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Custom Motorcycles Wanted

Posted on March 27, 2010 by Scott in Other. No Comments

We are always looking for custom motorcycles to feature on Pipeburn. In particular, street trackers, flat trackers, bobbers, and cafe racers. If you have a bike you are proud of then chances are we would also be proud to feature it on Pipeburn. It’s friggin simple, send the best photos of your pride and joy to this email.


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Corpses from Hell

Posted on March 25, 2010 by Scott in Other. No Comments

Came across this great image on one of my favourite mc sites Bubblevisor. The photograph was shot by Richard Baybutt from Corpses from Hell (CFH) of his Honda CD250 and the superbly simple artwork was done by illustrator Maxwell Paternoster who is the other guy behind CFH. Richard shoots a lot of professional BMX and snowboard riders but has also taken some striking black and white photos on his journey from London to the Alps on his motorbike. In the B&W picture below you can see how he travelled with his snowboard strapped to the side of his bike – don’t think a sherpa could have packed that bike better.
We look forward to seeing more from this talented duo.


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XS650 ‘The Hornet’

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments


There are some people that wack a bump seat and some ace bars on a bike and call it a cafe racér. And then there are people like Chris AKA ‘The Limey’ who build inspiring cafe racérs like this beautiful XS650. Chris used to own a bike shop in London and wanted to bring the true meaning of a cafe racer to the Amercian shores. Chris migrated to Texas from London around 7 years ago because “he loved the weather in texas” and it’s better weather for riding. As you can see there’s been a lot of work on this bike and this is what Chris told the guys on the outstanding XS650 Chopper site: “It has Excel 18 inch rims, stainless spokes, fork damper valves, progressive springs, alloy swingarm, Brembo brakes (except for the front calliper… incidentally, the rear brake is a work of art from Banke Racing), 750 kit, Shell No.1 race cam, titanium valve tops, serious gas flowing, stainless valves, race clutch, Mikuni RS36 smoothbores (what a bitch to link up… it’s so tight that I can’t use intake gaskets), a gorgeous megaphone from Apollo Cones welded to 1.75 inch stainless pipes (thanks Matt), Yoshi rearsets, all electrics are under the seat (and it even has blinkers built into the headlight), Scitsu race tach…. blah blah blah… the list goes on and on.


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Indian Wall of Death

Posted on March 22, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Video. No Comments

We don’t usually post a lot of weird motorcycle videos but we thought it would be crazy not to post this one – almost as crazy as these indian circus folk. You have probably seen many other Wall of Death videos but the talented young guys from The Diamond Maruti Car Circus in Delhi take it to a new level. At first glance you might think this is dangerous, but if you look closely the white car does use his indicator at the end. The only other picture that tops their impressive performance is this old Wall of Death photo featuring a women driving a car with a lion in a side car. It was called the ‘Liondrome’ and was very popular in the 1930’s and just by looking at this amazing photo you can see why. If you want to know more about the Liondromes and the history of the sport check out this great article on darkroastedblend.


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Goldenboy Bonneville

Posted on March 20, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

The Northern Italian city Parma is home to one of the oldest Universities in the world, but it’s the Gallimoto Factory Works who have a ‘Masters Degree’ in building cafe racers. They say a true cafe racer must meet very specific rules: low handlebars, a single seat, a pair of thundering exhausts and lots of chrome like the Triumphs, Tritons, and Nortons of the past. This Bonneville SE they have appropriately called the ‘Goldenboy’ ticks all those boxes and more.


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Carpy Wrenching

Posted on March 16, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 13 comments

It’s not everyday you get to witness a master at work – like Steve “Carpy” Carpenter from the amazing CB750 Cafe doing a bit of ‘wrenching’. Ok, so this might not be the way Carpy usually takes to a cafe racer but it makes an awesome photograph. Shot by talented Los Angeles photographer Jared Schoenemann who is obsessed with two things in life; photography and cafe racers. So when the opportunity arises to combine both his passions, he never looks back.


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Motto Moto CB750

Posted on March 14, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 9 comments

Jason Koschnitzke is an industrial designer by trade and has been wrenching part-time on bikes for many years and many late nights. Recently he decided to follow his dreams and make wrenching his full-time job. So he created Motto Motorcycles which are based in Chicago and have a passion for Japanese style cafe racers and street trackers. The first project was to build a ‘barn fresh’ style bike that looked like it had “40 years of stories to tell”. He purchased a 1978 Honda CB750 for the project and started to create a bad ass 70’s cafe racer that conjured up visions of being discovered in the barn on an old farm in the middle of nowhere – the look he refers to as “barn fresh racer”.


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Think Biker Commercial

Posted on March 12, 2010 by Scott in Video. 10 comments

We have posted quite a lot of motorcycle safety commercials recently, including one from Australia, one from Norway and now here’s a pretty good one from Britain. The Department of Transport has launched this new ad created by London agency Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO as part of its THINK! campaign. This ad was inspired by research stating that drivers who personally know a motorcyclist are much more careful and aware while driving – so by using these huge Vegas style neon signs they make you feel like you know these riders. It made me think what my sign would say, maybe something like “extremely handsome, witty and suffers from a delusional disorder”. But seriously, would love to get your feedback on the commercial and whether you think it will be effective. Also check out the making of video if you are curious about how they did it. [Found on Rippin Kitten]

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Union Ducati 900ss

Posted on March 9, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 13 comments

Union Motorcycle Classics work out of a remodeled 100 year old dairy barn in Idaho which they describe as “no longer home to lowing bovines, we now attend to the gentle rumblings of a slightly more untamed beast”. Formed by a group of guys who all had different skills but one passion… classic motorcycles. Luke is professionally trained motorcycle mechanic, Bret is the owner of Glass From The Past (GFTP) which manufacture killer looking cafe racer fairings, race seats, fenders and tanks. Mike, Jeff and Andy are all graphic designers who love nothing more than getting their hands greasy on a vintage classic.


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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 7, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments

Discovered this beautiful CB550 on the frequently updated and entertaining Motorcycle Picture of the Day blog. Completely garage built by a guy called Eric, he goes into great detail about how he created this cafe racer. Eric says he “fitted a set of forks from a 2004 GSX-R 600, using a Harley narrow glide wheel which fit surprisingly well between the calipers; it was almost a plug-n-play operation. The rotors are 320mm units from a Hayabusa which required 10mm spacers underneath the calipers. The eBay front end also came complete with clipons & controls so I decided to go ahead and use them; the right control wouldn’t fit with the bar-end mirror so I binned it in favor of a Motion Pro throttle assembly and start/kill switch from an R6. The rearsets are Tarozzi universals mounted to the passenger peg mounts. The rear wheel is a Harley 3.5×18 rim that I laced to the 550 hub with Buchanan stainless spokes. I popped the top end off the engine and freshened it up a bit with a set of 59mm pistons and camshaft from a SOHC CB650 for a little extra oomph”. Eric has really stamped his individuality on this CB550, we particularly love those Norton commando peashooter exhausts which look like they produce a mighty bark. Check out more pics of this stunning bike and the full story on MPOTD.


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