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LEFT FIELD, BUT SO RIGHT: 1984 Honda Magna V30 by MotoRelic

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Over the last ten years the custom scene has grown so big that you can practically build a show level bike with off the shelf parts. All the R&D has been done for you and even complex modifications for many models have become mainstream. Despite his demanding schedule, Sean Skinner of Virginia’s MotoRelic decided it was his turn for a bike of his own and chose a left-field option that would be no easy task and sans bolt-on options. But having previously taken out the No. 2 spot in the Pipeburn Bike of the Year, there was never any doubt he’d hit it out of the park with this incredible transformation of a 1984 Honda Magna V30.

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PROJECT TALOS: Honda CBX750 by Spitfire Speed Shop

Posted on February 12, 2020 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

You see them advertised all the time, usually on eBay, a project that is 95% complete according to the seller and just needs a couple of things to finish. Often they’ll even go so far as to claim just how much it’ll be worth upon completion and highlight the bargain you’ll be getting. But rarely is it true, 95% complete without any mention of all the real problems that prevented them from finishing the build in the first place. So when a bike with a similar tale arrived at the UK’s Spitfire Speed Shop, they decided to do it all properly this time around to create a stunning Honda CBX750 called Talos.

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SINGLE MINDED: Honda NX650 Dominator by KoolT Creations

Posted on January 27, 2020 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It wasn’t so long ago that walking into a motorcycle dealership with a handful of cash, large or small, was not only your ticket to fun and freedom but also a healthy dose of antisocial behaviour that put a smile on your dial. Whether that was sticking your new ride sideways into a corner, spinning the back tyre or popping a wheelie, it was all just a twist of the throttle away. Try that on most new bikes and a cornucopia of flashing lights on the dash will tell you, ‘computer says no’. So to get back to the simple joys of life on two wheels, Stefan Lantschner of Koolt Creations, loves nothing more than turning lightweight singles like this Honda Dominator into uninhibited pleasure machines.

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LEAN & GREEN: Honda CB750 ‘Green Arrow’

Posted on January 24, 2020 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber

While Honda’s CB750 has undeniably played a pivotal role in the rise of the modern custom motorcycle scene, it’s become increasingly difficult to think of cafe’d CBs as being anything other than played out. The hooped subframe, fender-delete, pipe-wrap, and clip-on formula has objectively become pretty cliche, though every once in a blue-moon we open our inbox to discover a truly special CB cafe racer, and that’s exactly what we’ve got here, from Austria’s National Custom Tech Motorcycles — better known simply as NCT.

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IT’S A BABY CHOPPER, BABY: 1970 Honda DAX

Posted on December 10, 2019 by Scott in Chopper. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Hogan Jeffs has completed other Honda Dax builds in the past, but none like this. The New Zealand-based builder and member of New Zealand’s Quake City Rumblers, had picked up one of the little Honda runners and was planning on lightly modifying it just as he’d done several times prior, though when the wheel of a small car was haphazardly rolled up alongside the Dax, Hogan couldn’t stop the cogs in his head from starting to turn.

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GO LEFT: Honda CB250 ‘Americanos Flat Tracker’ by JasinTom Motorcycles

Posted on November 18, 2019 by Scott in Flat Track. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The style of motorcycle we’re into at any one time can change like our taste in music; your staple might be the thrash metal of a 2-stroke race bike, but as you age you might begin to enjoy the mellower sounds of prog-rock as you take a trip with friends on a sports tourer. But this all supposes one thing, that choice itself is even available to you. For Tomek of Warsaw’s T.Jasin Motorcycles his country’s limited supply of bikes means whatever style he’s currently inspired by, he still has to start with a commuter machine. But it proves no obstacle in delivering the goods, this time aboard a Honda CB250 aptly named Americanos Flat Tracker.

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LICENCE TO THRILL: Honda FT500 by Hombrese Bikes

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The engineering professor who was the first to build functioning models of artificial neural networks has a quote he likes to use when explaining his work, “the simple things are the hardest”! It was a philosophy that Uwe Kostrewa of Cologne’s Hombrese Bikes was to discover when taking on this build. His girlfriend wanted to get her motorcycle licence and have him build an easy to ride yet cool looking custom for when she passed her test. But despite Uwe having a portfolio of incredible machines, he was still working on this slick Honda FT500 street scrambler when she’d achieved her half of the bargain.

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Honda CB750 Bol d’Or by Elemental Custom Cycles

Posted on October 29, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Road rules and regulations can be the bane of a custom bike builder’s existence, the strict confines of the law chipping away at the rebels born free soul. In Germany the TUV certification to get a motorcycle road-legal adds even more stress, meaning many builders thoroughly design a bike before spinning a spanner. But for Thomas Lambert of Elemental Custom Cycles, located near Nuremberg, he decided on this project to visualise and build as he went. Embracing the more organic process until it revealed this stunning Honda CB750 of the highest quality.

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD: 1972 Honda Chaly

Posted on October 28, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Ian Lee.

There is an idea in some motorcycle cultures, that having a bigger bike isn’t necessarily better. I can agree with this line of thought. I remember opening up the throttle in sixth gear on my Suzuki 250, leaning into a corner, feeling like a MotoGP racer and seeing that the bike was just nudging 95kmh. This culture of smaller is better is prevalent in South East Asia, where big capacity bikes are not an option, yet the desire to customise bikes is still strong. This part of the world is where our story begins, with Callum Blackmore discovering in Thailand exactly what he was looking for in a motorcycle. And so today we feature the fruit of his labour, his 1972 Honda Chaly Custom.

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FIGHTING SPIRIT: Honda Hornet by Bull Moto Custom

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The popularity of certain models in the custom bike industry often makes total sense and at other times boggles the mind. Entire subcultures with a supporting aftermarket can grow around one particular bike while its direct competitors from other manufacturers are all but forgotten. But away from the scene’s strongholds and isolated from peer pressure, Bulgaria’s Ivan Mushev chose a model we’ve only featured twice in Pipeburn’s ten years. Taking a Honda Hornet 600 and turning it into a cafe-fighter that’s a rolling promotion for his newly formed outfit Bull Moto Custom.

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