CATEGORIES

IT LIVES AGAIN!

REGULAR READERS MAY ALREADY KNOW THE STORY OF THIS BIKE(WELL, IN ITS FORMER GUISE ANYWAY), BUT WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS THE RESULT OF ME PLOUGHING INTO AN AUDI AT 70 ON THE M25...

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

Bling!

PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CUSTOM SCENE COMMERCIALLY ARE OFTEN VERY GOOD AT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TRENDS IN BIKE STYLES, AND ADAPTING THEM TO SUIT WHAT THEY DO BEST. TRIKE DESIGN, DOWN IN DEEPEST, DARKEST (WELL, SOMETIMES) WALES, ARE A CASE IN POINT…

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October 2020

STOCKER...

IT’S BEEN A VERY LONG TIME SINCE I LAST DID IT (PROBABLY AROUND 1999/2000, I SUSPECT), BUT THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT BLASTING THROUGH THE STREETS OF A CITY ABOARD A BIG, LOUD, ANTISOCIAL CHOP THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD TO BE ALIVE…

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

NCC GLOCUS & HEREFORD RUN

IN 1973 THE NATIONAL CHOPPER CLUB WAS CONCEIVED AND FORMED BY BILL GILL, PETE GAERTNER AND SYD WELLINGS WITH THE AIM OF GENERATING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CHOPPER ENTHUSIASTS, OTHER ROAD USERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IMPROVING STANDARDS IN THE SAFETY AND CONSTRUCTION OF CHOPPERS, AND BRING ALL CHOPPER RIDERS CLOSER TOGETHER.

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

DEADLINE

(NOUN) A TIME LIMIT IN THE FORM OF A DATE, ON OR BEFORE WHICH SOMETHING MUST BE COMPLETED

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

HARDCORE HOODLUM

AS MANY OF YOU’LL KNOW, THE RESTRICTIONS PLACED UPON THE CUSTOMISATION OF MOTORCYCLES IN OTHER COUNTRIES IS FAR MORE DRACONIAN THAN OUR OWN, WITH GERMANY PERHAPS BEING THE PRIME EXAMPLE (ALTHOUGH OTHERS’RE EVEN STRICTER).

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

HARD LABOUR...

AFTER MESSING ABOUT WITH MOTORCYCLES FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, I DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO ADD LOADS OF STRESS TO MY LIFE BY BUILDING MY OWN SO, ARMED WITH A DISC-CUTTER, A LARGE HAMMER, AND A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE, THE PROJECT BEGAN….

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

BETTER THAN SOCKS...

IT TOOK ME ABOUT FIVE YEARS, YOU KNOW, TO GATHER EVERYTHING I WANTED FOR THIS BIKE AND, ONCE I HAD EVERYTHING I NEEDED, I SET MYSELF A TIME LIMIT OF BEING READY FOR MY 50th BIRTHDAY - A PRESENT TO MYSELF

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October 2020

All's Well That Ends Well...

I first built this bile twelve year ago... Well, I ask this bike - it didn't look quite like this. It was, at first, ared-oxide rear strutted, brat looking thing with no real direction, then I started with ncc staffordshire, and it was clear that it wasn't of the expected standard...

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

Suzuki Katana Long-Term Test

As you’ll know from the last few issues, or if you’ve seen the video on the bsh youtube channel, we have one of suzuki’s new katana 1000s to play with for a while. We’ve done a wee bit to it (nothing drastic, just altering it slightly to look a little more like its iconic namesake), but at some point you do have to stop spannering and actually ride…

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Back Street Heroes
October 2020

SUPERMOTO 'ARLEY

USUALLY, NORMALLY, THE WORDS ‘SUPERMOTO’ AND ‘HARLEY’ GO TOGETHER ABOUT AS WELL AS THE WORDS ‘GOVERNMENT’ AND ‘COMPETENCE’, ‘HIGH FINANCE’ AND ‘CARING’, OR ‘DOG SH*T’ AND ‘ICE-CREAM’. OCCASIONALLY THOUGH, ONCE IN A (VERY RARE) WHILE, SOMEONE BUILDS A BIKE, A CUSTOM BIKE, THAT PUTS THE TWO WORDS TOGETHER IN A FORM THAT DOES JUSTICE TO BOTH…

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September 2020

The Mermaid

CUSTOM BIKES, THEY SAY, NEVER REALLY DIE BECAUSE THEY’VE OFTEN RESURRECTED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. SOME OF THEM, THOUGH, DO GET PRETTY CLOSE TO SHUFFLING OFF THIS MORTAL COIL BUT ARE, THANKFULLY, SAVED FROM HAGGLING WITH CHARON OVER FERRY PRICES…

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

TWO GUN SALUTE

THE YAMAHA SR400 IS WHAT YOU MIGHT CALL A 'PROPER OLD BIKE'... OR, AS YAMAHA THEMSELVES SAY, 'AN AUTHENTIC LIVING CLASSIC CONSTRUCTED TO VIRTUALLY THE SAME SPECIFICATION AS THE ORIGINAL MODEL' (THE 1978 SR500).

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

CUSTODIAL SENTENCE

IN PREVIOUS ISSUES WE’VE SHOWN YOU A COUPLE OF BIKES THAT’RE UNDER THE CARE OF JIM GREENE, NAMELY HIS ‘SWEETLEAFE’ TRIUMPH, AND PLUNGERED BSA SHOOTING STAR, AND THE LITTLE VIRAGO YOU SEE HERE IS YET ANOTHER MACHINE FOR WHICH JIM HAS BEEN CUSTODIAN FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

Sprit Of The Age

Building a custom bike to such a standard that it looks factory-made is the pinnacle of custom bike building - if your bike's so good it can be mistaken for being like that in the first place, well, it doesn't get much better than that, does it?

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

Track- Master Track Master

Our garry, the guy who’s taken these pics, has a nose for a cool bike, and keeps an eye out for them wherever he goes. He spotted this one at race the waves last year, and banged off these pics in double-quick time.

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

I BUILT THAT!

I THINK EVERYBODY HAS A LIST OF THINGS THAT THEY WANT TO DO BEFORE THEY DIE, A BUCKET LIST IF YOU LIKE. WELL, MY LIST DOESN’T INVOLVE VERY MUCH, BUT AT THE TOP OF IT WAS, AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN, BUILD MYSELF A BIKE FROM THE GROUND UP.

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

SONS OF SPEED GO FAST. TURN LEFT!

BILLY LANE’S WELL KNOWN FOR HIS TV APPEARANCES ON THE LIKES OF BIKER BUILD OFF, AND MONSTER GARAGE, ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, AS WELL AS THROUGH HIS OWN CUSTOM BIKE COMPANY, CHOPPERS INC, BASED IN MELBOURNE, FLORIDA.

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

MARY BERRY'S GOREFEST

NOT EVERYONE HAS THE TALENT OR WHEREWITHAL TO BUILD THEIR VERY OWN CUSTOM BIKE. WHILST WE LOVE TO SEE HOME-BREWED BUILDS, HENCE THE ‘SHED-BUILT’ TAG WE RUN ON VARIOUS FEATURES, WE KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE’LL NEVER BE IN THE POSITION TO DO THEIR OWN SPANNERING/ FABRICATING, WHETHER IT BE DUE TO CONSTRAINTS BROUGHT ON BY FINANCES, TIME, TALENT, OR SPACE... OR ALL FOUR.

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Back Street Heroes
September 2020

BULLET

MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS BUILD CAME FROM RSD’S (ROLAND SANDS DESIGNS) KTM 450 DESERT SLED. AS A FAN OF STEVE MCQUEEN, AND THE MOVIE ‘ON ANY SUNDAY’, I WANTED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HIS LOVE OF OFFROAD MOTORCYCLING, AND THOUGHT IT APT TO NAME MY BUILD ‘BULLET’ IN A HOMAGE TO THE MOVIE. (YES, YES, I KNOW THE FILM IS CALLED ‘BULLITT’.)

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September 2020

STRING RAW STEEL CHOPPERS

There can’t be many folk out there who haven’t heard of Raw Steel Choppers – anyone asking for a frame builder or fabricator on just about any social media platform will have them recommended at least a couple of times, for instance. They’ve developed a good reputation for quality work at reasonable prices, and’ve built a few bikes that’ve been featured here in BSH, so we thought we’d have a chat with Stuart Thompson, ‘String’, the main man.

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

THE TRIP OUT

IT ONLY SEEMS LIKE A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I SAW THE ADS APPEARING FOR A NEW CHOPPER THEMED SHOW.

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June 2020

SUZUKI KATANA LONG-TERM TEST

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD, ISN’T IT? LAST YEAR I HAD ONE OF SUZUKI’S NEW KATANAS TO PLAY WITH FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND WHILE I DID ENJOY RIDING IT (IT’S A STATE-OF-THE-ART NEW BIKE FROM ONE OF THE BIG FOUR JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS AFTER ALL), IT WASN’T QUITE RIGHT…

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

RAT LOOK MONSTER

USUALLY, WHEN PEOPLE TALK OF AIR SUSPENSION, AND HUGE POINT WHEELS, THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT US-STYLE BAGGERS - USUALLY, BUT NOT ALWAYS...

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

MILITARY SPEC...

SOME BIKE BUILDS GO BACK YEARS, AND SOME JUST TAKE YEARS TO GET FEATURED. THE TWO FIT BOTH THOSE CATEGORIES…

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

CTHULHU LIVES!

I DUNNO, YOU'RE MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS AT A BIKE SHOW, AND SOME DREADLOCKED WEIRDO COMES UP AND STARTS RAVING ABOUT YOUR BIKE...

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

Retro Brown

AS YOU MIGHT HAVE GUESSED ROM THE ARTICLE ON MY RED SHOVELHEAD (LAST ISSUE - BACK ISSUES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BSH WEBSITE AT WWW.BACKSTREETHEROES.COM), I'VE BEEN BUILDING CUSTOM HARLEYS FOR A GOOD WHILE NOW.

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

DEDICATION...

IF YOU READ ISSUE 431 A COUPLE O’ THREE ISSUES AGO, YOU’LL’VE SEEN THE REALLY RATHER GORGEOUS FENLAND CHOPPERS-FRAMED TRIUMPH SPEEDMASTER BUILT BY MELV EXTON. WELL, THESE TWO BIKES ARE ALSO HIS, AND THEY WERE BUILT BEFORE THE BOBBER SO LET ME TAKE YOU BACK IN TIME… CUE THE WORLD GOING ALL SWIMMY AND WHOOSH-WHOOSY NOISES.

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

CLUB: FORTYFIVERS MC

THE FORTYFIVERS MC IS AN INVITATIONAL CLUB OF OWNERS, RIDERS AND BUILDERS OF VINTAGE H-D FLATHEADS FOUNDED IN THE UK, BUT WITH A GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP REACHING AS FAR AS JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, ARGENTINA, THE USA AND EUROPE.

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Back Street Heroes
June 2020

Just Like Arlen's!

AS ANYONE WHO HASN’T BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK (OR IN DEEPEST, DARKEST NORFOLK) FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS’LL KNOW, THERE’S BEEN A HUGE RESURGENCE IN 1960S AND ‘70S CHOPS – AN ERA OF BIKE BUILDING WHEN ‘PRACTICALITY’ WAS CONSIDERED ALMOST A DIRTY WORD, AND FORM WAS WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN FUNCTION.

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Back Street Heroes
March 2020