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COOL RUNNINGS. Banb Motorcycle’s ‘Zumax’ Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma Racer

Posted on February 20, 2019 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Ostentatious oil coolers have been a stock-in-trade item for Japanese car customisers for decades. Lifted from racing car stylings of the 70s and 80s, the more ridiculous its placement and the route the oil lines take, the more street cred the cars seem to have. But has it ever been attempted on a custom bike?

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QUICK AND THE DEAD. Exesor Motorcycles’ ‘Santoku’ ’76 SUZUKI GT250 Racer

Posted on February 8, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Let’s face it. The days of new road legal two-stroke motorcycles are fast being resigned to the scrap heap of history. Thankfully, the scrap heap is exactly where Christian Schwarzenlander gets the donors for his projects, he simply refuses to start a build with a bike that runs…

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HERE COMES THE SUN. Mecano Motorshop’s ’83 Suzuki GS450T Brat Scrambler

Posted on December 18, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. No Comments

I’ve got a theory that the Northern Hemisphere is sometimes better than the Southern for custom bikes due to the long, harsh winters. What to do when you’re forced to hunker down for 4 months of winter? Why, you build customs and dream of what you’ll be doing come the thaw…

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AMERICAN HUSTLE. Spencer Motowork’s ’66 Suzuki T20 Racer

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

Ralph Spencer from Southfield, Michigan, USA, clearly knows the sort of bikes that get him going and he builds brilliant Suzuki smokers for both race and road. But his latest Spencer Motoworks creation is both AHRMA GP250 eligible and licensed to rip you up on the roads at the traffic light Grand Prix…

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RIDE THE LIGHTNING. GDZH’s ‘Storm’ Suzuki A100 Racer

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

While most motorcycle racing has its origins in Europe and North America one form of the sport is so quintessentially Australian it started life in New Zealand; just like Phar Lap and Russell Crowe. The humble Bucket Racer was a cheap way to get your need for speed…

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BOX SET. Mike Dodd’s Spare Parts Suzuki DR650 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

It’s the unwritten rule of all sheds. For every few complete bikes you stash in them, you also should have one that’s been completely disassembled and stuffed into old cardboard boxes. Which is exactly how New Zealand mechanical engineer Mike Dodd first found this Suzuki DR650…

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HIGH STAKES. Tattoo Custom’s ‘Vampire Slayer’ Suzuki GN400 Cafe Racer

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

North Carolina’s Tattoo Custom Motorcycles have many strings to their bow. Out the front of their shop they’re an advertising company, working with a wide range of clientele. But their fearless leader, Rudy Banny, also has a healthily unhealthy passion for motorcycles…

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FATHER FIGURE. El Andrej’s Suzuki GSX400 Brat

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Andrew in Brat. 23 comments

‘Dad Bod’, as you will probably know, is a slang term referring to a body shape particular to middle-aged men. Think of it as a shape that’s not trying too hard, but still looks pretty damn good. El Andrej, the Slovenian builder of this cool little Suzuki GSX400 brat may or may not have one…

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AIR-COOLED AIRLINES. KickMoto’s Flying Suzuki GS1150 Neo-Racer

Posted on November 4, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 39 comments

More than a decade ago I watched a team rebuild a 1000+hp Subaru engine in just over 20 mins with the lead mechanic screaming, “just slap it together!” On the very next run it broke its class world record; incredible to observe but not the attitude I hoped the Qantas engineers would adopt for the aircraft flying me home. So when a client with a background in aviation engineering approached KickMoto in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they decided to adopt that meticulous aircraft attitude for the build. The result is KM006 an incredible 1985 Suzuki GS1150 Neo-Racer.

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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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