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RETRO MOTO – 2003 Suzuki DR650 by Parr Motorcycles

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Scott in Supermoto. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The 80s is known for many fashion trends, plenty worth forgetting but according to new research it was the decade of bright primary colours; think Pac-Man, the MTV Logo and BMX Bandits. Suzuki’s design division was all over it with the blue and yellow expanding across the range and the brightness turned up to 10. It’s a look that Spencer of Parr Motorcycles has always loved and he’s gone full nostalgia with a build he calls ‘Retro-Moto’. From a 2003 Suzuki DR650 he’s crafted a stripped down, modern Supermoto, that wears the classic RM uniform.

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‘Chilli Mussel’ Triumph T100 by Heiwa Motorcycles

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson.

On the port of Hiroshima, in a nondescript two-story building with rust marks staining the roller doors, you’ll find the headquarters of Heiwa Motorcycles. Here amongst the crowded chaos of vintage motorcycles and associated parts you’ll find the team building some of Japan’s best classic customs. For fortunate Western Australian Tony Wong, a friendship with the company’s head honcho, Kengo Kimura, has resulted in a brilliant road going revival called ‘Chilli Mussel’. From the bare bones of a 1963 Triumph T100SS comes this gorgeous classic that’s full of subtle flavours.

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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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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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FAMILY FIRST. Kott Motorcycles’ Heirloom Honda S90 Racer

Posted on August 9, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

LA’s Kott Motorcycles are the clinicians of the bike-building word. They produce hospital-grade builds so clean you could eat off them. Each one of their cafe-inspired builds is a masterclass of balance, proportion and build quality. This time around they’ve tackled a smaller offering…

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HARD YARDS. Russell Motorcycles’ ‘Resilience’ Yamaha XSR700 Racer

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

The 1980s sure was a different time, and in an era of minimal rules and regulations motorsport was full of radical prototypes and financed largely by big tobacco. Greed was good, there were gnarly designs and Gurney flaps, and companies like Gitanes and Marlboro were branded everywhere…

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VELOCE RAPTOR. KD Motorcycles’ ‘Il Veloce’ Ducati Multistrada Sprint Racer

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

For twenty years Laurent Kesteloot and Pascal Demeulemeester obsessed over custom motorcycles. They read magazines. They watched shows. Then they realised it was about time they have a crack themselves, and the clever pair started KD Motorcycles…

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TEN BUCK COFFEE. Kott Motorcycles’ ’79 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

What if we told you about an opportunity to own a cafe racer by one of the best cafe racer builders in the world? No catches and no tricks. No, there won’t be any steak knives thrown in but it all could be yours for just $10. Interested? Then read on…

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RARELY LEGAL. Mule Motorcycles’ Track-Only Harley Super Hooligan

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Custom bikes can come from almost anywhere. Brand new factory bikes or clapped-out junkers. Crash victims or botched restorations. But there’s one type of donor bike that always brings a smile to our faces, and that’s the parts bin specials. Like this Harley Sportster from California’s Mule Motorcycles…

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ALIEN TECH. A Radical ‘T9’ Honda CB250N by Indonesia’s Thrive Motorcycles

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber. 54 comments

In the world of custom motorcycles, appreciating the skill required to achieve an incredible result can be a difficult thing to gauge. But one thing is for sure, nothing informs a builder of just how hard a certain model is to work on until they take one and get their hands dirty…

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