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SWISS MADE. Yamaha XS650 by Moto Incendio

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Over the years the trusty Yamaha XS650 has found itself to be one of the most popular donor bikes around. And why shouldn’t it be? It has the Japanese reliability and an engine and frame that lends itself to many different custom styles. Which is the reason Martin Castelberg from Moto Incendio in Switzerland has held onto this bike for so long. “I restored the bike and originally built a café racer and rode the bike for 5 years and about 50,000km. During this time, I learnt everything about this XS650 – that’s why I like to say my first car was a motorcycle.”

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NEW MODEL ARMY. Gannet & Fuhrer’s Honda ‘CB1000R-adical’ Neo Racer

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Andrew in Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Blame Akira. Blame Blade Runner. Blame Daft Punk. We have a rather unhealthy obsession with the limitless future of motorcycle design. Bring on the electric engines and the artificial intelligence. Swiss supergroup Gannet Design and Fuhrer Moto have teamed up to kick off the Honda CB1000R custom scene…

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SUGAR RUSH. Moto Candy’s Sweet Sportster Sprint Racer

Posted on October 24, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

They say too much sugar makes you do silly things. Running around like an idiot. Uncontrollable giggling. Boundless energy. Which, strangely enough, are pretty much the same symptoms one exhibits after a serious run on a fully worked sprint racer. Introducing Moto Candy’s Sportster-powered ‘Lolly Pop’…

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NEW SKIDS ON THE BLOCK. Young Guns’ Royal Enfield 650 GT Racer

Posted on August 12, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

If you haven’t heard of the new Royal Enfield 650 GT – welcome. I hope life has been comfortable for you under your rock. Feast your bleary eyes on the new platform that’s going to become a staple of the custom scene over the next twenty years…

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BAD COP, BADDER COP. VTR’s ‘Polizia 1.9’ Blown BMW Nitrous Racer

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

What is it about ex-police vehicles? The thought of nabbing something that used to enforce the law seems to really float our boats. Hell, muscle cars seem to increase in value if they were used by the boys in blue. But there’s a perverse pleasure at play when you take an ex-police bike a turn it into a drag racer…

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RHAPSODY IN BLUE. Gannet Design’s Timeless Moto Guzzi V9 Racer

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

In 2016, Moto Guzzi launched their new V9 range with their ‘Bobber’ and ‘Roamer’ models. And were pretty damn good, too. But what if you were looking for a cafe’d version? Well, you’d be completely out of luck if it weren’t for Switzerland’s Gannet Design and Fuhrer Moto.

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PURE AT HEART. The ‘ST33’ BMW R NineT Street Tracker from VTR Customs

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

The R nineT has its own look that is cool right out of the box, yet adaptable enough to allow creative minds their own space to run wild. And that’s exactly what Switzerland’s VTR Customs has gone and done. Meet the R nineT ‘Pure’ that’s anything but…

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TOXIC AVENGER. VTR Customs’ Killer ‘White Venom’ BMW R1200R Nitrous Racer

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

The mad crew at VTR Customs prove that there’s an undercurrent of beautiful craziness running through the alps. Maybe it’s in the mountain water. But the end result of this rich vein of madness are bikes like this – a NOS powered BMW R1200R racer dubbed ‘Veneno Blanco’ – Spanish for ‘White Poison’…

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DIRTY HURRY. Young Guns’ Amazing ’71 Triumph Trackmaster

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

Switzerland’s Young Guns Speed Shop don’t discriminate. They specialise in restoring and modifying vintage motorcycles and have managed to tackle just about every marque from A to Z. From AJS to Zündapp, the work they’ve done is incredible and often with a healthy, dirt-based bias…

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GROUP THUG. Mike Thalmann’s Team-Built Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

Posted on November 6, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 16 comments

Pipeburn is full of stories concerning engineering genii who make us all look like drunken monkeys when it comes to customising a bike. Guilty as charged. But for the most part, it’s average Joes and Joannes who build bikes. The trick is knowing when to bring in the big guns. Clearly not one to do things by half measures, Switzerland’s Michael Thalmann pulled the pin on European custom’s equivalent of a nuclear weapon to help him out and the end result is a Ducati Monster cafe racer that’s blowing our minds.

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