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Back to front, upside down 2000cc triple!

Chris Newbigging, 14 January 2011 12:25

No, it’s not a computer mock-up – that engine really is upside down! And it’s going in to small-scale production too.  The Nembo Super 32 Rovescio is the brainchild of Italian designer Daniele Sabatini, who was inspired by the style of air-cooled engines but wanted the inverted cylinder design of World War II plane engines too. “I like air-cooled motors ...

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Sanctuary's modernised Japanese classics

Chris Newbigging, 12 January 2011 15:34

Before reading this, take another look at these extraordinary Japanese-made specials - they're worth gazing at again.  Made by Sanctuary in Japan, they’re just some of the examples of the workshop’s ability to turn Japan’s best superbikes from the 70s and 80s into technically-modernised machines retaining all the charm and style of the original.  Z-series Kawasakis (and American market KZs) are ...

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Secrets of the UK’s best specials

Chris Newbigging, 20 December 2010 12:51

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 ...

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Milan bike show: Honda’s retro minimotos

Chris Newbigging, 05 November 2010 16:45

Never mind the CBR600F and Crossrunner – these exquisite minimotos were the bikes grabbing MCN’s attention on the Milan show Honda stand. The six bikes are mini-me versions of Honda road and race bikes from years gone by. They’re not just painted Chinese minibikes either – each has it’s own chassis crafted to look like the original, with the correct ...

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Triumph Street Triple Tracker

Chris Newbigging, 04 June 2010 14:30

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 ...

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Roland Sands reveals finished Harley-Davidson XR1200 café racer

Chris Newbigging, 06 May 2010 15:50

Roland Sands’ latest project, a café racer, has been unveiled for the first time on his blog. Only the basics of Harley-Davidson’s weighty street-tracker remain – the rest has been thrown away and replaced with a selection of performance and cosmetic upgrades selected by the Californian former 250 racer. At the front is a set of Ohlins forks carrying radial ...

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£20,000 James Dean tribute Harley Fat Boy

Chris Newbigging, 30 April 2010 12:55

If you have enough money, you can have anything you want. If the object of your desires is a custom Harley styled like the Porsche Spyder that killed James Dean, star of iconic movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, then Shaw Speed and Custom is the place to spend your cash.  Everything on the Spyder is about the attitude – the riding ...

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Shaw Harley-Davidson opens Speed and Custom shop

Chris Newbigging, 19 February 2010 09:23

Shaw Harley-Davidson in East Sussex has opened its new Speed and Custom shop for owners looking to modify their Hogs. Harley-Davidson's for sale The Lewes-based Harley main dealer says it's looking to give Harley buyers the VIP treatment when it comes to building the bike they want - genuine Harley-Davidson accessories and Roland Sands Design are part of the service ...

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New 123bhp Speed Triple rival

Chris Newbigging, 29 January 2010 16:33

Dutch chassis guru Nico Bakker has built a sexy rival to Triumph’s Speed Triple using the brilliant engine from Suzuki’s TL1000R V-twin. The 123bhp 996cc motor was one of the best engines of the 1990s, but was let down by an inadequate chassis. The surge in naked bike sales has prompted Bakker to rehome the TL lump in a Speed ...

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Jack Lilley customised Triumph Bonneville SE and Scrambler

Chris Newbigging, 31 December 2009 12:21

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 ...

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