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HIGH CALIBRE: BMW R100 ‘VULCAN’ by Ironwood Custom Motorcycles

Posted on October 23, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Each year, motorcycle manufacturers are faced with the challenge of building on, and improving the outgoing model year; finding ways to bolster performance; shave off weight; and ultimately outdo their previous offering; before starting the whole process over the following year. Ironwood Custom Motorcycles faces a similar struggle; after completing one of its signature bratted and bobbed BMW’s, the Dutch shop is routinely forced to discover new avenues to one-upping itself. This is by no means an easy feat considering the caliber of IWC’s work, though with its latest Bavarian-based project, it’s managed to deliver in spades.

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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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AIR OF ELEGANCE: 1982 BMW R45 ‘Argentum’ by Side Rock Cycles

Posted on October 21, 2019 by Scott in Classic. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

As the old saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’, and with more than 30 one-off BMW builds to its name, the UK’s Side Rock Cycles, let’ just say; knows a thing or two about churning out custom airheads. Based on the southern coast of England in Bournemouth, Side Rock is headed up by Pete Hodson, who’s career in the motorcycle and automotive world spans over four decades and includes a plethora of competition experience. 

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NOSTALGIA GRAB: Harley-Davidson FXR ‘Yamahaha’

Posted on October 18, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

It’s hard not to look back at your first motorcycle with a distinct admiration and nostalgia, no matter how beat-up or prone-to-error it may have been. Much like your first love, there’s something highly-sentimental about sharing a host of new emotions, sensations, and experiences with your first motorcycle. For Jonathan “Jonno” Shakesby, his introduction to the world of riding came on a 1980 Suzuki GS850G in 1989. Over a quarter-of-a-century, four-continents, and more than three-dozen bikes later, and the British expat still holds a special place in his heart for the early ‘80s UJM. 

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TOUGH PROPOSITION: Royal Enfield Himalayan by Julian Palapa

Posted on October 15, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled, Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

For the past few years motorcycle manufacturers have embraced custom builders and through various competitions have had them give a new look to their latest releases. But even a good idea can start to grow stale and rather than stick to the well-worn path, Indonesia’s Royal Enfield importer turned to a fresh pair of eyes. The result is a RE Himalayan designed and executed by leading architect Julian Palapa; ready to rip up the jammed roads of Jakarta, it’s called .02View.

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RUSH OF BLOOD: Oil In The Blood movie release

Posted on October 14, 2019 by Scott in Video. No Comments

Today is a day that many custom bike enthusiasts around the world have been patiently waiting for. If you weren’t able to get to one of the screenings of the ‘Oil in the Blood’ movie, then today you can watch it on Amazon, iTunes, Google or even buy the DVD. If you don’t know what Oil in the Blood is, then you are in for a treat. It’s a documentary feature film on the contemporary custom motorcycle culture that has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Director Gareth Maxwell Roberts spent three years travelling the world documenting the custom bike scene and interviewing most of the key people involved in it.

To celebrate this epic release, they have given us an exclusive short film about the collaboration between TW Steel and deBolex using an Energica Eva electric bike as a donor. The short film takes us through deBolex’s design process and the challenges he faced building an electric bike. We also discover how TW Steel went about creating a unique time piece to go hand in hand with this impressive motorcycle.

Grab a coffee (or something stronger) and take 8 minutes to watch this great little short film…

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BALKIN BOL d’OR: 1982 Honda CB900F2

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

There can be a simple price to pay when you choose to roll with the pack and conform to what the current culture demands; everyone else is happy but yourself! For Victor Dikanchev obeying the rules was never going to be an option, he’d build his bike the way he wanted no matter the reaction. Living in Bulgaria where there is almost no bike scene anyway, his motorcycle would become an extension of himself. So help him bring it all together he enlisted KKKBikes and together they’ve built a brilliant 1982 Honda CB900F2 that’s quite at home dividing opinion.

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TURKISH DELIGHT: Yamaha Yard Built XSR900 ‘Chimera’ by Bunker Customs

Posted on October 10, 2019 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Created by Bruce Lee in the mid-to-late 1960s, Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy and form of martial arts that places immense importance on the development of one’s spirit and skills, while the combat aspect puts a major emphasis on adaptability, fluidity, and inflicting maximum damage through minimal effort. Mert and Can Uzer, the brothers behind Istanbul’s Bunker Customs, have very much applied Lee’s teachings and philosophy to their latest Yamaha Yard Built build — entitled “Chimera” – honing their skills in order to painstakingly develop a motorcycle design that offers a hugely transformative impact through minimal modification.

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VINTAGE VIBES: 2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster ‘Taranis’

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It’s not hard to imagine going to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin and coming away inspired to build a custom bike of your own. But while most would be drawn to the endless number of incredible bikes crafted by the world’s best builders, it was inside the Wall of Death that the idea for the machine before you was born! Forged together from a 2002 Harley Sportster and a vintage Harley WL it’s the brainchild of Michael Alton, roaming the roads of Texas where it’s known as Taranis.

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BACK TO BASICS: Honda CX500 by Kaspeed

Posted on October 8, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

In any rapidly changing environment that experiences enormous growth in a short period of time, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals. A true cafe racer was never meant to be a rolling showcase of the industry’s most expensive components in a stationary automotive sculpture. So taking things back to basics, Germany’s Kaspeed craft clever customs that are riders bikes first and foremost. Simplifying and improving every area of the motorcycle until like this 1980 Honda CX500 it’s ready to put an enormous smile on its new owner’s dial.

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