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Billy Joel’s café-racer Royal Enfield

Chris Newbigging, 20 April 2009 13:18

This is the custom-build café racer Royal Enfield built for legendary musician Billy Joel. Built by Royal Enfield’s US importer, the drum-braked Bullet 500 based-machine features a 1960’s style fairing and single seat unit finished in orange with polished aluminium tank. Clip-on handlebars, rearsets and a peashooter silencer on a diagonal header complete the retro style. Joel is a keen ...

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Kawasaki ER-6n design competition launches

Chris Newbigging, 01 February 2009 17:44

Kawasaki has kicked off its Europe-wide design competition with this custom-painted ER-6n to fire up MCN London Motorcycle Show-goers’ imagination. The competition will see riders from across the continent entering their own ideas for a one-off paint scheme on a new 2009 ER-6n using a special online design facility at to create their vision. To kick the competion off ...

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Tamworth Yamaha's Abarth FZ-1 beater

Chris Newbigging, 01 January 2009 00:00

A UK dealer has revealed a special FZ-1 boasting a near-identical specification to the one-off Abarth FZ-1 shown last year. Tamworth Yamaha created this particular Fiat Yamaha-liveried FZ-1 for shop Managing Director Jonathan King, and boasts all of the top-notch parts you might expect. The chassis was the standout feature of the Abarth Assetto Corse FZ-1, and Tamworth Yamaha’s machine ...

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MV Agusta Bestiale on sale now

Chris Newbigging, 23 October 2008 11:15

French designer Yacouba Galle’s Bestiale body kit to transform any MV Agusta Brutale is now on sale for £5000. The bike was revealed as a concept at the 2007 Paris show, and Galle has since refined the design and made changes to make the kit suitable for the road, but the overall concept has stayed true to the original. The ...

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Retro motorcycles pile in to Britain's got Biking Talent competition

Chris Newbigging, 21 August 2008 17:00

Some of the UK’s coolest retro motorcycles are the latest entries in our Britain’s got Biking Talent with Carole Nash contest. With just two days left to enter, the contest is attracting a stunning array of retro machinery to rival the more modern bikes uploaded to Ninja79 has entered his extensively modified 1990 Kawasaki ZX10 in Britain’s Got Biking Talent with ...

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Hawg Haven announce run of Charley Boorman choppers

Chris Newbigging, 22 May 2008 09:35

Custom motorcycle builders Hawg Haven are to produce ten replicas of the Knucklehead-inspired Bobber built for Long Way Round star Charley Boorman. 'Old Skool' was built for the globe-trotting film star during 2007, and the Norwich custom shop has now announced that a further ten replica Old Skools will be built and sold. The motorcycle is based around a Mid-West Motor ...

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Video: Roger Allmond custom Triumph Rocket III

Chris Newbigging, 16 April 2008 11:30

Short, low and sexy aren't words anyone would associate with Triumph's Rocket III but one off bike builder has managed it with this stunning Rocket powered machine. Commisioned by Bennets Insurance, the unnamed bike has six months of toil behind it with only the engine, fuel injection, wiring and shaft drive left from the original Rocket. Watch the video below ...

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World Exclusive: Roger Allmond’s finished Rocket III-powered one-off

Chris Newbigging, 15 April 2008 10:35

This is the world exclusive first photo shoot for what could be the most stunning custom motorcycle of the year – Roger Allmond’s Triumph Rocket III. See the motorcycle close up in our video Commissioned by Bennetts Insurance, the unnamed machine retains only the standard engine and part of the shaft drive – the rest has been designed and created by ...

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Controversial Buell 1125R transformed with a paintjob

Chris Newbigging, 08 April 2008 12:45

It's fair to say the new Buell 1125R’s styling hasn’t been received to well – but this one-off created for insurance company Bennetts shows how a simple colour change transforms the bike. The red and black scheme is reminiscent of the Yamaha World Superbike squad’s Santander livery, and it helps disguise the bulbous radiator shrouds, and the top fairing seems ...

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Ghezzi-Brian turn Moto Guzzi V11 into a sportsbike

Chris Newbigging, 21 March 2008 14:08

The team behind Moto Guzzi’s MGS-01 race bike have turned the relaxed V11 naked roadster into this – the Ghezzi-Brain Monza sportsbike. Designed as a kit that can be fitted as a whole or in steps, the Monza retains the stock Moto Guzzi engine cases and frame but everything else can be replaced with the kit. The ‘Aesthetic Kit’ comprises ...


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