Tag Archives: UK

Honda flat track racer

The flat tracker look is a style that’s really starting to catch on in custom circles at the moment: The bobbed back-end, flat-bottomed tank and fender-less front wheel are all trademarks of the pared-down half-miler. But this custom-built flat track racer from the UK, featured in Trailbike & Enduro Magazine, doesn’t just look the part—it’s

A BMW R100 cafe racer from the French alps

Frank McGoldrick is one of those people who seem to have a talent for everything they turn their hand to. An accomplished welder and fabricator, he graduated to designing and building bars, shops and restaurants throughout the UK. After selling his business five years ago, Frank moved to the French Alps and was finally able

Honda CD250U rat bike

There are some custom motorcycles that are almost too scary to ride—either from rarity value, or the number of hours a skilled builder has put into them. So there’s something to be said for rat bikes and ‘beaters’ that have a charm of their own. Like this 1989 Honda CD250U, which strangely appeals to me.

Suzuki GSX-R1100 streetfighter

For most of the bikes we feature here, performance is relative. (There’s even the odd replica Grimeca drum brake.) There’s no true answer to ‘how much is too much’, but in the streetfighter world, you can never have too much. Most streetfighters leave me cold, but this one stopped me in my tracks. Probably because

Moto Morini 3½

I get a lot of requests to feature certain classic motorcycles, and the same bikes tend to pop up. Top of the list, believe it or not, is the Moto Morini 3½. So it looks like the Bologna-built machines have a very solid fan base these days (which includes Hugo Wilson, the editor of the

Wrenchmonkees Triumph Thruxton

The latest bike to roll out of the Wrenchmonkees‘ Copenhagen workshop is this deliciously raw, no-frills Triumph Thruxton. It’s owned by Peter from Holland, but was originally a UK bike—delivered in mint condition, and almost original. ‘Peter wanted a no-nonsense bike,’ says Per of the Wrenchmonkees, ‘with better handling, more power, and a matt, naked

Interview: Nick Clements of Men's File magazine

Nick Clements of Men’s File Magazine is a man of many talents. He’s a top-flight fashion photographer, a menswear designer, and thankfully for us, a dyed-in-the-wool motorcycle fanatic. In the motorcycling world, Clements is best known as the publisher of Men’s File, a moto-themed style rag with a fast-growing following. Here’s an insight into his

Mugen Honda CB1100

Mugen is effectively the ‘official’ Honda car and motorcycle tuner, with headquarters close to Honda’s own R&D facility north of Tokyo. So it’s no surprise that the first tweaked Honda CB1100 has a discreet Mugen logo at the back. The mods include a 70s-style bikini fairing in silver and a stubby black megaphone-style exhaust system,

Moto Guzzi 850 T5

Of all the Moto Guzzis of the 70s and 80s, the T5 has perhaps the worst reputation. Yes, it had that wonderful V-twin motor, but it was also a parts bin special. Components from the T3, T4, Le Mans and V75 were scattered around, and worst of all, the T5 was initially fitted with 16”

Boneshaker Choppers

The small but perfectly formed vintage v-twin scene in the UK has thrown up another gem. This time it’s the work of Benny Thomas, who runs Boneshaker Choppers in the Midlands. Benny built this bike to customer order; the understated, monochrome look is nicely set off by a handtooled leather seat and matching grips, and

Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

I so desperately wanted to like Norton’s new 961 range. After all, the Commandos of the past are among the most desirable vintage motorcycles in the world: sleek and sexy, and with some of the best frame engineering of all time. The specs of the new 961 are impeccable, with Öhlins suspension, a top of