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82′ BMW R100RS – Route 62 Customs

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Scott in Café Racer. 5 comments

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With the boom in popularity of the R series BMW‘s of late the men who designed and worked on its many incarnations must be sitting back and scratching their heads, this they would say is not what they had in mind; BMW until recently had always been a very conservative manufacturer. That’s even more true of the R100rs that was built with the purpose of slapping on some panniers and cruising the highways of Europe, with the first review by Cycle Magazine describing it as a “Basic long-haul BMW”. But Craig and Thor of Route 62 Customs from Port Elizabeth in South Africa saw in this a 1982 BMW R100rs what so many others have seen, solid engineering, mechanical strength and a sense of unique style that would be perfect for their shops first custom.

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‘74 Honda CB750 – Cognito Moto

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 32 comments

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For all the attention the craziest new builds receive, the ones displayed at bike shows on spinning podiums, there is something very special about an understated bike that comes along that just does everything right. So it should come as no surprise that such a machine comes from Richmond, Virginia’s kings of cool, clean and celerity, Cognito Moto. “We wanted to do something that spoke to the weekend bike builders out there that want a badass bike without all the headaches,” explains Cognito’s Devin Henriques. So it is that this 1974 Honda CB750 proves nothing serves a weekend biker as well as a machine that will carve the canyons, hammer in a straight line, look the goods parked up and importantly starts with the first hit of the button.

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2013 KTM 690 Duke by DSR

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Scott in Racer. 18 comments

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For a car guy, he sure builds an amazing motorcycle; that was the consensus a few years back when Darrell Schneider from DS Restorations (DSR), an award winning car builder of many decades, turned his hand to custom bike building and truly knocked it out of the park with his DSR GP250R café racer. Three years later he’s back with another bike build and just like before the workmanship is first class and it’ll leave many debating once again how exactly do you categorise a DSR build. Starting with a 2013 KTM 690 Duke “The goal was to redesign the bike with a factory race bike theme without loosing the distinct KTM angular, edgy style. I wanted people to see KTM (design and color) but wonder what model or class it was in” explains Darrell. We think he nailed it.

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DOPE DIRIGIBLE. Kacerwagen’s ‘Zeppelina V72’ Board Tracker

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Andrew in Board Tracker, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Over recent years with TV shows like Harley and the Davidsons and Sons of Speed, along with the input of America’s best builders, the board tracker is back with a vengeance. But what do you do when finding an Indian in a barn is as likely as finding gold at the end of a rainbow? You make one from scratch…

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREAT. Auto Fabrica’s Monochrome ‘Type 10B’ BMW R65

Posted on March 8, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Roadster. No Comments

When it comes to customising a motorcycle the ‘what’ hasn’t changed for more than 100 years; speed, sight and sound. But the ‘how’ has been constantly evolving and we regularly feature those at the cutting edge. One such firm is UK based Auto Fabrica, who entered the scene six years ago firing on all cylinders…

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TRÈS BM. Sur Les Chapeaux de Roue’s Sweet BMW R850R Roadster

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Andrew in Roadster. No Comments

The French seem to have an artisan approach to almost everything they do. It’s this exact philosophy that Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues take to building bikes; more watchmaker meets sculptor than simply mechanic. Here’s their latest…

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MIRTH, WIND AND FIRE. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘C4’ Kawasaki Zephyr Neo-Cafe

Posted on February 22, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

There is something incredibly satisfying about being right, and if you’re part of the cafe racer revival, then by default you are. In the 1990s, some Japanese manufacturers were already selling retro remakes and industry experts thought this to be insane. Now Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles have proven them wrong…

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ON THE GAS. Tattoo Customs’ ‘Blue Velvet’ BMW R80RT Cafe Brat

Posted on February 14, 2019 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Forget the disco-era 1970s or even the golden age of the Renaissance, turns out men have been wearing colourful velvet since 200 BC in China. Personally I’ve never got the trend; unless you’re the legendary American pimp, Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan, then you’re probably best leaving the velvet in the draw…

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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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SERIAL THRILLER. Eastern Spirit Garage’s Honda Dominator Motocrosser

Posted on January 31, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

It’s always the quiet and unassuming ones you have to keep an eye on, for years folks thought Ted Bundy was an average Joe. Not quite so lethal, although still the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing is the Honda Dominator, that enjoyed a 15 year production run…

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