Coffee Racer – PBM Triumph Scrambler
Ask anyone who’s ever tried. Running a successful custom motorcycle shop is no easy feat. Now imagine only having 2 days a week to devote to it. Tom at Purpose Built Moto has built up quite a name for his small Gold Coast garage, and he did it all while working a full-time job. Things are about to change though. Tom’s just taken the leap to devote all of his time to Purpose Built Moto. So it’s fitting that his latest work is his most impressive to date. Through a special collaboration with Vittoria Coffee and the Sandbar Surfers Paradise, Tom has built this Triumph Scrambler based Cafe Racer with a twist…or should I say a double shot.
Limited Edition – Unikat Triumph T100
For custom motorcycle builders making ends meet is a tough gig. Sometimes it takes more than just waiting for customers to come walking through the door. Poland’s Unikat Motorworks have set out to solve the problem by developing an off-the-shelf custom solution for new Triumph Bonneville T100 customers. Working closely with Triumph motorcycles Poland they have developed a bespoke cafe racer kit that adds plenty of custom cool without voiding any warranties.
Riding Gear – Sena Integrated Camera Helmet
If you’re already familiar with Sena, it’s probably through their lineup of Bluetooth riding accessories. They’ve long been supplying riders with helmet-mounted audio, intercom, and camera devices for better-connected rides. Now they’ve taken the next logical step — integrating the best of their technology into an all-in-one Bluetooth helmet camera package.
Motorway Maverick – WM83 GPZ900R Ninja
In 1986 girls swooned and guys headed to the nearest motorcycle dealership at the sight of Tom Cruise astride his Top Gun GPZ900R Kawasaki Ninja. Fast forward 33 years and you’d think that both Tom and the Ninja would have passed their prime, but that clearly isn’t the case. With all the new releases Cruise has coming out it’s clear he hasn’t quite done his dash, and thankfully, neither has this Kawasaki Ninja thanks to the crew at Copenhagen’s Wrenchmonkees.
Divine Creation - Eden Honda Supersport
There’s Motorcycles, and then there’s petrol fueled art. When it comes to the retro-futuristic machines created by Bandit9, it’s certainly a spectacular case of the latter. We’ve been blown away by their work many times here before and were naturally thrilled when we were offered the opportunity to debut their new build – the exquisitely utopian ‘EDEN’.
Gear Review - Saint Armoured Flight Jacket
Bomber jackets are all the rage and it seems that most streetwear fashion labels now offer their own interpretation of the classic US Air force cut. I'm a big fan of Bombers and have been wearing Alpha Industries original MA-1 style jackets for years, so when I saw that Saint had created their own Bomber style jacket designed for motorcyclists I knew I'd have to give one a try.
Gogo Yubari - Kawasaki Z1000 Racer
After Honda revolutionised the motorcycling world forever with their legendary CB750, Kawasaki kicked them squarely in the crotch with their Z1. Kawasaki developed a more powerful inline four that left the Honda in its dust and boasted all of the latest handling and tech components available. Kawasaki were quoted as saying they wanted to create "the king motorcycle" when designing the bike and were very careful to not make the same mistakes as their competitors. After it's initial release the reaction to the bike was so positive that the saying became a common catch phrase for the Z throughout its many years of manufacture.
Sly as a Fox - Kawasaki KZ440 Cafe Racer
Being "sly as a fox" requires experience and skill. It's the ability to be particularly crafty at what you do. Although in some circumstances the application of the saying may not be a positive one, in this case it most definitely is. Sly as a fox perfectly exemplifies Nigel's well rounded skill set and approach to building. With the help of his Dad Nigel's been working on everything from BMX bikes to complete car builds from an early age, but this sleek Kawasaki KZ440 is his first attempt at building a cafe racer and the result speaks volumes.
Cherry Blossom - Kiyo’s Turbo Honda CB750
Story by Geoff Baldwin from issue 4 of Tank Moto Magazine.The first time I noticed Mitsuhiro Kiyonaga was in an interview with ‘Garage Company’ owner Yoshinobu Kosaka. He was working in the background of the workshop and Yoshi explained how important he was as their skilled fabricator. He then caught my attention years later as he was doing doughnuts and compression lock-ups on his custom Knucklehead in a video about photographer Ray Gordon’s ‘Throttled’ exhibition. Then he popped up again as an invited builder at the Born Free 5 show in Silverado, California and I promptly added him to my “keep an eye on this guy” list of builders.
Timeless appeal - Paal Honda CB500 Four
"It all started with my toy bikes as a child. I would cut off parts with my scissors and colour them in with my markers." recalls Fredrik Persson of Paal Motorcycles in Sweden. "As I grew older I started to customize my bicycles. Taking off the fenders, changing the tires, painting the frames etc. When I turned 15 I was allowed to drive mopeds and I started to customize them as well."Despite an early fascination with two wheeled machines Fredrik's career followed a different path, one of a chef working at high end restaurants "chasing stars" and culinary glory. Although they hadn't played a part in his life for many years, when he grew tired of the restaurant game it was his long lost love of motorcycles that lead him on a new path.