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Is this the ultimate Honda CBX1000?

A “breakthrough for the Japanese motorcycle industry” was one headline when Honda’s stunning six cylinder CBX was first announced in 1977 and the first photographs which appeared in MCN that year certainly left a lasting impression on one West Country teenager. Thirty five years on Paul Pursey now owns seven of the iconic sixes including this, which features an 1170cc ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 16 March 2012

1921 Velocette boardtracker rocks Ally Pally

This Nick Gale-built Velocette boardtracker was the star of the London International Classic and Custom Bike Show at Alexandra Palace this year, even though it's still a work in progress! Wembley-based custom bike builder Gale took a 1921 Clyno - an old Coventry marque - and shoehorned a 1936 Velocette MAC and 1920s three-speed Albion gearbox into a space once ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 09 March 2012

1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

This is the latest example of the increasing number of immaculate cafe racers coming out of America. Called the Honduki, it's an award winning build based on a 1975 Suzuki GT550 but, as you can see, it looks nothing like the pudgy streetbike Japan intended it to be. It's made by Motohanger, a burgeoning custom bike shop specialising in cafe ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 24 February 2012

Video: New Victory Judge turned into cafe racer

Victory Motorcycles isn't a firm you normally associate with cafe racers, but all that could be about to change thanks to Zach Ness, grandson of customising demi-god Arlen Ness. The bike you see below is the NessCafe. Designed and built by Zach Ness and publicly displayed for the first time at last month's New York motorcycle show, it's based on ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 08 February 2012

Classic Norton Commando flies flag for St George

Built entirely from new parts, this bespoke Norton Commando is the product of a partnership between Northampton Norton specialist Mick Hemmings and deeply patriotic customer Nick Gosse. Hemmings spent nearly a year building the red and white tribute, the first in a series of vehicles Gosse has planned that exemplify the “iconic image of the ‘spirit of St. George’”. The ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 03 February 2012

Video: MCN's Yamaha SR500 cafe racer project running

MCN designer Simon Relph bought this rust bucket 1979 Yamaha SR500 at the beginning of the year for just £50 with the aim of turning the bike in to a cool cafe racer. Now, after plenty of hard graft the SR500 cafe racer project is complete. Watch the video below to hear the bike running.  brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 30 January 2012

Made in Britain. Chopped in Japan

Custom British choppers and bobbers were the main feature at the Mooneyes Show in Yokohama, the world's most prestigious custom bike show of 2011, and it was a fitting tribute to the halcyon days of British motorcycle engineering. But Japanese builders have a unique appreciation and an idiosyncratic interpretation of the versatile twins and singles that dominated the world of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 04 January 2012

Britain’s Got Biking Talent – The 12 winners

The voting has closed and thousands of votes have been cast and here are the 12 winners of Britain’s Got Biking Talent 2011: Harley/Norton café Racer, Andy Teare Norton Rotary Café Racer, David Brown Me + C and J Racing, Gavin Cupit Martek/Suzuki Custom Build, Kevin Roberts Honda RC162 Hailwood Tribute, Martin Dyke Allsorts Handmade, Morgan Price Harley-Davidson WLC Custome, Nick Gale Moto Guzzi Le Mans ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 23 September 2011

Hand built 'retro' is 125 money

With continuing resurgence in interest in 70s and 80s superbikes, riders are once again buying bikes from their youth. But unless you're after a true 'classic' version - ie original and standard - there are two problems with that: first you'll quickly learn that their performance leaves a lot to be desired, particularly from a modern perspective. And secondly, many ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 19 August 2011

Suzuki GSX1400 custom voted “Best Jap” at Bulldog Bash

This radically altered Suzuki GSX1400 is now an award-winning custom, having topped the “Best Jap” category at the “Custom Show” of this weekend’s 25th annual Bulldog Bash in Warwickshire. Built by Luke Reed from Hengrove, Bristol, the 1402cc inline four engine of the Japanese roadster appears to be the only part of the original bike remaining. Find a Suzuki GSX1400 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 15 August 2011

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