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Padova customs take on best from the US

Michael Carroll, 28 January 2009 15:56

These three customs, fresh from sweeping the top spots at the recent Padova Show in Italy, are set to take on America’s finest at the Daytona Bike Week in Florida next month. Best in show was La Fenice from Italian firm Custombike. It runs a 1203cc Buell engine in a heavily modified Harley-Davidson Sportster frame, and has a paintjob by ...

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Ransom Serpent custom motorcycle inspired by God

Michael Carroll, 22 January 2009 17:52

This is the latest ‘concept’ from American custom builder Ransom Motorcycles. The firm is run by devout Christian Wayne Ransom, who says the final design of his bikes is inspired by God. Get the full lowdown in the January 21 edition of MCN, out now.

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Buell gets a glorious makeover

Michael Carroll, 29 December 2008 08:00

A clever team of Japanese custom builders has turned Buell’s bug-eyed XB9S Lightning into this stunning café racer-style bike. There’s hardly anything of the donor 2005 bike left, and those parts that remain have been heavily modified. The Glory took Kawasaki-based builders Hide Motorcycle four months to complete. A spokesman said they would normally work with mainstream Harley-Davidson’s, but couldn’t ...

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Derringer boss talks vintage motorcycles

Michael Carroll, 09 December 2008 11:45

These videos show vintage-style Derringer Motorcycles in action. The motorcycles are built in California and have quickly become favourites of movie stars, rocket scientists, and even royalty. The 49cc motorcycles cost $3500, roughly £2353. Read more in the December 10 issue of MCN.  

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Video: Hawg Haven live-build bike lives

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 16:23

Here’s the footage of the first running of the Carole Nash Old School Bobber, which was constructed in 11 days by custom builders Hawk Haven in front of the crowds visiting the Carole Nash bike show at the NEC. The team were nervous about starting the bike, but said they couldn’t resist celebrating their achievement by firing the bike up. ...

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Video: Ace Cafe Racer unveiled

Michael Carroll, 18 June 2008 11:10

MCN was invited to take a sneak peak at the completed Ace Cafe Racer before it is shipped to the United States and we have some video footage of it running. Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of the Ace Cafe, unveiled the bike to a select group of family and friends. Upon its arrival in America it will be part of the 50th anniversary ...

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London Science Museum spotlights history of motorcycling

Michael Carroll, 25 April 2008 17:01

The Science Museum in London is in the early stages of planning a motorcycling exhibition that would trace the history of motorcycles and motorcyclists through the ages. The museum plans to launch the Biker Tribe exhibition in 2009, and is on the look out for sponsorship from within the motorcycle industry, the loan of machinery and riding kit, and stories ...

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Motorcyclist wins rare Ducati Monster 695

Michael Carroll, 29 February 2008 14:00

A motorcyclist in Shropshire is celebrating after winning one of eight special edition Ducati Monster 695’s in a competition run by aftershave firm Zegna and Ducati. Richard Heath is due to take delivery of the Zegna-branded motorcycle over the next two weeks, after winning the contest which was run in Selfridges stores in Manchester, Birmingham, and London.  

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Video: Nick Gale replica up and running

Michael Carroll, 08 February 2008 11:27

Here’s a video of Nick Gale Custom Cycles starting up its replica of a 1960s Honda 500cc race motorcycle. The firm constructed the frame, tank unit, and fairing, and bolt in the engine from a Honda CB400/4. Nick Gale estimates the cost of the completed replica to be £8,000, which includes £500 towards the price of the donor-bike engine. For ...

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