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1921 Velocette boardtracker rocks Ally Pally

Gary Pinchin, 09 March 2012 12:08

This Nick Gale-built Velocette boardtracker was the star of the London International Classic and Custom Bike Show at Alexandra Palace this year, even though it's still a work in progress! Wembley-based custom bike builder Gale took a 1921 Clyno - an old Coventry marque - and shoehorned a 1936 Velocette MAC and 1920s three-speed Albion gearbox into a space once ...

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American custom builders headline Yokohama Show

Gary Pinchin, 25 December 2009 11:00

The 18th annual Mooneyes Hot Road and Custom Show at Yokohama is the biggest event of the year for the custom bike enthusiasts in Japan. 650 motorcycles. 250 cars. 220 trade stands. 15,000 fans. The guest list included: Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, actress Candy Clark as "Debbie" from the original motion picture, American Graffiti! Sculptor Jeff Decker. Artist Keith ...

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Retro café: Lossa Hondas

Gary Pinchin, 24 December 2009 08:30

California-based Lossa Engineering specializes in café racers, vintage restorations and street-legal race bikes. We’re talking bikes like this latest hot-rod Honda CB75O – styled in the image of a classic Joe Bar French café: clip-ons, stock pegs, slender tank and instead of the usual hump-pad – an XR750 dirttrack seat. Jay at Lossa, is a former award-winning truck and car ...

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Blackswan to build 1000bhp electric drag bike

Gary Pinchin, 11 September 2009 17:31

Team Blackswan are based in Bristol and are developing several electric motorcycle projects including the building of a 1000bhp lithium electric drag bike. This is being used as a rolling test-bed to develop the powerplant for the boat and car & to take on the Americans Kilacycle which in Scotty Pollacheck’s hands has run a 7.89s @ 168mph standing quarter-mile. ...

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US streetracker spotted at Bonneville 50th

Gary Pinchin, 26 August 2009 10:26

This cool streetracker, based on a Hinckley Bonneville, was spotted at Sunday’s Triumph Bonneville 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. It was built by Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles who has a reputation for building some of the coolest streetracker customs in the States. Pollock builds his bikes using Harley-Davidson Sportster, Yamaha  XS650 and Triumph (both Meriden ...

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Krugger’s Overmile

Gary Pinchin, 24 August 2009 16:20

Belgian Freddy Bertrand of the Krugger Motorcycle Company is one of the great ‘master builders’ of the kustom bike world and this is his latest creation, ‘Overmile’. See the Overmile in action here Freddy says this is a bike to blast – combining dirt-tracker styling cues with balls-out street-fighter imagery – and features a 1700cc Shovelhead S&S motor, Baker six-speed ...

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Video: Going the whole Hawg

Gary Pinchin, 13 December 2007 13:45

They’re mad, they’re bad, and they’re certainly rad. Jon Quantrell and Terry Clark at Hawg Haven build some of the best-engineered custom bikes in the world. They invited motorcyclenews.com to their workshop in Norwich to get a peak preview of their latest build, the so-called Bentley motorcycle. It’s in the early stages so far - just a few drawings, a stripped ...

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Video: Barnstormer

Gary Pinchin, 17 May 2007 15:00

Check out our video of the Barnstormer - when bike building becomes art. Designed by Jon Quantrell, the Barnstormer took more than 600 hours to complete the aluminium parts alone and has already won awards for its creation. Check out this week's MCN, available from Wednesday, May 16, 2007, to read a full interview with Quantrell.    Zoom & Watch more videos on ...

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