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DUCATI DREAMING – 1965 Ducati Sebring 350

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Over recent decades Ducati has sat near the top of the Superbike pack, with the new Panigale V4R now the absolute benchmark and undefeated in WSBK competition. But when the company introduced the Sebring 350 in 1965 it was the biggest bike in their line up and often raced against multi cylinder machines with twice the capacity. So to pay tribute to the little bike that could, Stephen Brisken has taken a beat up ’65 and beautifully transformed it into a machine that is a perfect mix of cafe and racer.

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PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Plan B’s ‘Flyin’ ’57’ Bianchi Moonshine Racer

Posted on April 5, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. No Comments

As closely related as they are, the custom worlds of two and four wheels rarely meet. But that wasn’t always the case, with the original Hot Rodders and Cutdown bikes of all kinds, sharing a common philosophy of shoving the biggest engine into the smallest frame possible…

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MOTO PHOTOS: 2019 MBE Show, Verona, Italy

Posted on March 11, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Event. No Comments

When you think about it, Italy having one of the world’s biggest and best bike shows makes total sense. Motorcycles seem to be at the very heart of the Italian psyche. Motorcycles are Italy and Italy is motorcycles. And one visit to a show like Motor Bike Expo 2019 only drives the point home…

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AUSSIE INVASION: Craig Rodsmith Visits the Moto Guzzi Factory

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Interview. No Comments

Craig Rodsmith, our favourite Aussie customiser and all-round bloody talented nice guy took a trip from his US shop north of Chicago to visit the home of Moto Guzzi in Mandello del Lario, north of Milan. We spoke to him about his Guzzi obsessions and what it’s like to work with the 97-year-old factory…

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EVERYTHING’S GONE GREEN. Officine Rossopuro’s ‘Viridium’ Moto Guzzi Griso

Posted on September 26, 2018 by Andrew in Roadster. No Comments

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing and our desire to hold onto the past, even the very recent, can have us railing against any possible change. The last of the Moto Guzzi Griso models are still yet to be sold from dealer floors before the bike is phased out entirely, but one man is already missing them…

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FIERE & FURY. The ‘Bazooka’ Moto Guzzi From Ruote Fiere

Posted on September 8, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

In the last ten years old Moto Guzzis have gone through a stratospheric increase in value. Big block 70’s and 80’s models now command prices that would have been laughable a decade ago. The secret’s out – and now people realize what a great base they are for a killer custom build…

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BAMBINO TO GO. Anvil Motociclette’s Tiny ‘Koz’ Italjet Minimoto

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Moped, Scrambler. No Comments

When builders thought that scramblers were getting old, they looked to ‘60s and ‘70s Enduro and Motocross for greener pastures. So when Italian moto magicians Anvil Motociclette grew tired of that, where to next? Bambini, that’s where…

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ESPRESSO EXPRESS. Emporio Elaborazioni’s ‘Crono’ Ducati Darmah Cafe

Posted on September 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

They’re one of the leading motorcycle builders in Italy, restoring classic bikes to their former glory and creating some of the best customs in the land. Yet for all the success that Rome’s Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche has had, can you believe they’ve never built a Ducati? Not until now…

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GRAN SLAM. Officine Rossopuro’s ‘GranSasso’ Moto Guzzi Stelvio

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Andrew in Adventure. No Comments

There’s no argument that Italy’s Officine Rosssopuro do the best-looking Moto Guzzi customs on the scene. The head of the shop, Filippo Barbacane, never takes the easy route with his builds. He mixes and matches engines and final drive components and the end result is always a show-stopper…

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SHADOW OF A DOUBT. Alea Motorcycle’s ‘Blacksun’ Triumph Bonneville

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Andrew in Other, Tracker. No Comments

I’ve been obsessed with custom motorcycles for the last fourteen years. And no small amount of that infatuation has been directed towards the Triumph Bonneville. I’ve got an entire folder on my home computer dedicated to the model. Thousands of Bonnie photos modified in every way you can imagine…

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