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Staff Blog: Yard Built, Yamaha Blessed

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; ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 22 November 2013

Is this the ultimate Honda CBX1000?

A “breakthrough for the Japanese motorcycle industry” was one headline when Honda’s stunning six cylinder CBX was first announced in 1977 and the first photographs which appeared in MCN that year certainly left a lasting impression on one West Country teenager. Thirty five years on Paul Pursey now owns seven of the iconic sixes including this, which features an 1170cc ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 16 March 2012

Video: MCN's Yamaha SR500 cafe racer project running

MCN designer Simon Relph bought this rust bucket 1979 Yamaha SR500 at the beginning of the year for just £50 with the aim of turning the bike in to a cool cafe racer. Now, after plenty of hard graft the SR500 cafe racer project is complete. Watch the video below to hear the bike running.  brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 30 January 2012

Made in Britain. Chopped in Japan

Custom British choppers and bobbers were the main feature at the Mooneyes Show in Yokohama, the world's most prestigious custom bike show of 2011, and it was a fitting tribute to the halcyon days of British motorcycle engineering. But Japanese builders have a unique appreciation and an idiosyncratic interpretation of the versatile twins and singles that dominated the world of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 04 January 2012

Deus Yamaha SR custom dirt tracker

The Oddjob is Sydney based Deus' latest pared-down dirt track inspired take on the Yamaha SR500. The original air-cooled 499cc single cylinder was bored out to 542cc and blueprinted by Carl Batley of Cafe Racer, with a Carillo rod thrown in for good measure. A Keihin FCR39 carb lets the motor breathe and a high-level exhaust completes the performance mods. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 15 July 2011

Dominator transformed into desert racer

This 1997 Honda Dominator encapsulates the notion of transforming a sow's ear into a silk purse. This is third Dominator that Welshman Andrew Greenland has transformed with a total rebuild, shedding the dated plastics for a pared down retro desert racer style. Modifications include gold anodised 17" rims front and rear, custom hand-made seat unit, Baja designs headlamp and CG125 fuel tank. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 08 July 2011

New ultra-light Ducati special

It's got the power-to-weight to match a Moto2 bike, the looks to murder it and it's green too. Well, it's built around recycled Ducati ST3 engines. The RAD02 Corsa Evo is a reworked RAD02 Corsa launched in 2007 by Spain's Radical Ducati. The main differences are a new, narrower fairing, lighter sub-frame and a redesigned solo seat. The complete bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 24 June 2011

Video: A kind of passion

Beautifully shot video of the Classic Moto 2011 festival at the Jarama circuit near Madrid.Not so sure about the soundtrack though, would rather hear the bikes...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 19 May 2011

Café Cowboy details the café racer revolution in the states

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 15 April 2011

The ultimate touring bike… a Ural Cross 750?

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 07 April 2011

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