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Shamrock FXTT

Posted on January 6, 2010 by Scott in Bobber. 1 Comment

This is the now infamous FXTT powered by an S&S Shovelhead motor and built by legendary custom builder “Irish Rich” Ryan of Shamrock Fabrication in Broomfield, Colorado. Rich is the owner of Shamrock Fabrication, a “no frills” custom motorcycle and fabrication shop. Rich has been involved with custom motorcycles and hot rods for over 40 years and has built a reputation as one of the best. His FXTT has featured on many bike sites and magazines around the world, most notibly as the feature article and cover bike on Easyriders March, 2009. Some specs of this formidable FXTT include a frame shortened 2 1/2″ in the rear section, raised 2″ overall, transmission raised 1″, Dyna Sport 39mm full cartridge front end and kick-only S&S 5-in-a-4 speed transmission. To view more pics and other Shamrock creations check out their gallery. You can also vote for this FXTT as … Read More »


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Nannini Flag Goggles

Posted on January 4, 2010 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Now you can fly your flag while flying down the highway on your motorcycle with these flag designs from the classic Italian Goggle and Eyeware company Nannini. They may not look like serious goggles but they truly are, with hand sewn genuine leather eye pads, scratch resistant UV proof lenses and chrome plated brass frames, these goggles are made to the high standards Nannini have become famous for. We are sure they will be a hit with many patriotic Cafe Racer and motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. But if these aren’t your style maybe you’ll fancy their luxury range, made from hand sewn python leather. You can buy them straight from the Nannini Store or in Australia through FlexVision.

Just a little history about the company that I found interesting – Giorgio Nannini the man who started the company has an amazing history … Read More »


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Ridley Vintage Motorbikes

Posted on January 1, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 3 comments

Ridley Motorcycles are some of the best vintage looking motorized bicycles on the market. There are five different models, each based on different time periods ranging from 1903 through to the 1940’s. They are offered with either a 49 or 70cc engine, and also feature pedals for those that want to keep it green and create zero-emission. The standard 70cc engine has a pretty impressive top speed of 34mph, which is fast enough to keep up with most traffic in rush hour. The gas tanks are beautifully incorporated into the frame which can either be ordered in steel or aluminum. My favourite is this OD green ‘MP’ which is styled on a vintage military police motorbike. To view the rest of their first-class range visit the Ridley gallery.


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1947 Triumph Speed Bobber

Posted on December 29, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 5 comments

This is the latest creation from a custom shop in Japan called Deluxie Customs. They are one of the few Japanese shops that don’t use the Yamaha SR400 for their bike projects. They usually use Triumphs and Harley’s for their builds, like this spectacular 1947 Triumph ‘Speed Bobber’. It has a 1947 vintage frame and 650 engine, with a 750 front end, and the rear wheel has a 16 inch Harley rim on it. Mooneyes has helped with the overall vintage bobber look by supplying the seat, rear dish pistons and many other parts. To see more from the guys at Deluxie visit their custom gallery.


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Trident Cafe Racer

Posted on December 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 4 comments

First spotted this amazing Triumph Trident Cafe Racer on the Bikebolt picture site, then traced it back to wedding and motocross (unusual mix) photographer Chad DeRosa who has taken some killer pics of this super clean cafe racer. The pipes and tank are worthy of a modern art exhibition. Speaking of which, there is a thorough thread by the owner on the Jockey Journal with many detailed pics of the build, starting with those eye catching pipes. Although the best piece of ingenuity must be the rear tail cone, which was made out of a 1928 Model T Headlight bucket – Macgyver would be very proud. Built from the ground up by Carl Bjorklund, Mark Bjorkland and Young Pon, I have a feeling we are going to see a lot more from this beautiful bespoke motorcycle and it’s talented builders. Also check out the making … Read More »


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1966 Triumph TT Tracker

Posted on December 27, 2009 by Scott in Tracker. 1 Comment

Stumbled across a blog called Triumph Flat Track, which as the name suggests is all about everything Triumph from vintage photos through to modern bike builds. Like this cool 1966 Triumph TT with the very retro looking leather spider seat and flame tank.


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Merry Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2009 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Back in the old days Jesus would have rode around on a donkey. But if he lived in these times the original king of cool probably would have rode a chopper (or cafe racer). Found this company called We are Fisherman who sell these Christ action figures. This one is called ‘Christ on a Bike’ and can be bought for only $30 on their site. They are probably not to everyones taste but there’s no one that deserves an action figure more than Jesus. Also would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank you for following Pipeburn this year.


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4Q Triumph Bobber

Posted on December 24, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 1 Comment

Just a quick one due to it being Christmas Eve and I have lots of Santa duties. Mostly drinking the beers my kids left out for the big bearded man. I will be updating Pipeburn as much as possible over the holidays but will also be doing some guest writing on one of my favourite motorcycle sites BikeExif. Check it out if you don’t already.
Discovered another great blog by pro skater and bike builder Max Schaaf. Named 4Q Conditioning Blog after his custom building business. He is a legend in both the skate and bike industry, his blog has a fresh mix of vintage photos, bike events, skate stuff, custom bike builds and whatever the hell he wants to post. It’s all amusing and definitely worth wasting some time there. Just to give you a taste of 4Q’s work have a look at … Read More »


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1968 Greeves Oulton

Posted on December 22, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

It’s hard to believe only 21 of these beautiful Greeves Oulton racers were ever sold. As the story goes the previous race bike they produced was the legendary 1965 250cc Greeves Silverstone which won the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix twice. Then at Silverstone it won third place which cemented the production of the Silverstone through until the end of 1967, until they were being beaten by rice rockets like the Yamaha TD1C. Greeves decided to produce a larger capacity machine for the 1968 season, and thus was born the 344cc 35RFS Oulton. This bike was a lightweight stunner but sadly failed to match the success of the Silverstone, and as mentioned earlier only 21 were sold. Unfortunately Bert Greeves decided it was time to retire from the company in 1968 and after that so did Greeves production of road racers.
Until recently when … Read More »


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1960 Triumph Bobber

Posted on December 20, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 5 comments

This Triumph picture has been haunting me for about a month now. For some reason I couldn’t remember where I found the pic and I couldn’t find any information on it anywhere on the net… until tonight. It’s name is Low Tide Larry and it is a 1960 Triumph TR6 650cc bobber built by Dan Patterson. Dan says “the motor is built from the sludge-trap up with custom “JOMO 15″ cams, and everything else is either new or uprated to better-than-original”. It has to be one of the cleanest bobbers I have seen, and the aqua blue paint job is just like eye candy. You can read about the whole Low Tide Larry build on this Jockey Journal thread. Hit this link to watch a vid of Larry being kick-started. [Thanks to Triumph Bobber Project]


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