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LEFT AND FAST – Triumph Bonneville Super Hooligan

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Inspiration can come at any time. But when you’re thinking of building a Super Hooligan flat tracker, there’s probably no better place to be than at a Hooligan race. Last October, flat track racing-obsessed rider Paul Hartman was watching the RSD Super Hooligans Moto Beach Classic from the side lines, dreaming up his next build. “I had just wrecked my Harley race bike the weekend before at a hill climb event,” says Paul. “I knew I would be building a new bike over the winter, but wasn’t quite sure what direction yet.” So Paul sat back and soaked himself in the day of racing, looking at all the bikes, and by the end of the day he had planned his whole next project in his head.

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SPECIAL K – 1985 BMW K100

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Niall Porter

When you reside within the custom motorcycle world and new people wish to join the fray, they always have one of two questions. What bike should I buy as my first steed or which bike should I choose for my first build. The answer is to both is really the same; cheap, light, basic and reliable. Lucky for all of us David Ewen ignored the advice I would have offered and chose to take up the challenge by building a killer custom for his first ever ride! From the barely breathing remains of a huge 1985 BMW K100 comes his street scrambler, that goes by the name ‘Revive’.
 
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SUPERCHARGED SR400 – Oily Rag Customs

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Words by Scott Hopkin | Photography by Ian Davidson

The dust has settled for another year on the third Machine Show based in Braidwood, NSW, Australia. The show features a Bike Build competition every year, where dedicated motorcycle builders build unique pre-1989 bikes specifically for the show. This year they had 36 entries of all different styles and marques – from choppers to café racers and everything in between. One of the stand-out builds was this Supercharged SR400 tracker by Keeley Pritchard. As soon as we saw the 1986 SR400, we knew a lot of blood, sweat and tears had gone into the bike, but didn’t realise how young the builder was. Keeley is a 22-year-old motorbike mechanic from Sydney’s Northern Beaches who works for a garage called Surfside Motorcycles. In the lead up to the show, when everyone had gone home and his boss had turned off the lights, he turned them back on and worked well into the night bringing his creation to life.

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SIDEWAYS SPORTY – 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster by MC Parts

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

The Harley-Davidson XR750 is probably the most beautiful bike Harley has ever made. Which is ironic, because it was designed to get dirty, and getting sideways is what it did so well in AMA flat track races –actually it went on to become the most successful model in AMA history. So when a customer came into the H-D specialist shop called MC Parts in Denmark and wanted them to build a modern street-legal Harley-Davidson that pays homage to the XR750, they couldn’t wait to get their hands dirty.

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DOM’ PERIGNON – Honda NX650 Dominator by Forge

Posted on April 9, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Enduro, Tracker. No Comments

This is a story older than time. A common predicament many of us have been in. You buy a donor bike with all the right intentions to build one of the coolest motorcycles the world has ever seen. But the days pass by and then the months pass by until reality hits and you know you aren’t ever going to finish this build. Whether it’s a lack of time or a lack of ability, the bike sits in the garage waiting for some love and attention. This is exactly what happened when a customer approached French garage Forge to build them a Dominator. The 1989 NX650 had been sitting in pieces for a year and the owner knew he wasn’t going to get it done, so he called Forge.

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PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Plan B’s ‘Flyin’ ’57’ Bianchi Moonshine Racer

Posted on April 5, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. No Comments

As closely related as they are, the custom worlds of two and four wheels rarely meet. But that wasn’t always the case, with the original Hot Rodders and Cutdown bikes of all kinds, sharing a common philosophy of shoving the biggest engine into the smallest frame possible…

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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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MOTO PHOTOS: 2019 One Moto Show, Portland, Oregon

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Andrew in Bobber, Chopper, Classic, Event, Tracker. No Comments

It’s crazy to think that nine years ago we featured a few bikes from a random little show in Portland called the ‘One Moto Show’. Then it its second year, it had 75 bikes and around 1500 bike enthusiasts come through the doors to check out this ‘new wave’ of custom bikes. But ten years later…

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ZEE WHIZ. BGM Cafe Racer’s ’78 Kawasaki Z400 Street Scrambler

Posted on February 21, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

BGM Cafe Racers’ Tonie Wishart is trying to redeem himself. Years ago his father brought a bike home, an old Kawasaki G4TR 100, which Tonie successfully pulled apart and unsuccessfully put back together. Now, years later, Tonie and the team from BGM have turned out this…

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SUPER DOOPER HAWK. Moto Conspiracy’s Stunning ’64 Honda Street Tracker

Posted on February 7, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Racer, Tracker. No Comments

In a place where bigger is always better, it’s surprising to see a shop like the Moto Conspiracy. The Dallas-based workshop is a neat little operation that specialises in ultra-clean little cafe racers. But this time they’ve branched out, with their first street tracker — a 1964 Superhawk…

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