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URBAN ASSAULT VEHICLE: Buell XB9R by Ruthless Customz

Posted on December 9, 2019 by Scott in Brat, Streetfighter. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

We’re not the first to say it, but Erik Buell is a genius and over 100,000 examples of the sports bikes wearing his name have been sold around the world. But that didn’t stop the company from failing, twice, and now turning his attention to electric, it is unlikely his very American twins will ever return. But the company’s demise means prices are low and boy do you get a lot of bang for your buck. More used to seeing European machinery in his native Rotterdam, Sergei Papyan of Ruthless Customz decided it was time to bring a Buell to the city’s streets. So he picked up an XB9R and transformed it into this wicked weekend warrior fit for an urban assault.

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OUTSIDE THE BOX: BMW R75 ‘The Shark’ by Titan Motorcycle Co.

Posted on December 4, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The one thing you know about receiving an email from Titan Motorcycle Co. is you have no idea just what kind of custom bike you’ll find inside. The awarding-winning team headed up by Michael Siebenhofer and Tom Possod relish in their role of turning up to a show and delivering a bike that nobody was expecting. From their new workshop in Graz, Austria, they now have the space and technology to turn bikes out at an incredible pace, while still maintaining their exacting standards. Their latest email was opened to reveal Titan No. 2 affectionally known as ‘The Shark’, a BMW R that’s ready to take a large chunk out of the competition.

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DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL: Yamaha XV750 by Purpose Built Moto

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

They say the devil is in the detail, and it is this aspect that separates the best from the rest amongst the thousands of custom bikes built every year. The ability to incorporate form and function into every aspect of a bike and yet still stay true to a cohesive design is rare. It’s here that Tom Gilroy shines and combined with his customer friendly approach has lifted him to the upper echelons of Australian bike building. Now the Purpose Built Moto head honcho is leaving 2019 the way he started, with a flurry of exceptional builds rolling out of his workshop, and his latest is this stunning Yamaha XV750.

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SHAPE SHIFTER: BMW R90 by Catskill Mountain Customs Inc.

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Life is filled with many simple joys and one of them is to observe a true master craftsman at work. The artisan is found all over the world, the watchmaker with his intricate tools in Switzerland to the Balinese woodcarver sitting on the floor performing his magic. While many of us repair and restore their works, they create true art from the most basic materials in a way that seems almost mystical. And so we find amongst the forest in the small hamlet of Olivebridge, New York, Nick Cologero shaping metal into masterpieces. The latest build to roll out of the Catskill Mountain Customs Inc. workshop is a BMW R90 cafe racer that’s simply sublime.

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GOLDEN EYE: Indian FTR 1200 by Indian Metz

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It was June 2016 when multi-time American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees announced he would join Indian as they returned to the series for a full factory tilt at the title. The signing left no doubt that the company was serious about winning, this was no marketing exercise; but little did we know at the time that in parallel to the development of the race bike, work had commenced on a road-going version. Now three years on and people the world over are getting their hands on the FTR 1200 and France’s Thomas Castany of Indian Metz has given this S model the custom treatment dubbing her ‘Over Light’.

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GO LEFT: Honda CB250 ‘Americanos Flat Tracker’ by JasinTom Motorcycles

Posted on November 18, 2019 by Scott in Flat Track. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The style of motorcycle we’re into at any one time can change like our taste in music; your staple might be the thrash metal of a 2-stroke race bike, but as you age you might begin to enjoy the mellower sounds of prog-rock as you take a trip with friends on a sports tourer. But this all supposes one thing, that choice itself is even available to you. For Tomek of Warsaw’s T.Jasin Motorcycles his country’s limited supply of bikes means whatever style he’s currently inspired by, he still has to start with a commuter machine. But it proves no obstacle in delivering the goods, this time aboard a Honda CB250 aptly named Americanos Flat Tracker.

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LICENCE TO THRILL: Honda FT500 by Hombrese Bikes

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The engineering professor who was the first to build functioning models of artificial neural networks has a quote he likes to use when explaining his work, “the simple things are the hardest”! It was a philosophy that Uwe Kostrewa of Cologne’s Hombrese Bikes was to discover when taking on this build. His girlfriend wanted to get her motorcycle licence and have him build an easy to ride yet cool looking custom for when she passed her test. But despite Uwe having a portfolio of incredible machines, he was still working on this slick Honda FT500 street scrambler when she’d achieved her half of the bargain.

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OFF THE CHAIN: Yamaha TR1 ‘Django’ by Remastered Cycle

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

In the proud city of Brescia, Italy, they’ve long valued innovation and tradition in everything they do. It is the home of motorcycling God Giacomo Agostini and firearms producer Beretta, so you can imagine they didn’t take it lying down when the Italian GP was moved from their city. Instead, they came up with the grueling Mille Miglia and like everything in the Lombardy region they do it their own way. So when searching for a workshop to breathe life back into his long-deceased Yamaha TR1, Alessandro Gallina stayed local and selected Remastered Cycle to build him a street scrambler that’s off the chain, appropriately called Django.

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BACK IN BLACK: 2012 Kawasaki W800 by Mike Andrews

Posted on November 7, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Chopper. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The last time we caught up with Kiwi Mike Andrews he’d finished building his epic Honda Muscle Racer and after its Pipeburn feature he was looking forward to clocking up the miles before retiring the bike to his living room. But life has a way of turning the rudder for us and sending us on a path totally planned. For Mike that meant the sale of his beloved creation and major surgery, but always setting an example for his boys he’s back with another blacked out custom creation. Now working under the name Bonnievill he’s turned out a sleek and slick 2011 Kawasaki W800 to get him back on the road in style.

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GENTLEMAN RACER: Honda CB350F Board Tracker by Smith Brother’s

Posted on November 6, 2019 by Scott in Board Tracker. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

With almost any style of motorcycle there are different stages of customisation you can go to while still accomplishing a complete build. A race replica doesn’t need a 200hp engine and the very beauty of a cafe racer is only a handful of changes can get the job done. But building a board tracker is the exception, you have to go all-in or not at all. So when Chris Kent and the team at Iowa’s Smith Brother’s Classic Cycles & Customs decided to push their chips to the middle of the table they were committed to doing it once and doing it right. With the help of some of the best in the industry, the result is this beautiful 1973 Honda CB350F board track racer for the road.
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