hell and back.

This Sportster is a personal project, I want to test new ideas, build out concepts I’ve had in my head for a while and really experiment with just how you turn a 1200cc highway-puppy into a dirt-fighting-dog. The key to this build is stripping weight, improving handling and allowing the bike to put its torquey motor to good use off-road. Turning a Sportster into an adventure-ready off-road scrambler will be a challenge, but that’s exactly why I chose it.

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TITANIUM TRACKER: Ecosse Heretic by Roland Sands Design

Posted on September 9, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

There’s something almost sacrilegious about placing an exorbitant and exotic motorcycle under the grinder for customization. Not only is it practically guaranteed to destroy an exclusive model’s resale value, but it also removes one of the few existing examples from circulation. Often produced in minute numbers, these machines are hand-built works of rolling art and engineering that are extremely calculated in their design. 

So to “undo” an elite and seldom-seen model like an Ecosse Heretic Titanium Edition is a major gamble, to say the least, but if anyone has the competence to cut up the exotic American and come out on the other side with a winning hand, it’s Roland Sands and his crew at Southern California’s Roland Sands Design.

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