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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

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

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

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. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 13 November 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

Jacks Hill Cafe Ton-Up Day top six bikes

Jacks Hill Cafe is an unremarkable-looking transport cafe on the outskirts of Towcester. But in the 1960s it was the meeting place for youngsters racing along the A5 on their hot-rodded British bikes. Five years ago the first Jacks Hill Cafe Ton-Up Day was run and it has become the annual place of pilgrimage for the hardcore rocker - a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 27 July 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

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.

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

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

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

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