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Shedding the custom bike clichés

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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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 25 May 2014

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; ...

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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 22 November 2013

An XJR that RoCkS

This is the latest stunning cafe racer from the Portuguese outfit it RoCkS bikes. Called Sunburn, the bike is based around a 1997 Yamaha XJR1200. Builders Osvaldo & Alexandre set to work with a mission to reduce the XJR's weight and size, throwing away pretty much every part of the bike except for the engine, a small part of the frame and the swingarm. ...

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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 13 September 2013

MCN Built In Britain: Show off your bike!

The hunt is on for the finest bikes in the country as entries roll in for the 2013 Built in Britain competition Entries have been flooding in for the 2013 Built in Britain competition – an annual event launched by Carole Nash and MCN to find the nation’s most talented bike builder. Entry cut off is August 9, so don’t ...

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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 22 July 2013

2013 AMD Freestyle Champion Rondine up close

Irish custom bike builders Medaza Cycles took top honours last weekend at the AMD World Custom Bike Building Championships in Germany with this stunning Guzzi powered creation called Rondine. Based around a single cylinder 500cc Nuovo Falcone engine, the bike features hand formed aluminium bodywork, a scratch built frame and an innovative girder fork that started life as a V-Rod ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 14 May 2013

Irish Guzzi takes top honours at AMD World Custom Bike Championships

122 of the world’s finest custom bikes were on display last weekend as the 10th annual AMD World Custom Bike Championships kicked off in Essen, Germany. 23 countries were represented in the five competition classes with motorcycles, scooters and sidecars all vying for the top prizes. Of the 66 bikes in the Freestyle class, (where pretty much anything goes) the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 13 May 2013

Bullet bobber on a budget

I decided to customise my Royal Enfield Bullet 500 into a bobber style with a meagre budget of less than a grand. I did everything from the engine rebuild to the respray and artwork on the tank.

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

Suzuki GS750 cafe racer

In july 2011 I purchased a 1977 Suzuki GS750. Since then I have transformed the bike into a cafe racer. The engine is stock (65,000km). I made my own exhaust, seat, brackets, did all the welding jobs, resprayed the frame (removed all the unnecessary parts), rebuilt the forks and the calipers. The battery sits where the centre stand was. I used imitation ...

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  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 16 November 2012

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

My Yamaha YZR500 Norick Abe replica

I am from Austria. I have built a replica of Norick Abe´s 1999 YZR500 based on a Yamaha RD500 engine. Modifications and one-off parts are a long list, it took me six years to complete the bike.  Some of the photos attached also show a similar bike of a friend of mine, this is Checa´s YZR500 based on a stock RZ500 chassis.

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 09 November 2012

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