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Roland Sands' Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade streetfighter

Chris Newbigging, 31 December 2009 12:20

This is how a top custom motorcycle builder raises cash for charity – building a slick Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade streetfighter to auction! LA-based custom bike builder and former 250GP racer Roland Sands is well known for custom and sportsbike-based one-offs alike. This Fireblade-based naked is one of his more restrained transformations, but it’s still a great-looking motorcycle that proves that ...

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Roland Sands' fat-tyred Ducati 1098: picture gallery

Chris Newbigging, 23 December 2009 11:34

In the December 16 issue of MCN we have the full story for Roland Sand’s cool fat-tyred Ducati 1098 – and here online you can see it in all its glory. We couldn’t fit the full image gallery in the paper, so we’ve uploaded them here for your viewing pleasure. Highlights of the motorcycle are a custom swingarm, 250-section rear ...

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Badly named customs: The Bull Original Sickster

Chris Newbigging, 20 October 2009 09:50

Bull Originals Inc. in Japan have made a neat job of kitting out this Harley-Davidson Sportster with Roland Sands’ line of parts – but then they named it the ‘Sickster’. Dodgy name aside, the 883 Sportster dodges chrome trinkets in favour of subtle colours neatly detailed with polished aluminium. There’s a 2-1 high level exhaust, RSD wheels, air-filter cover, sprocket ...

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World's first stereo swingarm!

Chris Newbigging, 10 October 2009 15:30

Custom motorcycle parts don’t get much more ludicrous than the subwoofer-equipped swingarm on this Suzuki TL1000S! Created by ABW Designs in Virginia, the tubular steel swingarm is not only set up to accept a 300-section back tyre (standard is 190-section) but also house a subwoofer box! A pair of speakers in the fairing openings provide the sound to go with ...

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Elvis comeback celebration Harley-Davidson revealed

Chris Newbigging, 16 September 2009 14:54

Graceland Harley-Davidson has unveiled a special edition Street Glide to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ Las Vegas comeback. As well as a special paint job the Vegas Elvis Harley-Davidson Street Glide will come with a special paint scheme with images from the four-week, 57-performance comeback, created by O’s Custom Paint in Memphis. It also comes with billet alloy wheels, ...

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Slammed and supercharged Harley

Chris Newbigging, 05 September 2009 09:00

ProCharger’s blown 122bhp Night Train has the go to match the show. Speed and low-rider style don’t usually go together, but ProCharger went and gave its slick custom 122bhp anyway. The ‘Dream Smasher’ is based around the chassis and engine of a 2007 Harley-Davidson Night Train. The 1573cc motor is standard internally – Harley’s heavyweight internals were deemed tough enough to ...

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LCR Playboy Honda replica Fireblade

Chris Newbigging, 13 August 2009 16:17

French paint shop AD Koncept has transformed the dull-looking Fireblade in to a slick LCR Playboy Honda MotoGP replica. The new paint is the instant eye-grabber, but AD Koncept has sunk £15,000 worth of work in to the bike to give it the performance to match the style. Standard bodywork is retained with the addition of a genuine Honda seat ...

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Special: The Bumble B-King

Chris Newbigging, 13 August 2009 16:09

West London Suzuki is offering a limited run of ‘Bumble B-King’ specials with a Transformers-inspired paint job. The unique paint is the work of Surrey paint shop Altamura, who took inspiration from the ‘Bumblebee’ transformer which is based on a Chevrolet Camaro car. A B-King was also used in the film too, so the two were combined to make the ...

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One-off Ecosse factory special for sale

Chris Newbigging, 18 June 2009 14:01

One-off showcase bikes from respected manufacturers don’t usually hit the classified ads. So MCN was surprised to see this Heretic from exclusive manufacturer Ecosse up for sale for £40,500. Built to showcase the work of the American firm, the Heretic C is finished in black with orange pin-striping and coated in a matte-finish lacquer. As standard, it packs a 130bhp, ...

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Jack Lilley 50th Anniversary Bonneville revealed

Chris Newbigging, 01 May 2009 15:07

Triumph dealer Jack Lilley is selling this one-off Triumph Bonneville T100 to celebrate the Middlesex dealer's 50th anniversary. The fuel tank and mudguards have been chromed with black/gold detailing, with Jack Lilley's signature on the side panel. His grandson Dave Lilley, who now runs the business, told MCN: "2009 is our 50th year in business, so to celebrate I have ...

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