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HIVE MIND. Fuel Motorcycles’ ‘Green Wasp’ Ossa Tracker

Posted on October 6, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. No Comments

Fuel motorcycles make sweet retro-inspired motorcycle clothing. If you’ve got a custom tracker, scrambler or ‘vinduro’ bike odds are there’s something you’ll oogle over from Fuel. And as well as producing some of the neatest jackets I’ve seen in recent years they also dabble in building bikes…

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‘BAJA V65’ by Fuel Motorcycles

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Scott in Classic, Scrambler. 5 comments

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Scram Africa is like no other motorcycle ride on the planet. It’s a 2500km trip along some of the most epic roads, trails and sand dunes through the south of Morocco and across the Altas mountains. To make it even more challenging, the ride is only for classic and neoclassic enduro bikes and scramblers. Scram is the brainchild of Karles from Fuel motorcycles in Spain, he wanted to build a classic looking bike that could handle the tough terrain for the recent 2016 ride. This time though, his choice of donor bike wasn’t one of the usual suspects.

Turns out in the 80s, Guzzi saw the success of the BMW R80G/S in the Dakar races, and decided to have a shot at building their own enduro bike. What they created was the Moto Guzzi V65 Tutto Terreno – a plastic coated machine that fit so well into the time period that it didn’t make much of an impression outside of it. Until now. Karles decided the V65 TT would make a good choice, albeit with a flavour of his own.

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1985 BMW R80 ST by Fuel Motorcycles

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Scott in Scrambler. 39 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson.

As static pieces of motorcycle art the creations of Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles are perfectly at home amongst the best in the business. The fact that they also excel at the tough world of long distance trial riding is truly incredible. Inspired by the heyday of International Six Days Trials proprietor of Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles Karles Vives builds some of the most battle hardened customs on the planet, not built just to look like they can take on desserts, they can and do! So when Didier, a French customer saw Fuel’s own R80 STrial, he made the call and ordered one customised just to his liking.

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STILETTO SCRAMBLER SR400 by Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Posted on October 8, 2017 by Scott in Event, Scrambler. 15 comments

Looks like we aren’t the only ones who enjoy riding inappropriate bikes in the desert. For the past six years, the guys at Fuel Bespoke in Barcelona have been holding Scram Africa; a ride, over 2000km, that tests the skills of riders through the south of Morocco on roads, trails and dunes. A trip specifically for nostalgic riders inspired by the original 70’s scramblers – sorry, you’ll have to leave that KTM at home.

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BMW R100 Tracker – Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Scott in Tracker. 14 comments

It’s always a Good Friday when we receive fine photographs of great bikes in the Pipeburn inbox. Like this recently completed beemer flat-tracker from our friend Karles over at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles in Spain. Karles is also the man behind Scram Africa and has a serious passion for classic flat trackers and scramblers. It’s been almost a year since we posted Karles first bike, another BMW R100 tracker which was also a tribute to the flat trackers of old. After several months of hard work Karles is extremely happy with his latest project. “It has been a great challenge to complete the bike and a way to improve and continue learning in this addictive world of customization” he says. I have a soft spot for airheads and flat trackers, so for me this is the perfect combination.


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Interview: Karles Vives – Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Scott in Other, Scrambler. 31 comments


You’ve probably never heard of Karles Vives. He is not famous in the motorcycling world and up until 6 months ago he had never attempted to build a bike. That all changed when he picked up a 1982 BMW R100 and Jeremy Churchill’s ‘BMW 2-Valve Twins’ book and decided to turn a tired old beemer that was drowning in panniers and a chunky fairing into the classic styled scrambler of his dreams. When we spotted this bike, it got our attention like a red rag to a bull and wanted to find out more about this Spaniard and his classy German scrambler he affectionately calls ‘Scram’.


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WEAPON OF MASS SEDUCTION: MV Agusta ‘La Rouge’ by Tricana Motorcycles

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

Written by Tim Huber.

MV Agusta has a rich and lengthy race history as one of the winningest motorcycle marques of all time with the Varese firm having nabbed more than 75 world titles between ’52 and ’74. The company’s also had the honor of seeing a slew of motorcycling legends pass through its ranks and pilot its bikes with racers like Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini famously at the helm. So, it’s frankly unsurprising that when looking to build an MV Agusta-based cafe racer, that Switzerland’s Tricana Motorcycle’s would draw inspiration from the Italian brand’s illustrious race machines from around half-a-century-ago. 

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STELLAR SCRAMBLER: Ducati 750SS by LL Motorcycles

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler. No Comments

Written by Tim Huber.

Though the Monster is a fairly close second, the 750/900 SS platform has become Ducati’s most commonly customized model in recent years. While its bodywork is admittedly on the dated side, once stripped from the SS, what you’re left with is a strapping L-Twin engine, the Bologna firm’s signature tubular trellis frame, and, with a little creativity; gobs of potential for customization.

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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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