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Shedding the custom bike clichés

Steve Hunt, 25 May 2014 15:51

Since launching as a website designed to highlight some of the better and more unusual motorcycles being built within the burgeoning custom and cafe-race scene, the last eighteen months have seen The Bike Shed establish itself as a showcase event within the British motorcycling calendar. Having expanded to a new venue in London's Tobacco Docks, the show drew a strong, ...

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Low and Mean CX500

Chad, 03 September 2012 06:48

We just built this cafe racer which we call Low and Mean from a beat up '78 Honda CX500. It has a ton of unique parts that were all hand made by us.

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Aprilia RS250 Simoncelli tribute

andysxv550, 10 July 2012 15:08

It's not quite finished yet but here's what I've been working on for the past couple of months. It started out as a fairly scruffy Aprilia RS250 which I stripped, cleaned, serviced, MoT'd etc. I added the RS body work, pipes and carbon bits from Jap4performance, and then set about painting it. I don't have a workshop so all this was done in the back ...

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My turbocharged trike

Anonymous, 24 January 2012 18:48

Here's my trike, powered by a turbocharged Rewaco 1.6 Z-tec motor, producing 185bhp at the minute. I'm a paraplegic and I use it for rallys thoughout the year. I usually cover about 12/13k a year so does get used - not like some of these summertime bikers and their bikes! Towards the end of the year the motor will be getting more power. I'm ...

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Hand built 'retro' is 125 money

MCN, 19 August 2011 12:16

With continuing resurgence in interest in 70s and 80s superbikes, riders are once again buying bikes from their youth. But unless you're after a true 'classic' version - ie original and standard - there are two problems with that: first you'll quickly learn that their performance leaves a lot to be desired, particularly from a modern perspective. And secondly, many ...

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Build your own electric road racer

Dan Aspel, 01 July 2011 11:27

Mavizen, the organisers of the electric TT, have dramatically slashed the cost of buying an electric race bike, to less than £8000. There’s just one catch – you’ll have to build it yourself. This is no DIY home-build special though. The Mavizen LEO.X can only be bought as a complete package, which includes a five-day college course on electrical theory, ...

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Brit team builds super-cool Hog

Michael Neeves, 01 July 2011 11:19

Shaw Harley’s dirt-style, Sportster-based "XLST3" is without doubt the coolest motorcycle I’ve ever ridden. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but if I had a spare £25,000, I’d have myself one of these in the blink of an eye. Never have I wanted to own a bike I’ve tested so badly, let alone a Harley – ...

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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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The Ninja with NOS. And speakers.

MCN, 27 May 2011 17:37

Heaven to some, vile sacrilege to others. The owners of this ZX-10R have blinged it up with an MTX speaker system and a nitrous oxide system to boot. They’ve even given the same treatment to a ‘Busa. Bless ‘em. MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin isn’t impressed: “They must be p****s” is all we can get from him on the ...

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Meet the Narley – oh wait, they called it a Norley

Guy Procter, 05 May 2011 13:24

That most promiscuous of motorcycle frames, the Norton featherbed, has mated again – this time with a Harley. And it’s produced a handsome mongrel that’s for sale in aid of charity Curing Kids Cancer. Santiago Choppers' owner Alan Bernard built the bike using a 1200cc Harley Sportster engine installed in a Norton frame using the Café Racer style bodywork and ...

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