Rockin Rolling - De Palma Honda CG125

Small bikes are punk rock. They're a middle finger to the idea that bigger is always better; a kick in the shins to those who would argue that custom bikes should be all about performance. They're also a hell of a lot of fun.

As a university student, little bikes like the Honda CG 125 were my introduction to on-road motorcycles. Cutting nimbly through inner city traffic like a vandal, those pint-sized bikes were a wide-eyed, full-throttled rebel yell of freedom and mobility. That's probably why this cocky little bike from Barcelona's De Palma Cycles has me looking through the record collection for my old Buzzcocks and Ramones LPs.

Gear Review - Biltwell Gringo S Helmet

If you’ve got a funny egg-shaped head like me, you probably have trouble finding a comfortable motorcycle helmet. Once the pads have worn in you might find that a helmet that fit great in the shop, in now a pain in the, well, head. I’ve binned a few helmets (cheap and expensive) because of this exact issue.

Having only found one manufacturer with a shell that suits my noggin, I was pretty sure I’d have no joy when I was offered to test drive the new Biltwell Gringo S. Despite my scepticism, I measured my cranium, selected the appropriate size and placed an order for one glossy Blood Red Gringo S.

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.

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