Sideburn #12 Launch Party

Nov 29, 2012 | No Comments
Sideburn #12 Launch Party

Who’d’ve thought  the launch of Sideburn Magazine’s twelfth issue would’ve caused such a ruckus in the heart of London’s hipster-filled Shoreditch on a cold, wet, Thursday night, or had so many people jet-in from abroad just to […]

Spirit 5 – The Big Zed 1000

Nov 28, 2012 | 2 Comments
Spirit 5 – The Big Zed 1000

Everyone loves a big Zed 1000. It’s a legendary bike, perhaps the pinnacle of the Zed series in terms of manliness. Tougher looking than a pretty z900 – more macho that the cute little z650, and with […]

Nick’s 81 xs400 Cafe

Nov 28, 2012 | 3 Comments
Nick’s 81 xs400 Cafe

Fat Firestone rubber, black-wrapped headers with scant regard for silencing, scooped cafe seat, wrist-smashing clipons – What more do you need on a bona fide shed-built cafe racer? This no-bull xs400 was sent to us by Nick […]

Spirit’s W800 at the NEC

Nov 27, 2012 | No Comments
Spirit’s W800 at the NEC

We were all well chuffed when Kawasaki UK saw fit to take on board the growing UK cafe/custom scene to the point where they gave the boys from Spirit of the Seventies a brand spanking new W800 […]

Sam Christmas

Nov 22, 2012 | One Comment
Sam Christmas

You’ll already have seen Sam Christmas’s photos, whether it’s this snap for a Davida ad, or cool reportage of the Kingdom of Kicks crew, events like Sideburn’s Dirt Quake or any number of blogs, websites and magazines, […]

Galaxy Custom Z1000 Cafe

Nov 22, 2012 | No Comments
Galaxy Custom Z1000 Cafe

When it comes to in-yer-face muscle, the Z1000 set the benchmark at the end of the 70s with their slab-tanked Z1R and other derived models of the updated 900. The newer Zeds weren’t as pretty as the […]

Kevils Rooster

Nov 21, 2012 | 3 Comments
Kevils Rooster

This dark and majestic Beemer is the latest, and most different, bike to come out of Kevils‘ Devon workshop. With a sprung saddle over twin bullet-shaped indicator/tail lights combined with high brushed stainless pipes and ribbed fork […]

CRD #19 XR600

Nov 20, 2012 | 5 Comments
CRD #19 XR600

Seems like Cafe Racer Dreams can do no wrong. Every bike they build is anticipated well in advance by aficionados and bloggers alike, and teaser photos of bespoke parts, paint jobs and rolling chassis provide a build-up […]

Dutch’s R100 Update

Nov 19, 2012 | 16 Comments
Dutch’s R100 Update

In place of the trusty Zed stands a mighty R100 parked outside the window, and this one seems to have been a lucky find. It came to me 90% as she is in these photos, with most […]

Kevils Sarge

Nov 16, 2012 | 3 Comments
Kevils Sarge

Sarge is the latest BMW scrambler/cafe hybrid to emerge from the workshops of Kev Hill down the deepest Devon, and it’s another beauty, built to just get on and ride, whether it’s down to the cafe on […]

Steve’s Modest CB350

Nov 16, 2012 | 4 Comments
Steve’s Modest CB350

Sometimes, it’s the simple honest bikes that catch our eye. Built by people who just wanna ride while expressing as much individuality as they can either afford, or can take a spanner to themselves, and this CB350 […]

Backstreet Racer’s 550 Four

Nov 14, 2012 | No Comments
Backstreet Racer’s 550 Four

Chopper Dave from Backstreet Racers in New Mexico clearly has a few more spanners up his sleeve than just imperial chopper-shaped ones, as this lovely little Honda 550 Four clearly shows. Here’s how she started out – […]