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Secrets of the UK’s best specials

In this week’s MCN we’re taking a look inside some of Britain’s best home-grown specials – the top three from Britain’s Got Biking talent. We spoke to the owners of the top three bikes to find out what went in to making the UK’s favourite specials. We couldn’t have asked for a more varied response– one bike was built entirely ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 20 December 2010

Triumph Street Triple Tracker

German dealer Motorcorner is putting this sexy Street Triple R-based Street Tracker on sale for £12,000.  Read the Triumph Street Triple R review The transformation is an unusual twist for Triumph’s middleweight naked and is the first special to mimic the classic flat-track racers.   In next week’s MCN – out Wednesday June 9 – we reveal the full story of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 04 June 2010

Jack Lilley customised Triumph Bonneville SE and Scrambler

Triumph dealer Jack Lilley has completed its latest customised Bonneville one-offs, based on a Bonneville SE and a Scrambler. A brand-new Bonneville SE – the new-for-2009 interpretation of the 1979 Bonneville T140D with cast wheels – and a Scrambler have been taken apart and rebuilt with subtle but classy modifications before the bikes were even registered. The Bonneville SE is ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 31 December 2009

World's first stereo swingarm!

Custom motorcycle parts don’t get much more ludicrous than the subwoofer-equipped swingarm on this Suzuki TL1000S! Created by ABW Designs in Virginia, the tubular steel swingarm is not only set up to accept a 300-section back tyre (standard is 190-section) but also house a subwoofer box! A pair of speakers in the fairing openings provide the sound to go with ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 10 October 2009

One-off Ecosse factory special for sale

One-off showcase bikes from respected manufacturers don’t usually hit the classified ads. So MCN was surprised to see this Heretic from exclusive manufacturer Ecosse up for sale for £40,500. Built to showcase the work of the American firm, the Heretic C is finished in black with orange pin-striping and coated in a matte-finish lacquer. As standard, it packs a 130bhp, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 18 June 2009

World Exclusive: Roger Allmond’s finished Rocket III-powered one-off

This is the world exclusive first photo shoot for what could be the most stunning custom motorcycle of the year – Roger Allmond’s Triumph Rocket III. See the motorcycle close up in our video Commissioned by Bennetts Insurance, the unnamed machine retains only the standard engine and part of the shaft drive – the rest has been designed and created by ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 15 April 2008

Controversial Buell 1125R transformed with a paintjob

It's fair to say the new Buell 1125R’s styling hasn’t been received to well – but this one-off created for insurance company Bennetts shows how a simple colour change transforms the bike. The red and black scheme is reminiscent of the Yamaha World Superbike squad’s Santander livery, and it helps disguise the bulbous radiator shrouds, and the top fairing seems ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 08 April 2008

Ghezzi-Brian turn Moto Guzzi V11 into a sportsbike

The team behind Moto Guzzi’s MGS-01 race bike have turned the relaxed V11 naked roadster into this – the Ghezzi-Brain Monza sportsbike. Designed as a kit that can be fitted as a whole or in steps, the Monza retains the stock Moto Guzzi engine cases and frame but everything else can be replaced with the kit. The ‘Aesthetic Kit’ comprises ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 21 March 2008

Sheene tribute Monster

Barry Sheene never raced any Ducati motorcycle, let alone a Monster.     So quite why the great man was the inspiration for this retro-themed Monster is anyone’s guess. But it’s hard to deny that it looks great anyway. Originally a modern 916-powered Monster S4, the motorcycle has been transported back in time, with 1970’s style details such as the braced tubular ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 04 July 2007

'I spent my share of the divorce cash on my bike'

David Harper had money to spend on himself after his divorce, and he chose to improve his ZRX’s chassis with the cash. More than £7,000 has been spent with chassis gurus Harris Performance making the improvements he wanted. Check out exactly what Harper has done to his ZRX in these pictures he has given to MCN. Changes to the Kawasaki ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 30 May 2007

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