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2012 Triumph Bonneville by Vintage Racer

Posted on January 31, 2013 by Scott in Brat. 49 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

Ah the sights of Paris. Le Eiffel tower. Le Arc De Triomphe. Le modified Triumph Bonneville. The last of these is a recent addition to the visual splendour of Paris, and we have Vintage Racer Motorcycles to thank for the pleasure. This Bonnie was created for a customer who turned out to be a prince from Qatar, or an ’emir’ in french – so they named the bike ‘Bobbemir’. It has been built with all the hallmarks of Vintage Racer’s belief that their bikes should be ridden not hidden. Whether as an every day rider or something to take for a burn on a Sunday afternoon, their bikes are for blowing out cobwebs, not collecting them. This bike is as much a monument to French engineering as the Eiffel tower, but le tower Eiffel never had a chance to sport pipewrap.


Triumph Legend TT – Mr Martini

Posted on January 24, 2013 by Scott in Café Racer. 39 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

Some people tend to believe art and utility cannot mix. This is not more evident anywhere than in the commenters’ section on custom motorcycle blogs. Commenters argue that although the feature bike looks amazing, it would never survive on the open road. To these types, once a bike becomes an art piece it’s function goes out the window. Damn those commenters though, for they have not seen this feature bike. I present to you exhibit A in my argument that form and function can live happily side by side, Jerolamo, a Triumph TT café racer built by Mr Martini of Verona.


Drifter Bike’s ’73 Triumph T140 – “The Villain”

Posted on August 28, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 31 comments

I remember when I was a kid, I loved to draw. As with any kid, I soon learned that the real skill with that whole pencils-and-paper caper was not knowing what to draw, or how to draw, but more when to stop. A great firetruck or jet fighter soon becomes a train wreck of scribbles and smudges if you don’t resist that temptation to make “one last improvement” to you masterpiece. And in a funny way, the custom bike scene is not so different from your average kid’s drawing, and I’m not talking about the drooling, tears and wet pants. A potentially great custom can all too easily stray into the no-man’s-land of cheap eBay tack and gaudy baubles if it’s owner doesn’t know when to stop. But what’s just right? How do you know when a little bit more is gilding the internal combustion lily? Here’s a bike builder with all the answers, and a obvious ability to crown a design with an exhaust that is as much welding masterpiece as it is a last full stop at the end of a Shakespeare play.


1968 Triumph Daytona

Posted on July 19, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 60 comments

The band Radiohead’s second album “The Bends” was exceptional. However, their third album “Ok Computer” was a masterpiece that blew everyone away and is considered one of the greatest albums of all time. This could in fact be the story of the young Swedish builder Adam Nestor with his creations. He built this exceptional Triumph which was his equivilant of  ‘The Bends’ album. However, before it could receive all the acclaim it deserved (it did win many accolades in Sweden), it was eclipsed by his jaw-dropping Madame Guzzi boardtracker that got worldwide recognition as one of the best builds of the year. Which meant most people (including us) missed a couple of his earlier bikes that are worthy of putting on his greatest hits list. This is Adam’s second build and again he shows off his amazing fabrication skills and creative thinking.


’39 Triumph 3HW Bobber – B.R. Moto

Posted on May 22, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 27 comments

Well, it’s a lazy Tuesday night here in a very Autumnal Sydney. Scott is away on some godforsaken mission in the bush and I’m already buggered from work and wishing it was the weekend while knowing full well it’s three days away. I have about as much energy for writing a witty opening to this post as a Russian mobster has respect for following the “please don’t shoot innocent bystanders when involved in a gunfight” signs plastered all over Moscow. What am I crapping on about? Who knows. But what I do know is that I haven’t been able to get this bike out of my head since I first laid eyes on it while researching the “Bolo Shit” post from last week. Is it too soon to post another bike form the same shop? Probably. Am I really fussed? Not a jot. Am I suddenly the world’s biggest orange headlight fan? You bet.


2004 Triumph Thruxton – The Speed Merchant

Posted on May 19, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer. 15 comments

The Triumph Thruxton isn’t a bike you see a lot of on the pages of Pipeburn. Mainly due to the fact that most riders who pay the premium for this factory café racer don’t usually do that much to them after riding them out of the Triumph dealership. The reason for this is they look great as stock. You don’t really need to do anything to them unless you want to increase the performance or need to stamp your individuality on it. This featured Thruxton is the handy work of the talented crew at The Speed Merchant in southern California who target those people that want something a little more unique – without having to fabricate it themselves. They specialize in manufacturing parts for Hinckley Triumphs and late model Sportsters. So most of the parts you see on this Thruxton are actually parts they make and sell.


’68 Triumph TR6 – “The Trumpet”

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 28 comments

Ahhh – the classics. They’re hard to beat, yes? In architecture they have the Doric column, in music you have Beethoven and in philosophy there’s Socrates. When it comes to cuisine you have Duck a l’Orange, In art we have Michelangelo, and with languages you have Latin. But what do we have in the world of custom bikes? As much as I’d like to think that Caesar would spend most Sundays causing trouble in the back streets of Rome on board a very, very early version of a bevel Ducati, I’m almost certain that it never actually happened. So where does that leave us? I’ll tell you where. With the humble yet beautiful bobbed ’60s Triumph hardtail. It’s a Venus de Milo made from chrome, oil, and rubber I tell you. And right at this very moment, I can think of no more perfect example of this art form than this classic ’68 example made by Danish artisan Daniel Peter Dyrberg. Enjoy.


2008 Triumph ‘SpeedMaster’ – Pangea Speed

Posted on March 3, 2012 by Andrew in Classic, Other. 79 comments

Most jobs have their little perks. Whether it be free product, brushing shoulders with the rich and famous, or VIP access to big events it’s something most of us get to experience at one point or another. Here at the house of ‘burn, the main perk is being bombarded with brain-fryingly great bikes on a daily basis. Some days you feel just like Hugh Hefner; but instead of being surrounded with silicone and Viagra you are nipple-deep in the world’s coolest bi-wheeled rubber and ferrous art. Having access like this allows you many insights to the world of great builders and customers. The one that jumps to my mind in the context of the beautiful bike you see here is the “calling card” idea. That is, the necessity for a builder to knock out a killer bike that will forever be seen as a beacon of their skills. For Evolution’s Paul McKinnon it was his amazing Harley ‘Cojones’, for Falcon it was their breath-taking ‘Kestral’, and for Denmark’s Wrenchmonkees the mind-blowing Honda CB750 ‘#11’ was their pièce de résistance. And unless we are sadly, weepingly, snot running down our faces mistaken, what you see here is nothing less than a bloody big flag in planet custom bike terra firma from Andy and the guys at Pangea Speed proclaiming their entry into the big boys club. Welcome guys, nice to have you on board.


1954 Triumph T110 – ‘The Freer’

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 15 comments

Steak and chips, or “steak-frites” as they say in good old parlevouz freakin’ Francais, is easily my favourite meal. Sure it ain’t so damn fancy but the sheer delight of a good steak, some French Fries and a glass of red gets me going like no other meal. Yes, I know what you are all thinking – I need to get out a little more and try some new culinary experiences. But you’d be wrong. See, if it breathes and is made of meat, I’ve probably digested it. Snake? Check. Kangaroo? You bet. Camel? Went back for seconds. Dog? Woof! And you can add frogs, snails, chicken’s feet, a pile of offal, blood jelly, bugs, worms, grubs, ants, small birds, live fish, and one time I almost ate a little old lady who went by the name of “Shirley,” but that’s another story altogether. But in the end, it’s steak and chips that keeps me coming back. And back. You just can’t beat the classics, can you? The timeless masterpieces that never go out of date. See where I’m going here? The bike is a classic, too. Just like the steak and chips. Yeah? C’mon now – try and keep up…


Triumph Bonneville T140 – Yuri Shif Customs

Posted on February 17, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 38 comments

It’s hard to believe its been a year since we featured Yuri Shif Customs (YSC) jaw-dropping creation they called ‘The Machine’. What we love about this builder from Belarus is he is always experimenting with different styles of bikes, and this time it’s right up our alley. Yuri’s exquisite Triumph café racer is so clean and lean with everything being shortened, hidden or removed. At a glance it may seem like a relatively easy look to achieve but when you take a closer look you see the amazing attention to detail. The kind of detail you’d expect from a guy who has won the AMD World Championship and also the Best International Builder award at the Verona Expo. We were surprised to learn that Yuri actually found building a café racer a real challenge. “Standards of building café racers have been developing for decades and seem to be now fixed as undeniable laws” says Yuri. “That’s why it naturally gives much less space for free creativeness than, say, building of a bobber or a chopper.” Even though building a café racer might be a little bit restrictive for a creative guy like Yuri, we still think he’s managed to stamp it with his individual style.