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JEWEL, BRITANNIA. Old Empire’s ‘Gypsy’ Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 15, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

When you’re as good as suffolk’s Old Empire Motorcycles you don’t need to go hunting for work. Hell, their incredible history of customising classic motorcycles has customers practically begging them to create a bike. And that’s what’s happened with their latest creation, a 1976 Honda CB360…


ALIEN TECH. A Radical ‘T9’ Honda CB250N by Indonesia’s Thrive Motorcycles

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber. 54 comments

In the world of custom motorcycles, appreciating the skill required to achieve an incredible result can be a difficult thing to gauge. But one thing is for sure, nothing informs a builder of just how hard a certain model is to work on until they take one and get their hands dirty…


TOUCH OF EVEL. A CB250 Honda Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 29 comments

Of all the major manufacturers, we think it’s fair to say that Honda is the one most unmoved by current trends. Triumph, Ducati and Yamaha have all thrown their hats in the ring when it comes to appealing to a new generation of riders. But Honda has remained steadfastly traditional with their new models. CB1100 anyone? It’s easy to point and laugh, but the real losers are us. Just think of all the bikes that could be in your local Honda showroom. Bikes like this neat little tracker from Poland’s Jasin Motorcycles. With a touch of HRC and a pinch of Evil Knievel, it’s pretty much everything we’ve ever wanted in a Honda weekend warhorse.


Honda CB250 – ‘The Nut Buster’

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Scott in Bobber, Rat. 40 comments

A few weeks ago I received a phone call out of the blue from Mark Hawwa. For those of you that don’t know Mark, he is the guy behind Australian Cafe RacersThrottle Roll and the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride, amongst other things. Mark begins to tell me he has a great build idea for the upcoming Deus Bike Build Off. I presumed he was talking about next years build off because this conversation took place 48 hours before the Deus Bike Build Off was kicking off. “It’s called the Nut Buster” he tells me proudly. “and we’re going to build this bike over a 24 hour period with a few mates”. At first I thought he was crazy, but then I thought if anyone could pull it off, it was Mark. Firstly, he has a lot of friends who are very handy with a wrench, and secondly, he is one determined son of a bitch. One of the main rules for the Bike Build Off is to ‘make the most with the least’. Not only does this bike tick that box, but it was also built in the least amount of time. Meet the ‘The Nut Buster’, the 24 hour build that nearly broke six grown men.


‘80 Honda CB250 – Old Empire Motorcycles

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat. 17 comments

A quick stroke of the drafting pencil. That’s all it took. Some poor, overworked Japanese designer probably thought he’d had a pretty good day at work. And he had – but for that one fateful decision. It was, after all, the 80s. Plastic was all the rage. Could one little modification to the bottom edge of a gas tank really mean all that much? The answer, with 30 years hindsight, is a resounding ‘yes’. That design feature and it’s total inability to exist independently from that ugly plastic sidecover has caused so much grief for modern builders that the guy is probably living in hiding. But we forgive you, designer-san. We forgive you because of builders like Alec and the team at Old Empire Motorcycles. Their deft hands have taken your tank and done this with it. Come back. All is forgiven.


1992 Honda CB250 – Rene9ade Custom Motorcycles

Posted on May 4, 2013 by Andrew in Brat. 47 comments

So, by now you’ll all know about Throttle Roll, and if you’re in Sydney next weekend you’d be crazy not to come along and join in the fun. But maybe you are crazy – crazy enough to ask ‘why?’ Well here’s exhibit A in your mental health review. It’s a unique take on a late model Honda CB250 from Rene9ade Custom Motorcycles, and it along with more than 40 other killer builds will be making an appearance at the show.


Classified Moto’s ’92 Honda CB250 – “MoHawk 250”

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer. 162 comments

Name the most uncool motorbike you can think of. No, it’s not a lime green Harley chopper. Or a billet-covered Hayabusa with an extended swing arm. Hell, even the humble Honda CT110 has some redeeming features if you think about it. Oh no, if you really want to plumb the depths of icy, frigid lameness you’d be very hard pressed to beat the Honda CB250 NightHawk. In Australia, it’s (in)famous as the bike the public servants brought in their thousands for the government’s Motorbike Learner Schools and, just when you thought there was nothing more you could do to degrade a bike’s reputation, they went and welded giant protective crash frames onto them. Personally, I couldn’t think of a worse bike as a starting point for a custom build. Which makes what you see here all the more amazing. Meet Classified Moto’s “now we’re just showing off” masterpiece, the “MoHawk 250”.


1973 Honda CB 250 “Brown Sugar”

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 76 comments

When it comes to motorcycles, $300 doesn’t get you much these days – especially down here in Australia. For 300 clams you’re lucky to get a set of new tires. But sometimes you get lucky. When I say “you” I’m referring to Simon Whittaker who managed to buy two old ‘70s Honda CB 250s for the princely sum of $300 for the pair. He is probably going to hell for pretty much stealing them off an old lady, but looking at the finished project I think it might be worth it (not that Pipeburn condones anyone stealing motorbikes off old ladies, old men is fine). Anyway, meet the very sweet little café racer they call Brown Sugar…


’73 Honda CB250 – ‘Isabel’

Posted on April 23, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 47 comments

Ahhh, steampunk! How I love thee. Let me count the ways. Lighter-than-air warships. Wind-up robots that make cool whirring sounds. Weaponised steam locomotives. Vast subterranean cities built by armies of leather-goggled minions. Gunpowder-driven external combustion engines driving giant tanks. Analogue push-button typewriter computers cooled by water and made of brass. Soldiers driven by steam boilers and programmed by punch cards. Giant steel submarines filled with grand copper organs and suspended walkways and stained glass portholes and rivets. And, well, that would have been about it for my personal steampunk list of coolness if you had asked me last night. But tonight it’s different. See, my imagination has just been expanded by exactly one hyper-cool machine, but this one’s not a special effect or a pen and ink drawing. It’s as real as you or I. Her name is Isabel and she’s the product of one particularly over-active imagination that lives inside the head of Tasmanian Andrew Knott.