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Staff Blog: Yard Built, Yamaha Blessed

Steve Hunt, 22 November 2013 10:40

After years of bubbling just below the surface, the 'café-racer scene', this once underground segment of the custom-bike world now finds itself cresting the mainstream wave; shows on Discovery Turbo, the celebrated launch of bikes such as BMW's recent NineT and the resurgence of old, classic brands as trendy fashion labels (see the recently launched, Kate Moss-fronted Matchless clothing line; ...

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An XJR that RoCkS

Ped Baker, 13 September 2013 15:54

This is the latest stunning cafe racer from the Portuguese outfit it RoCkS bikes. Called Sunburn, the bike is based around a 1997 Yamaha XJR1200. Builders Osvaldo & Alexandre set to work with a mission to reduce the XJR's weight and size, throwing away pretty much every part of the bike except for the engine, a small part of the frame and the swingarm. ...

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MCN Built In Britain: Show off your bike!

MCN Staff, 22 July 2013 17:41

The hunt is on for the finest bikes in the country as entries roll in for the 2013 Built in Britain competition Entries have been flooding in for the 2013 Built in Britain competition – an annual event launched by Carole Nash and MCN to find the nation’s most talented bike builder. Entry cut off is August 9, so don’t ...

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2013 AMD Freestyle Champion Rondine up close

Ped Baker, 14 May 2013 16:02

Irish custom bike builders Medaza Cycles took top honours last weekend at the AMD World Custom Bike Building Championships in Germany with this stunning Guzzi powered creation called Rondine. Based around a single cylinder 500cc Nuovo Falcone engine, the bike features hand formed aluminium bodywork, a scratch built frame and an innovative girder fork that started life as a V-Rod ...

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Irish Guzzi takes top honours at AMD World Custom Bike Championships

Ped Baker, 13 May 2013 14:34

122 of the world’s finest custom bikes were on display last weekend as the 10th annual AMD World Custom Bike Championships kicked off in Essen, Germany. 23 countries were represented in the five competition classes with motorcycles, scooters and sidecars all vying for the top prizes. Of the 66 bikes in the Freestyle class, (where pretty much anything goes) the ...

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Milan Show: Kawasaki Z1000 Special

Richard Newland, 13 November 2012 11:59

Some specials are definitely more special than others - and this one has caused MCN Senior Reporter Andy Downes to 'have a slight crisis' on the Kawasaki stand in Milan. Built as a one-off for Kawasaki's 40th anniversary of the Z model line, this absolutely stunning Z1000-based creation marries modern cycle parts to the iconic styling of the original Z900. ...

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AC Sanctuary Kawasaki GPZ900R

MCN, 28 September 2012 17:59

This stunning Kawasaki GPZ900R was created by Japanese specials builder firm AC Sanctuary. It’s got Ohlins suspension, a Nitro exhaust, OZ wheels and Brembo brakes.  The firm says it’s made for ‘ease of handling during long touring’. We say it’s for blasting about.

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Jacks Hill Cafe Ton-Up Day top six bikes

MCN, 27 July 2012 13:48

Jacks Hill Cafe is an unremarkable-looking transport cafe on the outskirts of Towcester. But in the 1960s it was the meeting place for youngsters racing along the A5 on their hot-rodded British bikes. Five years ago the first Jacks Hill Cafe Ton-Up Day was run and it has become the annual place of pilgrimage for the hardcore rocker - a ...

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Radical Ducati Pantah

MCN, 15 June 2012 17:14

This gorgeous reinterpretation of the original Ducati Pantah 500 is the latest from Spanish firm Radical Ducati. It’s actually based on a mid-‘80s Cagiva Alazurra 350 (which used Ducati engines before Cagiva took over Ducati completely), but with a modified Paso 750 engine, one-off rear end, 851 forks and mudguard, Ducati Monster wheels, Pantah-style fiberglass tank and solo seat by ...

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Gorgeous Yamaha TZR250 cafe racer

MCN, 08 June 2012 17:29

This gorgeous, retro-styled, all-black café racer is based on a Yamaha TZR250 V-twin two-stroke. It’s been built by Japanese custom shop 09Racing and uses the rear wheel and swingarm from a Honda RVF400R. For more info: www.09racing.com.

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