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2012 Harley Davidson 883 Iron – Review

Posted on January 6, 2012 by Scott in Review. 121 comments

We recently tried to get our greasy little hands on a Harley-Davidson 883 to review. Unfortunately due to a long list of rules (who would have thought Harley was into rules?) we didn’t meet their criteria – and no it wasn’t because of our lack of pony tails. It was mainly due to the fact we hadn’t had years of experience on heavy bikes. Anyway, as luck would have it, one of our good mates Laurence Cronin recently purchased his very first Harley. He is no newcomer to riding, just hung up his riding boots for a few years while he raised a couple of kids. Now they are all grown up, he decided to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams – own a Harley. And like many, he fell for the ‘man magnet’ they call the 883. This is Laurie’s review after riding the Sportster for a few months….


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Abnormal Cycles – Sportster 1200 Nightster

Posted on September 28, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 21 comments

Back in black. And green

Vespas. Pizza. Mafia. Alfa Romeo. Ferrari. Spaghetti. Gelato. Armani. These are all Italian things you will commonly find on the streets of America. But would you find as many American things on the paved lane ways of Italy? You might find the odd McDonalds restaurant in the major towns. You’ll also find loads of people wearing Chuck Taylors and Levi’s jeans, but you wouldn’t think you would find a lot of Milwalkee Iron. Or would you? “You actually do see lots of Harley‘s being ridden around the streets of Milan” says Samuele Reali, one of the owners of Abnormal Cycles, which is based in a town called Bernareggio, not far from Milano. Abnormal Cycles are quite famous in Europe but recently received worldwide exposure when their ‘Union’ H-D Sidecar took out the 2011 AMD World Championships Modified Harley-Davidson Class. Well, this Harley cafe racer was built before the ‘Union’ and has also picked up its fair share of trophies in Europe. But as I soon found out, there’s not a lot of infomation about the bike anywhere – so I attempted to create find some.


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Blown ’40 Harley Davidson Side-valve – ‘Cojones’

Posted on September 7, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber. 33 comments

Last time we featured Evolution on these here hallowed pages, there was a general consensus that the CB750 they came up with was pretty freakin’ fine. After an effort like that, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Paul and the boys might have rested on their laurels and just popped out a straight-forward cafe SR or W650 while they basked in their well-earned limelight, right? Wrong. See, while I was shooting that CB, Paul made me swear on my mother’s frilly white undies that if he told me about his next project, I would keep my mouth shut. Of course I agreed (the joke’s on him – everyone knows my mum doesn’t wear any underwear) and he cautiously revealed that his new effort was a blown 1940 side-valve Harley. Then he smiled a smile that instantaneously redefined the term “shit-eating grin.” After I picked up my jaw off the floor…


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Harley Sportster – DK Motorrad

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 22 comments

If someone asked me to recommend a bike that would make a great cafe racer, a sportster wouldn’t be high on the list. Actually, it probably wouldn’t even be on the list at all. A young German bike builder living and working in Switzerland is trying to change that. Christian de Kant from DK Motorrad has been building bikes since he was 17, which might sound like a long time until you find out he is now only 22 years young. In this relatively short time he has built some very impressive bikes. He usually builds custom bikes based on old-school frames from the ’40s and ’50s. But his love of Harley‘s and cafe racers has led him to develop his own mass produced bolt on kits for 2006 and up Sportsters. Christian was inspired by the many ‘bolt on’ parts that can be found on Japanese bikes and thought: “why not do the same for sportsters?”


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Garage Company Customs – Negro Pantalones

Posted on May 3, 2011 by Scott in Bobber, Racer. 25 comments

It takes the average man around 30 days to grow a beard. Not a silly hipster stubbly beard, but a fully-blown Unabomber jobby. American Morgan Spurlock gained 11.1 kilos or 24.5 pounds after eating nothing but McDonald’s burgers for 30 days in his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me.” And it takes 30 days to grow a carrot. Um. Ok, so we ran out of more 30 day things, but it also took Garage Company Customs (GCC) just 30 days to build this rad bike named Negro Pantalones – or Black Pants in English.


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DP Customs 1979 Harley Cafe Racer

Posted on March 16, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 27 comments

My father once told me never to go into business with family, but it looks as if he may have been wrong. DP Customs is a Harley custom shop based in New River, Arizona that’s owned and operated by the Del Prado brothers. They earned their 15 minutes of fame recently after building a damn nice Gulf Oil Harley — but here’s a bike they finished before the Gulf that, in our humble opinion, has got an edge over its more famous sibling.


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Stolen: Jed’s ’69 Harley Rat Bobber

Posted on March 2, 2011 by Andrew in Other. 17 comments

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Jed De Pyper contacted us today to tell us that his amazing Rat Harley has been stolen. Jed’s a good mate of Scott and I and he’s asked us to help him out by posting our Sydney readers for help. Naturally we said we’d do anything we could.


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1929 Harley-Davidson – Found in toilet

Posted on January 22, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 26 comments

We have all heard amazing stories of rare and expensive motorcycles found in barns around the world. However, this is the first time we’ve heard of a bike being found in a toilet. This is how the story goes… in the late 1940’s a gentleman by the name of Mr Bicker had heard tales that a Harley, still in a wooden crate, was sitting in a remote mine in Western Australia. After an extensive search his father located the bike and it turned out to be in the men’s room of the mine. Best of all, the machine was a factory racer with overhead valves. Essentially a twenty year old motorcycle at the time, it was not considered rare but still a desirable ride. The owner at the mines was not able to get the bike running so he decided to sell it. Removing the wheels, the motorcycle was carted home in the back of his father’s car. After he got it home, Bicker was able to get the Harley started easily, maybe running it for the first time since it was imported.

On January 6th 2011, this rare 1929 Harley-Davidson fetched $125,800 at the Bonhams Vegas auction – not bad for a ‘toilet find’. But this was not just any Harley. This Peashooter was in exceptional original condition, perhaps the best known in the world. With its known racing heritage, the bike is in remarkable shape and people have thought it looks like its been in a time capsule since it left the Milwaukee factory in 1929.

(Now there must be some funny comments about this story. Bring em on.)


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2010 Harley Iron 883 Sportster Custom

Posted on December 23, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber. 29 comments

More fun in the garage; if only I could keep them after I shoot them (click for a larger version)

Ever asked someone about Harleys? I have and I’ve decided that there’s really only three responses that matter. Firstly, and most obviously, you’ll get a flat out “don’t like ’em”. Fair enough. Then there’s the response that a Johnny-come-lately hipster like my good self will give; a long rambling monologue about nothing in particular that you’ll be lucky to stay awake through. Put simply, I like a select few. Then there’s the response that the owner of this bike gave me. No words, he just rolled up his sleeve and showed me an old Harley tattoo. Enough said, I reckon…


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Deus ex Machina New Blood Harley Sportster

Posted on December 3, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber. 15 comments

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After all the hoo-har of the Deus bike build last weekend I was flicking through my photos of the event and realised that amongst all the bikes entered in the competition, there was a new Deus on display. The whole gig had forced it into a bridesmaid sort of role, but none-the-less we thought it was more than worth a few pixels of Pipeburn’s time.

The custom Harley Sportster trend is something we’ve duly noted here at Pipeburn, as I’m sure you all have. More and more we are seeing custom shops and individuals turning their attention towards this particular type of Milwaukee metal. And as a card-carrying member of the “I’m Not Really Sure About Harleys” Brigade, I’m finding myself more and more intrigued.

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