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Custom Shop: Cheezy Riders

Posted on February 29, 2012 by Andrew in Other. 47 comments

America putting a man on the moon in ’69 was a big achievement in a veritable cavalcade of different areas. Obviously, it was a technical achievement par excellence. It was also a giant step in exploration that made previous earth-bound heroes like Columbus and Cook look like they were out for a Sunday ride. Then you have a raft of other firsts including speed and distance records and the like. But one thing that is rarely talked about in relation to the mission is it’s enormous breakthroughs in the field of throwing common sense out the window and doing shit because it’s obviously just so damn right. Most bikers will know that feeling all too well; as we all know there’s a certain level of putting your fate in the hands of the gods that must be embraced before anyone can really ride a bike in anger. Which also makes very little sense in the cold, hard light of get a job and do what you’re told. But what if you were to do more than just ride bikes? What if you were sitting down for a beer with a few mates and you decided that from that point on your lives would never be the same again? What if you decided that the drunken idea you just had wasn’t going to be forgotten the next day but actually acted upon with all the vigour you could muster? Welcome to the world of Cheezy Riders, a bunch of guys who acted on a whim and made one giant leap for mankind. And cheese, too.


Interview: Chris Hunter – Bike EXIF

Posted on February 24, 2012 by Scott in Other. 49 comments

For most motorcycle enthusiaists BikeEXIF is probably bookmarked on their work and home computer. But many don’t know much about the man behind the site. It was created by Chris Hunter, who until a few months ago lived only a few miles away from me in Sydney, Australia. Chris recently quit his full time job in advertising and moved his family to a farm in New Zealand to focus on BikeEXIF full time. Chris has interviewed many motorcycling greats over the years, so we thought it was time the interviewer was interviewed himself. We asked him a lot of the same question he usually asks plus a few more….


Interview: Paul d’Orléans – “The Vintagent”

Posted on September 25, 2011 by Andrew in Other. 21 comments

Cool photo, except it’s not a photo. It’s a Daguerreotype. Even cooler

Sometimes, this Pipeburn thing really sucks. A new post every 48 hours. Every 48 hours. It’s truly never ending – like the mail. Screw going postal, sometimes we feel like we’re going Pipe-al. Or is that Papal? Whatever the case, it’s all too easy to view the constant search for new bikes as a chore rather than a pleasure. After all, we’ve got lives that are already full-to-overflowing. You just want a quiet Sunday night in front of the box, but instead you have to churn out another article for the hungry biking masses. Like me, tonight. After serious considerations about out-sourcing the whole dog and pony show to India I begin to trawl through the bowels of my inbox. Woah. Here’s some emails and an interview from Paul d’Orélans. Christ on a trike! I’d totally forgotten. Shoot – he’s going to be pissed we left it so long. Four months! Oh the bitter, burning guilt of the slack-ass-ed. I read through it. He’s a really good writer. This stuff is great. And just look at the bikes he’s owned. Damn – we’re so blessed to have guys like this on the blog. You know, sometimes this Pipeburn thing really rocks.


Ian Barry’s Top 10 Bikes

Posted on August 5, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Other. 17 comments

One of our supporters and co-founder of LA’s Falcon Motorcycles recently shared his all time favorite two-wheeled machines with Architectural Digest. We guessed some of you might not be reading Architectural Digest every day, so for those that missed it, enjoy. Words by Ian Barry himself.

1923 Brough Superior SS80 “Old Bill”

Nicknamed “Old Bill” after a cartoon character popular during World War I, this was the personal sprint bike of George Brough, the founder of Brough Superior in Nottingham, England. Brough was a consummate showman who dubbed his handiwork “the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles,” and in this modified version of his SS80, he put his machine where his mouth was. This bike will be an influence in the creation of the Vespertine Falcon.


Photographer Profile: Dustin Beatty

Posted on July 30, 2011 by Andrew in Other. 15 comments

From the “Rust in Peace” series

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Although most of the bikes you’ll see on these here pages are of the older variety (and some more than others), almost all of the shots we and the owners take of them are on digital cameras. If you are anything like us, you will have left the expense and frustrations of film behind for the amazing convenience of digital photography with it’s instant reviews, massive storage capabilities and myriad of in-camera effects. But you’d have to admit, if you were going to do these bikes any kind of visual justice you’d probably want to shoot them with the same era of technology that they themselves were created with. Somehow it just seems to feel right, as if you were celebrating a life-long friendship with a quality aged whisky rather than a trendy vodka mixed into some energy drink and supped from a day-glo coloured aluminium can. Ladies and gentlemen, please raise your crystal glasses to photographer, biker, and film lover, Dustin A. Beatty.


Interview: Karles Vives – Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Scott in Other, Scrambler. 31 comments

You’ve probably never heard of Karles Vives. He is not famous in the motorcycling world and up until 6 months ago he had never attempted to build a bike. That all changed when he picked up a 1982 BMW R100 and Jeremy Churchill’s ‘BMW 2-Valve Twins’ book and decided to turn a tired old beemer that was drowning in panniers and a chunky fairing into the classic styled scrambler of his dreams. When we spotted this bike, it got our attention like a red rag to a bull and wanted to find out more about this Spaniard and his classy German scrambler he affectionately calls ‘Scram’.


Interview: Andres Uibomäe – Renard Motorcycles

Posted on June 28, 2011 by Scott in Other. 8 comments

Last year we featured this carbon fibre Renard Motorcycle which was lighting up the switchboard on many motorcycle sites around the world – including this one. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to Estonia to interview the team behind the bike but fortunately someone else did. That someone was Lauri Poldre from a CAD drawing collective called who was kind enough to send us his comprehensive interview. Enjoy…


Interview: Matt Machine

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Scott in Other. 33 comments

At the recent Deus V-Twin Festival I had the pleasure of chewing the fat with renowned Australian bike builder Matt Machine. Not only is he a friggin talented bike builder who has built some of the most outstanding bikes in the Southern Hemisphere, but he is also an established architect. Is there anything he can’t build? I wanted to find out more about this humble recluse and luckily he was up for answering a couple of questions.


Interview: Gregory Thüne – Industrial Designer

Posted on May 5, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 32 comments

We have all seen amazing concept bikes created by Industrial Designers that never see the light of day. They are created on the computer and spend the rest of their days in the pixel world. Well, this Fiv0 concept was designed by Gregory Thüne who is trying to take it into the next stage — production. We asked Greg a couple of questions about this stunning bike and we cross our fingers and hope it does manage to do a “reverse Tron” and make the jump from pixels to the real world.


Interview: Anvil Motociclette Costruttori

Posted on April 12, 2011 by Andrew in Other. 9 comments

How much do we love you guys? Here’s not one amazing bike, but two of them, served up with some delicious pasta dishes, a Spanish road trip, and a side of authentic Italian design genius. Welcome to the Ristorante Anvil Motociclette. Buon gusto!