From Bad to Great - Redmax Speed Shop 1000SS


Dropping your motorcycle is upsetting, but having it mindlessly vandalised by some low life degenerate is heartbreaking. Dan, a Ducati owner living in central London knows too well how painful the experience can be after his pride and joy, a 1000SSie, fell victim to vandals. Fortunately, with the help of Steve and the crew at Redmax Speedshop, heartbreak became custom bike bliss.



The Nautilus - Moto Guzzi 850 T5



Jules Verne described Captain Nemo's submarine, the Nautilus, as "a masterpiece containing masterpieces”. It was a machine unlike any other, decades ahead of its time and awe-inspiring to those who witnessed it.

Lino Tonti had probably hoped for a similar reaction to his Moto Guzzi 850 T when it was revealed to motorcycling public. Unfortunately, that was not the case.



Gear Review - RSD Barfly Gloves



I’m not sure about you, but I seem to have collected an assortment of gloves in my twenty years of riding. I’ve bought cheap ones, expensive ones, brand-names, and no-names. Despite this, for some reason, I’m never satisfied with the gloves I’ve bought for one reason or another.

So when Revzilla offered to supply us with a  set of Roland Sands Designs Barfly Gloves to review, I jumped at the chance.



The Scout - Honda CB400 Cafe Racer



Ironically, this journey began with a puncture. A nail to the rear tire a few weeks into owning my Honda CB400 led me on this path. The intention was never to build a custom bike. Back then I was still expecting to find carburettors on a fuel-injected Honda. I didn’t have a clue.

While waiting for a replacement tire, I approached a local shop with a Competition Werkes muffler I’d seeing used on another CB400. When poked fun at for buying a non-fitting part on “evilbay” it became clear that I would need to look elsewhere, and consequently, do it myself.



Top 5 Honda CB750 Cafe Racers


Sometimes you have your sights set so firmly on what lies ahead you forget to take a look back and appreciate the past. As you can imagine I've featured tons of cafe racers over the course of this website's 10+ year lifespan, so I thought it would be worth taking a look back at some of the best.

What better place to start than with Honda's legendary CB750, the 'world's first superbike' and a hot favourite in the cafe scene for many years. So, here's the Return of the Cafe Racers Top 5 Honda CB750 cafe racers. These are the 5 custom CB750s that everyone has been talking, sharing, tweeting and commenting about the most since they were first published on these pages.



Gear Review - Forma Naxos Boots


A few years ago I got my first pair of really good boots for a trip I was taking overseas. They were 6-inch, moc-toe leather with standard laces and a great anti-slip rubber sole. I had no idea this would be the start of a new love affair with an inanimate object. I wore those boots every damn day and rode thousands of kilometres in them until I literally wore holes through the soles and the stitching came undone at the toe. I tossed around the idea of replacing them but at the last minute I had my ol’ faithful's re-soled and stitched and now they’re good, if not better, than new. Now I am officially one of those old people who say shit like, “you can’t beat a good pair of boots”. And you know what? It’s true. So when I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Forma Naxos riding boots for the website, I was a little dubious of how they would compare with my beloved boots.



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