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Triumph Bonneville Concept Bike by Bunker

The term ‘modern classic’ has been so vehemently overused it almost lays next to ‘legendary’ as a desolate term stripped of any real meaning. There …

BMW R90 INTERCEPTOR by...

BMW R90 INTERCEPTOR<br>by Radical Ducati<p>WOW<br>#bmw #motorrad #moto #instamoto #croig #caferacer #custombike #bike by hitshotdesigns http://overboldmotor.co

The Stunning Beauty Of A Winter Motorcycle Trip Into The Mojave Desert

What happens when you throw a 500 pound motorcycle down a dirt road, way out in the desert? Fortunately, we humans have the capacity to improvise …

Into the woods: A Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

Under the hood, there’s not much difference between the Triumph Bonneville and Scrambler. Other than their firing intervals (the Scrambler has a 270-degree crank for extra ‘thump’), the bikes are mainly separated by styling cues.<p>Which means that, with a few well-placed mods, a stock Bonnie can be …

Motorcycles

Maxed Out: Yamaha’s Yard Built VMAX custom

The mighty V-Max is thirty years old this year. And it’s still making the news—for both the right and the wrong reasons.<p>Its creator, Kenji Ekuan of GK Design, died a few days ago. Ekuan isn’t as well known as European designers such as Massimo Tamburini or Miguel Galluzzi, but he should be. His …

Motorcycles
Motorcycles

Honda XL600 LM - Matteucci Garage

Head of Italian workshop Matteucci Garage, Marco Matteucci, is adamant he’s not a mechanic. ‘I’m not even close, I wouldn’t offend the category’ he …

Motorcycles

The West Australian

No kiddingVideoMystery over rogue goat solvedAn unlikely new neighbour has raised some eyebrows in the leafy suburb of Dalkeith — a rescued wild goat …

U.S. Federal Courts

All killer, no filler: BMW R nineT by JSK

We’re all chomping at the bit for BMW to release details on their rumoured R nineT ‘Scrambler’. Until they do, we’ll have to rely on custom shops like JSK Custom Design to feed our mud-slinging appetites.<p>Samuel Kao launched JSK Moto in 2010, after relocating to Southern California from Taiwan to …

Fabrication

The Suzuki GS750, revisited

In the mid-70s, Suzuki was reeling from the disastrous RE5 rotary episode, and bet the house on a new 4-stroke inline four. The GS750 was an immediate hit with journalists and riders alike: “The quickest and best-handling 750 on the market,” raved <i>Cycle World</i>.<p>So why don’t we see more of them on the …

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Kevils' timeless BMW R100 Scrambler

Custom BMWs are all the rage right now. But one workshop in England was producing stunning airheads way before they were cool.<p>Kev Hill and his crew at Kevil’s Speed Shop have been at it for six years, and over seventy builds have rolled out of the workshop in picturesque Devon. So they know their …

Motorcycles

The Essential Buyer’s Guide: Moto Guzzi 2-Valve Big Twins Review

The Essential Buyer’s Guide: Moto Guzzi 2-Valve Big Twins Rider’s Library<p>England’s Veloce Publishing has developed an extensive line of essential …

Steam-powered Motorcycle

Revatu’s Black Pearl is a beautiful and humorous showpiece motorcycle. Not only does it look like a steam train, it actually works like a steam …

Motorcycle Journalism Is Broken. This Is How We're Going To Fix It.

When was the last time you read something that made you want to get on a bike? Go ahead, I’ll wait. I won’t blame you if you can’t come up with any …

New Orleans

Heavenly Hardtail: Factory Metal Works BSA A65

Classic hardtails aren’t our regular fare, but we can’t resist the subtle beauty of a Factory Metal Works build.<p>Three years, shop boss Lucas Joyner blew our socks off with an amazing Triumph built for Mooneyes. And now he’s back with a beautiful BSA A65, its lovely engine cradled in a …

Mountain Biking

The Auto Fabrica Type 6: Reduced to perfection

In Japan, there is a design theory called Kanso (簡素)—meaning simplicity, or the elimination of clutter. And every time I see an Auto Fabrica bike, I’m reminded of that fine principle.<p>The machines that roll out of the English workshop are reduced to the bare minimum, but beautifully finished. And …

Mark Twain

Going With The Flow: Kawasaki W650 by Clutch

Before the ‘new’ Triumph Bonneville came along, there was the Kawasaki W650. And some would argue that it captured the spirit of the Meriden original even better than the later Hinckley-built Bonnie.<p>Willie Knoll of Paris-based Clutch Custom Motorcycles is a fan. His Bonneville T100 from last year …

Motorcycles

Josh’s BSA Thunderbolt Bobber

Two wheels good, four wheels bad has never been a Bike Shed banner. Yes it is the two wheelers that fill our heads for every waking hour and populate …

Motorcycles

‘00 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport - Santiago Choppers

Getting your custom motorcycle on Pipeburn isn’t too difficult. All you need to do is provide good quality, clear photographs and a few hundred words …

Purebreed Motorcycles CB750

Tuning engines is a double edged sword and away from the racetrack makes no sense at all. More or less any vehicle can be rendered a time sapping …

Motorcycles

Flying Dutchman: a Yamaha XS850 racer from Holland

Every year, Dutchman Maarten Poodt builds a new bike. As winter approaches and the daylight hours shorten, he starts a new project from scratch.<p>There are a few must-haves. The bike has to be an older, reasonably rare Yamaha. It must be possible to convert it into a sportbike with good handling. And …

Motorcycles

Throwback: 1939 Scott Flying Squirrel

<i>Below is the first in a four-part series highlighting rare and historic motorcycles. Today’s subject: the 1939 Scott Flying Squirrel. Penned by</i> …

Squirrels

Side Order: Deus x Yamaha XV950 ‘D-Side’

We’ve always had a soft spot for sidecar motorcycles. But the only serious manufacturer is Ural, which sold a mere 1,200 rigs last year—with half going to the USA.<p>The bare bones Ural is not everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s hard to resist the charms of this custom combo from Deus Milano. Based on a …

Motorcycles

Rebellion Of The Machines: a true Honda CB750 café

Has the term ‘café racer’ been abused beyond recognition? A growing number of experienced bike builders think so, including Madrid-based Rebellion Of The Machines.<p>“Rebellion is a reaction to the ‘new’ café racer scene,” says founder Adolfo Calles. “We’re fed up with the ‘artisan’ word being used to …

Motorcycles

Honda Dominator by Renard Speed Shop

<i>Words by Martin Hodgson.</i><p>It was once a basic Honda 650 Dominator, now the bike before you is a certifiable scrambler beast, with the smile of a Dakar …

Motorcycles

Reborn Customs Black Belt

The Black Belt. An achievement only acquired through intense training, practice and passion. A sign of ones dedication and fortitude and yet a thinly …

Justin's RD350

Take a look around this page, this website, in fact any custom motorcycle website for that matter, and you’ll see that two strokes crop up less …

12 Steps to Building a Cafe Racer

The first feature on ‘How to Build a Café Racer’ struck a chord. Not everybody who read it agreed with the content, but when it comes to style, there are several different schools of taste.<p>I’m going to focus on the performance side of building a cafe racer. Or street tracker, scrambler, or any …

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