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The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style Special Edition Motorcycle Hits Dealers

Get Ready for Another Version of the Svartpilen 701 Husqvarna’s Svartpilen 701 Style is a new special edition of the Svartpilen 701 that’s immediately available at dealerships. The company calls its latest iteration of the motorcycle a “flat-track inspired street explorer” in its press release. The bike gets a special bronze, black, and silver color scheme, setting it apart from the standard model. The color isn’t the only thing that sets it apart. The bike also gets spoked wheels, CNC-machined...
Tags: Motorcycle News, Husqvarna, Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style


K-Speed tears into the Royal Enfield Continental GT

Just the other day, we praised the simplicity and affordability of the new Royal Enfield twins. They’re easier to pull apart than most modern motorcycles, making them gold dust for custom builders. Then, we were examining a striking Interceptor from Thrive of Indonesia. Today, we’re looking at a custom version of the Interceptor’s sibling: the Continental GT 650. It’s a lean and purposeful cafe racer from the Thai custom powerhouse K-Speed. K-Speed got the commission from Royal Enfield lat...
Tags: Indonesia, Motorcycles, Continental, Brembo, Enfield, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Royal Enfield, Royal Enfield Continental GT, Bangkok International Motor Show, Royal Enfield Continental, Vayu, K-Speed, Hindu Vayu


HELL FOR LEATHER – Ducati 749 ‘Arriera’

Every country has some national symbols that they are proud of. America has the bald eagle, Australia has the kangaroo, England has the Queen and Argentina has the gaucho. What is a gaucho, I hear you ask? The gauchos were fearless and skillful horsemen who used to handmake tools for carve out wood and metal. These men were legends and are a significant part of the folklore in Argentina, where bike builder and sunglasses entrepreneur Sebastian Achaval is from. “I am from that part of the world...
Tags: England, Australia, America, Motorcycles, Ducati, Argentina, Scrambler, Mark, Sebastian, Brembo, Showa, Rizoma, Desert Sled, Brooklyn Moto, Ducati 749, Sebastian Achaval


Review: Riding the new Indian FTR 1200

For a brand that only relaunched five years ago, Indian Motorcycle is making some bold moves. The Scout FTR750 racebike has cleaned up in the flat track scene and Indian has now released a matching flat tracker for the street: the hotly anticipated FTR 1200. When the FTR1200 Custom concept broke cover 18 months ago, everyone with a pulse and a love for two wheels went all giddy. And even though the production-ready FTR 1200 has been watered down by practical and regulatory considerations, it’...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, La, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, Pacific Coast Highway, Harley Davidson, Malibu, Santa Monica, Brembo, Dunlop, FTR, Indian motorcycles


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 May, 2019

From one extreme to the other: this week we take a look at a tiny Honda land speed record holder and the ginormous new Triumph Rocket 3 TFC. Plus a slick BMW from sunny Lisbon, a classic Norton living in France, and a Mash cafe racer from Spain. Triumph Rocket 3 TFC We hear a lot of talk about ‘factory customs.’ It’s obviously a contradiction in terms, but the new Rocket 3 isn’t quite as cynical as most. Simply because only 750 will be built, so it’s unlikely that owners will bump into ea...
Tags: Europe, Usa, California, France, Spain, Motorcycles, Portugal, Honda, Lisbon, Norton, Tim, Daytona, Brembo, TFC, Lille France, Honda Motorcycles


2019 Kia Stinger & Limited-Edition Stinger GTS: Product & Performance Review

We saw the Kia Stinger for the first time at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Nothing has changed since then. The 2019 Kia Stinger remains one of the best high-performance GT sedans for the money. When we first laid eyes on the Kia Stinger, it was transcribing a clear message to European sports sedans: the South Koreans have entered the fray and are set to disrupt the performance sedan market in a big way. NAIAS 2017 had a multitude of attractions, but for us, the Stin...
Tags: Europe, Frankfurt, Porsche, Korea, Autos, South America, Gran Turismo, North, Bmw, Audi, Detroit, Kia, Bugatti Chiron, North American International Auto Show, Mercedes Benz, FRANKFURT Germany


Images Surface of the Indian Raptor, the Harley Road Glide Competitor

Is This the Indian Raptor? Recent information surfaced about Indian seeking to challenge Harley’s Road Glide with its own liquid-cooled, frame-mounted fairing bagger. I reported on it recently and showed off some of the patent info. Now, according to Motorcycle News, recent images of the bike have surfaced of the bike. One of the images is a super low-res image of the bike (shown below). You can hardly tell what the thing is really. It looks like an Indian bike, but it could easily be some rend...
Tags: Motorcycles, Harley, Brembo, Motorcycle News, Indian Motorcycle, Indian Raptor


2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary & GT-R NISMO: Godzilla Gets Bigger Teeth & New Clothes

New for 2020 are the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition and GT-R NISMO. The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition harks back to the Nissan GT-R Skyline R34. The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO receives carbon fiber body panels to save weight. Nissan fans rejoice! The Japanese car maker has something good in store for the 2020 Nissan GT-R supercar. Making its debut at the New York International Auto Show is the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition, and alongside it, the new GT-R NISMO. But for the new variant...
Tags: Porsche, Autos, North America, Audi, Nissan, Rays, Paul Walker, Alcantara, Brembo, Hiroshi Tamura, Tamura, New York International Auto Show, Car News, Nissan GT R NISMO, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR


The man brave enough to cut up an MV Agusta F4 Senna

Cutting up an MV Agusta F4 Senna is a gutsy move. The F4 is a surefire future classic, and the Senna version’s carbon bits, and upgraded suspension and brakes, make it even tastier. Plus, MV Agusta only ever built three hundred of them—so it’s rare too. But when Robert Wilson got his hands on a 2007-model F4 1000 Senna, he just couldn’t help himself. And since he found it with none of its stock bodywork intact, he didn’t feel too bad about tearing into a 173 hp superbike that cost $29,995 whe...
Tags: Motorcycles, Robert, Robert Wilson, Sachs, Pirelli, Matt, Brandon, Brembo, Senna, AgustA, Custom Motorcycles, MV Agusta, Shorai, Street Tracker, Brandon Briscoe, Kelly Inham


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 21 April, 2019

An incredible Norton sidecar racer from Australia, a tribute to NCR co-founder Rino Caracchi from Italy, and a chunky go-anywhere BMW R100GS from the States. Plus news of a land speed record attempt featuring Max Biaggi … on an electric bike. Ducati MHR 1000 Rino Caracchi tribute The NCR name is forever entwined with the racing fortunes of Ducati—most notably when Mike Hailwood used an NCR-built 900 to win the 1978 World Championship at the Isle of Man. NCR co-founder Rino Caracchi passed ...
Tags: London, Australia, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Dell, Michelin, Alex, NCR, Bolivia, East End, Norton, Dakar, Tim, Matt, Richmond Virginia


DOUBLE ESPRESSO – Ducati Monster S2R

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Keith Treder When it comes to motorcycles, it turns out that if you ask for ‘just what the doctor ordered’ then the answer is a tricked out Ducati. To discover this, we didn’t just turn to any old medicine man, but Dr Chris Stout who was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow. They’re serious credentials and he’s a busy man, so to build his perfect weekend weapon to deliver that two-wheeled therapy he assembled a...
Tags: US, Gotham, Motorcycles, Ducati, Illinois, Barnett, Chris, Brembo, Germany Italy, Yuasa, Racer, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Miki, Galfer, Chris Stout


Shakedown 1979: Hookie’s super-practical BMW R100

The battle between form and function rages on a daily basis in the custom scene. As much as we hate to admit it, some customs are destined to spend their lives on display, or seldom ridden. But for every show pony, there’s a workhorse out there. Like this thoroughly practical—yet still handsome—classic BMW boxer from Hookie Co. ‘Racoon’ is based on a 1979 BMW R100/7, and was built with reliability and day-to-day performance topping the brief. “Nothing special,” says shop boss, Nico. “No en...
Tags: Motorcycles, Dresden, Scrambler, Continental, Nico, Brembo, Richmond VA, Beemer, Kellermann, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Biltwell Inc, Hookie Co, BMW R100


DOM’ PERIGNON – Honda NX650 Dominator by Forge

This is a story older than time. A common predicament many of us have been in. You buy a donor bike with all the right intentions to build one of the coolest motorcycles the world has ever seen. But the days pass by and then the months pass by until reality hits and you know you aren’t ever going to finish this build. Whether it’s a lack of time or a lack of ability, the bike sits in the garage waiting for some love and attention. This is exactly what happened when a customer approached French...
Tags: Motorcycles, Honda, Tracker, Nantes, Thomas, Gwen, Jenny, Brembo, Nissin, Enduro, Motogadget, Continental TKC, Dominator, NX650, Desert Sled, PERIGNON


Review: The 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Of all the Husqvarna street bikes, none has been so hotly anticipated as the Svartpilen 701. Especially by riders who love the forward design and ride dynamics of its Vitpilen café racer sibling, but can’t get along with its ergonomics. Excitement hit fever pitch when Husqvarna announced (at EICMA last year) that the Svartpilen 701 was indeed going into production. And like its 401 stablemates, the factory bike is as close to the original jaw-dropping concept as you can get. But what’s it ...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portugal, Black, Lisbon, Bosch, Husqvarna, Pirelli, Atlantic Coast, Brembo, KTM, Kiska, Motorcycle Reviews, EICMA, Vitpilen


Lightning Motorcycle Unveils the Strike

It’s Here In All Its Glory Lightning Motorcycles has teased its new Strike for weeks now, and the company finally revealed it. The bike gets three different battery configurations, each with its own range. The first is the Standard Strike and it has a range of 70 miles highway and 100 miles city per charge. The second is the Strike Mid-Range. It has a range of 105 highway miles and 150 city miles. The final version has a range of 200 miles in the city and is called the Strike Carbon Edition.  O...
Tags: Motorcycles, Electric Motorcycles, Ac, Brembo, Motorcycle News, Lightning Motorcycles, Lightning Strike, Harley Livewire, Standard Strike, Strike Mid Range, AIM Strada


The Limited-Edition Aprilia RSV4 X Takes Things Up a Notch

More Extreme, More Awesome I kind of can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Aprilia introduced the RSV4. To commemorate the superbike, the company has decided to put out a limited-edition version of the motorcycle that is a truly dominant force. It takes what the RSV4 is and ups the ante. During the 2019 Aprilia All Stars event at Mugello, Aprilia took the wraps off its new bike. Max Biaggi, the former WSBK and 250cc world champion, hustled the motorcycle around the track. The motorcycle is a t...
Tags: Motorcycles, Brembo, WSBK, Motorcycle News, Aprilia, Aprilia RSV4, Max Biaggi, Aprilia RSV4 X, Mugello Aprilia, MoreBikes Aprilia, T Drive technology Aprilia


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 24 March, 2019

This week’s all about Yamaha, with a veritable squadron of cool customs from every genre—including a new SR500 from Shinya Kimura. There’s also a very cool Guzzi Le Mans sneaking in from Italy. Let us know which one you’d ride home, because we can’t decide. Moto Guzzi Le Mans III by Ruote Fiere Chris is far more of a Guzzista than I am, but even I can’t resist the charms of this peculiar—yet alluring—Le Mans. It’s the work of Davide Caforio over at Ruote Fiere in Italy, who’s masterfully ...
Tags: Japan, California, Motorcycles, Italy, Dell, Honda, Scrambler, Yamaha, Daytona, Brembo, Jerome, Oram, Davide, Moto Guzzi, EPM, Custom Motorcycles


Spanish Flyer: A Honda CB1000R tweaked for the track

For power junkies , the Honda CB1000R is one of the best roadsters on the market today. The build quality is superlative, the Fireblade-derived inline four pumps out a stonking 143 hp, and the Showa suspension is top-notch. We’re on the fence when it comes to the ‘neo sports café’ styling though. So news of a custom competition to revamp the CB1000R piqued our interest at EXIF HQ. Dealer competitions are usually a bit hit-and-miss, but the standard is remarkably high in this one. It’s run ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Honda, Balearic Islands, Exif, Pirelli, BRIDGESTONE, Brembo, Impala, Spain Portugal, SolidWorks, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Jared Mees, Enric, Flat Track, Honda Iberia


Balance & Control: Brembo Gets Set For 2019 Formula 1 Championship

Brakes are a funny thing. If you think about it, cars, especially performance cars, are about going, not stopping. But brakes actually help you go faster, not just slow you down. Brembo, the Italian brake component manufacturer has known this since day one, and they have been up to some interesting wizardry lately. That wizardry we will see in action when the 2019 Formula 1 season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Science of Stopping Brakes help you go faster like this: T...
Tags: Magazine, Autos, Lockheed, Motorsport, Motorsports, Enzo Ferrari, Barcelona Spain, Brembo, Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari, Car Talk, Graham Hill, Tony Borroz, Brembo Formula, Hitco, Carbon Industries


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 10 March, 2019

There’s something for everyone this week. We’ve got a Bonneville beach cruiser, a pair of high-performance Triumph Speed Triples, and a Ducati Panigale covered in occult symbols. Plus a trio of electric bikes—an old Enfield that traveled the entire length of Britain, and two new concepts designed by Erik Buell. (Yes, he’s back.) Triumph Speed Triples by Associated British Motorcycles Tony Scott’s the guy behind the top tuning operation T3 Performance—so he knows how to extract maximum perf...
Tags: Scotland, Spain, Indianapolis, Britain, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Cornwall, John, Bob, Portland Oregon, Nissan, Fred, Brembo, Enfield, Tony Scott


FIFTY SHADES OF GREAT. Auto Fabrica’s Monochrome ‘Type 10B’ BMW R65

Written by Martin Hodgson When it comes to customising a motorcycle the ‘what’ hasn’t changed for more than 100 years; speed, sight and sound. But the ‘how’ has been constantly evolving and we regularly feature those at the cutting edge. One such firm is UK-based Auto Fabrica, who entered the scene six years ago firing on all cylinders and continue to refine their incredible designs. Brothers Bujar and Gazmend Muharremi can do it all under one roof and utilising the latest technology deliver ...
Tags: UK, England, Motorcycles, Bmw, Richard, Classic, Southend, Fábrica, Brembo, Malcolm, Martin Hodgson, Auto Fabrica, Hagon, Bujar, Roadster, R65


BOXER BULLION. Untitled’s ‘Silver City’ BMW R80 Street Scrambler

Written by Marlon Slack We’ve had more airheads through here than a cheerleading college. We’ve had bobbers, choppers, cafe racers, trackers and everything in between. So we here at Pipeburn can pick a killer R-series BMW build from a mile away. And here’s one of the best, a glorious BMW R80 by Untitled Motorcycles dubbed the Silver City. It’s been a bittersweet twelve months for the crew at Untitled. Business has been kicking over nicely at their London and San Francisco offices, but last...
Tags: Facebook, London, San Francisco, Motorcycles, Bmw, Classic, Scrambler, Dakar, Kawasaki, Silver City, Anita, Adam, Brembo, Beemer, Pipeburn, R80


PIPEBURN EXCLUSIVE: A Behind The Scenes Look At Royal Enfield’s New 650 Twins

Written by Andrew Jones It’s September 26th, 2017. Through a series of events I still don’t quite understand, I’m sitting in the boardroom of the new Royal Enfield Technical Centre at Bruntingthorpe, near Leicester in the UK. Next to me is Siddharth Lal who’s the son of Vikram Lal, one of India’s richest men. ‘Sid’, as he’s called, is the CEO of Royal Enfield. Also here is Englishman Mark Wells who is their design guru and American Paul Ventura who does the thinking behind the company’s new p...
Tags: UK, Review, California, India, America, Motorcycles, Sydney, Leicester, Pacific, Classic, Newton, Continental, Bosch, Interceptor, Ventura, Yamaha


Did The Polestar 2 Just Challenge The Tesla Model 3?

Polestar will reveal their next model at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Polestar 2 will compete with other high performance EVs, including the Tesla Model 3.  BOOM! That sound you heard was a huge warning shot right across the bow of Elon Musk’s yacht. To quote directly from Polestar: “Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros.” You best get your ducks in a row Elon. First Audi...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, UK, China, Tesla, Porsche, Autos, Bmw, Google Maps, Audi, Volvo, Chevy Bolt, Merc, Brembo, Europe North America, Ohlins


Volvo's high-performance Polestar brand just unveiled Sweden's answer to the Tesla Model 3

Volvo's high-performance Polestar brand unveiled the all-new Polestar 2 EV on Wednesday. The Polestar 2 is a compact electric sedan designed to rival Tesla's hot-selling Model 3.  Polestar 2 should have a range of 275 miles on a single charge. Its electric motor develops 408 horsepower and draws power from a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  In the US, the fully-loaded Polestar 2 Launched Edition starts at $63,000.  Production is expected to start in early 2020.  Volvo's high-performance Pole...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sweden, China, US, Trends, Tesla, Porsche, Cma, Volvo, Macan, Brembo, Ouml, LG Chem, Chengdu China, Volvo Car Group


GLAMOUR HAMMER. Wrench Kings’ ‘Anvil’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Written by Andrew Jones Honda’s CB750 is nothing if not consistent. For almost 40 years, the bike soldiered on to the point where more than half a million examples had rolled of the end of what must have been a very tired production line. The 90s CBs offer a kind of golden opportunity for customisers. For a precious few years, we had bikes that retained the essence of those 70s and 80s classics while being (even more) reliable and cheap as stale peanuts to buy. And now that those very same 70s...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Honda, Lucas, Miller, Hyde, Brembo, Café Racer, CB750, Royal Enfield, Motogadget, Restomod, Wrench Kings, Bas Duijs, Andrew Jones Honda


PIPEBURN REVIEW: Triumph’s 2019 Scrambler 1200 XE

Written by Mark Hawwa “THIS IS NOT A SCRAMBLER!” is what I shout to myself on repeat as I hit the first few corners of the famous Great Ocean Road in Australia’s south-east. Not a car in sight, my right wrist is only just warming up. Luckily, my hands are already comfortable thanks to the bike’s heated grips. From corner to corner, the 2019 Triumph Scrambler XE consistently proves that it was not only made to conquer the dirt, but the bitumen too. The gold forks mean that this is the serio...
Tags: Google, Review, Australia, Motorcycles, Steve McQueen, Scrambler, Triumph, Great Ocean Road, Tarmac, Swiss Army, Brembo, Monza, Showa, Jeff Crow, Scrambler XE, Mark Hawwa


ZEE WHIZ. BGM Cafe Racer’s ’78 Kawasaki Z400 Street Scrambler

Written by Marlon Slack BGM Cafe Racers’ Tonie Wishart is trying to redeem himself. Years ago his father brought a bike home, an old Kawasaki G4TR 100, which Tonie successfully pulled apart and unsuccessfully put back together. Now, years later and with a hell of a lot more experience under his belt, Tonie and the team from BGM have turned out this, a cracking 1979 Kawasaki Z400 street scrambler. It’s even more impressive when you consider the donor bike they were working with. “I bought i...
Tags: Ebay, Motorcycles, United Kingdom, Classic, Scrambler, Tracker, Stratford, Den, Kawasaki, Clive, Brembo, Geert, BGM, Tonie, BGM Cafe Racers, Z400


A Honda CB350 restomod built by a jet aircraft mechanic

It’s quite rare for a CB cafe racer to land in the Bike EXIF inbox these days. And we politely turn down most that do. But this CB350 from New Jersey went straight to the top of the pile: it’s an absolutely state of the art restomod, and so beautifully finished we’d almost be scared to ride it. It comes from Merlin Cycleworks, which is run by 56-year-old Mark Kouri. Mark’s been an aircraft mechanic for over 30 years—repairing jets for United Airlines—and you can see his attention to detail...
Tags: Texas, Basf, ASV, Motorcycles, New Jersey, Estonia, Honda, United Airlines, Continental, Exif, Mark, Buchanan, Alcantara, TIG, Rick, Brembo


A Cautionary Tale: Inheriting a BMW R100GS project

Love ’em or hate ’em, BMW’s GS behemoths have dominated the ADV market for almost four decades now. Five years ago, the 500,000th GS rolled off the Berlin production line, and we’re betting it won’t be long before the go-anywhere boxer hits the million mark. We don’t see many GS customs, though. These machines are a triumph of function over form, and most owners like it that way. So this R100GS is something of a rarity—and its backstory is rather strange too. It belongs to Hasselblad Mas...
Tags: Berlin, Motorcycles, Bmw, Portland Oregon, Denver, Brembo, KTM, Woody, Walt, Gregor, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Walt Siegl, BMW R100, Gregor Halenda, BMW scrambler