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Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:01:50 +0000


Playing the angles: An edgy Ducati Monster 600 cafe
Posted on Friday August 12, 2022

Category : Custom Motorcycles

Author : Chris Hunter

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Ducati Monster 600 café racer by For the Bold Industries
A few years ago, a café racer was usually a classic bike, modified with sleeker bodywork, a tuned engine, and a stubby solo seat. If you had a mental picture, it was most likely a 1970s Honda CB or a 1980s BMW airhead.

But as the mainstream factories dress up their bikes with fairings and clip-ons, many builders are moving on and ditching the classic vibe. They’re turning towards more modern machines—and blurring the lines of what a cafe racer should be.

Ducati Monster 600 café racer by For the Bold Industries
This slick Ducati Monster 600 from England typifies the change. The café racer ethos is still there, but the retro aspect is dialed down.

Called ‘Ghost,’ this machine comes from Manchester-based builder Antony Ruggiero, a man who’s comfortable with a grinder in one hand and an iPad in the other.…



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Thu, 11 Aug 2022 17:04:32 +0000


Enzo: A Moto Guzzi 1000 SP café racer from Italy
Posted on Thursday August 11, 2022

Category : Custom Motorcycles

Author : Wesley Reyneke

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Moto Guzzi 1000 SP café racer by Fuchs Workshop
Commissioned builds are the lifeblood of any successful custom motorcycle businesses, but so is a strong portfolio. So it’s not unusual for a workshop to occasionally close their order book for a minute, and pour all their energy into building a showpiece. It’s a chance to show off the full spectrum of their talent and skill—without a brief or budget to rein them in.

This Moto Guzzi 1000 SP is one such build. On the surface, it’s a glossy café racer with a flawless stance. But the more you stare at it, the more you realize just how heavily this late-70s tourer has been customized.

Moto Guzzi 1000 SP café racer by Fuchs Workshop
It’s the work of Massimo Rinchiuso, who runs Fuchs Workshop in the colorful city of Ravenna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy.…



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Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:01:45 +0000


Win a drive in a Morgan Super 3 on Malle’s Alpine Rally
Posted on Wednesday August 10, 2022

Category : Motorcycle Vacations

Author : Iron and Air

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Win a drive in a Morgan Super 3 on Malle’s Alpine Rally
Imagine chasing a string of motorcycles along a serpentine alpine road, the sun shining (maybe) and the wind (or snow) in your hair. Now imagine doing this with your best mate next to you, in a Morgan Super 3 three-wheeler. This could be your reality, if you enter the Great Malle Mountain Rally giveaway.

Hosted by Malle London, the Great Malle Mountain Rally is a celebration of the wildest landscapes in Europe. The rally takes teams of riders on custom, classic, and modern classic motorcycles through the Alps, from Austria to Monaco. That’s 1,500 miles of winding roads covering six countries in six days, traversing passes as high as 2,770 meters (9,088 ft).

Win a drive in a Morgan Super 3 on Malle’s Alpine Rally
Your days begin with a rally briefing, where teams are guided through the five checkpoints outlined on their daily route cards.…



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Tue, 09 Aug 2022 17:01:58 +0000


Oddball Delight: A Finnish Yamaha GTS1000 café racer
Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2022

Category : Custom Motorcycles

Author : Wesley Reyneke

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Custom Yamaha GTS1000 café racer
Telescopic forks have become the de facto solution for motorcycle front suspension, but most major manufacturers have dabbled in alternative designs at some point. Yamaha had the GTS1000 in the 90s—a sports tourer with a front swingarm setup that was vaguely similar to hub centered steering.

The GTS1000 wasn’t a big seller when it launched, but these days it scores mega points for being rare and unusual. It’s also an unlikely donor for a café racer project. Luckily that didn’t stop Aki Suokas from tearing into his own GTS, to create this sharp blue machine.

Custom Yamaha GTS1000 café racer
Aki lives in Finland, and has been riding since the age of 10. He credits his father with not only teaching him how to ride, but igniting his interest in the technical side of motorcycles.…



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Sun, 07 Aug 2022 17:01:46 +0000


Speed Read, August 7, 2022
Posted on Sunday August 07, 2022

Category : Latest Motorcycle News

Author : Wesley Reyneke

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The latest motorcycle news, customs and electric bikes
A Triumph Scrambler from a crew that knows Triumph’s modern classics inside out, a Mike Hailwood homage from Japan, a new middleweight twin from Moto Morini, and an electric bike that eschews traditional motorcycle design. Jump in and take your pick.

Custom Triumph Scrambler 900 by Tamarit Motorcycles
Triumph Scrambler by Tamarit Motorcycles The Spanish whizz-kids at Tamarit are so well-versed in the art of building custom Triumphs, that they can churn them out with their eyes closed. This Triumph Scrambler is proof. It’s loaded with details we’ve seen on previous builds for them—but it’s still a stand-out build.

Custom Triumph Scrambler 900 by Tamarit Motorcycles
The bike is based on Triumph’s previous generation air-cooled Scrambler 900, and wears a number of Triumph-specific Tamarit parts. The high-mounted front fender is from their catalog, as are the side covers, which have been designed to make room for a pair of pod filters.…



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Sat, 06 Aug 2022 16:21:32 +0000


Dusty Smiles: On the ground at the 2022 Malle Mile
Posted on Saturday August 06, 2022

Category : Motorcycle Show

Author : Wesley Reyneke

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2022 Malle Mile motorcycle show report
You’ll see anything and everything at the Malle Mile. Vintage dirt bikes, modern classics and customs; new motorcyclists and crusty old bikers; kids and dogs; a superbike with ape hangers and knobbly tires; a drag queen dropping the flag on a drag race in front of a castle.

The Malle Mile is one of the most unique events on the calendar, held at one of the most unlikely venues. It’s a frenetic cacophony of petrol, dust, music and enthusiasm—and we were there to take it all in this year.

2022 Malle Mile motorcycle show report
The event is organized by the motorcycle luggage and apparel brand, Malle London. This year marked its eighth running, and the second to be held at Grimsthorpe Castle—a centuries-old estate in Lincolnshire 100 miles north of London.…



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Fri, 05 Aug 2022 17:01:54 +0000


90s Baby: Origin8or’s Custom Triumph Speed Triple 1050
Posted on Friday August 05, 2022

Category : Custom Motorcycles

Author : Wesley Reyneke

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Custom Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Origin8or
Many lofty dreams start with “one day, when I retire,” but very few of them are actually realized. Luckily, Rob Chappell of Origin8or Cycles is in the business of making dreams come true. So when a client wanted to spoil himself with a special retirement gift, Rob whipped up this brutal custom street fighter.

The brief called for an unapologetic machine that would pull inspiration from the hooligan street bike culture of the 90s. Rob started with the client’s 2008 Triumph Speed Triple 1050, but in the end, all he kept was the engine and front forks.

Custom Triumph Speed Triple 1050 by Origin8or
“We batted around ideas as to what motor to use for the project,” says Rob. “He originally wanted a more vintage motor, but most of the four-cylinder options were wide, heavy and underpowered.”…



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Wed, 03 Aug 2022 17:01:57 +0000


Death to Petrol: Untitled’s electric supermoto concept
Posted on Wednesday August 03, 2022

Category : Electric Motorcycle

Author : Wesley Reyneke

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Electric supermoto concept by Untitled Motorcycles London
While some are skeptical about the future of electric motorcycles, others, like Adam Kay, are far more enthusiastic. So enthusiastic, in fact, that he’s just named his latest project ‘Death to Petrol.’

It’s all very tongue in cheek of course. As the founder of Untitled Motorcycles in London, Adam has a number of petrol-powered customs under his belt—and he plans to build more. But he’s also pragmatic about the future, and curious about the potential of electric drivetrains as a platform for customization.

Electric supermoto concept by Untitled Motorcycles London
“Can the basic rules for designing a motorcycle be ripped up?” he asks. “Do you need to hold the bike with your legs? Where and how should the rider sit? Tank or no tank? Foot peg position?…



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Mon, 01 Aug 2022 17:01:14 +0000


Period Correct: Union restores a 1971 Yamaha TR2B racer
Posted on Monday August 01, 2022

Category : Racing Motorcycles

Author : Wesley Reyneke

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Yamaha TR2b race bike restoration by Union Motorcycle Classics
It takes a special cocktail of skill, knowledge and reverence to restore a classic race bike properly—especially if it’s a rare one. It’s a recipe that Mike Watanabe and Luke Ransom know by heart. They run Union Motorcycle Classics out of a barn in Nampa, Idaho, where they concoct the handsomest of restorations and customs.

They have a knack for finding vintage motorcycles with deep backstories too—like this race-bred Yamaha TR2B. Originally built and raced by AMA and Australian sports Hall of Famer, Kel Carruthers, it eventually made its way into Union’s hands in need of restoration.

Yamaha TR2b race bike restoration by Union Motorcycle Classics
Born in Sydney, Kel Carruthers was neck deep in racing and wrenching on motorcycles before he was even a teenager. As an adult he found a measure of success racing in Europe—like winning the 1969 250 cc motorcycle Grand Prix championship.…



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Sun, 31 Jul 2022 17:01:48 +0000


Speed Read, July 31, 2022
Posted on Sunday July 31, 2022

Category : Latest Motorcycle News

Author : Ben Pilatti

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The latest custom and classic motorcycles and electric scooters
We kick off this week’s compilation with a Honda Dominator from Australia, and finish it off with two electric scooters from Indonesia. Wedged in between are an obscure Japanese BMW lookalike, a two-stroke Yamaha bobber and the holy union of a Buell engine and a Voxan frame.

Custom Honda NX650 Dominator by Gasoline Motor Co.
Honda NX650 Dominator by Gasoline Motor Co. This black beauty comes from Gasoline Motor Company in Sydney, Australia. Built for a client in Melbourne, Gasoline sourced a pair of Honda Dominators from a farm in Albury Wodonga. That’s five and a half hours from Sydney—but by the looks of it, it was a worthwhile trip.

Custom Honda NX650 Dominator by Gasoline Motor Co.
Using the best bits of both bikes to create a good starting point, the team got to work. Up front is a set of early model Yamaha R6 forks, bolted to the frame using special parts from Cognito Moto in the US.…


 

 

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