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Shedding the custom bike clichés

Steve Hunt, 25 May 2014 15:51

Since launching as a website designed to highlight some of the better and more unusual motorcycles being built within the burgeoning custom and cafe-race scene, the last eighteen months have seen The Bike Shed establish itself as a showcase event within the British motorcycling calendar. Having expanded to a new venue in London's Tobacco Docks, the show drew a strong, ...

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Hand built 'retro' is 125 money

MCN, 19 August 2011 12:16

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 ...

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Build your own electric road racer

Dan Aspel, 01 July 2011 11:27

Mavizen, the organisers of the electric TT, have dramatically slashed the cost of buying an electric race bike, to less than £8000. There’s just one catch – you’ll have to build it yourself. This is no DIY home-build special though. The Mavizen LEO.X can only be bought as a complete package, which includes a five-day college course on electrical theory, ...

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Brit team builds super-cool Hog

Michael Neeves, 01 July 2011 11:19

Shaw Harley’s dirt-style, Sportster-based "XLST3" is without doubt the coolest motorcycle I’ve ever ridden. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but if I had a spare £25,000, I’d have myself one of these in the blink of an eye. Never have I wanted to own a bike I’ve tested so badly, let alone a Harley – ...

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'Twin Pan' from Guildford Custom Cycles

Ped Baker, 09 June 2011 11:53

This 2003 FXSTN Nightrain 'Twin Pan' is the latest creation from Surrey based Guildford Custom Cycles. The bike has already taken a third place in the modified Harley class at the London Custom Motorcycle Show and a first place in the same class at the California Dreaming Expo in Bournemouth. Both shows were European rounds of the AMD World Championship. ...

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The Ninja with NOS. And speakers.

MCN, 27 May 2011 17:37

Heaven to some, vile sacrilege to others. The owners of this ZX-10R have blinged it up with an MTX speaker system and a nitrous oxide system to boot. They’ve even given the same treatment to a ‘Busa. Bless ‘em. MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin isn’t impressed: “They must be p****s” is all we can get from him on the ...

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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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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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Yamaha SR500 given dirt-track style

MCN, 04 March 2011 17:20

This Yamaha-based SR500 flat-tracker is the latest creation from the German customiser behind the Ducati Monster Scrambler, Jens vom Brauck. Dubbed the D-Track, at the machine's heart is an SR500 engine and frame. Modifications include a machined alloy swingarm, Harley-Davidson Sportster-style tank, black alloy wire rims, Wilbers shocks and high, dirt-track style Supertrapp exhaust, with many of the accessories from ...

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Sanctuary's modernised Japanese classics

Chris Newbigging, 12 January 2011 15:34

Before reading this, take another look at these extraordinary Japanese-made specials - they're worth gazing at again.  Made by Sanctuary in Japan, they’re just some of the examples of the workshop’s ability to turn Japan’s best superbikes from the 70s and 80s into technically-modernised machines retaining all the charm and style of the original.  Z-series Kawasakis (and American market KZs) are ...

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