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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

Home built scrambler

I built this scrambler-style bike from scratch. It's based on a 1972 Honda.

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 28 October 2012

AC Sanctuary Kawasaki GPZ900R

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.

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 28 September 2012

Aprilia RS250 Simoncelli tribute complete

Just thought I would share a few more pictures since the bike's finished now. I managed to get a few hours riding it at the weekend and it's a good laugh.

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 23 July 2012

Unique Kawasaki Streetfighter, my first big bike.

In 2010 I was casually browsing eBay for a project 600 that I could use after I'd passed my test. I was looking for a bike I could use every single day and I believe I found that very bike when I stumbled on an 1992 Kawasaki ZZR600. I haggled and managed to get the bike for a very good price. As you can Imagine ...

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

Radical Ducati Pantah

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 15 June 2012

1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

This is the latest example of the increasing number of immaculate cafe racers coming out of America. Called the Honduki, it's an award winning build based on a 1975 Suzuki GT550 but, as you can see, it looks nothing like the pudgy streetbike Japan intended it to be. It's made by Motohanger, a burgeoning custom bike shop specialising in cafe ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 24 February 2012

Yamaha SR500 racer

This is my newly built 2012 racer; a Yamaha SR500. I will be doing the Earlystocks Championship with it. I raced a similar SR500 last year and finished seond in the EMRA Singles and Twins Category.

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 18 February 2012

Britain’s Got Biking Talent – The 12 winners

The voting has closed and thousands of votes have been cast and here are the 12 winners of Britain’s Got Biking Talent 2011: Harley/Norton café Racer, Andy Teare Norton Rotary Café Racer, David Brown Me + C and J Racing, Gavin Cupit Martek/Suzuki Custom Build, Kevin Roberts Honda RC162 Hailwood Tribute, Martin Dyke Allsorts Handmade, Morgan Price Harley-Davidson WLC Custome, Nick Gale Moto Guzzi Le Mans ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 23 September 2011

RSD Tony Hawk custom Harley-Davidson

This is the second Tony Hawk project bike that Roland Sands Design (RSD) have built for the Tony Hawk Foundation, which raises money to help build skate parks in low income cities in the US. Based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster XL Nightster, the bike features the RSD café kit, Boss Wheels, Turbine air cleaner, master cylinder cap, new café seat ...

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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 15 July 2011

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