XLCR Reborn - Jamesville Shovelhead Cafe Racer

Back in 1977 Harley Davidson unveiled their American cafe racer, the XLCR Sportster. On paper and in the flesh the bike was certainly appealing. It was draped in black, had a unique siamese exhaust system, was powered by a torquey 997cc v-twin and wore bodywork unlike any other Harley. Unfortunately the press slammed the bikes performance and poor sales resulted in it becoming a rather famous flop for the Milwaukee manufacturer. Despite all of these factors the XLCR has become an iconic model in HD history and today they fetch high prices at auction. Not having ever ventured in to cafe racer territory before James Roper-Caldbeck of 'Jamesville Motorcycles' in Copenhagen used the XLCR as his inspiration, but paid careful attention to not repeat Harleys mistakes.


3 Martini Lunch - Icon 1000 Triumph Thruxton

Icon 1000 have just unveiled their newest range of riding gear and with it comes a new website and more importantly a new custom build! The latest motorcycle to join the Icon 1000 ranks has been baptised the "Three Martini Lunch". Less post apocalyptic in its design than the previous Icon 1000 bikes, I'm happy to say that the 3ML leans more towards the cafe racer aesthetic we love so much; and what better base could they select for such a build than a British born and bred Triumph Thruxton.


Add Lightness - Nitro Cycles moto Guzzi T3

First released in 1975, Moto Guzzi's 850 T3 was designed for the booming American motorcyclist market. As defined by its T designation it was a Turismo model with a comfortable, upright riding position ideal for long highway hauls. The 3 in its name described a new triple disc braking system that actuated both the front and rear brakes at once, a groundbreaking setup that received mixed reviews. Powered by a revised version of the Moto Guzzi 844cc longitudinal v-twin the T3 boasted a respectable 59bhp, but its hefty 211kg weight meant that it wasn't the most sprightly of motorcycles.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...

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