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ROARING FORTIES. Motorworld’s Mint 1928 BMW R47

ROARING FORTIES. Motorworld’s Mint 1928 BMW R47

Ever noticed how the impossible seems simple once you've already done it? BMW's creation of their very first bike, the R32, seems like a ludicrous feat even 100 years later. Hell, they are still using
BUILDING MUSCLE. Cohn Racer’s Tough Harley XR1200X Scrambler

BUILDING MUSCLE. Cohn Racer’s Tough Harley XR1200X Scrambler

“When I make it big, I'm going to build the coolest custom bike.’ Don't deny it; we've all thought about it. It'd be like rocking up to a top restaurant and ordering everything. And for Miami
UNIVERSAL APPEAL. OMT Garage’s ‘Stardust’ Yamaha XSR900 Scrambler

UNIVERSAL APPEAL. OMT Garage’s ‘Stardust’ Yamaha XSR900 Scrambler

In many ways, Italy's OMT Garage is the perfect nuclear racing family. Father Gaetano Troiano started the shop in 1978. Mother Silvana handles the media. And sons Marco and Mario are now pushing
RAD PLAID. A Very ‘70s BMW Scrambler by Hello Engine

RAD PLAID. A Very ‘70s BMW Scrambler by Hello Engine

You know life is going well when you wake up one morning, wander outside and there in your driveway is a brand new motorcycle. Things get a whole lot better when you didn't a dollar and it comes
HIGH STAKES. Tattoo Custom’s ‘Vampire Slayer’ Suzuki GN400 Cafe Racer

HIGH STAKES. Tattoo Custom’s ‘Vampire Slayer’ Suzuki GN400 Cafe Racer

North Carolina’s Tattoo Custom Motorcycles have many strings to their bow. Out the front of their shop they’re an advertising company, working with a wide range of clientele. But their fearless
SLIM SHADY. Tamarit’s ‘Sombra’ Triumph Thruxton Racer

SLIM SHADY. Tamarit’s ‘Sombra’ Triumph Thruxton Racer

There's a reason why Salvador Dali didn't quit painting in this thirties to take up mime. Similarly, Jorge Lorenzo isn't about to become a violinist and Hernando Cortez didn't decide to throw it all
MAJOR LASER. Wrench King’s ‘War Zone’ Yamaha XJ Apocalypse Scrambler

MAJOR LASER. Wrench King’s ‘War Zone’ Yamaha XJ Apocalypse Scrambler

On Any Sunday, The Great Escape and The Wild One. These are the highbrow motorcycling movies that we all name-drop as being one of the reasons we got into motorcycling in the first place. But let's
KEEPING UP WITH THE ’SMITHS. Craig Rodsmith’s Turbo Moto Guzzi V9

KEEPING UP WITH THE ’SMITHS. Craig Rodsmith’s Turbo Moto Guzzi V9

We've always been of the opinion that if an Aussie puts their mind to something, one way or another it will happen. And Victorian boy Craig Rodsmith is living, breathing, punk rocking proof that this
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE. A Cross-Border Kawasaki W650 Scrambler by Recast Moto

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE. A Cross-Border Kawasaki W650 Scrambler by Recast Moto

Most of you can jump onto Craigslist or eBay, rock up to a darkened car park, meet a stranger and take home a project bike of your choosing. It can be old, it can be Italian, it can be American, it
WHO’S YOUR DADDY? The Moto Adonis ‘Elegant Bastard’ Yamaha XV Cafe Tracker

WHO’S YOUR DADDY? The Moto Adonis ‘Elegant Bastard’ Yamaha XV Cafe Tracker

When you're a kid everything seems big, adults appear to be giants and a semi-trailer truck may as well be a Transformer. Even the childhood home feels like a castle until one day you return as an
Video: Commuting in Sydney – Roads We Ride

Video: Commuting in Sydney – Roads We Ride

Here’s the next episode of our ROADS WE RIDE series we’ve made with Cam from Stories of Bike and Transport for NSW. This time we’ve taken a slightly different route – quite literally... The post
THE MAGIC NUMBER. Analog’s ‘Dritte’ Restomod BMW R75

THE MAGIC NUMBER. Analog’s ‘Dritte’ Restomod BMW R75

Twenty-twenty hindsight is a truly wonderful thing. It turns drunkards into teetotallers, sleaze bags into prudes and fools into geniuses. But for those of us of a more creative bent, revisiting a
YES WE CAN. Chi-Jer’s Can-Am TnT 250 Racer

YES WE CAN. Chi-Jer’s Can-Am TnT 250 Racer

The custom bike scene, like pretty much everything else in life, has trends. Right now it seems to be BMW boxers. A while ago, every second bike we received was a CB Honda with Firestones. And back
SIGN FROM GOD. Skunk Machine’s Jorge-Approved ‘Trackster’ Ducati Scrambler

SIGN FROM GOD. Skunk Machine’s Jorge-Approved ‘Trackster’ Ducati Scrambler

Esoteric arguments about a custom bike’s relative merits are all good and well, but as we all know it always comes down to the same old fact that there’s no accounting for taste. I like red. You like
MOTO PHOTOS: Germany’s Christine Gabler

MOTO PHOTOS: Germany’s Christine Gabler

It's with a little embarrassment and an apology to 50% of the world's population that we admit to not having ever featured a female photographer in our Moto Photos weekend specials. Well, not until
DUCK DUCK GAS. Plan B’s ‘Ugly Duck’ Ducati Multistrada Sprint Racer

DUCK DUCK GAS. Plan B’s ‘Ugly Duck’ Ducati Multistrada Sprint Racer

As the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams knows a thing or two about deadlines and the pressure they bring. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they
WHACKING DAY. Lucky Custom’s ‘Cobra 2’ Honda XR250 Tracker

WHACKING DAY. Lucky Custom’s ‘Cobra 2’ Honda XR250 Tracker

Now we all agree that peaky inline fours and huge rumbling v-twins are fantastic. But some of our favourite bikes to come out of the custom scene are small, fun little runabouts that can belt through
DOUBLE TROUBLE. Sinroja Motorcycles’s Two-Up BMW R80 Brat

DOUBLE TROUBLE. Sinroja Motorcycles’s Two-Up BMW R80 Brat

The Sinroja brother's Leicester workshop has become somewhat of a Pipeburn haunt of late. Rahul and Birju are always happy to have us over to their Humberstone Lane lodgings, let us drink their beers
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER FLY. A ‘Great Escape’ Honda CM400 Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER FLY. A ‘Great Escape’ Honda CM400 Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

The Iron Curtain. The Cold War. The USA v the USSR. The 60s and 70s were tough years for Eastern Europe. The post TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER FLY. A ‘Great Escape’ Honda CM400 Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin
BACKWARDS TO VICTORY. Titan’s Reverse Head Honda CB350 Racer

BACKWARDS TO VICTORY. Titan’s Reverse Head Honda CB350 Racer

When Austria’s Titan Motorcycles first set up a workshop, they stuffed their storage area with a collection of rusted-out motos they’d collected from the 70’s and 80’s. And in the years since they’ve