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BACK TO BASICS: Honda CX500 by Kaspeed

Posted on October 8, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

In any rapidly changing environment that experiences enormous growth in a short period of time, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals. A true cafe racer was never meant to be a rolling showcase of the industry’s most expensive components in a stationary automotive sculpture. So taking things back to basics, Germany’s Kaspeed craft clever customs that are riders bikes first and foremost. Simplifying and improving every area of the motorcycle until like this 1980 Honda CX500 it’s ready to put an enormous smile on its new owner’s dial.

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WORK OF ART: ‘Bauhaus 100’ BMW F 850GS by Krautmotors

Posted on July 16, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Exactly a hundred years ago German architect Walter Gropius founded Staatliches Bauhaus, an art school whose philosophy was based on Gesamtkunstwerk, meaning ‘total work of art’. The institution would become incredibly influential in all areas of art and design and although it closed 80 years ago at the outbreak of World War II, its students would spread the philosophy around the globe. So to celebrate the centennial anniversary BMW commissioned artist and bike builder extraordinaire Rolf Reick of Krautmotors to build a motorcycle that would honour all the school represents. Presenting “Bauhaus 100”, a combination of BMW’s old and new, it’s a tribute and masterpiece.

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BRAAP MUSIC. Hombrese’s KTM 450 SX Dirt Tracker

Posted on March 29, 2019 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

We totally get show queens here at Pipeburn. Something built and polished to within an inch of its life, destined to live out it’s existence in a shop front window or a lounge room. That’s cool. But even better is a custom bike that’s going to be thrashed, dropped, flipped, and bounced off people’s heads…

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BIRD OF PRAY. Hookie’s Evil ‘Crow’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 23, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

In just about every ancient culture that spans the globe exists a mythology around the crow, and it almost always leads to death. So imagine yourself sitting alone in the middle of the night, stopped at a red light in the bad part of town, when as if from nowhere this blacked out harbinger of death rolls up beside you…

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WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be calling…

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MIRTH, WIND AND FIRE. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘C4’ Kawasaki Zephyr Neo-Cafe

Posted on February 22, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

There is something incredibly satisfying about being right, and if you’re part of the cafe racer revival, then by default you are. In the 1990s, some Japanese manufacturers were already selling retro remakes and industry experts thought this to be insane. Now Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles have proven them wrong…

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LAND DOWN UNTER. Schlachtwerk’s Aussie-Bound Kawasaki W650

Posted on January 24, 2019 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step; but for one particular German it only makes sense to begin with a Kawasaki W650. Now he’s packing up his Schlachtwerk operation and heading for the Land Down Under. Sydney to be exact…

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THE FAST BOY SCOUT. WalzWerk Racing’s Tough Indian Dragster

Posted on January 9, 2019 by Andrew in Bobber, Racer. No Comments

Marcus Walz has a sort of infectious energy that both inspires and amazes. It seems like every time we talk to him, he has two or three new bikes ready to go – each one as different and as interesting as the last. It’s a Norton. Then it’s a BMW. Then it’s a Ducati. And as of right now, it’s this Indian Scout Bobber…

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FORREST GRUMP. Woidwerk’s ‘Mad Fritz’ BMW R80 Cafe Roadster

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Roadster. No Comments

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Namely, Ralf from Bavaria’s Woidwerk motorcycles tearing shit up on his latest creation, a BMW R80 roadster called ‘Mad Fritz’…

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SECOND COMING. Diamond Atelier’s ‘Mark II Evo’ BMW R100R Cafe Racer

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Germany’s Diamond Atelier craft motorcycles so clean you could eat off them. And they don’t do one at a time – the team work and refine a design, gather the parts and build a limited run of them. It’s a clever process that keeps the workshop humming and the price well below frightening…

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