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Milan Show: Kawasaki Z1000 Special

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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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 13 November 2012

Ducati GT1000ss special

Ducati never made a big twin street scrambler in the 1970s like Triumph, BSA, Norton, etc so when the Sport Classic range came out I thought it would be a good place to start. My engineer friend Roger Banks made the tank from a Spanish 75cc trail bike, cutting it up and welding strips in to fit the frame. A ...

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

Gorgeous Yamaha TZR250 cafe racer

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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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 08 June 2012

Video: New Victory Judge turned into cafe racer

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 ...

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

Suzuki GSX1400 custom voted “Best Jap” at Bulldog Bash

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 ...

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

BMW S1000RR streetfighter: so wrong it's right

Believe it or not, this is an S1000RR. No doubt some parts will make you laugh and others weep, but there’s no denying it's a really thorough desecration. As a lover of all eras of BMW, owner and builder Steve Culp was moved to give his bike a vintage makeover to make it comfortable for his ageing frame. We applaud ...

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

Video: Shaw Harley-Davidson Captain America Fat Boy built in 7 minutes

World Championship winning custom bike builders Shaw Harley-Davidson have managed to cram 100 hours of labour building their very special Captain America Fat Boy into 7m14sec of captivating video.  The short clip was filmed at Shaw Harley-Davidson near the south coast in East Sussex. It takes 10 hours for a skilled Shaw Harley-Davidson technician to fully strip the 2009 Fat ...

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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 21 April 2011

Warr's custom competitions at Ace Cafe

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. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 25 March 2011

Steve McQueen tribute Bonneville

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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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 16 March 2011

Harley-Davidson youth plan spawns £6000 Sportster

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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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 25 February 2011

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