Years in the Making - Yamaha TRX850 Café Racer



Nothing makes me happier than featuring custom motorcycles that have been built in my hometown. Today’s café racer is the work of Jonny Taylor who’s based in Victoria, Australia, like yours truly, and works as a maintenance fitter in the gas industry. Jonny’s 1996 Yamaha TRX850 was 4 years in the making, which to some may seem like a long time. Jonny isn’t the kind of guy to do things by halves though. This is a comprehensive nut and bolt build, performed by a self-proclaimed perfectionist, seeking to create a bike that exceeded his own expectations, and that’s exactly what he’s done.


Gear Review - Ideas Motors event app


If you’re anything like me you’re always looking for ways to spend more time on or around motorcycles. It doesn't matter if it's a group ride, an exhibition or a race event, as long as motorcycles are involved I know it'll be a good time. The only thing that holds me back from attending more events is knowing where and when they are taking place. This becomes even more of an issue when I'm traveling to a different city or country. Thankfully there's now a mobile app designed to feed my two-wheeled habit.



Timing is Everything - Partridge x TW Steel MT-10



I’ve worked on my fair share of custom motorcycle builds to know that things can get a little stressful. When I read the story of Ant Partridge’s Yamaha MT-10 build for TW Steel though, everything I’d experienced felt like a walk in the park! The story begins with his moving to the UK, the start-up of his new business and being cast as a member of a Discovery Channel reality TV series. The middle is a nightmare-inducing rollercoaster ride of unimaginable problems, let downs and struggles, but the finish is an incredible custom motorcycle that can only be described as a crowning achievement.


Speed Blur - JSK Moto BMW R9T



We're big fans of the work of Californian motorcycle builder Samuel Kao and his workshop JSK Moto Co. JSK motorcycles are best described as neo-retro creations and his latest R Nine T unashamedly follows suit. It's nicknamed the 'Autobahn Streak' and in building it Samuel has embraced BMW's 'born to be customized' R Nine T ethos. Along with a long list of bolt-on styling and performance upgrades he's fit the BMW with handcrafted bodywork of his own design.


Riding Gear - Rev'it! Yates Armored Sweatshirt



There are times when every motorcyclist considers riding in their regular clothes. It may be due to the weather or their destination, but is it worth the risk? The research department at REV’IT has come up with an intelligent solution. It’s a fabric made from double woven Cordura yarn that’s exceptionally cut, tear and abrasion resistant (yet still stretches) and they’ve used it to make their new Yates Armored Sweatshirt.


The Black Bull - Deep Creek Cycleworks R Nine T



BMW struck a chord in the custom motorcycle scene when they released the R Nine T. Powered by a bulletproof 100bhp 1170cc flat twin the R9T offers a smooth and predictable ride. It certainly isn’t sedate though. Give the throttle a twist and you’ll reach 60mph in just under 3 seconds and you can do so knowing that there’s a big set of Brembos primed to slow your pace. The R9T was never meant to be a performance-focused motorcycle though. When BMW created the neo-classically style motorcycle they did so with customization in mind and it was welcomed with open arms.