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SLIM BOB. Colt Wrangler’s Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Chopper. No Comments

The Colt Wrangler from New Braunfels, Texas, has become well known for building clean and classy looking smaller café racers and electric bikes. So when a customer contacted him a few years ago about customising his Harley-Davidson Dyna Fat Bob, Colt got a little bit worried. “I thought to myself, ‘Does this guy really want to bring this bike to me? Maybe he’s at the wrong shop.’” The customer, Marc Snoddy, didn’t have the wrong shop and was adamant he wanted the former bull rider to build him a bike, saying he would ride the bike over and bring some photos for reference. “I feared that he was going to show me pictures of a really awful bobber with ape hangers that he wanted to replicate.” Luckily, Colt was pleasantly surprised when Marc showed him a picture of the “Gorilla” built by Rough Crafts. That got Colt excited, as he’d always been a fan of Rough Crafts and was looking forward to building a murdered out Harley on a much needed diet. We like to call it the Slim Bob diet.

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HOT ROD HARLEY by MLR Custom Coachbuilder

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The old saying ‘Think globally, act locally’ often has us in the custom motorcycle scene looking around the globe for inspiration for our own bikes. But this week I’ve learnt about a builder much closer to home, another bike nut who calls rural Australia home. Mark Lloyd Riddell has plied his trade around the world and now settled in Albury, combines his incredible skill base to produce the most amazing of machines. MLR Custom Coachbuilder’s bring us their latest work, a Hot Rod Harley called the Larry bike, it’s a craftsmanship connoisseur’s wet dream!

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SIDEWAYS SPORTY – 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster by MC Parts

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

The Harley-Davidson XR750 is probably the most beautiful bike Harley has ever made. Which is ironic, because it was designed to get dirty, and getting sideways is what it did so well in AMA flat track races –actually it went on to become the most successful model in AMA history. So when a customer came into the H-D specialist shop called MC Parts in Denmark and wanted them to build a modern street-legal Harley-Davidson that pays homage to the XR750, they couldn’t wait to get their hands dirty.

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COOL CHANGE. Benjie’s Classic Harley Softail Bobber

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

As many shops now ponder their 142nd cafe racer build, the trends that prevailed in the 70s, 80s and 90s are now being seen with new, more forgiving eyes. In that spirit, New Jersey’s BCR Designs set themselves a challenge; go back to the future with a classic Harley Softail bobber…

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IRON AWE. Kromwork’s ‘Precious Metal’ ’47 Harley Boardtracker

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Andrew in Board Tracker, Bobber, Classic. No Comments

For the best part of a century the custom motorcycle scene has been a counterculture that has traversed the globe. But with the corporate conservatives at the major manufacturers now heavily involved and a growing crowd of conformers; that intrinsic free will has come under threat…

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HIGH FIBER DIET. LC Fabrication’s Carbon ‘SX1250’ Harley Sportster Enduro

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Andrew in Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

Alright, I’ll say it. It’s impossible to hate Harleys. Because no matter what you’re into, someone out there has built a custom ride on a HD platform that’ll flick your switch. Exhibit A: the latest creation by LC Fabrications, an incredible dirt-oriented Sportster build they’ve dubbed the ‘SX1250’…

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MULE VARIATIONS. The ‘Ruppert’s Ride’ Harley 883 Tracker from Mule Motorcycles

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

San Diego’s Mule Motorcycles know exactly what they’re doing. They nearly exclusively produce performance trackers. And not just trumped-up backyard jobs. Every single one is a masterclass in proportion, style and, ultimately, performance. There’s lots of people trying to do what Richard Pollock produces and none can come close…

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Rough Crafts’ ‘Noir King’ Harley Road King

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Other. 19 comments

It’s a style of motorcycle so popular that manufacturers have been offering them for years, whole magazines are dedicated to showing them off and workshops around the globe exclusively specialise in their customisation. And yet in nine years of Pipeburn we’ve never featured a single one…

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BOBBER FETT. Bandit9 Goes Sci-Fi On Harley’s Street 750

Posted on September 1, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber. 28 comments

After a one year hiatus the good folk at Bandit9 have returned to the custom scene with a bang. This time around they’re leading with this incredible Harley Davidson 750 Street, dubbed ‘The Dark Side’. First up, it’s not named after Star Wars – the team actually drew their inspiration from the dark side of the moon. But I can’t help but see more than a little Vader in the lines of this remarkable build.

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REBEL WITH A CAUSE. Hageman Motorcycles’ Harley Scrambler

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 16 comments

Maybe it’s an old school mentality that I should let go, but no one works on my bikes but me. Knowing you tightened that axle bolt yourself gives a little added comfort when speeds start going past the ton. But if he didn’t live on the other side of the Pacific Ocean I’d throw my keys to Greg Hageman in a heartbeat! He’s a master mechanic who never fails when it comes to building incredible customs that ride as perfectly as they appeal to the eye. So it’s easy to see why Rebel Yell Bourbon entrusted the future custom bike hall of famer to knock out a give-away machine for one lucky customer. The prize? A go anywhere 2015 Harley Davidson Sportster 48 that tips its cap to the AMF years.

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