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An XJR that RoCkS

Ped Baker, 13 September 2013 15:54

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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2013 AMD Freestyle Champion Rondine up close

Ped Baker, 14 May 2013 16:02

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 ...

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Irish Guzzi takes top honours at AMD World Custom Bike Championships

Ped Baker, 13 May 2013 14:34

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 ...

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Classic ear porn

Ped Baker, 22 June 2011 15:16

The Speed Shop Design Beezerker has been around for a while (best in show 2010 LA Calendar Long Beach, 2nd place AMD champ metric), but so far only the privileged few have heard it run. In case you're wondering where the glorious racket is coming from, the exhaust routes through the frame. Never has an A65 twin sounded so sweet…

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Steve McQueen's Brough Superior to be auctioned

Ped Baker, 16 June 2011 12:41

A 1931 Brough Superior SS80 that once belonged to Steve McQueen and US customiser Von Dutch is to be put under the hammer at the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance in August. In the late 1970's McQueen gifted the SS80 to Von Dutch (Kenny Howard) under the condition that when Von Dutch died, the bike would be returned to McQueen. ...

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Still time to see Warrs customs at Motorexpo Canary Wharf

Ped Baker, 10 June 2011 10:35

If you're quick, there's just enough time to catch the end of the glamourous Motorexpo car and bike show at London's Canary Wharf. Amongst the sea of four wheelers that make up the majority of the show, Europe's oldest Harley dealer, Warrs Harley Davidson have a selection of their test bikes on offer (take both bits of your licence) and ...

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'Twin Pan' from Guildford Custom Cycles

Ped Baker, 09 June 2011 11:53

This 2003 FXSTN Nightrain 'Twin Pan' is the latest creation from Surrey based Guildford Custom Cycles. The bike has already taken a third place in the modified Harley class at the London Custom Motorcycle Show and a first place in the same class at the California Dreaming Expo in Bournemouth. Both shows were European rounds of the AMD World Championship. ...

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Deus unveil the Café Scorpio

Ped Baker, 19 May 2011 13:33

The Café Scorpio is the latest too-cool-for-skool, flat track inspired machine to emerge from the Deus workshops. This time said workshop is on the beautiful paradise island of Bali instead of the main HQ in Sydney, Australia. Starting life as a Yamaha Scorpio 225, the Deus team have given the project the usual brand of Deus cool, bolting on polished ...

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Video: A kind of passion

Ped Baker, 19 May 2011 13:08

Beautifully shot video of the Classic Moto 2011 festival at the Jarama circuit near Madrid.Not so sure about the soundtrack though, would rather hear the bikes...

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Parker Brothers Choppers: If you build it, they will come

Ped Baker, 21 April 2011 16:01

As you've probably guessed by the 'Green Machine' three wheeler, Florida based Parker Brothers Choppers aren't your usual brand of southern state bike builders. Self confessed movie nuts Shanon and Marc have carved a niche within the chopper niche by building replicas of 'movie star' bikes and machines to showcase their passion and technical prowess. The most successful of the ...

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