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ALTERED CARBON. Purpose Built Moto’s Immaculate Honda CX500

Posted on July 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Australia’s Purpose Built Moto have created a Signature Series to delineate their uncompromising world-class builds from their other services, often built to suit a budget or a client’s specific needs. Enter Signature Series build No. 1, head honcho Tom Gilroy’s vision of the ultimate Honda

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HIP TO BE SQUARE. Johan Balsvik’s Sharp Ducati Pantah

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Other. No Comments

From the get go, it was clear to us that Johan Balsvik wasn’t your average custom bike builder. From his ‘Here’s my Ducati Pantah thing’ introductory email to describing his job as ‘Swedish railway development,’ we kind of suspected that the guy was a little out there. But little did we know…

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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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THE COMPLETE PACKAGE. Ellaspede’s Immaculate Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 4, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Whether it’s a new bike, car, house, watch or laptop – the temptation is always the same. You want the biggest and the best. For Brisbane’s Ellaspede and customer Kevin, the negotiations started in the time-honoured tradition. What could he get for his hard-earned bucks? This is what…

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TRANSATLANTIC FRIGHT. Ortolani Customs’ Brutal Avinton Cafe Racer

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

The idea of a European/American hybrid is not a new one in the automotive world, with vehicles like the Shelby Cobra using parts from each side of the Atlantic. A lightweight, well-balanced chassis with some Yank V-Power muscle to get things moving always seemed like the perfect combination. Enter the Avinton…

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STREET FIGHTING MAN. Custom Operational Group’s ‘Hooligan’ Yamaha XTZ660 Cafe Scrambler

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Andrew in Enduro, Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

The military vibe of Poland‘s Custom Operational Group’s name is not some mere affectation designed to be cool or edgy. On the contrary, shop owner ‘Piotr’ is an army man who builds bikes when not on duty and answers our interview questions from a remote Polish forest during a break in training exercises…

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PRECIOUS METAL. MotoRelic’s Beautiful ‘Ruby’ RD400 Cafe Racer

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Good memories are prompted by many things, they intoxicate all the senses and nothing in the motorcycle world brings all five alive like a rampaging 2-stroke screamer. But it all means so much more when the heightening of the senses transports you back in time and the nostalgia leaves you overwhelmed…

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FIRST LADY. Alessandro Borroni’s ‘UNA’ Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

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

“I had bought, ridden, tracked and crashed more than a few Ducatis,” says Alessandro Borroni. “I felt that they lacked the soul of a bike that would make me want to ride again and again. But there were parts of some Ducatis I thought were worth saving. Then one day I saw a Shinya Kimura custom and fell in love…”

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LOW RIDER. Moto Adonis’ Slammed ‘Brutus’ Yamaha XV920R Cafe

Posted on June 11, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

When Moto Adonis’ Daan Borsje saw a neon-drenched, swingarm-stretched, Tokyo-driftin’ Hayabusa race in the Caribbean city of Curaçao, he didn’t hate. Instead, he took a Yamaha XV1100 and started to create…

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JACKPOT FOUR-POT. NCT’s Winning Honda CB500F Cafe Racer

Posted on June 7, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

NCT Motorcycles are a clever bunch of guys. We know that they can build a mean moto, as their folio of stripped-back custom bikes shows. But what we didn’t realise is how good they are at a bit of self promotion. How? Well, play your cards right and this sweet little CB could be yours…

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