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World’s oldest production bike for sale

Ped Baker, 26 January 2010 17:20

The world’s first production motorcycle is to be auctioned at the Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show on April 25. The 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller motorcycle is the first powered two wheeler to which the name ‘motorrad’ (motorcycle) was ever applied. The bike is a twin-cylinder, water-cooled four stroke with a huge 1488cc displacement producing a slightly underwhelming 2.5bhp at 240rpm. Opinions ...

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Wrench Monkee Z750 special

Ped Baker, 22 January 2010 16:21

Famed for the critically acclaimed Gorilla Punch café racer Danish custom builders Wrench Monkees have just finished their latest creation, a stripped out Z750B. More conventional in appearance than their previous bikes,  Monkee #16 features a custom made sub-frame, battery box, seat and a fearsome sounding ‘Megatron’ silencer. The bike was built for a customer so isn’t for sale although ...

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World’s most expensive chopper – but it comes with a free yacht

Ped Baker, 24 December 2009 08:30

Lubek, Germany custom bike builders House of Thunder have taken the term ‘boys toys’ to a new level. They claim to have built the world’s most expensive chopper - at a whopping £14.2 million! The catch is that it comes with its own (mobile) garage, a 45metre transoceanic yacht! New Antalya/Turkey-based Yacht manufacturer Sunrise Yachts (, founded by German Harley-Davidson ...

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Steampunk MV Agusta Café racer

Ped Baker, 22 December 2009 17:43

Seeing a custom bike take shape in the workshop is always fascinating, even more so when the builder is someone as talented and as individual as Chabott Engineering owner Shinya Kimura. Formally of Zero Engineering Japan, Shinya moved to Azusa, California in2006 and has been busy producing his organically crafted steampunk style motorcycles for Hollywood A-listers. His latest creation is ...

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WW2 German fighter plane sidecar

Ped Baker, 18 December 2009 15:28

This beautifully bizarre and unique creation is the brainchild of Hungarian bike builder and Wild West theme park owner Henrik Toth. The design is based on a Second world war Messerschmitt ME109 fighter plane and entirely hand built by Henrik. The sidecar ­- or fuselage -­ is attached to a Yamaha Wild Star cruiser, disappointingly the propeller on the chair ...

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Triumph Bonneville Supermoto 'Trouble'

Ped Baker, 14 December 2009 13:50

A Hinckley Triumph Bonneville isn't the most obvious of starting points for building a supermoto but when the finished product looks as sensational as this Californian built special you have to admit it's worth the trouble. Posted onto the Advrider forum ( by the current owner, the 790cc Bonneville motor and swing arm are the only stock items on the bike. ...

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Modern classics: Z1000 and Z1100R video

Ped Baker, 11 December 2009 17:11

Just uploaded onto YouTube is this video of a Z1000 and Z1100R testing in Japan - and we're talking old school '80s Lawson style Z1000 not the modern version. We're unsure of the clips vintage but judging by the Arai helmet on one of the riders we'd guess at mid nineties, or it could be yesterday and they've raided the ...

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Triumph Bonneville goes bobber

Ped Baker, 27 November 2009 15:09

It may not be to everyone's taste but you can't deny that this 'bobbed' Triumph Bonneville is certainly different. Home built by 'bobber Dave' in Detroit, USA and discovered on the website of American based aftermarket spares specialist Bella Course, the modified Hinckley Bonnie has had several inches of the rear sub frame removed and a thin custom saddle fitted ...

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Modern Classics - 70's style Honda CB450 café racer

Ped Baker, 26 October 2009 15:12

Turning Honda's CB450 into a café racer isn't exactly new (BCR versions are exquisite) but this bike spotted in South America has a chic 1970's take on the rocker look. Frame, swing arm and wheels appear to be stock Honda items but the tank and seat unit look as if they're hand made. Scallops on the tank clear the tubes ...

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Honda CX500 gets café cool

Ped Baker, 19 October 2009 14:41

It seems the most unlikely starting point for a café racer but these Honda CX500 engined bikes somehow pull off the look. Honda CX500s for sale Spotted on café racer blog 8negro the mods vary from a simple single seat and ace bars conversion to a bespoke tank, seat and chopped back rear subframe. The coolest part is that a ...


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