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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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LIGHT AND SHADOW. BarnBuiltBikes’ Svelte Honda VT600 Boardtracker

Posted on January 18, 2019 by Andrew in Board Tracker, Bobber. No Comments

BarnBuiltBikes are a working man’s motorcycle shop. They repair and service every kind of marque imaginable. From scooters to classic motorcycles, the three man team of Derek, Bart and Sven keep all sorts of oddities on the road in their native Belgium. But every few months they turn out a tidy little custom ride…

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EARL GREY. KR Custom’s ‘Grigio’ Royal Enfield Bobber

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Roadster. No Comments

It’s easy for us in the west. Want to build an old airhead? Fire up Craigslist, go kick some tires and sooner or later you’ll have some Bavarian moto-goodness sitting in the shed. But in other parts of the world the dance is much harder. Like in Chennai, India, where Royal Enfield gurus KR Customs made this…

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The PIPEBURN 2018 Bike of the Year Award

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Andrew in Awards. No Comments

Christmas has been easy for you. You lot have been stuffing your faces and lying comatose on the couch. But meanwhile, we at Pipeburn HQ have been tearing our hair out. Coming up with a list of finalists from the bikes we’ve featured over the last twelve months is no easy task. But there can be only one…

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FOUR-STROKE OF GENIUS. The Real Intellectuals’ Yamaha SR500 Flat Tracker

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer, Tracker. No Comments

Greece’s The Real Intellectuals are a rough group of motorcycle nuts who occasionally run a madcap dirt event dubbed ‘The Rotten Race’. Not content to just sink booze and watch from the sideline, they teamed up with local shop Urban Mechanics to build an entry, a 1990 Yamaha SR500

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ONE DOWN, CLAW UP. AdHoc’s Sharp Cagiva Raptor Roadster

Posted on December 14, 2018 by Andrew in Roadster. No Comments

Some clients can rain cash down upon a builder to make their dreams come to life. But sometimes owners are mere mortals like us and have to tread more warily when it comes to a budget. And that’s what Spain’s Adhoc have dealt with here, with their 2005 Cagiva Raptor…

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EXTENDED REVIEW: 2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 701

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Review, Scrambler. No Comments

These bikes are nothing if not divisive. You’ll either think they’re the best looking motorcycles on the market or you’re just plain wrong. But what are they like to ride?

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SECOND COMING. Diamond Atelier’s ‘Mark II Evo’ BMW R100R Cafe Racer

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Germany’s Diamond Atelier craft motorcycles so clean you could eat off them. And they don’t do one at a time – the team work and refine a design, gather the parts and build a limited run of them. It’s a clever process that keeps the workshop humming and the price well below frightening…

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