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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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KREATIVE EXPRESSION: BMW K75C by JAX Garage

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

Written by Tim Huber.

Building custom bikes means different things to different people. For some it’s a way to make a living, while for others it’s a means of blowing off steam and getting to unleash a little creativity upon the world. For Australia’s Jas Babalija, it’s very much the latter. The Melbourne-based bike enthusiast holds a number of largely clinical positions by day, leaving little to no room in his work life for any form of real self expression.

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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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IT’S A SMALL WORLD: 1972 Honda Chaly

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

Written by Ian Lee.

There is an idea in some motorcycle cultures, that having a bigger bike isn’t necessarily better. I can agree with this line of thought. I remember opening up the throttle in sixth gear on my Suzuki 250, leaning into a corner, feeling like a MotoGP racer and seeing that the bike was just nudging 95kmh. This culture of smaller is better is prevalent in South East Asia, where big capacity bikes are not an option, yet the desire to customise bikes is still strong. This part of the world is where our story begins, with Callum Blackmore discovering in Thailand exactly what he was looking for in a motorcycle. And so today we feature the fruit of his labour, his 1972 Honda Chaly Custom.

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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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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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