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HIVE MIND. Fuel Motorcycles’ ‘Green Wasp’ Ossa Tracker

Posted on October 6, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. No Comments

Fuel motorcycles make sweet retro-inspired motorcycle clothing. If you’ve got a custom tracker, scrambler or ‘vinduro’ bike odds are there’s something you’ll oogle over from Fuel. And as well as producing some of the neatest jackets I’ve seen in recent years they also dabble in building bikes…

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MONSTER, INC. Macco Motor’s ‘Chimera’ Honda CB750 SuperSport

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

We’ve all heard rumours about the old man with a low kilometre classic motorcycle in his garage; but go for a look and nine times out of ten its what a real estate agent calls a ‘renovators delight.’ That’s industry code for crap. But when Macco Motors found just such a ride it was the rare exception…

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’POWER AND THE PASSION. Bottpower’s Buell Ulysses XR1R Racer

Posted on August 17, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

Bottpower are a Spanish custom shop that make parts for high performance twins. Carbon fibre tanks and seats, perfectly machined triple clamps and even entire frames. Much of their work ended up on their iconic Pikes Hill motorcycle in 2017. It was fast, it handled like a dream and it was gorgeous…

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HARD YARDS. Russell Motorcycles’ ‘Resilience’ Yamaha XSR700 Racer

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

The 1980s sure was a different time, and in an era of minimal rules and regulations motorsport was full of radical prototypes and financed largely by big tobacco. Greed was good, there were gnarly designs and Gurney flaps, and companies like Gitanes and Marlboro were branded everywhere…

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UNHEAVY METAL. Ad Hoc’s Svelte & Chromed Honda PC50

Posted on April 9, 2018 by Andrew in Moped. No Comments

It’s a wondrous thing how less can sometimes be more – especially when it comes to mechanical engineering. Soichiro Honda understood this implicitly; his abilities saw him dubbed the ‘Japanese Henry Ford’. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than with his pressed metal frame motorcycles, like the classic PC50 moped…

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THE SINGLES SCENE. Ad Hoc Cafe Racers’ Yamaha MT-03 Roadster

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Andrew in Other. No Comments

Barcelona’s Ad Hoc are a company after our own heart. They make custom bikes with huge swathes of colour based around all kinds of platform, but some of our favourite work are those bikes built around modern platforms. Here they’ve wheeled out another fantastic roadster, based on a Yamaha MT-03…

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APEX PREDATOR. Macco Motor’s ‘Great White’ BMW R100RS Cafe Racer

Posted on March 20, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Reviving clapped-out road bikes from sheds and garages is all fine and good, but spare a thought for the old racers of years gone by. More likely to end life upside down than right-side up – and probably on fire – it’s a tough gig to survive without some serious war wounds. So when Spain’s Macco Motors had a customer bring them not one but two BMW R100RS ex-racers

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SLIM SHADY. Tamarit’s ‘Sombra’ Triumph Thruxton Racer

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

There’s a reason why Salvador Dali didn’t quit painting in this thirties to take up mime. Similarly, Jorge Lorenzo isn’t about to become a violinist and Hernando Cortez didn’t decide to throw it all in and make baskets a few days before he claimed the Americas. The moral of the story here is that doing anything great takes time…

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DEF METAL. Kiddo’s Slick & Silver T120 Triumph Bonneville

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. 14 comments

There’s some beautifully elemental things at the core of motorcycling. One is fire; I’m all for electric bikes, but you have to admit that internal combustion and motorcycles go together like guitars and rock. They are inseparable. The same goes for metal. If a super quick, super light plastic bike…

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SECA AND YOU SHALL FIND. A Yamaha XJ600 Racer by Foundry Motorcycles

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

There’s a whole lot of customs out there that fly pretty close to the definition of cheating. You can do up a SR500 to look like an old school cafe racer easily enough and bikes like the W650 come as a pre-packaged halfway point to a great looking custom…

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