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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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A CLASSICAL EDUCATION. Kaspeed Moto’s Timeless Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Make no mistake. When you look back at the ‘cafe racer boom’ of the last ten years from the comfort of your anti-grav recliner chair circa 2048, this will be the bike that you will see. Because all of our fiddly little brat, scrambler and tracker nuances will be lost in time like a replicant’s tears in rain…

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THE X PISTOL. Gasoline Culture’s ‘XT Punk’ BMW Sprintracer

Posted on October 31, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Interested in building yourself a sprint racer? If your brain works anything like Germany‘s Jo Hecht, then here’s a handy set of instructions for you to follow. Take one BMW R100R RS. Add an aircraft’s propeller spinner, a Yamaha XT500 tank, a Porsche RS spoiler, a Harley fender, a bunch of handmade aluminium parts…

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PITCH PERFECT. Hookie’s ‘Black Swan’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Hookie Co. in Dresden sure do live up to the hype about precision German engineering, but what they add along the way is a sense of fun and relaxation. So it’s little wonder that surrounded by so much motorcycle goodness, many can’t help but place a more substantial order than just coffee…

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. MB Cycles’ BMW Brat Racer

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Think your relationship is pretty good? Chances are, you’ve got nothing on Heidelberg’s Martin and Melissa from MB Cycles. He builds rad bikes and she photographs them. He gives her a rad bike and she rides it. She likes it so much, she sends it to us to see what we think. And hey presto, here’s their story…

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AXEL’S ROSE. Kaffeemaschine’s ’82 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Racer

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

For decades journalists consistently using one word to describes the machines of Moto Guzzi, and that’s ‘beautiful.’ But for a brief period in the early ’80s the company produced some real horrors, none worse than the fully faired wind brick that was the Le Mans Mk 2…

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RACE REPORT: Sultans of Sprint Race 3 – Glemseck 101

Posted on September 25, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Racer. No Comments

The Glemseck 101 event in Germany’s Leonberg describes itself as a motorcycle ‘happening’. Now while that may conjure up images of naked, badly painted hippies dancing to experimental synthesiser music, the last 10 years have proven it to be a lot more interesting than the moniker may suggest…

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SAND UP & BE COUNTED. Kingston Custom’s BMW R80 Beach Racer

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Scrambler. No Comments

Custom bikes can be so fancy sometimes. Like a Mardi Gras in Rio, an interplanetary spaceship or Hunter S. Thompson’s narcotics routine, they’re silly big and super impressive but it’s not something you’d want to deal with on a daily basis…

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CORDON BLUR. Schlachtwerk’s Tricolour Kawasaki W800 Racer

Posted on July 21, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

As modern retros go, Kawasaki hit the nail on the head with their re-imagining of the W series bikes from the ’60s. In fact, the ‘new’ W’s bevel driven twin cylinder engine is even more of a classic than the original. But as an overall package they’ve always needed a little more panache…

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