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Video: A kind of passion

Ped Baker, 19 May 2011 13:08

Beautifully shot video of the Classic Moto 2011 festival at the Jarama circuit near Madrid.Not so sure about the soundtrack though, would rather hear the bikes...

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My Fightspree

Robert, 16 April 2011 07:20

Just noticed a story on MCN about a streetfightered Fireblade from and it's very similar to the one I built last year! Check out mine. In brief it's a 1994 Blade frame and engine, 2007 GSX-R rear end, 2005 GSX-R forks, VFR800 swingarm with Elka shock and big rear wheel. Airbrushing inspired by the Hanspree world superbikes....bike is called Fightspree.

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Café Cowboy details the café racer revolution in the states

Austin Lindberg, 15 April 2011 17:32

Kott Motorcycles is at the fore of the café racer revolution in the states. Based outside of LA, this shop specialises in converting 1970s Japanese motorcycles into a custom American take on the style Britain made famous in the late 1950s. To get a feel for where Kott’s designs come from, check out this short film entitled “Café Cowboy,” by ...

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The ultimate touring bike… a Ural Cross 750?

Dan Aspel, 07 April 2011 17:24

This 355kg, 40bhp flat-twin bearing Ural Cross 750 could be the world’s greatest touring bike, and the owner intends to find out… by taking it to Mongolia. Equipped with Brembo brakes, a Sachs shock, Herzog gears, an Odyssey Extreme racing battery, the alternator from a Toyota Hilux and electrics by Ducati - “Yeah, they’re Italian, but I’d prefer that to ...

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London dealer gives Moto Guzzi V7 makeover

Andy Downes, 18 March 2011 15:57

The Moto Guzzi V7 is already pretty cool in standard form but London dealer Corsa Italiana has put some work into the bike with these two gorgeous specials. The black bike has a fair bit more work done to the V7 Café Classic which is what the bike started out as. It costs £8999 and gets an all-black paintscheme, three-spoke ...

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Video: Flat trackers at the Arizona mile

MCN, 20 January 2011 09:43

American bike mag Cycle World send Associate Editor Mark Cernicky to ride the pick of the AMA Flat Track Litter at the Arizona Mile:  

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1998 Honda Hornet street racer

Richard Brown, 02 January 2011 16:10

This started life as a standard 1998 Honda Hornet and I transformed it over a couple of years. The modifications include: Kawasaki ZX-10R front end, Kawasaki Z750 rear wheel, Ohlins shock, Yamaha R1 swingarm bracing was welded to the original Hornet swingarm, a carbon seat unit from a Honda Fireblade. I made the the subframe after cutting the rear off ...

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Secrets of the UK’s best specials

Chris Newbigging, 20 December 2010 12:51

In this week’s MCN we’re taking a look inside some of Britain’s best home-grown specials – the top three from Britain’s Got Biking talent. We spoke to the owners of the top three bikes to find out what went in to making the UK’s favourite specials. We couldn’t have asked for a more varied response– one bike was built entirely ...

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“Five Continents” Yamaha R1 sold at auction

Dan Aspel, 18 November 2010 12:25

This 2009 Yamaha R1 was created in collaboration with Valentino Rossi and boasts the “Five Continents” graphics previously seen on his AGV helmets. The colourful graphics were designed by artist Aldo Drudi, while the bike is also decorated with Rossi’s signature. The bike was auctioned this week in Los Angeles by British firm Bonhams. All proceeds from the sale will ...

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BMW R80/7 midlife crisis - a usable custom

James Keen, 10 November 2010 09:15

Adam Kay wanted a machine that could be ridden every day and look as cool as any custom - and his R80/7 midlife crisis embodies that perfectly. The donor bike is a BMW R80/7 with a 1978 engine and the frame and forks are from the '81 model. Here's how the project got started, in Adam's own words: "I needed help and I ...

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