8/22/2016

R3 Racer - Sinroja BMW R110 R



Growing up in India the Sinroja brothers, Rahul and Birju, developed an out of the ordinary love for motorcycles. In a country where the motorcycle is generally regarded as nothing more than a form of transport, the brothers enjoyed performing basic custom work on their own bikes. Their family's manufacturing business offered the brothers the chance to learn how to operate workshop machinery so they would fabricate their own parts to realise their custom creations. When the Sinroja family relocated to England Rahul's passion for motorcycles and mechanics lead to him studying mechanical engineering. Then in 2015 when the time was right he purchased his first project bike and launched his Sinroja Motorcycles workshop with his brother Birju.

8/19/2016

Gear Review - Saint Ballistic Vest



Everyone knows the secret to staying warm is layers, but what if those extra layers also add a whole new dimension of protection? 'Saint' have been on the scene for a couple of years now and their range of protective gear is both stylish and groundbreaking in its use of technical fabrics. Today we're taking a closer look at the Saint 'Ballistic Motorcycle Vest' and discuss just how tough these materials actually are.

8/18/2016

The Pantah 350 - Nuno Capelo Cagiva Alazzurra


It was Le Corbusier, father of Modern Architecture who once famously described a house as ‘a machine for living in’. The theory goes, that a house should be designed to efficiently serve and provide for the necessities of life and no more. In sparse simplicity there is elegance; pragmatic engineering lends good proportion, essential comforts, and sober beauty.

In this regard, this bike from Nuno Capelo of Portugal - with it’s exposed framework and strikingly spartan bodywork - may well be considered architecture in motion.


8/16/2016

Cool Breeze - Barn Built Kawasaki Zephyr



As far as iconic naked sports bikes go the Kawasaki Zephyr may not be one that first jumps to mind. However that may be because, like me, you don't live in the UK. When the Zephyr hit the UK market back in the early nineties it was responsible for the boom of the retro naked bike market. Kawasaki had hit a nerve in the market and their Zephyr had other manufacturers starting to look back at popular models of the sixties and seventies to develop their own retro inspired motorcycles. With a design based loosely on Kawasaki's legendary Z1 and a powerful DOHC inline four it was a great looking performer, especially in its larger capacity 750cc and 1100cc versions.

8/15/2016

Gear Review - Ruby Helmets Castel



When Jérôme Coste conceived the first Ruby helmet design back in 2004 he would have never imagined that retro helmets would have become such a sought after accessory 12 years later. His helmet designs took the motorcycling world by storm, in particular those in the custom and classic scenes, and became one of the most desirable helmet brands in the world for several years. Unfortunately due to financial problems the Les Ateliers Ruby flagship store in Paris had to close its doors in 2015.

However what many don't know is that the remaining stock of Ruby helmets are still available for purchase. Today's contributing writer, Martin Ganglberger, spent the last few months getting to know a full faced Ruby Castel and has some insights into the helmet itself and the Ruby brand...

The Iceberg - Civil Custom Honda CB750



"When I was around 21 I bought my first motorcycle, a 2012 Honda Shadow Phantom, but when I was about 22 I saw a cafe racer and instantly fell in love with the style and idea." recalls the now 24 years old Pavel Onishenko. "I work at an auto body shop and that’s where I built my motorcycle. I grew up watching my Dad work on cars and I had the opportunity to tinker with stuff growing up which gave me experience using tools and a basic knowledge of mechanics."

8/12/2016

Gear Review - Quadlock Smartphone Bike Kit


Getting lost on your motorcycle sucks. There's nothing worse than having to pull over to fish your phone out of your pocket so you can figure out where the hell you are. I know, I know, this is the digital age and GPS has been around for years, but I've been searching for the right solution to mount my phone to my motorcycle for some time and up until now hadn't found anything that met all of my requirements. I wanted a well priced phone mount that allowed quick fitment and removal of my phone, was weatherproof,  added very little bulk to my handlebars and could be swapped from one bike to another with minimal effort. Thankfully a clever Aussie brand called Quad Lock has come to the rescue and never shall I be lost again...

8/11/2016

Going Straight - Wrench Kings Honda GL500



The Honda CX500s just keep coming! A while ago I read a feature on another custom motorcycle blog that mentioned how difficult it must have become to find an unmodified CB750; I think this statement could also now be applied to Honda's CX series of longitudinal v-twins. Personally, I was never a huge fan. In its standard form the plastic maggot looks about as appealing to me as playing Pokemon Go and after being involved in a few CX based custom builds, I learnt first hand how much work needs to go into one to achieve a decent result. My personal CX gripes aside though I have to admit when they are done right, a CX500 Cafe Racer cuts a fine figure and todays build from Netherlands based workshop 'Wrench Kings' the is a perfect example.

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