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Steve McQueen's Brough Superior to be auctioned

Ped Baker, 16 June 2011 12:41

A 1931 Brough Superior SS80 that once belonged to Steve McQueen and US customiser Von Dutch is to be put under the hammer at the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance in August. In the late 1970's McQueen gifted the SS80 to Von Dutch (Kenny Howard) under the condition that when Von Dutch died, the bike would be returned to McQueen. ...

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Still time to see Warrs customs at Motorexpo Canary Wharf

Ped Baker, 10 June 2011 10:35

If you're quick, there's just enough time to catch the end of the glamourous Motorexpo car and bike show at London's Canary Wharf. Amongst the sea of four wheelers that make up the majority of the show, Europe's oldest Harley dealer, Warrs Harley Davidson have a selection of their test bikes on offer (take both bits of your licence) and ...

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Shaw Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom XLST3

Adam Child, 03 June 2011 17:53

Shaw Harley-Davidson have been busy again creating this mouth-watering masterpiece! The Sportster Custom XLST3 is based on a 2011 XL1200N, and is littered with parts from Performance Machine Wheels and Roland Sands. It’s gone onto win the London International Custom bike show, in the modified Harley-Davidson class, and 4th in the Irish International custom show. Senior road tester Michael Neeves ...

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The amazing Hayabusa dirt trike

Dan Aspel, 03 June 2011 15:54

How do you go faster when you’re off-roading? Just add more BHP, right? This twisted logic is the basis for one of the oddest custom builds to surface on the internet yet: a GSX1300R Hayabusa dirt trike. The custom-built axle assembly is attached to a custom made drag-bike styled swingarm. To push the limits of sense and taste, it has ...

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Honda CX500 StreetTracker

Dan Aspel, 13 May 2011 10:51

Proving that a home-made custom project doesn’t have to be glamorous to impress is this dolled-up CX500 'StreetTracker'. Builder Graham Braid of Street Tuff Customs describes the original CX500 as "one of the ugliest bikes you can find", but it didn’t put the former machinist and precision engineer off making it his first custom build. Braid told MCN: "The CX500 ...

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Parker Brothers Choppers: If you build it, they will come

Ped Baker, 21 April 2011 16:01

As you've probably guessed by the 'Green Machine' three wheeler, Florida based Parker Brothers Choppers aren't your usual brand of southern state bike builders. Self confessed movie nuts Shanon and Marc have carved a niche within the chopper niche by building replicas of 'movie star' bikes and machines to showcase their passion and technical prowess. The most successful of the ...

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Kott Motorcycles, an American take on the café racer

Austin Lindberg, 15 April 2011 17:39

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. As MCN showed you Café Cowboy, we thought we’d give you some photos of what liberties Kott Motorcycles are ...

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New Kawasaki ZX-10R gets mean (not green) makeover

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 17:02

Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R may have lost the outright power battle with the BMW S1000RR and the handling scrap to Aprilia’s RSV4 APRC but it’s determined to walk away from the tussles head held high in the styling department. To that end Kawasaki USA’s taken the big Ninja to the ‘king of custom sportsbikes’ Robert Fisher, boss of Florida’s Roaring Toyz, ...

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Carpy's latest CB750 cafe racer

MCN, 25 February 2011 17:55

This is Carpy's latest Honda CB750-based creation which shows exactly why his work is in such demand by everyone from rock stars to your average, well, rocker. Dubbed the Cyclone, the bike follows Carpy's usual recipe of SOHC CB750 rolling chassis then given the cafe racer treatment plus a mind-boggling degree of rebuilding, re-finishing and customising. Read more in this ...

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Ducati Hypermotard custom

Dan Aspel, 01 February 2011 12:01

From insurance write-off to back-road scratcher, this customised Hypermotard is proof of what a little dedication and imagination can produce. Bought for a pittance after a low-side crash deemed to costly to repair, owner Michael Vis had a new tank, sub-frame and exhaust fabricated. The big challenge was keeping the bike's lean, edgy look while making the most of suitable ...

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