Britain's best specials!

Published: 07 September 2009

These stunning home-built specials are among the finalists of our Britain’s Got Biking Talent contest with Carole Nash to find the best bike in Britain.   

We picked out these four bikes from the finalists to highlight the quality of the entries into this year’s competition and to remind YOU to vote for the machines you think best.     

There’s still time to vote for your favourites. You can cast your voter in each of the six categories: Spoirts, Classics; Choppers & Customs; Concours & Restored, Streetfighters and Street Modified. Just click here to see the contenders and vote.

And by doing so there’s a chance to win up to £250 off your motorcycle insurance through Carole Nash, helmet and leathers insurance, a helmet worth up to £200 and a year’s subscriptions to MCN. Voting closes on 18 September.


Ducati 900 Monster chopper

Lee 'Grobo' Robinson's Monster Monster chopper
The world is bursting at the seams with Harley-engined choppers, so this Ducati ‘Monster Monster’ chop-job is refreshingly different. It took 18-months to build. The extended Monster fuel tank, seat, tail unit and 900 engine are the only actual Ducati Monster bits on the bike, the rest is all hand-made from scratch, including the trellis frame, 4” longer than standard and made from 32mm tubing, and the MH900e-style swingarm, extended by 6” over standard. 


Norton Rotary

Tony Haywood's JPS Norton NRS588 rotary replica
The word replica doesn’t do this JPS Norton racer justice because it’s as good as the real thing, albeit made by bike-mad Tony Haywood at home between 2005 and June this year, and not at the Norton factory’s race department in 1991. In fact it’s probably the best condition Norton racer you’ll find anywhere. It’s not a used and abused racer, aside from the engine it’s all brand spanking new.


Kawasaki Z1 cafe racer

Shaun & Adam Courtenay's Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer
Father and son team bought this Italian import 1973 Kawasaki Z1 Café Racer in 1997 and immediately set about turning it into a project bike, which took them three years to complete. They weren’t entirely happy with the way it turned out, so being perfectionists, they pulled it apart and started again from the ground up.


Ducati MH900e

Sim on Jefferies' Ducati MH900e
Even without the mods, this machine is pretty special to start with. It’s an official Ducati MH900e (‘Mike Hailwood 900 evoluzione’), number 1324 of 2000 built, and only 50 brought into the UK. Launched in 2000, the MH900E originally cost 15,000 Euros, but Ducati-mad Jefferies actually bought this one salvage from eBay.