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TO HELL & BACK...

THERE’VE BEEN A FAIR NUMBER OF ARTICLES OVER THE YEARS IN WHICH BIKES, AND BUILDING CUSTOM BIKES, HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED BY THE OWNER/BUILDER AS BEING A KIND OF THERAPY THAT’S KEPT THEM GOING THROUGH THE DARK PERIODS OF THEIR LIVES.

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Back Street Heroes
March 2020

STRIIIIKE... UMM, MANY

THEY SAY THAT LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE. THAT, LADIES AND GENTS, IS UTTER COBBLERS...

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Back Street Heroes
March 2020

STEALTH...

IT ALL STARTED BACK IN 2003 WHEN A MATE NEEDED TO BORROW SOME GARAGE SPACE FOR HIS ONE-OFF HARLEY SIDE-CAR OUTFIT. IT WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE FOR THREE WEEKS, BUT ENDED UP BEING THREE MONTHS, SO TO SHUT ME UP HE LET ME BORROW THIS LOVELY LITTLE CHOP FOR THE SUMMER.

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Back Street Heroes
March 2020

MYSTERY KWAK

WHILE I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO SO SNOBBISHLY DECLARES THAT IF YOU DIDN’T BUILD YOUR BIKE YOURSELF IT DOESN’T COUNT, EVEN I CAN SEE THE (SLIGHT) DOWNSIDE TO THE LIKES OF EBAY, GUMTREE AND OTHERS…

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Back Street Heroes
March 2020

FTW A CHOPPERS'S TALE!

WHAT IS A CHOPPER? EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN DEFINITION AND PREFERENCE, BUT I GUESS THE HISTORICAL ONE IS THAT OF A STANDARD MOTORCYCLE THAT’S BEEN ‘CHOPPED’ TO CHANGE ITS APPEARANCE, AND PERFORMANCE.

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Back Street Heroes
March 2020

BEER BUILDS BETTER...

GROWING UP RACING MOTOCROSS, I ALWAYS RODE SPORTS BIKES, YES, LIKE A KNOBHEAD, AND I KNEW I COULDN’T CONTINUE DOING THE STUPID SHIT I USED TO, SO I DECIDED TO RESTRICT MYSELF BY BUILDING A CUSTOM, AND THAT’S WHEN THE BUG BIT.

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Back Street Heroes
March 2020

SMALL, BUT PERFECTLY FORMED

AS ANYONE WHO’S BEEN READING BSH FOR ANY TIME NOW’LL KNOW, WE’VE BEEN GOING TONCC LONDON’S ANNUAL DIAMOND DAY CUSTOM BIKE SHOW AT THE ACE CAFÉ IN LONDON AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY EACH YEAR FOR A FEW YEARS NOW.

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Back Street Heroes
April 2020

SIXTY TIMES ROUND THE SUN

ANDYWRIGHT’D ALWAYS WANTED A GENERATOR SHOVEL SO, AS HE TURNED 60 AT THE END OF JULY LAST YEAR AND HADN’T GOT A BUILD ON THE GO, IT MADE PERFECT SENSE TO TREAT HIMSELF NOT ONLY TO A NEW BUILD, BUT ALSO TO A SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO HIMSELF AT THE SAME TIME!

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Back Street Heroes
April 2020

KWAK IN A 'BED

SINCE MY TEENS I’VE LOVED CAFÉ RACERS, THE MINIMALIST FOCUSED LOOK, THE PERFORMANCE, THE NOISE, THE WHOLE PACKAGE. THAT LOVE CONTINUED THROUGH MY 20S, 30S, AND 40S, AND I’VE HAD MANY BIKES, BUT NEVER A CAFÉ RACER.

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Back Street Heroes
April 2020

COOL TWIN THING

OF ALL THE AUTOMOTIVE PAINT SCHEMES THERE’VE BEEN OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS OR SO, SOME’VE REACHED ALMOST LEGENDARY STATUS – MARLBORO, JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL, SUBARU, CASTROL, MARTINI RACING, THEY’RE ALL INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE. THE MOST FAMOUS, THOUGH, IS PROBABLY THE GULF OIL BLUE AND ORANGE.

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Back Street Heroes
April 2020

SEAGULL

CALLING IN TO SEE PEOPLE WHO BUILD CUSTOM BIKES FOR A LIVING IS ONE OF LIFE’S GREAT PLEASURES; NOT ONLY DO YOU GET TO CHAT WITH PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND BREATHE CUSTOMS, AND DRINK THEIR TEA, BUT YOU ALSO FIND BIKES THAT YOU MAY NOT’VE COME ACROSS OTHERWISE.

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Back Street Heroes
April 2020

DUCKIN' GORGEOUS!

ONE OF THE MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS WE HEAR IN REFERENCE TO CUSTOM BIKES IS ‘WHERE IS IT NOW?’

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Back Street Heroes
April 2020

ADORED

ROCK STARS, IT HAS TO BE SAID, AREN’T GENERALLY REALLY KNOWN FOR THEIR EXQUISITE TASTE… THEIR EXUBERANCE, YES; THEIR EXTRAVAGANZA, DEFINITELY; THEIR ‘GET THE BIGGEST AND BEST’ ATTITUDE, CERTAINLY; BUT SIMPLICITY, REFINEMENT AND MINIMALISM AREN’T USUALLYWORDS THAT CAN BE LINKED TO THEM. THERE ARE ALWAYS EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULETHOUGH…

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Back Street Heroes
April 2020

RESURRECTED

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? I HAVE QUITE A STORY ABOUT MY TRIUMPH CHOPPER...

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

WEST COAST MIDLANDS CHOPPER

WHILE THE FASHION FOR THE US-STYLE BILLET CHOPPER MAY’VE PETERED OUT A LITTLE IN THESE DAYS OF BOBBERS AND 60s/70s CHOPPERS, THE BIKES THEMSELVES DO STILL HAVE THAT CERTAIN JE NE SAIS QUOI, DON’T THEY?

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

OLD CODGER

THIS BIKE WAS ORIGINALLY BOUGHT OFF EBAY AS A FIXER-UPPER FOR A BIT OF FUN OVER THE WINTER OF 2015, READY TO RIDE IN 2016, BUT AFTER IT’D BEEN SENT OFF TO HAVE A SET OF FORWARD CONTROLS FITTED, THE FRAME WAS FOUND TO BE UNSAFE – VERY UNSAFE!

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

NIKEN LONG-TERMER

SO, AFTER LAST MONTH’S WONDERFUL SILLINESS OF MR DAVE COATES ESQUIRE RIDING THE NIKEN LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN ONE RIDDEN BEFORE, AND PROBABLY WON’T AGAIN, THIS ISSUE IT’S BACK TO THE REALITY OF A COLD, WET BRITISH WINTER.

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

KAWASAKI W800 CAFE

WHEN, BACK IN 1999, KAWASAKI LAUNCHED THE W650, IT WAS ARGUABLY THE VERY FIRST PROPER RETRO TO BE OFFERED BY ANY OF THE BIG MANUFACTURERS AND, IN 2001, WHEN TRIUMPH (HINCKLEY) LAUNCHED THEIR FIRST, 790CC, BONNEVILLE, MORE OF A BONNEVILLE THAN THE TRIUMPH.

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

MIKE CHADWICK CUSTOM CRUISERS

A look at the people who live and breathe custom bikes

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

Last Week of July

WHILE MOST OF US HAVE A FEW WEEKENDS AWAY ON OUR BIKES EACH YEAR, SOME MORE, SOME LESS, IT SEEMS THAT FEW OF US ACTUALLY HEAD OFF FOR A WEEK OR MORE AWAY, JUST GOING SOMEWHERE FOR THE SAKE OF TRAVELLING.

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

FLAT-TRACKING BUELLIGAN

YOU’D NEVER’VE THOUGHT THAT TRICK BUELLS WERE LIKE RURAL BUSES, WOULD YOU, BUT THEY ARE – YOU DON’T SEE ANY FOR AGES, AND THEN TWO COME ALONG IN QUICK SUCCESSION…

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

21ST CENTURY TRITON

AS ANY FULE NOES, A TRITON IS AN AMALGAM OF A TRIUMPH ENGINE AND A NORTON FRAME, INVARIABLY WITH AN EQUALLY DIVERSE ORIGIN FOR THE ROLLING GEAR, BODYWORK AND BRAKES.

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

Rock & Blues Old School Weekender

The 35th anniversary rock & blues lurched from baked to drenched, but were we bothered? Not for a minute!

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Back Street Heroes
February 2020

Unrideable That. Mate, For Too Low...

AS I’M SURE YOU KNOW, BIKING AS A CULTURE IS GETTING OLDER; AS REPORTED LAST MONTH, THE AVERAGE AGE OF A BSH READER IS NOW 57, AND EVERYWHERE YOU GO WHERE THERE ARE BIKERS IT’S PLAIN THAT WE, AS A SUB-CULTURE, ARE PREDOMINANTLY WRINKLIES. NOT ALL OF US THOUGH, I’M GLAD TO REPORT…

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Back Street Heroes
December 2019

Best New Skool

THERE IS, AS I’M SURE YOU KNOW, NOTHING MORE EMBARRASSING THAN YOUR BIKE POINT-BLANKLY REFUSING TO START WHEN IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO RIDE IT UP TO COLLECT A TROPHY IN A CUSTOM SHOW. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO ME AT THE NCC LONDON’S DIAMOND DAY THIS YEAR…

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Back Street Heroes
December 2019

Triumph Day

JACKS HILL CAFE ON THE A5, JUST NORTH OF TOWCESTER IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS TRUCK-STOPS IN THE LAND, AND’S BECOME VERY, VERY POPULAR WITH BIKERS TOO.

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Back Street Heroes
December 2019

Rock & Bike Fest

THIS YEAR’S ROCK & BIKE FEST, THE 15TH, WAS BOTH A SCORCHER AND ANOTHER SELL-OUT, WITH A RECORD 2,400 IN THROUGH THE GATE ON THURSDAY NIGHT ALONE!

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Back Street Heroes
December 2019

Best Engineering

DAVE TARNER, THE OWNER AND BUILDER OF THIS SUPERB PAINTED/ POLISHED/BIG TUBE ALLOY FRAME/BIG BORE/BLOW-THROUGH TURBOCHARGED UBER-FIGHTER, IS A MAN WHO DOES STREETFIGHTERS, HE REALLY IS!

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Back Street Heroes
December 2019

War Pigs

SOME BIKES ARE WORTH MORE THAN - THEY'RE ABOUT THE FEELINGS THEY INVOKE IN YOU, THE WAY THEY MAKE YOU OPEN THE GARAGE AND SEE THEM EACH TIME OR THE WAY YOU FEEL WHEN YOU'RE RIDING THEM...

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Back Street Heroes
October 2019

South West Chopper Fest

DEEP IN THE BLACKDOWN HILLS ON THE DEVON/ SOMERSET BORDER, SIGNS OF HUMAN OCCUPATION GO BACK SO FAR EVEN THE ROMANS ARE CLASSED AS NEWCOMERS.

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Back Street Heroes
October 2019