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KISSING ASS. Federal Moto’s ‘Bottom Feeder’ Yamaha XS650 Chopper

Posted on September 9, 2018 by Andrew in Chopper, Classic. No Comments

Please spare a thought for the poor old chopper. King of the custom scene for almost 40 years, the resurgence of the bobber and cafe look in the first decade of the Noughties has, in some eyes, relegated it to uncool school ever since. Of course, custom bike tastes wax and wane like Australian Prime Ministers…

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FORWARD SCOUT. Chi-Jer’s Sleek Indian Cafe Racer

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Café Racer. No Comments

For any motorcycle enthusiast, the idea of being given a brand new motorcycle for free and cash to customise it is a dream come true. But when it happens and you’ve finished pinching yourself, that yes this is real, there comes a moment when you realise now you have to produce the goods…

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’WING AND A PRAYER. Rodsmith Motorcycles’ ’76 Honda Goldwing Cafe Racer

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Craig Rodsmith is one of my favourite characters in the bike building world. An Australian working in the US, his motorcycles are bombastic creations that feature incredible aluminium work. Miles of polished metal and astonishing levels of fit and finish are his calling card…

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PIPEBURN INTERVIEW: Craig Rodsmith from Rodsmith Motorcycles

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Andrew in Interview. No Comments

There’s a lot of Aussies that feel rightly proud of local boy Craig Rodsmith. Here’s a custom builder that takes the phrase ‘good with his hands’ to preposterous new heights. He now calls Chicago ‘home’ and making some of the world’s best custom motorcycles ‘a job’…

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AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR. Chris Zahner’s Carbon Kawasaki EX250 Racer

Posted on March 1, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

Chicago’s Chris Zahner might be a bartender, but I think he’s a magician. Look at his latest bike – a 1987 Kawasaki Ninja 250 – the motorcycle a generation of boy racers learnt to ride on. They were dropped in car parks, dumped in corners and were so abused they should have been taken into government care…

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THE DIRTY TWIN. Analog Motorcycles’ Triumph Street Twin Scrambler

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 1 Comment

Ever since we first laid our sweaty little hands on Triumph‘s new Bonneville range, we’ve been itching to see what customisers would do with them. And while there’s been a few shots fired already, we’re still holding our breath for something that really shows off the platform’s true custom capabilities. Imagine the collective sigh of relief when we sighted this, the latest bike from Chicago’s Analog Motorcycles. Built for the Rebel Yell Bourbon “Rebels Uncaged” competition, it also appeared at this year’s Handbuilt Show. And now it’s here.

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‘M1/7 Black’ BMW R100RT – Analog Motorcycles

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Tracker. 15 comments

It will come as no surprise to Pipeburn readers, the general public or even your garden-variety buddhist hermit that there’s a real flood of ‘70s-era BMW customs at the moment. Hell, there might even be more of them than Kardashians; but I digress. It’s clearly a trend that has jumped the shark; more often than not we’re politely declining them en masse. And with so many floating around, it’s easy to get jaded. Or so we thought until we saw this, the latest BMW build from northern Chicago’s Analog Motorcycles. It’s a stark testament to the fact that no matter how loud the background noise is, quality work and classic looks never grow old.

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‘78 Honda CX500 – BBCR Engineering

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Andrew in Café Racer. 32 comments

Somewhere in Kobe, Japan, a man named Shoichiro Irimajiri is sitting quietly with a satisfied smile on his face and the sort of grin that says “I told you so”! Not only is he the man behind the legendary Honda CBX Six Cylinder that now commands premium prices by collectors he’s also responsible for the CX500, once derided as the “Plastic Maggot” it’s now the base of some of the very best custom motorcycles built to date. It seems even the good folks in the Honda marketing department knew it might be a while for the potential of the CX to catch on “First into the Future!” was the pitch, but after years as a lowly commuter bike some are taking the Honda to the levels it always deserved. One such company is BBCR Engineering and their latest ride, a 1978 Honda CX500 known as BBCR507, shows the enormous potential that’s always lurked under the maggot’s skin.

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