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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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MAGNIFICENT MAGGOT: Honda CX500 ‘Mustang’ by Underground Custom Cycles

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

When you’re a Ford Mustang owner but all you want to do is ride around, what better way to do it than to have a matching motorcycle parked in the garage. Living in the beautiful seaside city of Limassol, Cyprus, there is no shortage of spectacular roads to enjoy and vistas to appreciate when parked up. So to make the dream a reality the original importer of the bike, Petros Louca of Underground Custom Cycles was tracked down to carry out the build. With the Mustang as his muse he emerged from his workshop with the perfect CX500 cafe racer, a Cypriot chariot to carve up the coastline.

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Honda CB750 Bol d’Or by Elemental Custom Cycles

Posted on October 29, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Road rules and regulations can be the bane of a custom bike builder’s existence, the strict confines of the law chipping away at the rebels born free soul. In Germany the TUV certification to get a motorcycle road-legal adds even more stress, meaning many builders thoroughly design a bike before spinning a spanner. But for Thomas Lambert of Elemental Custom Cycles, located near Nuremberg, he decided on this project to visualise and build as he went. Embracing the more organic process until it revealed this stunning Honda CB750 of the highest quality.

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SINISTER STREET SCRAMBLER: Ducati ST2 by Orcus Motorcycles

Posted on October 25, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

On any given Sunday you can stroll the pit lanes of any World Championship level racing and be surrounded by the very best in the industry. From engine builders to data experts, chassis guys and suspension tuners, these are the cream of the crop. But like the rest of us, they all need their own transport and you start to wonder what do the elite of the industry throw their leg over. For composite material specialist Uros Urbanja of Slovenia, it doesn’t matter which manufacturer he’s supplying, he’s always been a Ducatista at heart. So it makes perfect sense the Orcus Motorcycles head honcho gets his kicks on this sinister street scrambler based on a Ducati ST2.

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FIGHTING SPIRIT: Honda Hornet by Bull Moto Custom

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The popularity of certain models in the custom bike industry often makes total sense and at other times boggles the mind. Entire subcultures with a supporting aftermarket can grow around one particular bike while its direct competitors from other manufacturers are all but forgotten. But away from the scene’s strongholds and isolated from peer pressure, Bulgaria’s Ivan Mushev chose a model we’ve only featured twice in Pipeburn’s ten years. Taking a Honda Hornet 600 and turning it into a cafe-fighter that’s a rolling promotion for his newly formed outfit Bull Moto Custom.

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