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Best of British customs

John Westlake, 04 March 2011 17:09

The London International Custom Bike Show at the Alexandra Palace might have been lacking in terms of vendors – the main hall looking very sparse for what should be a prestigious show – but the motorcycles on display showed the type of ingenuity and engineering that puts Britain right at the top of the custom bike world. In MCN next ...

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What do you get if you cross a Triumph, Norton and Ducati?

John Westlake, 13 August 2010 17:11

Answer: a Tronti. This one was built by Mike Etienne from Jersey and is a modern take on the Triton of the Sixties. This is the synthesis of 1958 Manx Norton frame, 1979 T140 Triumph 750 engine (not stock) and 1994 750SS Ducati forks, wheels and brakes. Mike said: “A lot of engineering was necessary to make it all line ...

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Incredible Kawasaki Z650 rebuild

John Westlake, 13 August 2010 17:00

This immaculate 1979 Kawasaki Z650 B3 is a complete nut-and-bolt rebuild undertaken by Dave Ball from Stone in Staffordshire. He’s entered the bike in MCN’s Britain’s Got Biking Talent Competition with Carole Nash which closes in just five days. The amount of work Dave put in is awe-inspiring. Here are just a few of the bike’s highlights: • Wiseco 720cc ...

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Sheene tribute bike at Goodwood

John Westlake, 24 March 2010 09:36

This is the Icon Sheene – a 250bhp turbocharged tribute to the late great Barry Sheene. The bike – which is revealed in this week’s MCN – was designed and built by Andrew Morris who has dubbed it ‘the ultimate road bike’. Morris said: “Barry Sheene was a hero – of mine and everyone else. I believe the Icon Sheene ...

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What MotoGP savvy can do for your bike

John Westlake, 29 May 2009 15:33

Next week’s MCN features one of the best ZX-10Rs ever created. It was made by an ex-MotoGP technician who turned a 2004 bike into a track weapon that’s two seconds a lap faster than a £45,000 Ducati Desmosedici Video: Onboard the MotoGP mechanic's Kawasaki ZX-10R Here are the bits that ex-MotoGP tech guru Stewart Miller’s bolted to the five-year-old ZX-10R ...


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