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My chequered Kawasaki

adam wagner, 21 March 2012 23:53

Here's my ZX-6R G2, which I resprayed with a chequered design. I'm now starting to modify the performance. So far I've added a quickshifter, K+N filter, NGK plugs and an A16 exhaust. I've got loads to do - it's a work in progress.

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Is this the ultimate Honda CBX1000?

MCN, 16 March 2012 13:31

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 ...

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1921 Velocette boardtracker rocks Ally Pally

Gary Pinchin, 09 March 2012 12:08

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 ...

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1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

MCN, 24 February 2012 17:04

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 ...

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Yamaha SR500 racer

Hans Muehlbauer, 18 February 2012 20:05

This is my newly built 2012 racer; a Yamaha SR500. I will be doing the Earlystocks Championship with it. I raced a similar SR500 last year and finished seond in the EMRA Singles and Twins Category.

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Video: New Victory Judge turned into cafe racer

MCN, 08 February 2012 11:22

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 ...

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Classic Norton Commando flies flag for St George

Sam Loveridge, 03 February 2012 14:10

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 ...

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Video: MCN's Yamaha SR500 cafe racer project running

Anonymous, 30 January 2012 10:30

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();

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My turbocharged trike

Anonymous, 24 January 2012 18:48

Here's my trike, powered by a turbocharged Rewaco 1.6 Z-tec motor, producing 185bhp at the minute. I'm a paraplegic and I use it for rallys thoughout the year. I usually cover about 12/13k a year so does get used - not like some of these summertime bikers and their bikes! Towards the end of the year the motor will be getting more power. I'm ...

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Made in Britain. Chopped in Japan

Conrad Leach, 04 January 2012 12:24

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 ...

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