Tune in – Goblin Works Norton Dominator

After the train wreck that was Orange County Choppers, I’ve been a bit reluctant to commit to any motorcycle related reality TV shows. What I like most about the custom scene are the friendships it creates and the sheer fun of having a go at creating something functional and cool. What I’m not interested in watching are big egos and useless trailer trash.  Thankfully there’s finally a series that seems to have the formula right. The Discovery channels ‘Goblin Works Garage’ is a 6 part series that follows a madcap group of UK custom builders as they bring their crazy ideas to fruition.
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Ride Review – Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

A couple of weeks back I flew to Sydney to take part in a ride hosted by Ducati Australia called the ‘Sydney Scramble’. The ride brought a few good people from the online motorcycle community together for 2 days of fun on the current 803cc Scrambler range. We weaved our way a few hours north of Sydney into the NSW hills and even tackled a 60km stretch of dusty unsealed road to see how well the standard Scrambler and the long-legged Desert Sled handled it.

Unfortunately, because of the off-road leg of the Sydney Scramble, the one bike I really wanted to test out didn’t make the cut, the Scrambler Café Racer. Thankfully Ducati picked up on this and when I returned home they arrange one for me to test ride.
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Lucky for One – BMW R80 Cafe Racer

Everyone wants to be remembered for something. For Portugal’s it roCkS!bikes that something is great looking, monocoque bodied custom motorcycles. Run by Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos, a pair of motorcycle obsessed engineers, it roCkS!bikes has built a reputation that has earned them a place as one of Yamaha’s invited Yardbuilt builders, joining the ranks of Shinya Kimura and the Wrenchmonkees. Along with their fascination with motorcycles IRB (it roCkS!bikes) also happen to be café racer aficionados using the classic style as inspiration for most of their builds.

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Caffeine fix – Barista Harley Davidson Sportster

Motorcycles and coffee are two items that appear on my list of things that I can’t live without, which is rather fortunate. Through my observations, motorcyclists spend a great deal of time in and around cafes, just like musicians seem to spend a lot of time in and around bars. The never-ending search for the perfect road will always feature a visit to a cafe. This gravitation towards places to get a caffeine recharge and to meet with fellow riders is exactly how the term ‘Café Racer’ came about. The undeniable connection between cafes and riders became the inspiration for this bike, the aptly named BAR!STA.

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The Missing Piece – Puzzle Garage Honda Rebel

In 2015 Italian restauranteur Alessandro Dell’unto rented a small workshop space 500m from his restaurant. Why? Because when he’s not refining his latest offering of culinary delights Alessandro spends his time-wrenching on motorcycles. It’s an unusual recipe (pun intended) but ones that seem to have hit a chord as the bikes he’s built have gained more attention than he’d ever planned. His last build, a CB750 based café racer, was so well received that it landed him the opportunity to create this, Europe’s first custom Honda Rebel 500.

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Riding Gear – Fuel Sergeant Waxed Pants

If you’re the kind of rider who spends their weekdays on asphalt and their weekends on dirt these new riding pants from Fuel Motorcycles will serve you well. Inspired by the uniform of the 7th Calvary the Fuel Sergeant Waxed pants merge timeless styling with modern safety technology.

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Evolutionary Design – Autofabrica Yamaha XSR900

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the Muharremi brothers, the duo behind the United Kingdom’s ‘Auto Fabrica’. At the time of visiting their workshop Yamaha Motorcycles had just released the XSR900 and to my surprise, Bujar and Gaz had one sitting in their garage. They divulged details of a Yamaha Yardbuilt project based on the new platform which we promised to keep under wraps until the finished bike was released and today we can finally reveal the fruits of their effort, the Auto Fabrica ‘Type 11’.
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Streetwear vs Riding Gear – Buying a Leather Motorcycle Jacket

When it comes to riding gear every motorcyclist should own a good leather jacket. Historically leather has played a huge role in motorcycling and with good reason. Despite breakthroughs in tech fabrics, leather still offers some of the best abrasion resistance money can buy. Like chips and gravy, leather also happens to be the perfect accompaniment to a motorcycle. Since Marlon Brandon donned a leather jacket in ‘The Wild One’ in 1953 leather jackets have become synonymous with motorcycling. Unfortunately not all leather jackets are created equal so we put together this special ‘Form vs Function’ feature to help you find a jacket that’s capable of protecting your hide.
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Pure Insanity – Darkus Madness 598 R

44 year old financial consultant and economics lecturer Jordi Soldevila is probably the last person you’d expect to be behind the creation of this amazing motorcycle. As well as pursuing a career crunching numbers Jordi has been obsessing over motorcycles since he was 14 owning everything from MV Agustas to Vespa scooters. Then in 2015 he finally decided that rather than simply riding motorcycles it was time to create one of his own.

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Roads We Ride – Waterfall Way

Here’s the latest edition of ‘Roads We Ride’, a collaboration between the folks at Pipeburn, Stories of Bike and Transport for NSW. In this edition of ‘Roads We Ride’ we head 6 hours north of Sydney to Waterfall Way. The 185km stretch of road is one of Australia’s most spectacular. Weaving its way through 7 national parks, over mountain tops and past cascading waterfalls it has been awarded with being one of Australia’s most beautiful tourist drives.
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