Fantastic Four – XTR Pepo Honda Hornet

Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo has been in the custom motorcycle building business for more than twenty years and he certainly doesn’t seem to be losing any steam. For his latest project, Pepo’s given a fairly staid UJM Honda a striking overhaul. The donor for the project was a 2001 Hornet 600 and as per any XTR project it was given a performance and aesthetic overhaul to bring it up to Pepo’s exacting standards.
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Family Ties – Kaspeed Honda CB500

My name is Jimmy Dressel and together with my twin brother Mick and our dad Karsten we build bikes in our workshop, Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles. We reside in the state of Saxony in Germany. My dad’s passion for motorcycles started in the 1970s but lay dormant during our younger years until the day my brother and I finally got our motorcycle licenses. This is now the forth bike we have all built together under our Kaspeed Moto brand. The bike started its life back in 1976 as a Honda CB500 inline four and over the last 6 months we transformed it into this Kaspeed Café Racer.
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Gear Review – Hedon Heroine Helmet

I have a penchant for motorcycle helmets and I will be the first to admit I have too many of them. I have 5 times as many helmets as I do motorcycles. It’s ridiculous, but it beats collecting stamps. This, of course, means I’m always keen to give a new helmet a try, especially those designed to appeal to the retro and custom crowd. Enter stage right, the Heroine helmet from England’s Hedon Workshop.
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Triple Shot – Bad Ass Triumph Speed Triple

From street fighter to café racer. This Triumph Speed Triple is barely recognizable beneath its new, retro exterior. This wild transformation is the work of French motorcycle enthusiast and custom builder, Jean Francois. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the 48 year old left his nine to five to refocus his life’s efforts on projects he loved. Opening the aptly named Bad Ass Factory workshop he built this bike as a personal project which now serves as his rather eye catching daily commuter.

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Century Racer – Steve Caballero Honda Racer

Fabian Campos and David Morales of the Denton Moto Collective are all about helping people realize their two-wheeled dreams. At their shared workshop space in Texas, they’ve amassed an impressive portfolio of custom motorcycle builds for their customers, but their latest project could be a pivotal one. Not only has this 1969 Honda CL175 been built to meet AHRMA race specifications it was also created for Thrasher Magazine’s ‘Skater of the Century’ and pioneer of the ‘fakie 360 aerial’, Steve Caballero.

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Riding Gear – Speedway 40L Backpack

For a great weekend trip away on your motorcycle you need a good pack. The wrong one can leave you with a sore back, soaked clothes, or not enough gear. This 40L roll top pack from Velomacchi aims to cover all those bases with a water tight construction, even weight distribution for lasting comfort and it will comfortably hold more than enough gear for a two-day expedition.
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Skin Deep – Honda CM400 Cafe Racer

One of the things that isn’t often talked about when we feature a custom motorcycle build is what condition the donor bike was in. Buying secondhand motorcycles or any vehicle for that matter is fraught with risks. Years of neglect can be hidden beneath a freshly cleaned exterior or a few new parts. Whether you’re planning on pulling your latest motorcycle purchase completely apart or riding it as is you need to be cautious as the last thing you want is to be spending all your entire build budget simply getting the thing to run right.
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Black Panther – Seven Motors ZRX1100

No this isn’t the motorcycle belonging to Marvel’s top-grossing superhero. It is rather the latest build from Italian workshop Seven Motors. At the request of a customer, Seven Motors took a break from their usual Moto Guzzi based creations to build this blacked out Kawasaki ZRX1100 café racer inspired by the look of the big cat, not the guy in the tight-fitting costume.

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Riding Gear – Icon 1000 AXYS gloves

Builders of inventively unique motorcycles and makers of tough and functional riding gear, Icon 1000 are a company of riders with a stated goal of protecting those who ride the streets. Take these Axys gloves for example. Constructed using two different, two-toned leathers, impact-protecting knuckle inserts, and accordion flex panels, every angle of the AXYS gloves has been obsessed over and executed with riding comfort and safety in mind.
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Big in Japan – Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer

Sadly it looks like Yamaha’s venerable SR400s time is coming to an end. Like so many other motorcycles falling victim to strict emissions rules, Yamaha is set to cease production of their iconic thumper very soon. The mightly little SR has had a great run. Since its release in 1978 Yamaha has enjoyed steady worldwide sales of the super reliable single, which, despite advancements in technology has hardly changed during its 40 years of production.
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