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FABULOUS FABRICATION: KTM 950 SMR ‘Bullet’ by Fabman Creations

Posted on November 27, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled. No Comments

When building a new project, inspiration can come from many places. For Wayne Buys of Fabman Creations in South Africa, his main form of inspiration came from the aesthetically pleasing RSD’s KTM 450 Desert Sled from a few years ago. That RSD KTM was built to celebrate the movie On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter. As a fan of Steve McQueen and the original movie “On Any Sunday” Wayne wanted to pay tribute to his love of off-road motorcycling by building his take on a modern KTM and aptly naming it ‘Bullet’.

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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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STELLAR SCRAMBLER: Ducati 750SS by LL Motorcycles

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Though the Monster is a fairly close second, the 750/900 SS platform has become Ducati’s most commonly customized model in recent years. While its bodywork is admittedly on the dated side, once stripped from the SS, what you’re left with is a strapping L-Twin engine, the Bologna firm’s signature tubular trellis frame, and, with a little creativity; gobs of potential for customization.

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BADLANDS BAVARIAN: BMW R100R ‘Rogue’ by Side Rock Cycles

Posted on November 22, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber

Building one-off motorcycles for customers requires a bit of a delicate balancing act: the shop has to adhere to the wants, needs, and personal tastes of the client, while also aligning with the builder’s style, abilities, and overall ethos. Juggling these elements can be a headache, though sometimes, things come together wonderfully, with a design and theme that jives well with both the builder of the bike, the characteristics of the donor, and the customer who commissioned it. And that’s very much the case with Side Rock Cycles’ latest work, entitled “Rogue”.

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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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REVIVAL OF A BRAND: Interview with Josh Sirlin from Black Bear Brand

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Scott in Chopper, Interview. No Comments

We spoke with Josh Sirlin, creative director, curator and owner of the Black Bear Brand. The brand has had a long history in America and has now been revived after laying dormant for many years. Josh has a passion for motorcycles and the brand he has resurrected. The more we looked into the products Black Bear Brand are making, the more we were impressed. Grab a drink and have a read…

How did you get into motorcycles? 

Thinking back I always had an affection for them… but in some odd way I can’t make sense of now; they felt out of reach.  It’s really weird looking back at this and the fact it took me until I was a so called “adult” before I rode one and then was on a fast track to buy my first bike.

First time on a bike: I was in Panama doing a freelance odd-job creative project for a resort Travis Pastrana was starting with his Red Bull team manager Hayes Wheels.  The resort wasn’t open yet, it was quite and I was one of the only ones there along with Hayes and a handful resort employees. One of Travis’s bikes was there; the bike he ended up crossing the pool in Nitro Circus Live The Movie. It wasn’t working…  but over a few days of me nagging one of the employees I convinced him and one of the local kids to try to get it running so I could ride it.  And they did!  This is where and how I got my first taste and the motorcycle bug;  wearing shorts, flip flops, ripping the beach on Travis Pastrana’s bike in Panama.

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LIMITED EDITION: CCM Spitfire Stealth Series

Posted on November 19, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

When CCM introduced the first Spitfire model in 2016, the handmade singles took the world by storm, generating an enormous amount of hype and punching well above the boutique manufacturer’s weight. After the first batch sold out in a matter of days, the Clewes boys were prompted to release another Spitfire-based model… and then another, and another, and another. So after offering the original model, the cafe racer, the scrambler, flat tracker, the bobber, and Foggy, and the Six, the small UK operation has just revealed its latest addition to the Spitfire platform with the new 2020 Stealth Series. 

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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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ROUGH DIAMOND: BMW R100GS by Diamond Atelier

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Scott in Adventure, Desert Sled, Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

When Diamond Atelier first burst onto the scene in 2013 with its inaugural BMW R80 project, it was abundantly clear that the two 20-something-year-old German builders possessed a near-prodigious level of talent and skill when it came to customizing motorcycles. And while the world-renowned shop has stepped out of the limelight for the majority of 2019, that doesn’t mean major moves weren’t happening behind closed doors. 

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DRAWING INSPIRATION: Interview with Moto-Mucci

Posted on November 14, 2019 by Scott in Interview. No Comments

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name’s David Mucci. I run a studio called Moto-Mucci where I build custom motorcycles and do design contracting for the motorcycle industry.

Where are you right now?
I’m based in Portland, OR

What was your first bike?
A 1978 CX500 that I bought mostly in bins about 11 years ago. I tore it down to the frame before ever riding it and turned it into a design project.

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