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MIRTH, WIND AND FIRE. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘C4’ Kawasaki Zephyr Neo-Cafe

Written by Martin Hodgson There is something incredibly satisfying about being right, and if you’re part of the cafe racer revival, then by default you are. Let me explain; in the 1990s some Japanese manufacturers were already selling retro remakes and industry experts thought this to be insane. One major magazine opined forcefully that on the release of the 1994 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 the company would have been better building a Harley cruiser clone. Now more than twenty years on Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles have taken that exact model and turned it into a stunning Neo-Cafe machine, proving the retro warriors are still winning. You’d think the fact the Zephyr was a sell out success would have had said scribes conceding defeat. But it wasn’t until the full retro revival took off that brings us all here together today that they finally accepted the error of their ways. Call me crazy....




ZEE WHIZ. BGM Cafe Racer’s ’78 Kawasaki Z400 Road Scrambler

Written by Marlon Slack BGM Cafe Racers’ Tonie Wishart is attempting to redeem himself. Years in the past his father introduced a motorcycle house, an previous Kawasaki G4TR 100, which Tonie efficiently pulled aside and unsuccessfully put again collectively. Now, years later and with a hell of much more expertise underneath his belt, Tonie and the group from BGM have turned out this, a cracking 1979 Kawasaki Z400 avenue scrambler. It’s much more spectacular when you think about the donor bike they had been working with. “I purchased it off eBay for £500 again in 2014,” Tonie says, “It was a properly used commuter bike with a couple of miles on the clock nevertheless it had nice potential.” Level me to the closest nation lane When he talks about potential he’s referring to the preliminary plan for his new bike — a easy, low-budget shed-built mission. However then issues spiralled....


Be taught to Construct your personal Cafe Racer

There are many arguments for why it is best to construct your personal cafe racer reasonably than having it constructed by knowledgeable workshop. The most important cause is, after all, the associated fee. Sadly, there are additionally loads of explanation why folks don’t do it themselves. Missing the ability to do it’s maybe the most important issue, however it turns on the market’s an economical answer to that downside. All you want is an web connection and the need to study.




Product of Steel – Triumph Pace Triple

One place the place type ought to by no means compromise operate is on this planet of motorbike customisation. That is notably related when customising a motorbike such because the Triumph Pace Triple. The Pace Triple lays declare to being one the primary manufacturing unit constructed bikes to undertake the streetfighter type. This was a daring transfer by Triumph and one they took very severely. Together with its aggressive ‘bug-eyed’ styling, the Triumph Pace Triple is a prime performer. It’s been praised for each its energy and dealing with 12 months after 12 months and has amassed an enormous world following throughout its 25 years of manufacturing.


COOL RUNNINGS. Banb Bike’s ‘Zumax’ Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma Racer

Written by Andrew Jones Ostentatious oil coolers have been a stock-in-trade merchandise for Japanese automotive customisers for many years. Lifted from racing automotive stylings of the 70s and 80s, the extra ridiculous its placement and the route the oil strains take, the extra avenue cred the vehicles appear to have. Now a vital a part of the Japanese ‘Shakotan’ fashion, it’s a part of a plethora of cool customized concepts developed in Japan because the daybreak of time. However has it ever been tried on a customized bike? Nicely, it has now. Meet the ‘Zumax’ Suzuki GSX750 racer from France‘s Banb Bikes. Store proprietor Alban Jaunay works as a contract product designer in Marseille, within the south of France. He’d been pondering of constructing himself a customized motorcycle for just a few years, however he actually obtained critical after he went along with his girlfriend to the Café Racer Pageant close....




COOL CHANGE. Benjie’s Basic Harley Softail Bobber

Written by Andrew Jones When the brand new wave of Japanese customs rocked up within the late noughties, it was just like the 70-odd years of customized bike historical past earlier than that time didn’t exist. We barged into the room  with our new-fangled cafe racers, brats and trackers and turned up our noses at just about something that wasn’t ordained as that month’s sizzling new pattern. However as many retailers now ponder their 142nd cafe racer construct, the developments that prevailed within the 70s, 80s and 90s at the moment are being seen with new, extra forgiving eyes. In that spirit, New Jersey’s BCR Designs set themselves a problem; return to the longer term with a traditional Harley Softail bobber. Right here’s the outcomes. It’s clear that for some customized retailers, it’s about amount and throughput. For them, reproducibility is an effective factor. However at Benjie’s Cafe Racers –....


MOTO VIDEO: The Sultans of Dash Season Highlights

 Only a fast submit tonight to throw the highlight onto the 2018 highlights video from our good buddies on the distinctive, thrilling and ever so barely loopy Sultans of Dash race sequence. After an awesome 2018 that included bikes like Bernard Mont’s spectacular ‘Nowhere Sooner’, together with the VTR Spitfire BMW and the Schlachtwerk ‘Skinny Beast’ Yamaha that went on to win, we determined to work much more intently with the SOS crew in 2019. Anticipate the sequence to be even greater and higher this yr. There will likely be extra pace, extra customs and (don’t say I instructed you this) much more producers. Hell, we’d even be part of within the enjoyable ourselves. However I’ve in all probability given away greater than I ought to. All I’ll say proper now could be that should you like customized bike dash racing and seeing grown-ass adults partying in Sesame Road....




Construct your personal Cafe Racer – On-line Coaching

There are many arguments for why you need to construct your personal cafe racer slightly than having it constructed by an expert workshop. The largest motive is, in fact, the price. Sadly, there are additionally loads of the reason why individuals don’t do it themselves. Missing the ability to do it’s maybe the most important issue, nevertheless it turns on the market’s an economical resolution to that downside. All you want is an web connection and the need to study.


RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. Pop Bang Classics’ ‘Borg’ Honda CB450

Written by Marlon Slack Dwelling subsequent to the ocean is beautiful, however as any surf-girted bike nut will let you know, all that salty sea breeze simply destroys bikes. It eats chrome, dulls aluminum and causes rust to flash up in weeks. So what’s the purpose of a elegant if it’s simply going to get eaten by the ocean? Effectively, there’s not. That’s how Brisbane’s Pop Bang Classics got here up with this, a post-apocalyptic 1971 Honda CB450 dubbed the ‘Borg’. The proprietor of the ‘Borg, Kenny Smith, had been eyeing off a trip for some time. “I really like bikes and design, so it appeared like a pleasant undertaking to have ticking over within the background,” he says. “So by some associates I discovered a 1971 Honda CB450 on the market. It had been modified fairly considerably from the unique, nonetheless plenty of the modifications had been yard jobs....




Journey Evaluate – Royal Enfield 650 Twins

Royal Enfield lay declare to producing the world’s longest fixed manufacturing bike design. The primary Royal Enfield Bullet rolled out of the UK manufacturing unit again in 1931. Regardless of it being produced for some 88 years there are nonetheless many similarities between the primary Bullet and people being produced at this time. So, as you’ll be able to think about, when Royal Enfield launch a brand new mannequin it’s type of an enormous deal. After saying the event of a brand new Royal Enfield 650 twin again in 2017 the brand new fashions have lastly arrived. As a part of their world launch, I flew to Sydney to spend a while attending to know the two new fashions bearing the 650 twin badge.


ON THE GAS. Tattoo Customs’ ‘Blue Velvet’ BMW R80RT Cafe Brat

  Written by Martin Hodgson Neglect the disco-era 1970s and even the golden age of the Renaissance, seems males have been strutting the streets sporting vibrant velvet since 200 BC in China. Personally I’ve by no means obtained the development; until you’re the legendary American pimp, Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan, then you definitely’re most likely greatest leaving the velvet within the draw! Fortunately there’s no goblets, canes or seedy aspect streets right here, only a excellent stripped down and smooth 1985 BMW R80RT. From the creatives minds at North Carolina’s Tattoo Customs comes ‘Blue Velvet’, the one sort that may make anybody look good! The workshop is not like most others, “Born in Tattoo Initiatives advert company, Tattoo Bikes applies the identical ideas of artistic technique and showmanship to customs as we do to creating artistic model campaigns for our purchasers. Any given day at Tattoo, bikes are being constructed....




WAR HORSE. David Meyer’s Magestic ‘Balios’ Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Written by Andrew Jones The parallels between using a bike and using a horse are apparent. I’d argue that in quite a lot of methods, bikes are simply the economic revolution model of the nice previous Equus Caballus. Within the 1850s, a horse would offer private transport, you can use them at work, police would experience them as would troopers, and so they had been a hell of quite a lot of enjoyable on the weekends, too. Channelling this thought, Georgia’s David Meyer has created a cheerful medium of the 2. No, it’s not some half moto, half horse cyborg. It’s really an immaculate Honda CB550 cafe named after Achilles’ immortal war-horse, ‘Balios’. David begins the briefing with some Historic Greek classes. “Balios was an immortal horse,” he tells us. “Considered one of two which pulled the chariot of Achilles through the Trojan Wars.” And no, it wasn’t that enormous....


HERD MENTALITY. Two Yamaha XV Cafe Fighters from Moose Motodesign

Written by Andrew Jones It appears fairly clear to us that there’s one thing bizarre happening with the Polish water. Overlook fluoride or vapour trails; this conspiracy appears to make whole nations fall in love with sure bikes. Poland’s destiny has been deemed by some secret cabal to carry an timeless love of Yamaha’s XV. If one seems in our inbox, chances are high it’s from Polska. How these shadowy masters handle to make this occur is unclear; all we all know is that the nation is the present and undisputed king of Virago builds. And clearly Tom from Moose Motodesign has been staying very properly hydrated. He’s solely gone and constructed two wonderful XV Virago cafe racers for our viewing pleasure. Cling on. This jogs my memory of one thing A mere anchor’s throw from the shipbuilding powerhouse and revolutionary hotbed of Gdansk, Tom hails from the Baltic Sea-side....




GOD HAMMER – Forty Eight Sportster

Harley-Davidson is the indeniable king of cruisers. Positive they’ve dabbled with just a few racing bikes up to now, however they’ve just about caught to the cruiser system for over 50 years. That is evidenced by their present lineup of huge dice freeway cruisers and lane splitter Sportsters. That is the unlucky purpose that Harleys not often grace these pages. From time to time although one thing pops up on my radar that warrants a better look. Take as an illustration this endurance racer styled Harley Davidson Forty Eight by Italy’s Greaser Storage.


GODDHAMMER – Forty Eight Sportster

Harley-Davidson is the indeniable king of cruisers. Certain they’ve dabbled with a couple of racing bikes up to now, however they’ve just about caught to the cruiser formulation for over 50 years. That is evidenced by their present lineup of huge dice freeway cruisers and lane splitter Sportsters. That is the unlucky cause that Harleys not often grace these pages. Occasionally although one thing pops up on my radar that warrants a better look. Take for example this endurance racer styled Harley Davidson Forty Eight by Italy’s Greaser Storage.




Using Gear – Icon 1000 Slingbag

In case your search for the right bike backpack is developing trumps, maybe it’s time to vary tack.  This cross-body, single strap pack ticks all the correct packing containers. Icon 1000 makes gear that by no means fails to carry up and their new Slingbag is not any exception.


VIDEO: ‘Handcrafted’ – A Customized Bike Movie

 It’s not typically today that we publish movies, however typically one thing comes your approach that simply makes you sit up and listen. For us, it was an electronic mail from Tom at Brisbane’s Function Constructed Moto. Already an area Pipeburn favorite, the fervour and enthusiasm we seen as Tom instructed us that he’s principally gone and made a full size film on the Australian customized bike scene was actually inspiring. That indisputable fact that he’d achieved it on a shoestring finances simply upped the ante much more. In his personal phrases, “We made it by interviewing and using with a few of Australia’s most fascinating and influential customized bike builders. It takes a glance contained in the minds and garages of seven solely completely different motorbike craftsmen, supplying you with an perception into the struggles, triumphs, and most significantly the inventive course of behind the handcrafted machine.” And....




QUICK AND THE DEAD. Exesor Bikes’ ‘Santoku’ ’76 SUZUKI GT250 Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson Let’s face it. The times of latest highway authorized two-stroke bikes are quick being resigned to the scrap heap of historical past. Fortunately, the scrap heap is strictly the place Christian Schwarzenlander will get the donors for his initiatives, he merely refuses to start out a construct with a motorcycle that runs. The proprietor of Austria‘s Exesor Bikes had stumbled throughout an previous, useless smoker at a giveaway value and with a love for 1970’s racing it was the proper probability to mix the 2. The top result’s this merely beautiful ’76 Suzuki GT250 two-stroke racer referred to as ‘Santoku’. Consider any model of customized bike and Christian has constructed one, however a race duplicate was the final on the record and discovering the GT was the possibility to finish the set. “It was a typical barn discover, it was a bit of scrap. A rolling....


Lock Inventory – Royal Enfield 650 Twin

I’m in Sydney for the Australian launch of the brand new Royal Enfield 650 twins. Throughout the subsequent couple of days, I will probably be spending time within the saddle of each the 650 Continental GT and Interceptor 650 and can publish a full trip overview quickly afterward. Within the meantime, let’s check out a particular challenge Royal Enfield accomplished final 12 months in collaboration with efficiency consultants S&S Cycles. Nicknamed ‘Lock Inventory’ this closely modified Royal Enfield 650 twin is a function constructed, drag strip devouring beast.




SUPER DOOPER HAWK. Moto Conspiracy’s Gorgeous ‘64 Honda Road Tracker

Written by Marlon Slack In a spot the place greater is at all times higher, it’s stunning to see a store just like the Moto Conspiracy. The Dallas-based workshop is a neat little operation that specialises in ultra-clean little cafe racers. However this time they’ve branched out, with their first avenue tracker — a 1964 Honda Superhawk designed to appear to be a manufacturing facility optioned construct. That’s proper, The Moto Conspiracy’s Isiah Sales space is new to the entire tracker factor. It began just a few years in the past when made a visit from Texas as much as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to take a look at a bike present. And he was blown away by the flat monitoring scene within the cheese state. All these wide-bar, fat-tired, left-and-left-again bikes had him drooling. “I made a decision I needed to construct one for myself,” he remembers. “It was somewhat later,”....


RAT RACE. AdHoc’s Twin ‘Hamster’ Yamaha XT350 Trackers

Written by Andrew Jones C’mon. Admit it. You’ve toyed with the concept of shopping for a beater bike, customising it and getting into a race at your native flat monitor. But it surely’s an odds-on wager that, like most of us, you haven’t put your cash – or the grime – the place your mouth is. In contrast to us lazy buggers, one Spanish customized store had the rise up and go to make issues occur. And as if to show some extent, they’ve gone and finished it twice. Please welcome the ‘Hamster 01’ and ‘Hamster 02’ twin Yamaha XT350 trackers from Barcelona’s very personal AdHoc. Store proprietor Dave’s small speak let’s us know that not solely has the placehad a Christmas makeover, however there’s additionally some cool stuff within the pipeline for 2019. “We’re simply ending off a really attention-grabbing collaboration construct that will probably be shot quickly. We....




Using Gear – Sirocco Bike Gloves

After the success of the ‘Velocity’ and ‘Sakura’ bike gloves English driving gear outfit, 78 Motor Co, has launched an all-new design. 78’s clients requested for a glove that might be higher suited to colder circumstances and so they responded with the brand new Sirocco bike gloves.


BAJA HAHA. Moto Adonis’ Mad BMW R1100 Enduro Racer

Written by Andrew Jones What do you get if you take an enormous serve of America’s world-class automotive obsession and crossbreed it liberally with the Mexican custom of going loco and never giving a rattling? Why, you get Baja – that’s what. Mom of numerous cool off-road traits, the Baja 1000 was based in 1967 by American florist Ed Pearlman and it has gone on to tickle the flowery of motorbike, automobile, truck, ATV and buggy followers alike. And it’s not simply the Yanks that worship at this Temple of Sands. The Netherland’s Moto Adonis are additionally down with it, confirmed by this fairly rad ‘MAD Baja 1100’ BMW R100GS motorrad. Dutch Porsche freaks RSM Tasks often construct some fairly superior Deutsch customs. Clearly harbouring a secret BMW obsession, the store approached native customized bike powerhaus Moto Adonis and its most important man Daan to scratch their pink, white and blau....




Workshop sequence – DIY bike stand

Anybody who works on bikes is aware of the significance of a very good stand. Elevating your bike up off the ground provides you quick access to exhausting to achieve locations together with making the entire course of a lot simpler in your physique. Small lifts and race stands do an excellent job, however when you’re doing a extra complete construct a full-sized raise is certainly the way in which to go. Sadly, full-sized bike lifts don’t come low-cost. Nonetheless, constructing your individual bike stand is far simpler than you’d assume. For our newest characteristic in my workshop sequence, I teamed up with Matt from Krank Engineering to do exactly that.


Cafe King – Thruxton Triumph Manufacturing unit Customized

Triumph actually appear to have gotten the formulation proper once they launched their Thruxton R. I’ve heard each seasoned bike journalists and Thruxton R homeowners state that there’s nothing they’d change concerning the prime quality cafe racer. For probably the most half, I’d agree, however I’m additionally a giant believer that there’s at all times room for enchancment. I’ve seen a couple of workshops give it a go along with first rate outcomes, however now it’s Triumph themselves who’re stepping issues up. Feast your eyes on the brand new, restricted version Thruxton Triumph Manufacturing unit Customized.




BOL’D OVER. Recast Moto’s Gorgeous Honda CB900F Roadster

Written by Marlon Slack Some bikes completely replicate a time in historical past. And the early Honda Bol D’or is a major instance of it. All laborious strains and pressed metal wheels, there’s one thing about it that screams late 70’s optimism and chest hair. However Belarus’ Recast Moto modified that, reducing, shutting and kicking it right into a darkish, trendy roadster. And all of it occurred by probability. “We visited our buddies who convey bikes over from the Netherlands,” Recast’s Latiz Lemark remembers. “In a big hangar we discovered two bikes that us, certainly one of which was the CB900 Bol D’or.” The workforce grabbed it and wheeled it onto a truck for a visit again to their workshop in Minsk. However the bike was tough. “It was in poor situation,” Latiz says, “and it might solely be push-started. Later, in the course of the post-mortem, it turned out....


BOL’D OVER. Recast Moto’s Beautiful Honda CB900F Roadster

Written by Marlon Slack Some bikes completely replicate a time in historical past. And the early Honda Bol D’or is a major instance of it. All arduous traces and pressed metal wheels, there’s one thing about it that screams late 70’s optimism and chest hair. However Belarus’ Recast Moto modified that, reducing, shutting and kicking it right into a darkish, fashionable roadster. And all of it occurred by likelihood. “We visited our pals who deliver bikes over from the Netherlands,” Recast’s Latiz Lemark recollects. “In a big hangar we discovered two bikes that us, one among which was the CB900 Bol D’or.” The group grabbed it and wheeled it onto a truck for a visit again to their workshop in Minsk. However the bike was tough. “It was in poor situation,” Latiz says, “and it might solely be push-started. Later, through the post-mortem, it turned out the issue was the....




SERIAL THRILLER. Japanese Spirit Storage’s Honda Dominator Motocrosser

Written by Martin Hodgson It’s at all times the quiet and unassuming ones it’s important to control, for years people thought Ted Bundy was a mean Joe. Not fairly so deadly, though nonetheless the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothes is the Honda Dominator, that loved a 15 yr manufacturing run. However to actually flip it right into a killer it’s important to get its gear off and the NX650 has blossomed within the customized bike scene. So when a shopper approached Japanese Spirit Storage with a want for a motocross-inspired construct, head honcho Sylwester knew the Honda was the weapon for the job! Sylwester has at all times had an eye fixed for taking lower than fascinating equipment and turning them into one thing wonderful and the Honda has all of the important elements. When it was launched it appeared it will at all times be only a comparatively low....


SERIAL THRILLER. Jap Spirit Storage’s Honda Dominator Motocrosser

Written by Martin Hodgson It’s at all times the quiet and unassuming ones it’s a must to keep watch over, for years people thought Ted Bundy was a mean Joe. Not fairly so deadly, though nonetheless the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothes is the Honda Dominator, that loved a 15 12 months manufacturing run. However to actually flip it right into a killer it’s a must to get its gear off and the NX650 has blossomed within the customized bike scene. So when a shopper approached Jap Spirit Storage with a need for a motocross-inspired construct, head honcho Sylwester knew the Honda was the weapon for the job! Sylwester has at all times had an eye fixed for taking lower than fascinating equipment and turning them into one thing superb and the Honda has all of the very important components. When it was launched it appeared it could at all....




Using Gear – Gasoline Discovery Jacket

In case you’re trying so as to add a contact of Steve McQueen model to your using clobber then Gasoline Bikes have simply the factor. Impressed by Steve’s timeless model Gasoline have created the ‘Discovery’ motorbike jacket, a three/four waxed cotton canvas design that’s full of extremely practical options and boasts traditional attractiveness.