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Throttle Roll Motorcycle Show 2019

Photography by Nick Fraser. After a two year hiatus, the Throttle Roll Motorcycle Show was back with a vengeance last weekend, as the sound of rockabilly music and motorcycles reverberated through the back streets of Waterloo, Sydney. This year, Throttle Roll was held in an old paint factory that’s been turned into an ultra-hip creative warehouse space called Commune – and that name and venue is fitting for the show. The definition of a commune is a close-knit community of people who share com...
Tags: Board Tracker, Bobber, Brat, Café Racer, Chopper, Classic, Desert Sled, Event, Indian Motorcycles, Throttle Roll


The limits of endurance: A BMW R80 with Ducati flair

The Japanese custom scene continues to amaze us. Even though the internet shrinks the world, there are still gems in the East waiting to be discovered—often by word of mouth. Switch Stance Riding is a small custom shop in Amakusa—a series of small, little-known islands off the coast of Kyushu, Japan’s most southwesterly island. This part of Japan is well off the beaten track but the photographer Marc Holstein recently paid a visit, and told us he was the only Westerner for miles. Marc’s de...
Tags: Japan, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, NCR, Yamaha, Pirelli, East, Alcantara, Marc, Kyushu Japan, Moto Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 19 May, 2019

A Vincent Black Shadow built from scratch, a CB650 built for just $1,250, a shed-built Moto Guzzi Le Mans, and an amazing timelapse video of a sandcast CB750 build. The $1,250 Honda CB650 Bob Ranew of Redeemed Cycles decided to see if he could build a killer custom for next to no money. “I’m amazed at the money some people invest in custom bikes,” he says. “It’s all good, but there’s also a world where you can create something cool on a limited budget.” Bob picked up a beat-up CB650 for $3...
Tags: Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Custom Bikes of the Week, Vincent Motorcycles


BUCKET LIST. 1966 Ducati Monza by Vantech

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Jimmy Ban In addition to young motorcyclists and custom builders who’ve found a love for bikes of a different era, part of the success of the retro revival is fuelled by those going back to the bikes of their youth. But never before have we featured a builder who’s been building bikes and winning races since the end of the Second World War. Enter Bill VanTichelt, founder and patriarch of the Vantech family; who together combined to build a bike that w...
Tags: Montana, Nasa, Ted, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Rob, Bob, Bill, Honda, Classic, Harley Davidson, Buchanan, Holly, Nth America, Suzuki


A camouflaged BMW K1100 (with an e-bike to match)

Traditional cafe racers are typically designed with restraint high on the agenda. But we’re just as enthused by customs that trade reservedness for loudness—like this BMW K1100 with extremely sharp lines and a reflective livery. This left-field custom is the work of Impuls in Munich, Germany. And as we’ve seen from their previous work, the team of Philipp Wulk and Matthias Pittner don’t care much for tradition. They’ve embraced the K1100’s angular nature rather than trying to smooth every...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ford, Bmw, Alcantara, Matthias, Munich Germany, Magura, Philipp, Florian, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Philipp Wulk, Matthias Pittner


Grey Goose: A Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport from San Francisco

One of the wonderful things about customization is that it can breathe new life into otherwise unloved motorcycles. Need proof? Just look at the number of amazing Honda CX500s and Yamaha Viragos on the scene. This Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport is another poster child for realized potential. The original wasn’t the ugliest or slowest bike Moto Guzzi ever made, but despite having 90 horsepower on tap, it was porky and not very exciting. MCN was particularly harsh; “Track days often end in tears,” they ...
Tags: San Francisco, Motorcycles, John, Honda, Exif, Adam, MCN, Suzuki, Grey Goose, Monterey CA, Yoshimura, Moto Guzzi, Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget


Textbook Refresh: Untitled upgrades the Thruxton 900

We’re usually all about high-end customs here, but not everyone has the budget to put an extreme machine in their garage. And we know that many readers have lightly-customized daily riders—often older bikes that are subtly fettled without compromising practicality too much. Untitled Motorcycles have built customs at both ends of the spectrum, mixing commissions from manufacturer marketing departments with low-key but classy BMW airheads. This latest Thruxton build is a textbook example of...
Tags: Facebook, London, San Francisco, Motorcycles, Michelin, Steve, Victor, Adam, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Thruxton, Maxton, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Thruxton, Adam Victor, Untitled


The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2019

Not only is Paulo Rosas the head honcho at the aesthetically pleasing moto gear brand Pagnol, but he is also a talented photographer that is always shooting away at every motorcycle show. Paulo is also a good friend of Pipeburn, so we hit him up for some photos of the Quail Gathering and were impressed when we saw the shots – he even wrote a few words to go with them. Enjoy… This year, I was hired as the Quail Motorcycle Gathering (QMG) official photographer for the 2nd time in a row. This all...
Tags: Usa, Motorcycles, Event, Scrambler, Tracker, Carmel, Paulo, Laguna Seca, Carmel Valley, Café Racer, Pipeburn, Pagnol, Restomod, Laguna Seca Raceway, Quail Lodge, Paulo Rosas


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


AWARD GRINNING – Ducati 796 X Drive-in Workshop

Written by Martin Hodgson. The agony and the ecstasy; that’s the roller coaster ride you learn to live with when you enter some of the world’s most prestigious motorcycle shows. But from his base in Russia’s beautiful cultural capital of St. Petersburg, Leonid Skakunov, has found a way to balance the triumphs with the adversities. And out of heart break, fuelled by determination, he took a bone stock 2011 Ducati 796 and crafted a show winning machine. It rolled into his Drive-in Workshop as a ...
Tags: Russia, Motorcycles, Ducati, Amd, Leonid, Oleg, Racer, Café Racer, Streetfighter, Martin Hodgson, Yegor, St Petersburg Leonid Skakunov, Drivein, IMIS International Motorcycle Show, Yegor Smirnov


‘THE PRIME PROJECT’ – Royal Enfield Interceptor x Zeus Customs

Written by Martin Hodgson Two of our favourite surprises of 2018 was the release of the Royal Enfield Twins and the emergence of South East Asia as a hotbed of custom bike craftsmanship. So it comes as no surprise to us here at Pipeburn HQ that the two have been combined to produce this stunning creation. With the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show fast approaching, Royal Enfield approached Thailand’s Zeus Customs to build them a crowd pleaser on an insanely tight deadline. Head honcho Mooy...
Tags: England, Thailand, Motorcycles, Firestone, Interceptor, South East Asia, Enfield, Café Racer, Orange Crush, Royal Enfield, Bangkok International Motor Show, Pipeburn HQ, Royal Enfield Twins, Royal Enfield Interceptor x Zeus Customs, Martin Hodgson Two, Zeus Customs


Lean, mean and green: A new Le Mans from Kaffeemaschine

Kaffeemaschine is one of the big success stories in the European custom world. Founder Axel Budde specializes in high-end Moto Guzzi cafe racers, with modern updates and immaculate build quality. Axel sticks to what he knows, and doesn’t reinvent the wheel with every build. As his reputation has grown, so has the Kaffeemaschine business: he’s hired two staff to help him, moved to a bigger workshop, and one of his clients is now a business partner. “KM23 is the first bike built by the new...
Tags: Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Moto Guzzi Le Mans, Kaffeemaschine, Moto Guzzi Motorcycles


DUCATI DREAMING – 1965 Ducati Sebring 350

Written by Martin Hodgson Over recent decades Ducati has sat near the top of the Superbike pack, with the new Panigale V4R now the absolute benchmark and undefeated in WSBK competition. But when the company introduced the Sebring 350 in 1965 it was the biggest bike in their line up and often raced against multi cylinder machines with twice the capacity. So to pay tribute to the little bike that could, Stephen Brisken has taken a beat up ’65 and beautifully transformed it into a machine that is...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Eureka, Stephen, Classic, Italian, Evan, Duc, Ducati 350, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Stephen Brisken, Evan Wilcox


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


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 April, 2019

We’re going from the sublime to the ridiculous this week, kicking off with a stunning Triton from Italy. We’ve also got a new XR1 from Bottpower, a $60,000 electric bike from the company formerly known as Confederate, and a long-lost Vyrus … all 50cc of it. Bott XR1 ‘White Carbon’ We’ve been enamored with the Spanish outfit Bottpower since their early days. The company designs and manufactures kits to radically transform Buell motorcycles. So it’s always exciting to see their parts being p...
Tags: UK, Motorcycles, Italy, Portland Oregon, Smith, Twins, Falcon, Triton, Norton, PAUL, Bott, Easton, Petersen Automotive Museum, Monza, Curtiss, Buell


A Rennsport-inspired Street Triple 675 from Jett Design

For riders of a sporting persuasion, the first-generation Street Triple is close to the ideal motorcycle. It’s light and handles beautifully, and the 106 hp engine is an absolute peach. We love the iconic twin headlights that came with that model, but some folks don’t. If you’re not a fan, there’s inspiration right here for a custom job—courtesy of Andrew Jett of Jett Design in Northern Virginia. He describes his Street Triple as a “lightweight race-inspired build, paying homage to the en...
Tags: Facebook, Virginia, US, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmc, Andrew, Alcantara, Sean, Northern Virginia, Jett, Monza, Yoyodyne, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles


A Rennsport-inspired Street Triple 675

For riders of a sporting persuasion, the first-generation Street Triple is close to the ideal motorcycle. It’s light and handles beautifully, and the 106 hp engine is an absolute peach. We love the iconic twin headlights that came with that model, but some folks don’t. If you’re not a fan, there’s inspiration right here for a custom job—courtesy of Jett Design and Motorelic of Virginia, USA. Andrew Jett describes this Street Triple as a “lightweight race-inspired build, paying homage to t...
Tags: Facebook, Virginia, US, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmc, Andrew, Alcantara, Sean, Monza, Yoyodyne, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles, Sean Skinner, MotoRelic


BALLS & CHAIN. 485 Design’s Tough Yamaha XV920 Cafe

Written by Andrew Jones We wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to Yamaha’s good ol’ Virago Vee. We bloody well love ‘em but boy, we’ve seen a damn heap of them. So needless to say that it takes something a little special for us to notice them nowadays. Enter Denver’s 485 Designs and their rather unique chain-driven XV920. And by ‘unique’, we mean ‘tough, stanced and with a technically sublime Ducati rear end.’ Check it out… “We’re located just south of Denver, Colorado,” says the ...
Tags: Craigslist, Maine, Motorcycles, Ducati, Denver, NICK, Nik, Yamaha, Denver Colorado, Andrew Jones, Virago, Café Racer, XV920, 485 Designs, Nick Mercer, Nick All


MOTO PHOTOS. 2019 Machine Show, Braidwood, Australia

Gasoline’s ‘The Keeper’ BMW R65, made for our good mate Cam ‘Stories of Bike’ Elkins Written by Andrew Jones The same thing happened every year. I’d promise myself that I’d go to Australia’s Machine Show and then at the very last minute the reality of travelling three hours south of Sydney would kick me in the family jewels. With a six-hour round trip, it’d either be a seriously big day or I’d have to organise accommodation and/or camping gear. And as it was now just a few days before the even...
Tags: Photography, Australia, Motorcycles, Ducati, Sydney, Bmw, Event, Melbourne, Honda, Classic, Douglas, Woodstock, Moto, Harley, Yamaha, CANBERRA Australia


The Best of the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show

The custom moto show scene is booming in the US. Off the top of our heads there’s the Brooklyn Invitational on the east coast, Mama tried in the Midwest, and the Handbuilt show in Texas. And on the west coast there’s Portland’s One Moto Show. Flying slightly under the radar is the Outlier’s Guild show in Los Angeles—colloquially known as the OG Moto Show. It’s just closed the doors on its third event, and judging by the feedback, it’ll be joining the established big hitters soon. Roving photo...
Tags: Texas, La, US, Los Angeles, Motorcycles, Portland, Customs, Ava, Midwest, Harley, Yamaha, Guild, Custom, Rev, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


The Keeper: Gasoline builds a BMW R series for Cam Elkins

You may not know the name Cam Elkins, but there’s a good chance you’re familiar with his work. He’s the man behind the brilliant short films called Stories of Bike, which explore the relationships between custom motorcycles and their owners. After several years filming other people’s bikes, Cam decided it was time to get a custom of his own. He selected a 1986 BMW R65. “I’ve always loved boxer engines,” he tells us. “I think they’re reminiscent of old WW2 airplanes, which had such a sleek ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Gasoline, Jason, Sean Taylor, Cam, Sydney Australia, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Beringer, BMW R65, Jason Leppa


A Triumph sidecar built to deliver cold brew coffee

We love sidecars, but they’re usually sedate rather than sporty. And a classic café racer with a chair? That’s even more rare. So we love the look of this most unusual combination from sunny Queensland in Australia. The ‘Cold Brew Cafe Racer’ comes from Tom Gilroy of Purpose Built Moto, and it’s built around a Triumph Scrambler. The project started like many others: A couple of blokes meeting up for a beer at their local haunt. Tom’s favorite spot is the iconic Sandbar restaurant in Surfer...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, EFI, Motorcycles, Queensland, Rich, Tom, Jake, TIG, PBM, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles, Nathan Duff, Tom Gilroy, Triumph Scrambler


ROUGH AND READY. Pasquale’s ‘111’ Honda CB500 Cafe Brat

Written by Andrew Jones “Gustavo from Pasquale and his dad are fucking legends. Just the absolute best.” That’s how our man Marlon Slack described the family powerhouse that is Colombia’s Pasquale Motors, and he’s harder to impress than a hangry Vladimir Putin. We don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the whole custom scene in Colombia looks to them for inspiration and guidance, and boy are they the right guys for the job. Asked to build a patinaed CB500 for Colombian KTM Dakar racer S...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Nike, Colombia, Santiago, Motorcycles, Honda, Gus, KTM, Santi, Esteban, Gustavo, Brat, Andrew Jones, Pasquale, Café Racer, Pipeburn


BIRD OF PRAY. Hookie’s Evil ‘Crow’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson In just about every ancient culture that spans the globe exists a mythology around the crow, and it almost always leads to death and destruction. So imagine yourself sitting alone in the middle of the night, stopped at a red light in the bad part of town, when as if from nowhere this blacked out harbinger of death rolls up beside you. Lean, mean and snarling through its pipes, comes this blacked-out beast from Dresden’s Hookie Co. A ’91 Honda CB750 that’ll drag you d...
Tags: Cafe Racer, Classic, CB750, Germany, Honda, Hookie Co


WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Written by Marlon Slack Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’ and look more like a Triumph than a Triumph could ever hope to. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be punching in your phone. And here’s a great example as to why – their latest creation built around a 2000 Kawasaki W650 dubbe...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Australia, Germany, Motorcycles, Sprint, Kawasaki, CNC, Tommy, Racer, Café Racer, Schlachtwerk, Christine Gabler, Werking, Tommy Thöring, Marlon Slack Schlachtwerk


QUICK SILVER. Stephen Brisken’s Ducati 900 SS Cafe

Written by Andrew Jones How many 21-year-olds do you know with a killer workshop and an amazing bike collection? The answer is probably zero. That’s because – unlike other things in life – getting older seems to be a distinct benefit in the bike scene. With no more kids, years of riding experience under your belt and the mortgage paid off, many of us find ourselves in a position where those dream bikes we’ve always wanted are finally within reach. Not only that, but you also have the time to ...
Tags: Craigslist, California, America, Motorcycles, Ducati, West Coast, Stephen, Classic, Steve, Southern California, Steven, Andrew Jones, Racer, Café Racer, 900ss, Stephen Brisken


JEWEL, BRITANNIA. Old Empire’s ‘Gypsy’ Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

Written by Marlon Slack When you’re as good as Suffolk’s Old Empire Motorcycles you don’t need to go hunting for work. Hell, their incredible history of customising classic motorcycles has customers practically begging them to create a bike. And that’s what’s happened with their latest creation, a 1976 Honda CB360 that the client had to harass, harangue and coerce them into building. And we’re all the better for it. The customer initially approached the team after ogling one of their first...
Tags: Facebook, England, Motorcycles, ALEC, States, Honda, Richard, Classic, Suffolk, Don, CNC, Rafe, Café Racer, CB360, Kustom Tech, CB250


Spirit of the XLCR: A Fat Bob custom from Blacktrack

Blacktrack Motors have got cafe racer design down to a fine art. Their first build was one of the sharpest Honda CX500 cafes we’ve ever featured, and they followed it up with a pixel perfect custom Thruxton. Now they’ve tackled their most ambitious project yet, the BT-03—a cafe racer based on the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 FXFBS. The Fat Bob 114 is one of the most fun bikes in Harley’s range. Its 114 ci power plant generates 155 Nm of torque, and handling from the new generation Softail ...
Tags: Bt, Motorcycles, Paris, Bob, Honda, Audi, Harley Davidson, Harley, CNC, Harley Softail, Sacha, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Nardo Grey, Harley Davidson Fat Bob, Screamin Eagle


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


Jigsaw pieces together a Scrambler Ducati custom

We reckon the Scrambler Ducati is one of the best-looking factory bikes around. And the healthy sales figures bear that out. That makes it slightly tricky to modify. But the Greek shop Jigsaw Customs has just done a sterling job with a major bodywork swap and a select few smart mechanical mods. Jigsaw is a family-run business just outside Athens, and part of a Yamaha dealership. But in the cooler winter months, they focus on restoring and customizing motorcycles. This commission came from...
Tags: Greece, Motorcycles, Ducati, Athens, Mediterranean, Yamaha, Acropolis, CNC, Randy Mamola, Petros, Custom Motorcycles, Ducati Scrambler, Café Racer, EICMA, Yamaha Yard Built, Motogadget