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WAR HORSE. David Meyers’ Majestic ‘Balios’ Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

The parallels between riding a motorcycle and riding a horse are obvious. I’d argue that in a lot of ways, motorcycles are just the industrial revolution version of the good old Equus Caballus. In the 1850s, a horse would provide personal transport, you could use them at work, police would ride them as would soldiers…

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GULF COURSE. Kott Motorcycle’s Textbook Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

While we’d argue that the Gulf Oil Fords and Porsches from the 60s and 70s are amongst the most beautiful racing machines ever made, it’s with a fair amount of trepidation that we click on bike submissions that have anything to do with the brand. The reason? My God, it’s been done to death

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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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FOUR POT SUPERSHOT. A Classic Honda CB550 Cafe Racer from Mellow Motorcycles

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

When Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles revealed their latest custom bike in January, the plan was to have it do the hard yards through Europe’s biggest bike events for the rest of the year. Sadly no one told the bike’s new Spanish owner, who purchased it 10 minutes after the show’s gates opened…

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EASY BEING GREEN. Kott’s Beautiful ‘75 Honda CB550 Cafe

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

California’s Kott Motorcycles mostly do one thing – build exceptional cafe racers based around late 1970’s Hondas. They’ve wrenched on a few side projects, a few Triumph’s and BMW’s, but the best work Dustin and his team produce is a steady flow of wonderfully perfect Hondas. Like this one…

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REDHEAD SLED. Ready Moto’s ‘Ginger’ ‘78 Honda CB550

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. 24 comments

If there’s one thing about this whole moto blogging malarkey that really warms the hemispherical cockles of our big old hearts, it’s seeing new builders go from strength to strength. When it happens, it never fails to put a smile on our faces…

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SCANTILY CLAD. The ‘Bikini’ ’72 Honda CB500 by Blacksquare Motorcycles

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 28 comments

Kyril Dambuleff has no barrow to push. He doesn’t run a workshop or sell parts or posters or scarves or t-shirts. He only builds motorcycles to keep himself happy and make the rest of us plonkers look bad. And he’s doing an admirable job of it with this exceptional 1972 Honda CB500 he’s dubbed ‘Bikini’.

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FASTER AND SON. A ’75 Honda CB550 from Italy’s Soiatti Family

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. 19 comments

It’s easy to underestimate just how big motocross was in Europe in the 70s and 80s. In Italy, it seems you’d be more likely to find someone who didn’t like their Nonna’s food than find a custom bike shop without some connection to the off-road art. For the Soiatti family, it was a seat on a factory bike that marked the peak of their motocross addictions. And after they kicked that habit in the 80s, father Daniele started the Soiatti Moto Classics workshop. Thirty six years later and with his son now in the picture, here’s their latest build.

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GOOD WOOD FESTIVAL. Monnom’s ’76 Honda CB550 Street Tracker

Posted on September 7, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 15 comments

For a professional furniture maker like Monnom’s Mike Gustafson, using wood on a daily basis is a necessity. But when he swaps hats to his role as a custom bike builder, the exact opposite is true. That’s because using wood on custom bikes is damn tricky at the best of times and in many cases it can look downright nasty. But with his designer’s eye, Mike took the wooden bull by the horns and created this terrifically timbered Honda CB550 he calls the ‘M3’.

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‘Amber’ Honda CB550 – Thirteen and Company

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 21 comments

I was flicking through my old record collection over the Holiday break. I’ve been seriously thinking about getting my turntable working again and dusting off a few of the many pieces of vinyl I haven’t heard in over a decade. Going through the records that had convinced me to part with my hard-earned dollars, I had one very clear thought, “Gee, I was easily amused in my teens.” There we just so many bands that seemed amazing at the time that now seem really damn gimmicky. It’s funny how age and maturity bring such clarity. It made me wonder about Pipeburn, and what we’ll all think of the bikes we post in ten years. Now I may be wrong, but I’d happily bet a crisp new $50 on the fact that this one will still wow us… and then some. Meet the very mature, and very elegant ‘Amber’ CB550 from California’s Thirteen and Company.

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