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Review: 2017 Triumph T100 & Street Cup

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 24 comments

I have no idea what I’m doing. As I reach over and adjust the mirrors on the brand new T100 I catch a glimpse of an ex-superbike world champion riding behind me. He blips the throttle and with a tug of his arms has the nose of the Bonneville pointing towards the sky. In front of me, a seasoned motorcycle journalist and part-time racer weaves from side to side, scraping his pegs at nearly a walking pace.

In between them is me. Bolt upright, hands gripped tight on the bars and riding dead straight. Marlon Slack from Pipeburn – commuter, tourer, sometime weekend scratcher. I’m not a racer. I’m not thinking about stoppies or wheelies or burnouts. What am I thinking? Don’t Drop The Bike.

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‘72 BMW R75/5 – Tattoo Custom Motorcycles

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Scott in Classic, Scrambler. 56 comments

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We are happy to introduce a new writer at the ‘House of Burning Pipes’. Marlon Slack is our latest recruit and we’re happy to have him on board for the ride.

Tattoo Custom Motorcycles have taken this 1972 R75/5 – a traditional, commuter-style bike – and turned it into a neat scrambler with a few particularly nice, subtle touches. There’s quite a few boxer engine custom bikes kicking around these days, but it wasn’t always the case. Eight years ago I sat in the café attached to Deus Ex Machina and between bites of breakfast and the occasional superior scowl I tried to throw at the Deus clientele, the side doors opened and a mechanic wheeled in a BMW R65, propping it up in a window display that overlooks the cafe. Behind me an older guy looked up at the motorcycle with a scowl. ‘Please,’ he groaned, ‘we’re trying to eat.’

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BRING THE NOISE. Krautmotor’s ‘Little Go Beep’ BMW R nineT Racer

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer, Tracker. No Comments

In the world of custom motorcycles perhaps the only thing as interesting and as eclectic as the machines themselves are the people who build, buy and ride them. A more diverse group you are unlikely to find and one of the leading characters who manages to still stand out in such a crowd is Mr Krautmotors…

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MOTO PHOTOS: 2018 Custom Built Show, Bogotá, Colombia

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Andrew in Event. No Comments

I’ve got many stories about my time in Colombia. Some of it is a blur. I was crippled by soroche, struck down by the flu and found myself in the middle of Colombia’s national holiday. A holiday that had missile-launcher-toting soldiers on DR650’s patrolling the streets…

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ICING ON THE CAKE. George Baker’s Ducati 900SS Cafe Racer

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

George Baker has an enormous, professional workshop at his disposal. Described by many in the scene as the ‘deathstar of custom motorcycles’, his premises also takes in a 200 seat cafe, a small theatre, a bar and a huge apparel store. Alright, that’s a lie…

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FIERE & FURY. The ‘Bazooka’ Moto Guzzi From Ruote Fiere

Posted on September 8, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

In the last ten years old Moto Guzzis have gone through a stratospheric increase in value. Big block 70’s and 80’s models now command prices that would have been laughable a decade ago. The secret’s out – and now people realize what a great base they are for a killer custom build…

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BAD DAD. FNG Works’ Insane ‘Papa Jahat’ Honda C70

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Moped, Other. No Comments

Most engine swaps on motorcycles are sensible. People will stick a SR400 engine into a British plunger frame. They’ll lower a shovelhead engine into a hardtail. It usually makes sense. But rarely will a builder do something as bonkers as Malaysia’s FNG Works…

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KICK ASS. Mule Motorcycles’ Yamaha SR500 Tracker

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

There’s no two ways about it – Mule Motorcycles build the best trackers in the world. They usually work their magic on Sportsters. But they’re nearly always twins. Thankfully, for worshippers at the altar of the SR500, he’s now turned his talents to Yamaha’s…

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’POWER AND THE PASSION. Bottpower’s Buell Ulysses XR1R Racer

Posted on August 17, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

Bottpower are a Spanish custom shop that make parts for high performance twins. Carbon fibre tanks and seats, perfectly machined triple clamps and even entire frames. Much of their work ended up on their iconic Pikes Hill motorcycle in 2017. It was fast, it handled like a dream and it was gorgeous…

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STONE FREE. Medusa’s Honda Dominator Scrambler

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

There’s something refreshing about Atelier Medusa. Based in France, the shop doesn’t make any pretensions about being the most experienced team out there. They have mentors, they ask questions and they learn. A lot. Each of their builds has been getting better and better….

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