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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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THE OLD BRIDGE AND THE V. Speedy Siegl Racing’s Ducati 900SS Racer

Posted on January 19, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

For a brief but magical time in music history the Seattle Sound dominated the airwaves and shaped a generation. Now another of the cities institutions has crumbled and gone, the equally mystical and murky Alaskan Way Viaduct. But now a new creative force is flourishing in the North West…

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AVIGNON AND ON. Volpi Motorcycles’ Honda CB350 Tracker

Posted on December 22, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. No Comments

There’s is a new man in town, tucked away in a small workshop, Matthieu Volpi builds motorcycles to the most exacting of standards. His latest Volpi Motorcycle creation is this stunning 1972 Honda CB350 flat tracker, designed for the learner who wants it all…

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AMERICAN HUSTLE. Spencer Motowork’s ’66 Suzuki T20 Racer

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

Ralph Spencer from Southfield, Michigan, USA, clearly knows the sort of bikes that get him going and he builds brilliant Suzuki smokers for both race and road. But his latest Spencer Motoworks creation is both AHRMA GP250 eligible and licensed to rip you up on the roads at the traffic light Grand Prix…

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RIDE THE LIGHTNING. GDZH’s ‘Storm’ Suzuki A100 Racer

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

While most motorcycle racing has its origins in Europe and North America one form of the sport is so quintessentially Australian it started life in New Zealand; just like Phar Lap and Russell Crowe. The humble Bucket Racer was a cheap way to get your need for speed…

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BLOCK PARTY. H Garage’s Savage Honda Valkyrie Streetfighter

Posted on December 8, 2018 by Andrew in Other, Streetfighter. No Comments

You know it for its Bourbon, Derby and Fried Chicken, but the Bluegrass State of Kentucky is a place where you get back what you put in. That’s meant Scott Halbleib has been successful in the corporate world, been a bartender and grafted as a carpenter; but where he truly excels is building custom motorcycles…

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FOUND IN TRANSLATION. Ironwood Custom’s ‘The Interpreter’ BMW R100R Scrambler

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Andrew in Brat, Classic, Scrambler. No Comments

When a client approached Ironwood Customs with very specific demands, the pressure was on Arjan van den Boom to deliver. But his ability to decipher someone else’s desires are as refined as his bike building skills and he’s turned a BMW R100R into this, a bike appropriately called ‘The Interpreter’…

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CUT TO THE CHASE. A Dutch Dream Team Customise the Honda Rebel

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

When Honda released the latest incarnation of the Honda Rebel it was clear they wanted the custom scene to jump on board, with a marketing campaign to “make it your own”. But despite a cult following in parts of Asia and some notable exceptions, few have gone all in on the Rebel. Until now…

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