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HECTIC ÉCLECTIQUE. A Honda XR600 Cafe Motard from Duke Motorcycles

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Enduro. No Comments

Last night we had a bike builder that had reverted to a classic, or standard, look for his build. A little tired of all the cafes, scramblers and trackers, he’d wiped the slate clean and started from scratch. Well, Lionel from France’s Duke Motorcycles found himself with a similar challenge, but his solution was quite different…

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RACE REPORT: Sultans of Sprint Race 4 – Dandy Riders Festival

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Racer. No Comments

Our favourite race series in the whole entire world – the Sultans of Sprint Challenge – is done and dusted for another année. Who won the Grand Prixes? Who lost? Who went just for the booze and amazing French beaches? Read on, dear sprint fans. Read on…

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I SCRAM LEGEND. FCR Original’s McQueen Triumph Scrambler Homage

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Scrambler. No Comments

For all their marketing bucks, there’s one thing the motorcycle manufacturers’ money will never be able to buy. It’s the same stuff that Burt Monroe, Giacomo Agostini and Rollie Free have in spades. Authenticity. And for Triumph, their authenticity mostly revolves around Steve McQueen’s star…

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STONE FREE. Medusa’s Honda Dominator Scrambler

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

There’s something refreshing about Atelier Medusa. Based in France, the shop doesn’t make any pretensions about being the most experienced team out there. They have mentors, they ask questions and they learn. A lot. Each of their builds has been getting better and better….

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AUTEUR MOTO. FCR Original’s ‘Super 8’ Triumph T100 Roadster

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Roadster. No Comments

FCR Original are a mainstay of the custom motorcycle scene. Hell, they’re probably the premiere builder in France. So it’s no surprise that when one half of Synapson, an electronic music group, was looking for a new ride he approached FCR. And what he got was this…

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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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CANNED TURISMO. Lucky Cat’s ‘Houndstooth’ BSA Spitfire Dustbin Tourer

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Standing out from the crowd; it goes with motorcycling like white on rice. And while we don’t know much about the owner of this latest bike from France’s Lucky Cat Garage, but we’re pretty sure the guy’s not trying to lay low. Exhibit A is the fact that he owns this bike…

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RENDEZ-VOUS DEUX. Bad Winner’s Yamaha TW125 Street Tracker

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Pretty much every petrolhead will know of Claude Lelouch’s infamous 1976 short film, ‘Rendezvous’. Done in one take and purportedly showing a Ferrari 275GTB racing through early morning Paris, its influenced everything from Mad Max to Ghost Rider. Oh, and also this…

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WIFE NUMBER SEVEN. Duke Motorcycles’ ‘Mrs Duke’ ‘73 Honda CB500 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

There is nothing in the laws of physics that says leaving parts in a junkyard couldn’t result in the wind turning them into a custom bike; it’s just that the odds are infinitesimal. To make it a sure thing, you only need to park a Ducati Panigale next to a Honda CB500 in the Duke workshop…

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY? BCKustom’s ‘HuXSy’ Yamaha XS500 Scrambler

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

Vincent’s brief for his new custom bike was as quick as it was poetic. Leaning on the corner of his French bar, his hand-drawn sketch showing a classic early 70s scrambler was handed to Yann from BCKustoms with a smile, a handshake and a deposit….

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