Gear Review - Scorpion Covert Pro Jeans

When I first got into motorcycles I can only remember one brand of jeans that catered to our beloved pastime. Fast forward just a few years and it seems that where there once was a protective denim monopoly there is now a sprawling oasis of options for riders and their pillions to choose from.

With all these fancy single layer offerings from multiple manufacturers, you would think that the days of the traditional, bread-and-butter kevlar-lined style of jean are well and truly behind us, but that certainly isn’t the case. Now that I’ve had a chance to live with the Scorpion Covert Pro jeans, I am seriously reconsidering the need to spend upwards of $600AUD on a pair of the latest tech fabric riding jeans because compared to these Scorpions, my single layer riding jeans feel a bit like sandpaper.

Speed and Style - Rogue CR750 replica

A surefire way to look really goddamn cool is to be seen stretched out over a long, low fuel tank, tucked behind a race replica fairing going hell for leather, in your leathers. That’s exactly what you’d think if you saw Andy Smith blasting down the road on his Honda CR750 replica, fresh after its rebuild thanks to Rogue Motorcycles in Wangara, Western Australia.

Retro Six - Vintage Addiction Yamaha R6

Looking back over a few of our recent features it seems that building retro customs out of modern sports bikes could be the next big trend in motorcycle customisation. The 80s and 90s were all about speed. Manufacturers were ferociously battling it out for the title of fastest street bike in both acceleration and top speed and it led to the development of some truly iconic motorcycles. Suzuki released their insanely fast and bizarrely styled Hayabusa, Kawasaki made it into the Guiness Book of Records with their ZX-10 and Yamaha released their ‘King of the Street’ R1. Now, more than a decade on you can occasionally find one of these road weapons at a bargain basement price, which presents an interesting opportunity for an adventurous customiser.

Smooth Operator - Scales Studio CB750K

Last time we heard from Trever Scales of Scales Studio in Texas he’d just completed his Benelli racer inspired Yamaha RD250. Trever and his business partner, known only as “One with Enigma”, have past careers that saw them building show cars for the likes of Mercedes Benz so there’s been no shortage of customer projects at their shop. Amongst the classic four wheeled projects, they complete an occasional motorcycle makes its way into the mix, just like this ’78 CB750k.

Kando - Cafe Racer SSpirit XSR700

As anyone who works in advertising will tell you, the key to winning a project is having a good pitch. When Yamaha Yardbuilt contacted Hugo López and the crew at Cafe Racer SSpirit in Spain they knew they'd have to put something special together to outshine their competition. A 25-page document explaining their concept for a Yardbuilt XSR700 build was the clincher. As impressive as the document must have been though, it's the end result that really dazzles.

Big Red - KTM Café Racer

"I’ve discovered I love building bikes almost as much as I like riding them!" - Joe Loss. 

Joe's disorder is one that many of us can relate to. You start out riding motorcycles as a form of transport for a bit of fun, and end up spending all your spare time tinkering on them. Joe popped his custom building cherry with a Moto Guzzi 1000SP cafe racer followed closely by a Scrambler styled BMW R100 airhead. With 2 impressive bike builds under his belt it was only a matter of time until he went for the trifecta.

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