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BMW S1000RR streetfighter: so wrong it's right

Guy Procter, 13 May 2011 16:36

Believe it or not, this is an S1000RR. No doubt some parts will make you laugh and others weep, but there’s no denying it's a really thorough desecration. As a lover of all eras of BMW, owner and builder Steve Culp was moved to give his bike a vintage makeover to make it comfortable for his ageing frame. We applaud ...

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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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Meet the Narley – oh wait, they called it a Norley

Guy Procter, 05 May 2011 13:24

That most promiscuous of motorcycle frames, the Norton featherbed, has mated again – this time with a Harley. And it’s produced a handsome mongrel that’s for sale in aid of charity Curing Kids Cancer. Santiago Choppers' owner Alan Bernard built the bike using a 1200cc Harley Sportster engine installed in a Norton frame using the Café Racer style bodywork and ...

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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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Video: Shaw Harley-Davidson Captain America Fat Boy built in 7 minutes

Adam Child, 21 April 2011 15:55

World Championship winning custom bike builders Shaw Harley-Davidson have managed to cram 100 hours of labour building their very special Captain America Fat Boy into 7m14sec of captivating video.  The short clip was filmed at Shaw Harley-Davidson near the south coast in East Sussex. It takes 10 hours for a skilled Shaw Harley-Davidson technician to fully strip the 2009 Fat ...

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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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Café Cowboy details the café racer revolution in the states

Austin Lindberg, 15 April 2011 17:32

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. To get a feel for where Kott’s designs come from, check out this short film entitled “Café Cowboy,” by ...

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FireBlade gets the best Japan, Italy and Sweden have to offer

Austin Lindberg, 11 April 2011 10:16

This bike started life as a CBR900RR-Y Honda FireBlade. After a crash at a track day, it fell into the hands of eBike Parts’ Chris Turvey and nine months later, this is the result. And if it inspires you, there are plenty of Honda Fireblades for sale! Little of the original remains. The front end is largely lifted off various Aprilia Tuonos, ...

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KTM 525 EXC: now Roland Sands has the best bikes AND customers

Guy Procter, 08 April 2011 17:10

This is Roland Sands’ latest take on his ‘cafe-moto’ theme, just picked up by its delighted new owner. And a lovely pair they make. Roland, we hate you. About the bike“Happiness comes in many forms and today it comes in the color of a beautiful ripe California grown tangerine. What started out as a rough build has been molded into ...

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The ultimate touring bike… a Ural Cross 750?

Dan Aspel, 07 April 2011 17:24

This 355kg, 40bhp flat-twin bearing Ural Cross 750 could be the world’s greatest touring bike, and the owner intends to find out… by taking it to Mongolia. Equipped with Brembo brakes, a Sachs shock, Herzog gears, an Odyssey Extreme racing battery, the alternator from a Toyota Hilux and electrics by Ducati - “Yeah, they’re Italian, but I’d prefer that to ...

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