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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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BALKIN BOL d’OR: 1982 Honda CB900F2

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

There can be a simple price to pay when you choose to roll with the pack and conform to what the current culture demands; everyone else is happy but yourself! For Victor Dikanchev obeying the rules was never going to be an option, he’d build his bike the way he wanted no matter the reaction. Living in Bulgaria where there is almost no bike scene anyway, his motorcycle would become an extension of himself. So help him bring it all together he enlisted KKKBikes and together they’ve built a brilliant 1982 Honda CB900F2 that’s quite at home dividing opinion.

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METAL OF HONOR: Honda CB450 DX by JM Customs

Posted on September 23, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Last time we checked in with Scotland’s JM Customs, James Moir and his team had just completed a gorgeous V65 Moto Guzzi scrambler. Turns out, the customer that commissioned the Guzzi was so taken with the build, that he called on JMC to turn out another smaller, yet similar build as a surprise birthday present for his wife. “We started with a completely stock 1992 Honda CB450 DX that we had in stock as a potential donor bike. We wanted to create a stripped-back scrambler that had a vintage/military influence, blending modern components in with period parts in our usual style,” says Moir. 

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PAIR OF ACES: Kaspeed SevenFifty Limited Series

Posted on September 3, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson.

There is a fear amongst some about handing over large amounts of money for a custom motorcycle and with more manufacturers offering factory-tuned machines complete with a warranty, that decision can be even harder. But to prove you can have the best of both worlds, Germany’s Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles have crafted a limited run special, developed and tested for over a year on their in-house prototype. Based on late ’90s Honda CB750s and available in both Racer and Heritage specification, the first two bikes from the company’s SevenFifty range are here. With only 10 available you’ll have to be quick, as bikes #1 and #2 are already in their owner’s hands and boy are they pleased.

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NEED FOR SPEED: Honda CD250U ‘Motoleggera’

Posted on September 2, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It’s frowned upon these days as we all get a little wiser, but the old saying ‘happy wife, happy life’ could well be put to the test as Francesco was supposed to build this bike into a road-going cafe racer for his one true love! But somewhere along the way this 1990 Honda CD250U became a track bike for the man himself, with a more race orientated name, MotoLeggera, meaning Lightweight Motorcycle. Rescued from a Hippie on a Horse Farm the Honda commuter has undergone an epic transformation at Francis Von Tuto Moto Works and now tears up the tarmac at Australia’s Lakeside International Raceway.

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THE STREET RIPPER: Honda SLR650 by Rusty Gold

Posted on August 27, 2019 by Scott in Flat Track, Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

In the heart of Amsterdam resides a small moto shop called Rusty Gold. Inside you’ll find a plethora of vintage and custom motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear, and the self-professed “meanest coffee” in town. The shop was started by Zoran, who decided to chuck in his advertising job to start this new adventure with two of his mates, Martijn and Kars. “Our custom workshop is hidden away in the basement, bit like the Batcave,” Zoran tells us. “The bikes enter via a lift we built, hidden away under a carpet.” One day, Zoran’s friend walked in for a coffee and a chat after he had just sold his custom Honda CB750. They started talking about what bike he should get next. Since he used to ride dirt bikes competitively, he always had a soft spot for flat trackers. “A flat tracker with attitude is what we ended up at.” The only question now was who would build it? “How about you guys build me the bike?”

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