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SUPERCHARGED SR400 – Oily Rag Customs

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Scott in Tracker. No Comments

Words by Scott Hopkin | Photography by Ian Davidson

The dust has settled for another year on the third Machine Show based in Braidwood, NSW, Australia. The show features a Bike Build competition every year, where dedicated motorcycle builders build unique pre-1989 bikes specifically for the show. This year they had 36 entries of all different styles and marques – from choppers to café racers and everything in between. One of the stand-out builds was this Supercharged SR400 tracker by Keeley Pritchard. As soon as we saw the 1986 SR400, we knew a lot of blood, sweat and tears had gone into the bike, but didn’t realise how young the builder was. Keeley is a 22-year-old motorbike mechanic from Sydney’s Northern Beaches who works for a garage called Surfside Motorcycles. In the lead up to the show, when everyone had gone home and his boss had turned off the lights, he turned them back on and worked well into the night bringing his creation to life.


RAJASTHAN RAMPAGE – Ride more. Routine less.

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Scott in Event, Other, Scrambler. 16 comments

It’s not everyday you receive an email asking if you’d be interested in going to India to ride Royal Enfields across the Rajasthan desert with a film crew and a professional photographer. That’s exactly what happened at the end of last year: I received an email from a guy called Matt from Nevermind Adventures. He runs organized motorcycle adventure tours all over India. Only a fool would think about it for just a second. I thought about it for two, and replied: ‘When do we leave?’.



Posted on January 4, 2014 by Andrew in . No Comments

Scott (L) and Andrew (R) for the 2014 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Pipeburn is owned and run by two biking Sydneysiders, Scott Hopkin and Andrew Jones. The site was set up in January of 2009 by Scott, a keen rider and advertising art director. After buying a Yamaha SR400 he got bitten by the bike bug and decided to start a blog and post any custom bike material that he thought was worthy of sharing.

After about a year, the mammoth task of posting something interesting on a daily basis hit home. So Scott shot off an email to a guy called Andrew who was a regular commenter on the site, asking him if he’d like to contribute something. They got talking and soon realised that were not only living in the same city, but they were both in the ad game and both spent way … Read More »


MOTO PHOTOS: 2019 One Moto Show, Portland, Oregon

Posted on March 4, 2019 by Andrew in Bobber, Chopper, Classic, Event, Tracker. No Comments

It’s crazy to think that nine years ago we featured a few bikes from a random little show in Portland called the ‘One Moto Show’. Then it its second year, it had 75 bikes and around 1500 bike enthusiasts come through the doors to check out this ‘new wave’ of custom bikes. But ten years later…


The Pipeburn team

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Andrew in . Comments Off on The Pipeburn team

Martin Hodgson

Martin Hodgson has been writing for automotive publications since 2000 to paying his way through an International law degree. But it’s a lifelong passion for pulling apart engines and sometimes even putting them back together. Since 2003 he’s spent time working for teams in the V8 Supercar championship, as well as production racing at the regional level. And when he’s not working legal cases, the professionally trained engine tuner is tweaking maps on race bikes or rebuilding motorcycles that most would have left to die.

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Scott Hopkin

Scott got bitten by the bike bug at a very young age while riding little Honda CR80s on his uncle’s farm. He graduated to bigger bikes before spotting a custom Yamaha SR400 on the side of the road in Bondi in 2008. From that moment on he knew he wanted to … Read More »


‘Brass Rajah’ Royal Enfield 350 – Mid Life Cycles

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 15 comments


Some brands transcend their own industry and become part of a culture so linked that one simply goes hand in hand with the other. If you mention motorcycles and India everyone’s mind is instantly drawn to the name Royal Enfield and their classic designs that have been around for generations. Enfield’s have been the transport of choice for the motorcyclist in India doing it in style, from the Brit’s who stayed behind after Independence, to the Indian Army and Police, Guy Martin on his epic adventure and our own Scott Hopkin’s high into the Himalayas. For Charlie Hallam and the Mid Life Cycles team from Melbourne, Australia, the RE Classic just made perfect sense as the platform for their latest custom and a chance to build a bike that not only looked incredible but could be easily replicated in a cost-effective manner for a limited production run. The result is this brilliant Royal Enfield Classic 350 wearing just enough of India’s most famous alloy to earn the name ‘Brass Rajah.’


2009 Triumph Thruxton

Posted on March 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

This is obviously based on the Thruxton racing bikes of the 60’s that lead to the huge Cafe Racer Revolution. They have done a great job keeping close to the original. Even hiding the fuel injection system in a pair of carburetors so it retains Thruxton’s legendary racing look.

I have read lots of great reviews of this bike and if i had a bit more cash I would definitely make some room in the garage for it.