The Half Next Era 200 – Ask MC Honda TLR200

The Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom Show is a playground for large capacity custom motorcycles. American manufactured machines dominated the 2017 show with a glut of Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, Panhead, and Knucklehead choppers on display. However, despite this trend, every year without fail there are a handful of Japanese builders who defy the chopper and bobber trends. Rad Yamamoto of Tokyo’s Ask Motorcycles is one such builder and what his bikes lack in capacity they make up for with outlandish styling and skillful craftsmanship.
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Riding Gear – AGV X3000 Legends Helmets

Italian manufacturer AGV has been protecting riders’ heads for seventy years now. To celebrate, they’ve released their Legends Collection, a line of vintage-inspired motorcycle helmets. The full-face X3000 has all the style and class of the 1960s helmet worn by World Champion Giacomo Agostini, yet still satisfies AGV’s high standards of modern helmet safety.
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La Impetuosa 1262 – Valtoron Ducati Diavel

I’ve had many conversations with custom enthusiasts about dying crafts. Skills that have been replaced due to advancements in technology or simply because people are happier to look for easier solutions. Though, in the pages of Tank Moto Magazine, you’ll find motorcycles that have been modified using techniques that were first developed centuries ago. Not because the builder didn’t have any other option, but because they recognize the importance of the skills and admire the dedication it takes to master them.
Brothers Pablo and Carlos Delgado, the driving force behind Spanish workshop Valtorón, are the perfect example of this. Where others would opt to use CNC mills or fiber composites the brothers painstakingly sculpt their creations by hand before casting them using age-old sand casting techniques. By mastering these skills the Delgados have built some truly unique motorcycles and they captured the imagination of the marketing team at Ducati’s head office.

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Gear Review – Arkiv Modular Backpack

A backpack for any occasion.

As a motorcyclist, finding the right backpack can be challenging. For years I’ve struggled to find a solution that fulfills all of my day to day needs so my only option has been to own several of them. I have a small bag for carrying my work gear (laptop, books, etc) and a larger bag with enough storage space for a weekend away on the bike. I could, of course, go out and buy panniers and a tank bag but let’s face it they’re not the most aesthetically appealing addition to a café racer. Thankfully there is an alternative.
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Roads We Ride – Commuting in Sydney

The Roads We Ride series continues this year with more insights into some of Sydney’s best-known riding roads and how to safely navigate them. This time around rather than heading out into the countryside we tag along with Jimi Swan on his Royal Enfield 500 during his ride to and from work.
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Simply Stunning – NitroCycles Suzuki GS850

“Make it simple”. With those few words, the owner described to me what he was after. I insisted we sat together a while longer so I could coerce a few more fragments of information out of him. As I dug deeper I deducted that what he really wanted was a bike built using an authentic cafe racer approach. A motorcycle that followed in the footsteps and upheld the values of the motorcycles built and ridden by the ‘50s ton up boys. We already had the donor bike at the workshop, a Suzuki GS850G so we I waste any time getting started.
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Formerly FRKNSTN – Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Following in the footsteps of champions is no mean feat. Before the dust had even settled at the end of the 2017 ‘Sultans of Sprint’ series a pair of aspiring racers were working a deal with the winners to purchase their bike.
The 2017 European Sultans of Sprint series was won by Amir Brajanand and Flo Hubert of Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles. Their entry into the series was dubbed FRKNSTN, a heavily modified Honda CB750 frame containing an even more heavily modified Ducati 1000DS engine. 2017 was Mellow Motorcycles debut to sprint racing and what a way to kick things off. With a trophy under their belts they promised to return for the 2018 series, so why sell their winning bike? We can only assume to build something faster and what better way to motivate themselves to do so than to race against their own prize-winning creation.

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New Order – Custom Triumph Speed Triple

“The integration of post-punk, electronic and dance music made New Order one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s, but that brilliance came out of tragedy. The members were originally part of the band Joy Division until the lead singer Ian Curtis tragically committed suicide. I was always more partial to the latter band so when I laid down my 2009 Triumph Speed Triple the notion was to create something better out of the catastrophe than what came before.” Says LA-based photographer, Stan Evans.
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Ride Review – Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer

After being away from home for the last half of 2017 and without a motorcycle I was chuffed when Moto Guzzi Australia offered up one of their latest models for me to review. It’s been a while since I’d been in the saddle of a Moto Guzzi. My last MG test bike was the first generation V9 Bobber which I reviewed for Tank Moto Magazine, this time, however, they were offering something much more my style, the V7 III Racer. The V9 had left me a tad underwhelmed so I had some reservations when it came to the V7 III, thankfully this cafe racer styled Italian did not disappoint. But first a quick look at the V7’s history…

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Eighties Overhaul – Free Kustom Cycles CB500

Honda motorcycles CB series is undoubtedly one of the most popular choices for cafe racer conversions. The CB became the world’s first superbike with the production of the legendary CB750 in the late sixties and during the decades that followed Honda recreated the CB in almost every conceivable displacement and engine configuration. Now in 2018 Honda have once again reimagined the CB with the announcement of the “café racer styled” CB1000R Neo Sports Cafe. So how does one even begin to choose which CB to select for their cafe racer? 
For Marcos Vazquez of Spain’s Free Kustom Cycles the decision was made easy. After rolling an early nineties Honda CB500f into the Free Kustom workshop its owner gave Marcos the basic brief of converting it into a sleek cafe racer, so that’s exactly what he did.

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