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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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ALIEN RACE. Signbike’s ‘SB3’ Honda CBX750F Cafe

Posted on September 25, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Igor Teeken has been a motorcycle addict for as long as he can remember. “I was drawing motorcycles with my friend Jos Deckers in primary school; a hardtail Harley as I recall.” In his pre-teen mind, that was the absolute coolest bike he could think of. “Then I bought my first bike on my 17th birthday…”

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RACE REPORT: Sultans of Sprint Race 3 – Glemseck 101

Posted on September 25, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Racer. No Comments

The Glemseck 101 event in Germany’s Leonberg describes itself as a motorcycle ‘happening’. Now while that may conjure up images of naked, badly painted hippies dancing to experimental synthesiser music, the last 10 years have proven it to be a lot more interesting than the moniker may suggest…

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SLOVAKIAN PIE. Marek Bača’s Immaculate ’82 Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Losing your virginity is usually a train wreck of cheap alcohol, strange bedrooms, extreme awkwardness and instant regrets. But unlike real life, Hollywood movies – and Slovakia’s Marek Bača – encountered exactly the opposite situation when bustin’ their cherries…

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HIT AND RUN. Ironwood’s ‘Sicario’ Yamaha XT600 Street Tracker

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Motorcycles seem to be vehicle de jour in Hollywood of late. Whether it’s Mission Impossible, Bourne or Bond, there’s bound to be some cool moto action sequence spread all across their trailers. And without fail, the evil assassins will be the ones riding black bikes, all dressed in black…

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BLISS ARMY KNIFE. Pasquale Motor’s ‘Gladius’ BMW R1150R

Posted on September 11, 2018 by Andrew in Other, Roadster. No Comments

While the Roman Army had many technological tricks, it was their ‘gladius’ sword that did most of their dirty work. After the javelins had disrupted enemy formations and the shields had pushed them onto the back foot, it was this brutal hunk of steel that would deal the final blow…

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KISSING ASS. Federal Moto’s ‘Bottom Feeder’ Yamaha XS650 Chopper

Posted on September 9, 2018 by Andrew in Chopper, Classic. No Comments

Please spare a thought for the poor old chopper. King of the custom scene for almost 40 years, the resurgence of the bobber and cafe look in the first decade of the Noughties has, in some eyes, relegated it to uncool school ever since. Of course, custom bike tastes wax and wane like Australian Prime Ministers…

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