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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…

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREAT. Auto Fabrica’s Monochrome ‘Type 10B’ BMW R65

Posted on March 8, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Roadster. No Comments

When it comes to customising a motorcycle the ‘what’ hasn’t changed for more than 100 years; speed, sight and sound. But the ‘how’ has been constantly evolving and we regularly feature those at the cutting edge. One such firm is UK based Auto Fabrica, who entered the scene six years ago firing on all cylinders…

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BEST OF BRITISH. Old Empire’s Custom Royal Enfield Interceptor

Posted on August 4, 2018 by Andrew in Roadster. No Comments

When everything that’s old is new again, don’t throw away the past, just make it infinitely better and a hell of a lot more fun. The Royal Enfield single cylinder might be one of the most instantly recognisable engines in all of motorcycling history but it has a new sibling that joins the thunderous thump with a roaring rumble…

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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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TROUBLE & STRIFE. Pip Davidson’s ‘Eris Speedcub’ Honda C90 Shoestring Racer

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

Pip Davidson. As a man of few words, a self-confessed budget-build-a-holic, lover of small nitrous engines and the colour cream, you can imagine that his bike builds aren’t like most others. Not even a tiny bit. So when he told us his new bike was a faired Honda C90 ‘Speedcub’ racer, well…

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DOUBLE TROUBLE. Sinroja Motorcycles’s Two-Up BMW R80 Brat

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Andrew in Brat. 31 comments

The Sinroja brother’s Leicester workshop has become somewhat of a Pipeburn haunt of late. Rahul and Birju are always happy to have us over to their Humberstone Lane lodgings, let us drink their beers and shoot the poop on life, internal combustion and everything…

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DIRTY DEEDS. Lion’s Den Motorcycles Builds A Yamaha XT600 Racer

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 12 comments

The discovery of new shops and custom bikes is by far the best part of our jobs. Waking up each morning to emails containing virtual goldmines of moto coolness is a privilege, and one that we’ll just never tire of…

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PURPLE PEOPLE BEATER. Joe Pitman’s ’92 Triumph Trophy Racer

Posted on November 30, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 18 comments

Whether you’re seriously looking for a donor bike for your next project or just day dreaming about what could be, we all do it; flick through the classified magazines, scour the internet or kick tyres at the nearest swap meet. Of course most of us are all looking for the same thing…

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THREE PIECE HOOT. A Dapper Royal Enfield Brat From Sinroja Motorcycles

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Andrew in Brat. 15 comments

Royal Enfield is on a mission of late, to take one of the world’s oldest marques and push it back up the motorcycle food chain. Firmly in their sights is UK powerhouse Triumph with a number of key personnel recently poached for Enfield’s future expansion. However in the meantime the introduction of the Himalayan gives the company an incredibly priced entry into the highly competitive Adventure bike class. A type of machine that rarely gets modified, short of throwing on heated grips, panniers and other such purposeful yet uninspiring additions. But someone forgot to tell Brothers Rahul and Birju of Sinroja Motorcycles who have dealt their second ace to complete a pair of pocket rockets, this time a custom Himalayan for all occasions, meet The Gentleman Brat.

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SURFIN’ BLURRED. Sinroja Motorcycles Take A Royal Enfield GT Beach Racing

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 20 comments

In a strange kind of synchronicity, Brothers Rahul and Birju Sinroja were 16 years old when their family upped and moved them from India to England. Now they’re producing custom Indian motorcycles for Brits. The first of which is this incredible Royal Enfield Continental GT dubbed the ‘Surf Racer’ – one of a pair of Enfield specials produced for the Wheels and Waves festival.

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