Is your motorcycle tail tidy legal?

Is your bobbed motorcycle tail tidy legal?

Many riders and custom bike builders “bob” the tail of their motorcycle for a tidier appearance, but are they legal? We’ve heard of police harassing riders over their motorcycle tails and mudguards, and issuing fines for non-compliance. But what exactly is compliant? And do the police even know! In 2014, the Federal Government removed the mudguard …

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American Chopper TV series on Discovery Channel

New American Chopper series revs up

One of the most popular TV series about motorcycles, American Chopper, returns to Australian TV through the Discovery Channel in October 2018. The show that featured Paul Teutul Snr and Paul Jnr building custom choppers at Orange Country Choppers started in 2002 and ran for 223 episodes over 10 years with audiences peaking at 3.4 million per …

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Port and Hide leather gear for custom bike scene

New Port and Hide leather gear for custom bike scene

Brisbane’s blossoming custom bike scene now has a new leather accessories brand, Port and Hide, which officially launched recently at Smoked Garage in the Valley. The brand specialises in handcrafted leather goods designed to fit custom, café-racer and classic-inspired motorcycles. Emerging scene Port and Hide co-founder Josh Bailey says the brand is part of an …

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Ares Design Car designer builds custom BMW R nineT

ARES Design builds custom BMW R nineT

Car designers usually get motorcycles all wrong, but ARES Design has hit the nail on the head with its BMW R nineT retro custom build. The Modena design house usually works on cars, but this design shows their talents for two wheelers as well. ARES Design R nineT ARES Design co-founder and CEO Dany Bahar says …

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Harley-Davidson world custom bike D comp

Aussie Harley dealers take on world

Seventeen Australian and New Zealand Harley-Davidson dealers will take on the world in the Battle of the Kings custom motorcycle build-off for the first time since its launch in 2015. MotorbikeWriter.com has been invited to be one of the judges in the Australian leg of the competition to find a finalist to compete against winners …

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TMC Dumont with hubless wheels

Hubless custom motorcycle hits the streets

We don’t expect hubless wheeled motorcycles to become a thing, but this one certainly has turned some heads. The TMC Dumont is powered by a 224kW Rolls-Royce aircraft engine and is the work of Brazilian ex-Formula One driver turned motorcycle custom builder Tarso Marques. It’s been around for a while, won “Best in Show” at …

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Customised BMW R nineT

BMW R nineT is most customised model

Introduced in 2014, the BMW R nineT has become the second-best seller behind the R 1200 GS models and certainly their most customised including this latest creation by German designer Bernhard Naumann. The R nineT range started out as a custom exercise by BMW to honour the 40th anniversary of the R 90 S. They …

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BMW R nineT Desert Racer custom at Wheels and Waves

BMW R nineT Desert Racer coming?

BMW Motorrad has debuted a Desert Racer version of its R nineT at the annual Wheels and Waves custom motorcycle festival in Biarritz, France. The bike is based on the R nineT Scrambler, but with twin high pipes either side of the seat, wide vintage motocross bars, upgraded forks, smaller tank and headlight, a solo …

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Gold Diamond-Atelier Ducati Monster 1200 R bling-1

Gold bling for Ducati Monster 1200 R

A layer of 24K gold bling has been added to the frame of this one-off Ducati Monster 1200 by Munich-based custom cycle shop Diamond Atelier. There is no word on how much the bike would cost. If bling is your thing, this is no match for the bling of the recent  $A2.4 million ($US1.8m, €1.5m, £1.3m) Harley-Davidson …

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Smoked Garage goes upmarket

Smoked Garage Custom Motorcycles goes upmarket

Brisbane custom motorcycle shopSmoked Garage Custom Motorcycles has moved upmarket to the top end of Fortitude Valley into an near-century-old three-storey building. It’s now at 126 Wickham St which is the third location for Smoked since starting in 2013 as a furniture shop with a few custom bikes sprinkled around the floor. But marketing manager Benny …

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