Matt’s comment not only got me all fired up to prove him wrong, it also produced the bike’s name: The Doubter. Not that there was a bike to be built at the point when he threw down that challenge, but I soon rectified that by buying a 2007 Royal Enfield Bullet from a chap in Glastonbury. I took it back home to Gloucester where my firm, Howard Street Motors, is based, and before you could even say ‘Howard Street Motors’ I’d set about stripping the bike down.
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Over the last couple of years, very few if any motorcycles have inspired such bafflement and scratching of heads as Dan Duggan’s Honda CX500
Every project starts somewhere and this one began at the Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock in London or, to be more accurate, when my mate Matt Donaldson turned to me and said, “I bet you can’t build a bike good enough for here.” Well, that set me to work!
Jarno comes from a family with petrol in their blood. His father races classic motorcycles and Jarno was raised on a farm where the barns are full of motorcycles instead of cows! This is his very first project, the Jarno Bastian Special
CUSTOMBIKE Messe Bad Salzuflen, Germany
Sometimes what is missing from a show is more interesting than what’s present. With the German show Custombike celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the event remains a showcase for European customising in all its diversity— with the additional benefit of a focus on parts that are homologated and approved for Europe
It’s not often that I have to sneak in and photograph a motorcycle without the owner knowing anything about it—something that was made tougher in this case by the said motorcycle being kept at said owner’s house
Spike And Bob's Big Swedish Adventure: Part 5
In 1979 Hasse took Caprice to the Norrtälje show for the first time, but he had changes for the bike in mind and, during the winter, he picked up a jammer frame and a set of 20-inch tubes.
There's No Place Like Chrome
When settling down to write a feature for a magazine, it’s necessary to have two things, nay, three things in front of you. A computer is useful, it saves all that messy ink and blotting paper that we used in those long gone school days, a strong hot mug of tea should also be on the desk (goes without saying), and finally, a set of scribbled notes that a couple of months ago resembled a detailed description of a motorcycle, but that by now, are largely illegible…
Over the last few years Death Machines of London has produced a number of pioneering builds, some of which you will have seen in these pages, not least the Air Force One Moto Guzzi from the cover of 100% Biker #231. Just when you think they can’t possibly surpass the last build, designer James Hilton of DMOL and engineer Ray Petty of Ray Petty Meccanica raise the bar just a little bit more. And that’s just what they’ve done again…
Today motorcycle customizing is a phenomenon that spans the entire globe, of that there can be little doubt. However, it’s still all too easy to think that building custom bikes is primarily confined to Europe and the United States and often, even in these days of social media and instant information, we don’t hear about what’s going on in other parts of the world
After the Harley-Davidson Sportster, I would wager that the Yamaha XS650 is the most popular choice for a custom bike across the world
Cranes becoming more common
Record numbers of common cranes bred in the UK last year, with 64 pairs producing 23 chicks.
Quesos ingleses – Hecho CON amor
Ya sea como ingrediente, bocadillo o platillo principal, un queso bien elaborado es motivo de obsesión. Desde la nueva generación de fabricantes ingleses hasta los icónicos quesos de Europa y más allá, celebramos a los mejores del mundo y la pasión que inspiran.
The bird buffet
Better than any TV show is the view from Val’s window…
BT must not hold the Premiership to ransom
BT Sports has been good for Premiership Rugby, investing a lot of money, and a lot of time and effort in providing excellent coverage, but when it comes to major issues in the game, should they be reporting the facts, or expounding their views?
Parton try lands the KO for Irish fighters
LIKE two sluggers without much care for their own wellbeing, London Irish and Gloucester traded blows throughout a nine-try thriller in Brentford.
YOU'RE HAVING A LAUGH!
Wales star Louis turned down Eddie’s England offer
Trigger's blind faith
The story of a black-and-white beating spaniel shows how a keen sense of smell can compensate for a lack of sight, says David Tomlinson
Should you talk to your kids about money?
28% of UK parents avoid the topic, according to new research * but...
Mavericks like Danny must choose their battlegrounds
DANNY Cipriani is not the first maverick player to not get capped as many times as the talent they possess suggests they should, and his recent departure from Gloucester again raises the question of how to get the best from players with exceptional gifts.
Gloucester white flag disrepects a great Cup
Gloucester are in the process of forgetting all about Danny Cipriani, that exquisitely gifted memory-maker of a No.10 who, when the gods were smiling upon him, persuaded even the most unreconstructed thud-and-blunderer in the darkest corner of the Kingsholm Shed that rugby could be a game of artistry and wonderment.