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DARK ARTS. Wenley Andrew’s Triumph Thruxton R ‘Phantom’ Racer

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 16 comments

For something to be reborn first it must die, and this particular ghost who walks lived a very short life before it was resurrected in just eight tumultuous weeks. Whatever perfect product you buy, the end result is a culmination of blood, sweat and tears that the consumer is never likely to see. But prepared to let the masses get a glimpse behind the scenes Australia’s premier custom bike builder, Wenley Andrews has pulled back the curtain and revealed the alter at which he works. Making this process even more special is the collaboration that made it happen; a collective of the Australian industry’s very best. The incredible finished product was finished just hours ago. A Wenley special, this 2016 Triumph Thruxton R racer is known as the one who cannot die; the ‘Phantom’.

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Long-term review: 2009 Alpinestars SP-1 leather gloves

Posted on September 27, 2010 by Andrew in Review. 7 comments


Review and photos by Andrew Jones (AKA Pamberjack)

I’ve had these gloves for a little over a year now, and I thought it’d be a perfect time to write a little piece on how they are holding up. Hope you like it.

Initial impressions were good. They seemed very well made which instilled confidence as to their toughness and durability. Style-wise they are obviously targeted towards more of the “sport” end of the market. I got these black and white ones, as the all-black ones I had originally planned to purchase weren’t available in my size. The white does add a little to the track day feel, but I’d be more than happy wearing either style on any bike made since the seventies.


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A Parallel Universe

Posted on August 29, 2010 by Scott in Other. 1 Comment

Yesterday the guys at Deus Ex Machina put on their ‘Parallel Universe‘ day – a festival celebrating all Parallel Twin motorcycles. Andrew Jones our resident photographer/writer dropped by and took some snaps of the goings-on. We hope you like them.

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1969 Harley Rat Bobber

Posted on September 22, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Rat. 30 comments

To open, I have a frank and shocking admission to make. I don’t like Harleys. Never have. I’ve always seen them as way too bourbon, bandanas and bald eagles, if you see what I mean. Sure, on the odd occasion I’ve seen a custom HD that I’d not mind being seen on – but for the vast majority of this Milwaukee metal I’d rather set my pubes on fire than have them parked in my garage.

Then I met Jed DePyper at the recent Deus ex Machina Parallel Universe day. I shot the faeces with him for a while and he eventually told me he rode a “Rat Bobber”. Being none-the-wiser, I asked to see it. And Christ on a bike, what a bike; I was pretty much smitten from the get go. It wasn’t until later that day that I put two and two together and realised that I had just had my socks shocked and awed by a Hardly Ableson. God bless America.


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GULF COURSE. Kott Motorcycle’s Textbook Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

While we’d argue that the Gulf Oil Fords and Porsches from the 60s and 70s are amongst the most beautiful racing machines ever made, it’s with a fair amount of trepidation that we click on bike submissions that have anything to do with the brand. The reason? My God, it’s been done to death

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RENAISSANCE IN VERMONT. John Stewart’s Restomod MV Agusta 250B

Posted on January 15, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer, Restomod. No Comments

Most Italian moto designs that are so close to perfection, only Tamburini himself could improve on them. It seems that every line, bolt and curve was placed by the hand of il Dio himself. So to set yourself the goal of restomodding one is tantamount to tweaking the Mona Lisa…

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BAGS OF FUN. Nico Naeye’s ‘Brut Voorut’ Harley Super Glide Cafe

Posted on January 9, 2019 by Andrew in Bobber, Café Racer. No Comments

It’s time for an embarrassing confession. In the past, I have looked at some of the winners of the AMD World Championships and had a giggle. Or two. Hell, sometimes I’ve LOL’d, if that’s what the kids are still calling it these days. I’ll be frank – there’s some totally insane bikes in there. Crack smoking crazy…

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THE FAST BOY SCOUT. WalzWerk Racing’s Tough Indian Dragster

Posted on January 9, 2019 by Andrew in Bobber, Racer. No Comments

Marcus Walz has a sort of infectious energy that both inspires and amazes. It seems like every time we talk to him, he has two or three new bikes ready to go – each one as different and as interesting as the last. It’s a Norton. Then it’s a BMW. Then it’s a Ducati. And as of right now, it’s this Indian Scout Bobber

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MAGIC BULLET. Bandit9’s ‘Merlin’ Royal Enfield Bobber

Posted on December 23, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Let’s not beat around the bush; Bandit9’s critics have been many and varied. But for shop owner Daryl Villanueva, none of this really mattered. Like anybody with an honest-to-goodness mission in life, he knew where he was going and what he was doing…

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MASH HIT. XTR’s ‘Di Traverso’ Mash 500 Dirt Tracker

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

Spain‘s XTR Pepo is more than a little like AC/DC. Yes, they stick to what they know, but they are so damn good at what they know you just don’t care. And if there’s one thing that Pepo Rosell is good at, it’s ‘sell your granny to the abattoir to get one’ racers. Here’s his latest.

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