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Iconic bike builder Arlen Ness dies aged 79

Iconic American motorcycle customiser Arlen Ness has died, aged 79, surrounded by his family in California. Arlen was known for his wild paintwork as well as his outlandish custom choppers, baggers and cruisers. As well as producing his own customs, he worked with several motorcycle brands, most notably the axed Victory Motorcycles, producing limited-edition production …

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Oil in the Blood custom motorcycle movie

Oil in the Blood custom bike film

A two-hour feature film on the worldwide custom motorcycle phenomenon titled Oil in the Blood is coming to your computer and/or TV screens soon. Australian custom builders and Sydney’s Throttle Roll custom motorcycle festival are featured in the film. It was directed by life-long biker Gareth Maxwell Roberts who tells us he is “currently speaking …

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Handcrafted film about custom motorcycles

Handcrafted film about custom motorcycles

If you’ve got 50 minutes to spare, watch this beautifully produced feature film, titled Handcrafted, about Australia’s custom motorcycle community. It has been made by Gold Coast film production company Electric Bubble and available free on YouTube. The Handcrafted video was posted a couple of weeks ago and has had more than 30,000 views. In the …

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BMW R18 custom concept

Does BMW R18 hint at a 1.8-litre Boxer?

This wild Japanese custom BMW R18 seems to hint that the normally conservative Bavarian company may be considering a 1.8-litre boxer engine. BMW has a history of handing over custom builds to outside design houses that eventually turn into production models. A prominent example is the R nineT which started as the Concept Ninety by …

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Nmoto Nostalgia BMW R nineT r18

Wild nostalgia version of BMW R nineT

Would you believe this wild nostalgia custom motorcycle started life as the BMW R nineT and that you can buy actually buy one? The R nineT is the Bavarian company’s most customisable production bike, but this Nmoto Nostalgia machine has to be the wildest custom version yet. Nmoto has been showing the custom bike at the …

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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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