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THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE: Yamaha TR1 by Alec Birkbeck

Posted on October 3, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson.

Tributes can take on many forms, the words offered at a funeral or a photo that lives on the wall. But there are others whose lives demand so much more, having lived the maxim, ‘Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.’ Having walked in his older brother’s influential shadow, often just making the tea that fuelled both stories and bike builds, Alec Birkbeck knew his ultimate eulogy had to be forged in steel. With guidance from above and a desire to live up to his brother’s natural gift, it’s a stunning Yamaha TR1 just for Kevin.

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HOUNDS OF HELL: BMW R80R ‘Cerberus’ by Haseth Motorcycles

Posted on October 2, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Some projects are just meant to be. We can resist all we want, but fate has a funny way of dictating our ultimate outcomes in what we do. Marc from Haseth Motorcycles in Amsterdam recently experienced this first hand. When shopping around for a project donor, Marc came across a used early ‘90s BMW R80R, though it was a bit worse for the wear, so he ended up opting for an R60/2 instead. A little down the road after that build was complete, Marc came across the very same R80R, though again passed on it. But when it came time to find another suitable airhead donor, and the R80R popped up for a third time, Marc took it as a sign.

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PURVEYORS OF STYLE: Triumph Thruxton R by Untitled Motorcycles

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

When purveyors of sophistication and style for more than half a century, GQ Magazine, were looking for someone to build them a bike to match their ethos they knew exactly where to turn. They sent a brand new Thruxton R to Adam Kay of London’s Untitled Motorcycles, a man who has built a plethora of perfectly fashioned customs over the years. It’s little wonder his skills are in such high demand but having built the GQ bike on a serious deadline, Adam is back with another Triumph Thruxton R 1200 for one very lucky client, who was seeking the perfect modern cafe classic.

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GET LOST, GET FOUND: Lost Motos

Posted on September 29, 2019 by Scott in Adventure. No Comments

It seems fitting on the day over 100,000 gentlefolk take to the streets riding for mental health and prostate cancer on the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, we would show our support for this legendary group based in Sydney called the Lost Motos. Lost Motos is all about breaking down the stigma of men’s mental health, with their private support group on Facebook, they have been able to create a community where each person that is part of it is able to get support, encouragement and be part of a like-minded community.

Lost Motos was born out of the need of a listening ear, an empathetic heart and a revving motorcycle to make it through some tough times. What grew from a humble motorcycle trip between a few mates is now an online support group for men. A place to be vulnerable and emotional within a supportive environment surrounded by the love of motorcycles.

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WHEN SOMEDAY IS TODAY: Ducati Multistrada 1000S DS by Nico Dragoni Motociclette

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

Written by Tim Huber.

Unlike the Hypermotard, MH900e, Supermono, and Sport Classic, Pierre Terblanche’s design for the original Ducati Multistrada received a less-than-positive reception from the motorcycling public upon its release. Routinely included (and ranking high) on lists of the ugliest motorcycles in modern history, the first-gen Multistrada was all kinds of awkward. Between the cyclops headlight, a windscreen and fairing top that turned with the forks, and a sporty 999-esque tail that just didn’t mesh well with the trailie-vibe, the Multistrada was largely regarded as a visual mess.

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DOUBLE DUTCH: Yamaha XT600 by Pancake Customs

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Scott in Desert Sled. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It’s long been said that travel broadens the mind and there is nothing like a trip to the Sahara desert to teach a great many lessons. It was there a few years ago amongst the enormous and unforgiving sand dunes that custom bike builder Boy Janssen found a new respect for the humble Yamaha XT. But back home in the Netherlands, he discovered they could be tuned to be just as good on the street and he’s been turning them out for clients ever since. Now the head honcho of Pancake Customs serves up a two-piece combo with matching Yamaha XT600e Desert Sleds that make the perfect pigeon pair.

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WASABI BURN: Kawasaki W800 by Schlachtwerk

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Scott in Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Nobody goes for Sushi to only have just one piece, and the world’s best Kawasaki W builder has taken the same attitude to his bikes! So having crafted a killer Kawasaki powered drag bike called ‘Wasabi’ with all the fun, flavour and exhilaration of the real thing, Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thoring decided that the second dish needed to be just the same, only available on the takeaway menu! So with his team of world-class chefs, he’s back with his second Wasabi offering and this one takes all of the drag racing hardware to the street for one hell of a traffic light GP racer.

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METAL OF HONOR: Honda CB450 DX by JM Customs

Posted on September 23, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Last time we checked in with Scotland’s JM Customs, James Moir and his team had just completed a gorgeous V65 Moto Guzzi scrambler. Turns out, the customer that commissioned the Guzzi was so taken with the build, that he called on JMC to turn out another smaller, yet similar build as a surprise birthday present for his wife. “We started with a completely stock 1992 Honda CB450 DX that we had in stock as a potential donor bike. We wanted to create a stripped-back scrambler that had a vintage/military influence, blending modern components in with period parts in our usual style,” says Moir. 

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BAVARIAN BLUE: BMW R80 by La Motocicletta

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Scott in Board Tracker, Bobber. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Literally Italian for “motorbike”, La Motocicletta is a small shop in Italy that approaches custom building from a different vantage point than most. Massimo, La Motocicletta founder and head honcho, previously spent his days working on prototypes for major manufacturers, so churning out one-off parts and ultra-clean bikes with a factory level finish is what the man is accustom to.

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OLD SCHOOL COOL: Custom Works ZON Knucklehead Chopper

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Scott in Chopper. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

The last time we visited the rural village of Hino in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan we brought to you Custom Works ZON’s incredible American V-Twin mud muncher that’s been ripping it up in the Suzuka Mountain Range. At the time we teased that while Yuichi San had recently done some work for BMW his bread and butter was cool as can be old school choppers. Returning to his shop, that is a step back in time to custom Harley craftsmen of old, we find his latest creation. A stunning 1947 Knucklehead Chopper with all the fruit for both King and Queen.

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