Green is most certainly the colour of envy. Gia Mi Racing are back again with another modern take on Cafe Racer styling. Based on a 2003 Z1000 Streetfighter because "no one had done it before" it's a low cost build that put's Kawasaki's original and now badly dated design to shame...
This weekend the premiere issue of Tank Moto, an all new, independent custom motorcycle magazine hits Australian (and international) shelves. To mark the occasion the team at Fuel Press are having a launch party in Melbourne at 6pm, Saturday the 25th of May at Gasolina restaurant/workshop on South Wharf Promenade. All are welcome to head down and join the celebrations, motorcyclists have priority parking right outside the venue and several of the feature bikes from the first issue will be on display inside the workshop. Best of all the first 100 people to arrive will score themselves a free copy of the premiere issue! What other excuse could you possibly need to attend?
Neall Dollhopf, co-owner of Heartbreak Cycleworks in Ypsi, Michigan, is a sentimental kind of guy. His custom Honda CB550 holds a special place in his heart being the first "big" bike he's ever owned, which is why he named it after the first girl he ever...ahem. Neall confesses that the Honda, or I should say Anna was "done quickly" (I had the same issue!) so she's a little rough round the edges, but the bike gets ridden rain, hail or shine and always hard and fast (oh the innuendo!).
When Frankenstein created his monster it was labeled an abomination. In reality though what he had made was a man better than most. He was stronger, bigger and much more resilient than the average Joe but thanks to the good doctors skills with a needle and thread, he was ugly as sin. Our latest build from Theo in the Netherlands takes the same principle of combining "expired" parts to create a better bike but unlike Frankie, Theo has a great eye for design.
Here's the first Ural I've ever featured on Return of the Cafe Racers and I'm sure you will agree it's worthy of a mention. Ural motorcycles have been around since 1939 so I'm a little ashamed to admit it's the first, but the truth is that custom Ural's don't come along all that often. Ural motorcycles were developed for the military during World War II with the first model being based on BMW's R71. These days Ural's range is dominated by sidecar equipped models but this Ural's been stripped of the extra weight to get the most out of it's boxer engine.
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