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MOTO PHOTOS: 2018 Art Of Speed Show, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Other. No Comments

For much of my time in Malaysia I looked like a German sex tourist. My bags had been lost in El Salvador on the trip over, so, smelling quite ripe after 36 hours in the air, I’d bought the first shirt I’d seen. It was pink and floral and not really the kind of thing you want to wear to a bike show…

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PONIES FROM HEAVEN. Rusty Factory’s Beautiful ‘White Angel’ BMW R75

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

With some custom bikes, it’s easy to see where stock ends and the custom work starts. And there’s no begrudging this style of build – we love a bike that can masquerade as a factory motorcycle. But sometimes we like balls-to-the-wall insanity. Bikes that scream bespoke parts and hundreds of man hours…

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BAD DAD. FNG Works’ Insane ‘Papa Jahat’ Honda C70

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Moped, Other. No Comments

Most engine swaps on motorcycles are sensible. People will stick a SR400 engine into a British plunger frame. They’ll lower a shovelhead engine into a hardtail. It usually makes sense. But rarely will a builder do something as bonkers as Malaysia’s FNG Works…

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POM STAR. A Unique Triumph Bonneville Cafe Mashup by Kerkus

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 27 comments

There are plenty of interesting brand combinations in the world of motorcycles. You’ve got the classic Tritons, Tribsas and Norvins. Then there’s JAPS and Broughs. Hell, BMW and Peugeot even teamed up at one point. But I’m pretty confident when I say that we’ve never, ever featured a bike…

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THE NINTH SON. Beautiful Machines’ ‘Kuro’ Suzuki GS550 Neo-Racer

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 34 comments

When Malaysia’s Beautiful Machines found themselves working incredibly long hours preparing two spectacular builds for a show, they decided it couldn’t hurt to another yet another bike to the mix. From the remains of a motorcycle that’s been an old friend to the shop comes this trick neo-racer from one of the original middleweight legends; a 1979 Suzuki GS550 they call Kuro.

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BABY RIDER. Meet the ‘Lil’ Monster’ Comel from Beautiful Machines

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Andrew in Other. 10 comments

When champion British thoroughbred Jardine’s Lookout climbed aboard a flight bound for Australia to take on the world’s best race horses in the Melbourne Cup he brought along a buddy. Joining him on the ride was his tiny mate, 14-year-old Shetland Pony Henry; it seems even the most powerful amongst us often need a little friend. Which is exactly why when ‘Monster’ a brutish supercharged Harley Davidson by Malaysia’s Beautiful Machines was heading for the Art of Speed show they decided their high horsepower steed needed a companion too. Based on a Comel minibike ‘LIL Monster’ is all about fun times and fairy floss and ensures the big fire breathing beast is never alone in her stable.

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BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE. Rotten Motorcycles’ Reverse Head ’57 Triumph Racer

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 26 comments

Here’s another gem we discovered on our recent trip to the bike-rich heartland of Malaysia. The Art of Speed show had a whole bunch of killer bikes; this amazing ‘Tryharder’ Triumph Tiger racer from West Malaysia‘s Rotten Motorcycles was our clear favourite in the classics category. As a clean pre-unit bike with amazing lines and racing numbers we were more than sold. Then we realised that Rotten’s Wanzamani ‘Zam’ Ahmad and his crack Baganland team had gone and reversed the bike’s head as well.

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DEAR GOD. The Supercharged ‘Praying Mantis’ Yamaha SR400 Racer by Beautiful Machines

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 18 comments

With thousands of custom motorcycles built every year, be it in home garages or the world’s best workshops, you start to wonder just how many remain out on the road. Plenty will end up on eBay as unfinished projects, others are enjoyed for years, while many sit patiently waiting for their owners to find the time to give them a ride. Very few are built to a high standard, used and abused and then totally rebuilt all over again in a completely different style. But for Beautiful Machines, one of Malaysia‘s premier customisers that’s exactly what they’ve done. Once a rough and ready sand racer featured on these very pages, their 1993 Yamaha SR400 has been re-purposed into a custom Cafe Racer for the streets with plenty of vintage Boardtracker flair.

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A BITE TO HEAT. The ‘Fire Ant’ Honda CX500 Cafe Racer from Malaysia’s Rusty Factory

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 21 comments

When your work is recognised to be of such a high standard that you’re asked to build a motorcycle for a major custom show, there are really only two choices a builder has. Either you take the safer path and build a bike in a style you’re known for, it’s what got you there in the first place, or you take a swing for the fences trying something you’ve never done before, willing to risk it all in the pursuit of glory. Luckily for those who attended the 6th Annual Art of Speed Show in Kuala Lumpur and those of us who gather here today, Mat Alip and the other fine folks at The Rusty Factory went for option two. From the Malaysian state of Perak they’ve fashioned a plastic maggot like no other, testing their skills and breaking all the rules along the way. Now with a swag of trophies to its name, the story of ‘Fire Ant’ a 1978 Honda CX500 can finally be told.

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MOTO PHOTOS: 2017 Art Of Speed Show, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Andrew in Event. 11 comments

We were lucky enough to be able to attend Malaysia‘s 6th annual Art of Speed show in Kuala Lumpur last month. Rumour suggested that it was up their with the best Asian shows. After a long weekend full of local custom culture, food, beer, bona fide moto celebs and even a decent ride into the Malaysian countryside, we were just about ready to open a new Kuala Lumpur office.

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