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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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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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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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Suzuki GSX1400 custom voted “Best Jap” at Bulldog Bash

Dan Aspel, 15 August 2011 15:12

This radically altered Suzuki GSX1400 is now an award-winning custom, having topped the “Best Jap” category at the “Custom Show” of this weekend’s 25th annual Bulldog Bash in Warwickshire. Built by Luke Reed from Hengrove, Bristol, the 1402cc inline four engine of the Japanese roadster appears to be the only part of the original bike remaining. Find a Suzuki GSX1400 ...

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Warr's custom competitions at Ace Cafe

MCN, 25 March 2011 14:37

Warr’s Harley-Davidson will host a year long series of Harley nights at the Ace Cafe, London, on the last Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday 31 March. The opening event will feature an exhibit from Warr’s Kings Road Customs and there will be a customisation competition. Judging will take place on the night, with the winners crowned each month. ...

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Steve McQueen tribute Bonneville

Dan Aspel, 16 March 2011 09:04

Steve McQueen fans rejoice: a “Great Escape”-styled Triumph Bonneville has been made, and more are on the way. Painted up to resemble McQueen’s iconic TT Special 650 from the 1963 film (itself intended to resemble a wartime BMW), the 2011 T100 boasts a raft of aesthetic updates including: an extended, painted and plated front mudguard, re-painted Hagon shocks, a single-seat ...

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Harley-Davidson youth plan spawns £6000 Sportster

MCN, 25 February 2011 17:46

This pop-art Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 is the first sales success in a British dealer's masterplan to get younger riders into bikes. The bike was built for Brighton DJ Casper Gaday after he was introduced to motorcycles by Shaw Harley-Davidson's youth ambassador Polly Taylor. The tank and seat are from a Harley-Davidson 48, wheels are standard but powder coated, and the ...

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Honda CBR250R gets Japanese tuner treatment

MCN, 15 December 2010 16:54

Japanese tuning houses Mugen and Moriwaki have already managed to get their hands on the new Honda CBR250R to give it a performance and styling makeover. 2011 Honda CBR250R first ride Both Mugen and Moriwaki were set-up in the early 1970s – Mugen by the son of Honda founder Soichiro, and Moriwaki by Mamoru Moriwaki (the husband of one of ...

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Anyone want a V12 for Christmas?

MCN, 09 December 2010 11:25

The standard Boss Hoss comes with 5700cc, eight cylinders and 355bhp. Not bad, if bigness is your thing. But here we have a German who has gone several steps better -­ he's fitted a 6000cc V12 from an Aston Martin which, depending on the model he pinched it from, makes anything from 420 to 514bhp. Weight is unknown, though it's likely ...

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What do you get if you cross a Triumph, Norton and Ducati?

John Westlake, 13 August 2010 17:11

Answer: a Tronti. This one was built by Mike Etienne from Jersey and is a modern take on the Triton of the Sixties. This is the synthesis of 1958 Manx Norton frame, 1979 T140 Triumph 750 engine (not stock) and 1994 750SS Ducati forks, wheels and brakes. Mike said: “A lot of engineering was necessary to make it all line ...

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