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Electric motorcycle challenge for Roland Sands

Custom motorcycle designer Roland Sands is enthusiastic about the future of motorcycles powered by electric motors and batteries. Despite bringing back several retro themes and styles in his award-winning custom bikes, the enthusiastic boss of Roland Sands Design in LA says there is a bright future ahead with electric motorcycles. “I loved the (Harley-Davidson) Livewire,” …

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2017 Gannet Design Vanguard Moto Guzzi V7

Moto Guzzi V7 gets more retro design

Swiss custom motorcycle company Gannet Design has produced an even more retro one-off version of the Moto Guzzi V7 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. So why is this so interesting? Because Gannet Design seems to have a crystal ball, designing a more dirt-oriented Ducati Scrambler custom before the Desert Sled was introduced and a BMW R …

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1974 BMW R75/6 airhead

MotoDoctor’s stunning BMW airhead resto

Some claim BMW boxers have a look only a mother could love, but for Owen Hobbs the classic airhead epitomises motorcycle purity, individualism and adventure.   So in 2015 he approached Richard Scoular from Classic Bikes Direct to look for a suitable bike on one of his international searches. It had to be original, silver and …

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Indian builds Wall of Death custom Scouts

Indian Motorcycle Australia continues to demonstrate the personalisation potential of its popular Scout with the latest Wall of Death custom. Country manager Peter Harvey says they commissioned four Wall of Death bikes for display purposes only in their stores in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. He says the bikes were built for them by Antique Motorcycles in Melbourne …

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If you are customising or restoring a motorcycle and can’t find a part or need special custom parts machined, this online marketplace may be just what you need. custom parts

How to get custom parts made cheaply

If you are customising or restoring a motorcycle and can’t find a part or need special custom parts machined, this online marketplace may be just what you need. The service – Machining4u – is a marketplace where riders and other restorers can post their requirements for one-off custom parts and get them made cheaper than before. Although …

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Scout LE Franklin Scout Franklin Edition comes fourth

Indian Scout Franklin Edition comes fourth

Indian Motorcycle Australia is continuing with its release of limited-edition Scouts with the fourth model, the Scout Franklin Edition. It’s named after Indian Motorcycle designer, Charles B. Franklin. He not only designed the original 1920 Scout, original 1922 Chief and the 1928 101 Scout, but was also a motorcycle racer of some note. He was part of the factory …

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Billy Joel built Bruce Springsteen’s Moto Guzzi

Billy Joel seems to have partially solved the mystery surrounding fellow rock star Bruce Springsteen’s Moto Guzzi which broke down recently. It was apparently built at Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles custom motorcycle shop on Long Island which specialises in turning modern motorcycles into retro customs. On Monday, Billy Joel played the Boss’s Born to Run …

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Aussies enter global Victory Octane build-off

Aussies in Victory Octane global build-off

Two independent Victory Motorcycles stores in Australia are among 26 entrants in a global Victory Octane bike build-off competition. It follows a similar global competition for sister company Indian Motorcycle in which no Aussie stores were involved. The competition will be decided by online votes with two North American dealer winners and two international dealer winners.  …

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Japanese lead custom bike culture

It seems the Japanese are leading the world in the custom bike culture after taking out the AMD World Champion of Custom Bike Building competition for the third successive year. Japanese customiser Suicide Customs won the 12th AMD World Championship at the INTERMOT Customised show in Cologne with its 1000cc V-twin “Rumble Racer”. They competed …

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