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DOPE DIRIGIBLE. Kacerwagen’s ‘Zeppelina V72’ Board Tracker

Written by Martin Hodgson They were the original kings of the race track, but you won’t ever find a replica of one hanging out at your local cafe bike meet. However over recent years with TV shows like Harley and the Davidsons and Sons of Speed, along with the input of America’s best builders like Billy Lane and Rick Petko, the board tracker is back with a vengeance. But what do you do when you live in a country where finding a ’20s Indian in a barn is as likely as finding the fabled pot of g...
Tags: America, Spain, Motorcycles, Classic, Harley Davidson, Harley, Yamaha, Atlantic Coast, TIG, Zeppelina, Davidsons, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Rick Petko, Shinko, Morini


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


TRÈS BM. Sur Les Chapeaux de Roue’s Sweet BMW R850R Roadster

Written by Martin Hodgson The French make it easy to think fondly of their countryside; it’s here that green fields of grapes roll down to small villages producing exquisite champagne and the smell of warm baguettes is accompanied by the finest of cheeses. Sure it’s not all Dom Perignon and Lingerie, but there is an artisan approach to almost everything they do. It’s this exact philosophy that Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues take to building bikes, more watchmaker meets sculptor than simply mechani...
Tags: France, David, Motorcycles, Sprint, Bmw, Avon, Boxer, Manuel, Dom Perignon, Martin Hodgson, Roadster, R850R, Sur Les Chapeaux de Roue, TRÈS BM Sur Les Chapeaux de Roue, Manuel Jouan, Charles Seguy


MIRTH, WIND AND FIRE. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘C4’ Kawasaki Zephyr Neo-Cafe

Written by Martin Hodgson There is something incredibly satisfying about being right, and if you’re part of the cafe racer revival, then by default you are. Let me explain; in the 1990s some Japanese manufacturers were already selling retro remakes and industry experts thought this to be insane. One major magazine opined forcefully that on the release of the 1994 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 the company would have been better building a Harley cruiser clone. Now more than twenty years on Germany’s Mel...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, FLO, Kawasaki, Alcantara, Zephyr, Southern Germany, Akra, LSL, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Keihin, Neo Cafe, Motogadget, Shinko


ON THE GAS. Tattoo Customs’ ‘Blue Velvet’ BMW R80RT Cafe Brat

Written by Martin Hodgson Forget the disco-era 1970s or even the golden age of the Renaissance, turns out men have been strutting the streets wearing colourful velvet since 200 BC in China. Personally I’ve never got the trend; unless you’re the legendary American pimp, Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan, then you’re probably best leaving the velvet in the draw! Thankfully there’s no goblets, canes or seedy side streets here, just a perfect stripped down and sleek 1985 BMW R80RT. From the creatives minds...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, China, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Rudy, North Carolina, Classic, Pirelli, Don Juan, CNC, CB, Brat, Ohlins, Café Racer


QUICK AND THE DEAD. Exesor Motorcycles’ ‘Santoku’ ’76 SUZUKI GT250 Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson Let’s face it. The days of new road legal two-stroke motorcycles are fast being resigned to the scrap heap of history. Thankfully, the scrap heap is exactly where Christian Schwarzenlander gets the donors for his projects, he simply refuses to start a build with a bike that runs. The owner of Austria’s Exesor Motorcycles had stumbled across an old, dead smoker at a giveaway price and with a love for 1970’s racing it was the perfect chance to combine the two. The end ...
Tags: Austria, Motorcycles, Christian, Classic, Yamaha, CNC, Ural, Suzuki, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Exesor Motorcycles, GT 250, Christian Schwarzenlander, Exesor, Exesor Motorcycles Instagram Facebook, Herman Pillichshammer


SERIAL THRILLER. Eastern Spirit Garage’s Honda Dominator Motocrosser

Written by Martin Hodgson It’s always the quiet and unassuming ones you have to keep an eye on, for years folks thought Ted Bundy was an average Joe. Not quite so lethal, although still the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing is the Honda Dominator, that enjoyed a 15 year production run. But to truly turn it into a killer you have to get its gear off and the NX650 has blossomed in the custom bike scene. So when a client approached Eastern Spirit Garage with a desire for a motocross-inspired b...
Tags: Motorcycles, Poland, Honda, Classic, Scrambler, Domi, SHL, Ted Bundy, Motocross, CRF, Honda Dominator, Martin Hodgson, Enduro, Dominator, Eastern Spirit Garage, Eastern Spirit


DIRTY MIND. Fabtech’s Obsessive Harley Sportster Hooligan

Written by Martin Hodgson Hooligan racing is – as the name suggests – a hell of a lot of fun and when an Aussie caught a glimpse of the action he wanted in, bad. The machines are road-based; a mix of street tracker and dirt bike that rip it up on the flat track. For Australian metal fabricator extraordinaire Jamie Portelli of Fabtech Creations, a trip to the USA had him hooked and he started planning the build before he’d even boarded the QANTAS flight home. The end result is this rampaging 1...
Tags: Usa, Minneapolis, Australia, Motorcycles, Brisbane, Qantas, Harley Davidson, Nz, Jamie, Harley, Andrew Jones, Pro Circuit, Martin Hodgson, Shinko, Fabtech, Portelli


LAND DOWN UNTER. Schlachtwerk’s Aussie-Bound Kawasaki W650

Written by Martin Hodgson They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step; but for one particular German it only makes sense to begin with a Kawasaki W650. Tommy Thöring has been a mainstay of the European custom motorcycle scene for years and is a regular on the Sultans of Sprint travelling circus. But now he’s packing up his Schlachtwerk operation and heading for the Land Down Under. Sydney to be exact. So to prepare for this next chapter of his journey he’s built a bike to...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, Sydney, Yamaha, Don, Kawasaki, Brembo, CNC, KTM, Tommy, Monza, Magura, Kellermann, Martin Hodgson, Keihin


THE OLD BRIDGE AND THE V. Speedy Siegl Racing’s Ducati 900SS Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson For a brief but magical time in music history the Seattle Sound dominated the airwaves and shaped a generation. Now another of the cities institutions has crumbled and gone, the equally mystical and murky Alaskan Way Viaduct. But now a new creative force is flourishing in the North West and it’s the music of classic air-cooled engines that permeates the side streets and freeways. Part of that revival is Speedy Siegl Racing and they snuck into the earthquake damaged V...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Seattle, Barnett, Classic, Mitch, Brembo, CNC, Isaac, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Showa, XTR Pepo, Airtech, 900ss


AVIGNON AND ON. Volpi Motorcycles’ Honda CB350 Tracker

Written by Martin Hodgson Once the seat of the Catholic Popes, the fortified city of Avignon in southern France is resplendent with stunning Roman and Gothic architecture; but it also has a rich motorsport history. The Circuit de Lédenon is nestled on the opposite bank of the Rhone and F1 legend Jean Alesi’s father once built Monte Carlo winning rally cars here. Now there is a new man in town, tucked away in a small workshop, Matthieu Volpi builds motorcycles to the most exacting of standards...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Avignon, Kawasaki, Monte Carlo, Rhone, CB, Matthieu, Jean Alesi, Heidenau, Volpi, Martin Hodgson, ON Volpi Motorcycles, Circuit de Lédenon


AMERICAN HUSTLE. Spencer Motowork’s ’66 Suzuki T20 Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson They say you’ll always remember your first, and exactly 350 articles ago I penned my maiden article for Pipeburn about a stunning Suzuki T500 Titan. Now the builder of that machine is finally back with another wicked Suzuki two-stroke, a 1966 T20 racer. Ralph Spencer from Southfield, Michigan, USA, clearly knows the sort of bikes that get him going and he builds brilliant Suzuki smokers for both race and road. But his latest Spencer Motoworks creation is both AHRMA G...
Tags: UK, Jay Leno, US, Motorcycles, Michigan, Avon, Classic, T20, Ralph, Suzuki, David Jenkins, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Pipeburn, Hagon, Spencer Motoworks


RIDE THE LIGHTNING. GDZH’s ‘Storm’ Suzuki A100 Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson While most motorcycle racing has its origins in Europe and North America one form of the sport is so quintessentially Australian it started life in New Zealand; just like Phar Lap and Russell Crowe. The humble Bucket Racer was a cheap way to get your need for speed and gets its name because the donor bikes were considered buckets of shit. Decades on and the style, like everything else, has gone global. But to find one of the best examples we’ve ever seen, we had to t...
Tags: Europe, Indonesia, David, Motorcycles, New Zealand, Russell Crowe, Honda, North America, Classic, Bandung, Bandung Indonesia, Dana, Suzuki, Racer, Martin Hodgson, A100


BLOCK PARTY. H Garage’s Savage Honda Valkyrie Streetfighter

Written by Martin Hodgson You know it for its Bourbon, Derby and Fried Chicken, but the Bluegrass State of Kentucky celebrated for its fertile pastures, is a place where you get back what you put in. That’s meant Scott Halbleib has been successful in the corporate world, been a bartender and grafted as a carpenter; but where he truly excels is building custom motorcycles. The owner of H Garage is also no stranger to the ups and downs of life but infused with his father’s love and hard work he...
Tags: Facebook, Kentucky, Motorcycles, Other, Army, Honda, Valkyrie, Hunter, Scott, Streetfighter, Martin Hodgson, Fried Chicken, Scott Halbleib, Valk, Borla, Mike Brewer


FOUND IN TRANSLATION. Ironwood Custom’s ‘The Interpreter’ BMW R100R Scrambler

Written by Martin Hodgson From the very early days of the internet, pictures of badly translated signs and text from around the globe have been a favourite. Things have improved somewhat with the help of translating software but there is no such tool for extracting the creative ideas from one mind and implanting them into another. So when a client approached Ironwood Customs with very specific demands, the pressure was on head honcho Arjan van den Boom to deliver. But his ability to decipher ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, The Netherlands, Classic, Scrambler, PAUL, Brembo, Monza, Brat, Marcel, Ironwood, Heidenau, Arjan, Martin Hodgson


CUT TO THE CHASE. A Dutch Dream Team Customise the Honda Rebel

Written by Martin Hodgson When Honda released the latest incarnation of the Honda Rebel it was clear they wanted the custom scene to jump on board, with a marketing campaign to “make it your own”. But despite a cult following in parts of Asia and some notable exceptions, few have gone all in on the Rebel. But there is nothing like competition to whet the appetite and the added motivation of raising money for charity brought together a formidable crew. Headed by Timmer Motorcycles from Rotterd...
Tags: Asia, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Honda, Bart, Rotterdam, Marcel, Maarten, Arjan, JSR, Rebel, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Honda Rebel, Bridgestone Battlax, Ironwood Motorcycles


LITTLE WONDER. Beautiful Machines’ ‘Kechik’ Honda CG125

Written by Martin Hodgson Over recent months we have featured an influx of brilliant bikes coming out of SE Asia and there is no sign of slowing down. Riding the wave of the success they helped create, Malaysia’s Beautiful Machines no longer carries out service and repair work and is now strictly a custom bike one-stop shop. But having built some big dollar creations including a supercharged Harley show stopper, the team wanted to get back to basics. Enter ‘Kechik’, a mini monocoque masterpie...
Tags: Asia, Malaysia, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Classic, Penang, Harley, TIG, Julian, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Beautiful Machines, Amin Hamid, CG125, Kechik


KNOCK ON WOOD. Kromwork’s ‘The 29’ S&S Boardtracker

Written by Martin Hodgson In the past year custom bikes from Indonesia have exploded onto the global scene and it seems the love of two wheels goes all the way to the top. President Jokowi himself owns a Royal Enfield powered bobber and a number of his ministers ride tricked out builds from Indonesia‘s Cleveland CycleWerks. 12 months ago CCW commissioned Kromworks to build them a board tracker powered by one of their single cylinder engines, now they’re doing it again with a thumping twin. Wi...
Tags: Indonesia, Motorcycles, Honda, Cleveland, Jokowi, Classic, Andi, Martin Hodgson, Royal Enfield, Bobber, Poço, Shinko, Board Tracker, Kromworks, Andika Pratama, S&S


AN X TO A TEE. MotoRelic’s Jaw Dropping Yamaha XT500 Restomod

Written by Martin Hodgson Forget about textbooks and teachers because the two things that will always capture a teenage boys attention are speed machines and wild women. Combine the two and you have a potent mix that will forever be burned into an impressionable young mind! Many moons ago one such youngster witnessed such a sight and it was a Yamaha XT500 that had taken centre stage. Now ready to occupy the lead role in his youthful fantasy, he called Sean Skinner of Hamilton, Virginia’s Moto...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Virginia, Motorcycles, Classic, Scrambler, Yamaha, Sean, Suzuki, Ikon, Mitas, Hella, Martin Hodgson, Nissin, Enduro, Sean Skinner


IRON AWE. Kromwork’s ‘Precious Metal’ ’47 Harley Boardtracker

Written by Martin Hodgson For the best part of a century the custom motorcycle scene has been a counterculture that has traversed the globe and become a universal language for those with a love of modifying their two wheels. But with the corporate conservatives at the major manufacturers now heavily involved and a growing crowd of conformers; that intrinsic free will has come under threat. Never fear, for as long as men like Andika Pratama live and breathe then true innovation and artistic ex...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Indonesia, Motorcycles, Cleveland, Classic, Harley Davidson, Harley, Andi, Andika, WL, Boardtracker, Martin Hodgson, Bobber, Shinko, Kustomfest


KID SKIDS. Classified’s Faster Sons Yamaha FZ-07R

Written by Martin Hodgson It’s been a storied journey from humble beginnings for globally renowned Classified Moto out of Virginia, USA. But a new chapter for the company means that anyone with an internet connection is set to benefit from some brilliant new content. The bread and butter however stays just the same, incredible custom creations in that signature Classified style. The latest is a 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 that pays tribute to their first customer build, the XV920R that put them on the ...
Tags: Facebook, Virginia, Motorcycles, John, Richmond, Yamaha, Virginia USA, Mojave, Martin Hodgson, Roadster, Benelli Mojave, Classified Moto, John Ryland, Danik Herashchanka, Danik, John Who


FLYING LOCUST. Analog Motorcycle’s ‘Grasshopper’ Royal Enfield Scrambler

Written by Martin Hodgson When you are given the chance to be the first you only have one shot, so you better make it count. With the launch of the all new Royal Enfield twin, the builders chosen to produce a custom for the company had a chance to produce the bike in their chosen style for the very first time. Keen to avoid the well-worn path and not follow trends, Tony Prust of Chicago’s Analog Motorcycles had an idea he knew would be different in the best possible way. Nicknamed ‘Grasshoppe...
Tags: Facebook, Chicago, Motorcycles, Michelin, Scrambler, Grasshopper, Tony, CNC, KTM, Enfield, Magura, Martin Hodgson, Royal Enfield, Motogadget, Analog Motorcycles, Tony Prust


AXEL’S ROSE. Kaffemaschine’s ‘82 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson For decades scribes in motorcycling publications around the globe have been consistently using one word to describes the machines of Moto Guzzi, and that’s ‘beautiful.’ But for a brief period in the early ’80s the company produced some real horrors, none worse than the fully faired wind brick that was the Le Mans Mk 2. So it is a testament to the absolute skill and dedication of Axel Budde of Hamburg’s Kaffeemaschine that he’s used the ugly base to build this gorgeou...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, Le Mans, Classic, Hamburg, Axel, Heidenau, Moto Guzzi, Guzzi, Racer, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Kaffeemaschine, Axel Budde, Kaffee Maschine


AXEL’S ROSE. Kaffeemaschine’s ’82 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson For decades scribes in motorcycling publications around the globe have been consistently using one word to describes the machines of Moto Guzzi, and that’s ‘beautiful.’ But for a brief period in the early ’80s the company produced some real horrors, none worse than the fully faired wind brick that was the Le Mans Mk 2. So it is a testament to the absolute skill and dedication of Axel Budde of Hamburg’s Kaffeemaschine that he’s used the ugly base to build this gorgeou...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, Le Mans, Classic, Hamburg, Axel, Heidenau, Moto Guzzi, Guzzi, Racer, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Kaffeemaschine, Axel Budde


EVERYTHING’S GONE GREEN. Officine Rossopuro’s ‘Viridium’ Moto Guzzi Griso

Written by Martin Hodgson Nostalgia can be a powerful thing and our desire to hold onto the past, even the very recent, can have us railing against any possible change. The last of the Moto Guzzi Griso models are still yet to be sold from dealer floors before the bike is phased out entirely, but one man is already missing them. It should surprise nobody that it’s Moto Guzzi Maestro himself Filippo Barbacane of Italy’s Officine Rossopuro and he’s on a mission to send head office a message they...
Tags: Facebook, Milan, Motorcycles, Italy, Pirelli, Brembo, Moto Guzzi, Filippo, Guzzi, Martin Hodgson, Piaggio Group, Roadster, Rossopuro, Filippo Barbacane, Griso, Officine RossoPuro


MONSTER, INC. Macco Motor’s ‘Chimera’ Honda CB750 SuperSport

Written by Martin Hodgson We’ve all heard rumours about the old man with a low kilometre classic motorcycle in his garage gathering dust; but go for a look and nine times out of ten it’s what a real estate agent calls a ‘renovators delight’, that’s industry code for crap. But when Spain’s kings of custom, Jose and Tito from Macco Motors, found just such a ride it was the rare exception; a 1976 Honda CB750 with only 8000 km on the clock. The negotiations were monstrous, but the results speak f...
Tags: Facebook, Spain, Motorcycles, Honda, Classic, Canary Islands, Tito, Jose, LSL, Café Racer, CB750, Macco Motors, Macco, Martin Hodgson, Rizoma, Motogadget


PRESTWICH PERFECTION. Hazan Motorworks’ Stunning ’38 JAP 500 Bobber

Written by Martin Hodgson The truth is we’ve run out of superlatives to describe the motorcycle building genius that is LA’s Max Hazan. His creations are known the world over, museums count them among their most prized possessions and even the late great Anthony Bourdain spent time trying to understand what makes Max such a master of his craft. But in his latest work we get perhaps our greatest insight yet; from the vivid memories of a childhood Atlantic crossing comes the extraordinary Hazan...
Tags: Facebook, England, New York, La, Los Angeles, Atlantic, Motorcycles, Michelin, Firestone, Northern England, Classic, Tracker, Bsa, Speedway, Max, Southern California


STING LIKE A V. NCT Motorcycle’s Angry ‘Predator’ Ducati 750SS

Written by Martin Hodgson From Comedian John Cleese talking about the Monty Python writing process, to Axl Rose’s decade long attempt to make a single album, we’re often told that creativity takes time. But when you’re a custom motorcycle workshop without celebrity levels of cash to tide you over the job just has to get done. Seemingly with endless brilliant ideas running through his veins, David Widmann at Austria’s NCT Motorcycles has been turning out one hit after another. The teams latest...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, John Cleese, Dave, David, Austria, Motorcycles, Ducati, Classic, Bologna, Axl Rose, Don, Alcantara, BRIDGESTONE, Brembo, NCT


ESPRESSO EXPRESS. Emporio Elaborazioni‘s ‘Crono’ Ducati Darmah Cafe

Written by Martin Hodgson They’re one of the leading motorcycle builders in Italy, restoring classic bikes to their former glory and creating some of the best customs in the land. Yet for all the success that Rome’s Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche has had, can you believe they’ve never built a Ducati as part of their “special” line up? Well, Dopz, Schizzo and the crew thought it was about time when the right customer came calling and to pop their cherry they knew they had to go hard! Inspired ...
Tags: Facebook, Rome, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Classic, Fontana, An Avon, Bellissimo, Racer, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Ceriani, Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche, Dopz Schizzo, Emporio Elaborazioni


FORWARD SCOUT. Chi-Jer’s Sleek Indian Cafe Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson For any motorcycle enthusiast, the idea of being given a brand new motorcycle for free and cash to customise it is a dream come true. But when it happens and you’ve finished pinching yourself, that yes this is real, there comes a moment when you realise now you have to produce the goods. As part of Indian Motorcycles Wrench Build Off each contestant was given a new Scout Bobber and $10,000 to spend; and PJ Grakauskas of Chi-Jer’s Vintage Bike Works was up for the cha...
Tags: Chicago, Motorcycles, Ohio, Cleveland, Indian, Scout, Pj, Jesse, Mark Adams, Bair, Aerotech, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, New Church Moto, Bobber, Cognito Moto