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The Green Hornet’s custom Harley

Phil West, 21 January 2011 17:29

Honda might be making a commemorative green Hornet, but that’s not the only special bike to come out of Cameron Diaz’s latest flick, The Green Hornet. This special customised Harley V-Rod features in the superhero film as ridden by the hero’s sidekick, Kato. Kato is played by Asian music superstar Jay Chou while the bike itself features a chopped rear fender, ...

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Suzuki Katana 1400 special

Phil West, 23 June 2010 11:08

This 1400cc ‘Katana’ is the modern day version of the legendary, radically-styled ‘80s sportster that Suzuki should be building, according to its owner. Featuring smooth, grunty, fuel-injected GSX1400 power, modern suspension, brakes and tyres and a more comfortable semi-upright riding position, it has practicality in place of the original’s extremeness.  But despite the original Katana styling and factory-standard build quality, ...

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£17,000 Yamaha FZ1 Abarth replica

Phil West, 17 June 2010 16:09

Take a second glance. This is no standard Yamaha FZ1. Instead, at a cost of over £17,000, it’s a painstaking replica (apart from the paint job, obviously) of the exquisite, fully racer-ised ‘Abarth FZ1’ displayed last year.  Find a Yamaha FZ1 for sale Built by MCN reader Ken Gosling, the bike features, like the Abarth inspiration, the sort of mouth-watering ...

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Old school cool – Z900

Phil West, 08 June 2010 17:15

How’s this for a new, cool take on Kawasaki’s venerable 1976? This example has been built by Spanish custom shop La Perra Bikes, based between Malaga and Seville, and blends the rustic, tarnished, cut-down hot rod style with ‘blinged-up’ specials.     It’s based on a 1976 Z900 but with a chopped, ‘bandaged’ exhaust, low bars and black wire wheels, but ...

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Saucy new LSL Triumph special

Phil West, 20 May 2010 12:55

This saucy Triumph Bonneville café racer is the latest from German accessories and customizing specialists LSL.       Dubbed the Bonneville ‘Tridays’ Limited edition, it’s been built to publicise the annual ‘Tridays’ three-day Triumph motorcycles festival (hence the name) in Neukirchen, Austria, which this year is held from June 25-27. In fact, British fever swamps the town so much that they even ...

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Video: World's first 30-in front wheel custom

Phil West, 17 February 2010 10:01

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, American customisers have come up with this - the world's first bike with a massive 30in diameter front wheel. Dubbed the Paradigm and built by Ballistic Cycles of Wisconsin, the bike is the most extreme example of the trend to fit even bigger front wheels and lower rear ends to American 'bagger' customs.   What's ...

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Radical CR&S ‘DUU’ unveiled

Phil West, 03 November 2009 16:32

Italian specials firm CR&S will be officially unveiling this radical, V-twin engined, naked bike at the Milan Show next week. Dubbed the ‘DUU’ (a derivation of the Italian for ‘two’) the bike has not just two cylinders (c/o a Harley-style, American S&S engine), but also displaces two litres and has two seats – hence the name. CR&S (which stands for ...

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Slammin' Ducati 749

Phil West, 03 July 2009 11:47

Ducati’s 749 sportster isn’t the obvious choice for US customisers wanted their ‘slammed’ low, long and lean look, but that’s exactly what’s happened here. Find a Ducati 749 for sale Created by Gooichi Motorsports of Pittsburg it’s been fitted with with a stretched swingarm, custom-built exhaust, 18-inch spoked wheels, custom rear shock and more. Read the Ducati 749 review ‘I ...

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Official Rossi replica Yamaha R1 released

Phil West, 01 May 2009 09:53

If this year’s crossplane crank Yamaha R1 wasn’t already tempting enough, Yamaha has now released factory MotoGP replica versions in the liveries of reigning world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi and team mate and Japanese GP winner Jorge Lorenzo. The bad news, however, is that the bikes are being produced by Yamaha France, so are not available in the UK and, ...


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