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For those that build and ride custom motorcycles, that fall predominantly into the categories of, cafe racers, street scramblers, street trackers, desert sleds, bobbers and probably some others!
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Check out The Build, an interactive film exploring the world of custom bike builders in Portland, OR.

Check out The Build, an interactive film exploring the world of custom bike builders in Portland, OR. | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
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Worth a look, interesting and well put together film if bikes are your thing ;-)

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Honda NX650 Dominator Street Tracker

Honda NX650 Dominator Street Tracker | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
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This bike from Andrew Greenland built back in 2010 was the bike that fueled the fire for me to build one of my own!

 

I use to have one of these that I rode into London everyday and it was a hoot. Never missed a beat, threw it up the Embankment on some diesel, picked it up, kicked the footrest straight and carried on, try doing that on some of the newer bikes!

 

Mr Greenland has since gone on to do several more and many have followed his lead. There's a good set of build instructions on his site to help you if you fancy building one.

 

With my build, as is often the case with life, stuff got in the way and it wasn't until 2012 that I managed to find and buy a decent donor bike.

 

More stuff got in the way so it sat in the garage for a while and nothing happened!

 

Then my plans changed as an opportunity came along that I didn't want to miss, so I sold it, got my money back (fortunately) and now another project is born!

 

We'll have to wait and see how that pans out ;-)

Still fancy building one of these one day though!

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Caterham Brutus 750 - Silodrome

Caterham Brutus 750 - Silodrome | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
If this is the first time you’ve seen the new Caterham Brutus 750, it’s probably safe to say that your lower jaw is now resting on your keyboard.
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Look interesting, mad tyres! 

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Ducati Scrambler 2014 - Grease n Gasoline

Ducati Scrambler 2014 - Grease n Gasoline | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
http://www.way2speed.com/2013/10/ducati-scrambler-2014.html Ducati Scrambler 2014, way2speed.com, 2014 Ducati Scrambler, Ducati Scrambler, Ducati Scrambler Spy photos, New Ducati Scrambler test mule, 2014 Ducati Scrambler Launch date, Ducati Scrambler overview,
Via Grease N Gasoline
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Looking forward to seeing how this one develops.
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Ton Up Garage W650 - damn sweet!

Ton Up Garage W650 - damn sweet! | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
It’s not a good time to be a bike builder in Portugal at the moment: The country is finding it much harder than most to recover from the depression.
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Triumph Cafe Tracker by Vintage Racers

Triumph Cafe Tracker by Vintage Racers | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
This beautiful Triumph cafe racer/dirt tracker is the most recent creation from Vintage Racers, a Paris based motorcycle club, blog and garage....
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More inspiration!
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JvB-MOTO - Real Rock`n`Roll bikes! » the Rumbler

JvB-MOTO - Real Rock`n`Roll bikes! » the Rumbler | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
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More inspiration for a certain project I have in mind!

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The Glory Days of British Motorbikes - BBC Cafe Racers Part 3

But it wasn't all thrills and spills - the motorbike played a key role during World War II and it was army surplus bikes that introduced many to the joy and ... (Las cafe racers, el Rock and Roll y los 50´s.
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Watched this the other night, well worth a look. The whole thing is on BBC iPlayer at the moment if you're in the UK.

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Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

Triumph Bonneville Scrambler | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
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Another Triumph Scrambler for inspiration! This one from FCR in France. Shame their website is only available in French, but you can work out most of the bits they used and made.

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Triumph Street Scrambler by Redmax Speed Shop

Triumph Street Scrambler by Redmax Speed Shop | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
Really cool Triumph Street Scrambler by UK based Redmax Speed shop. Steve McQueen made Triumphs cool but these guys can make you look cooler.
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Clean lines, clean looking bike.

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MARIA Riding Company

MARIA Riding Company | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
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Not entirely sure about the green and it could do with some knobblier tyres as it's erring towards the scrambler look but a great build none the less.

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The Thorn

The Thorn | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
Built by Tower for Cafe Racer TV At the very beginning of this project, before a single wrench was turned or a cutting wheel was spun, Ian and I threw around a, "Good, bad idea..." The first startup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXvyxREf63Q More...
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Clean lines and minimalist, love the look of this one from Twinline out of Seattle.

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Laverda by Wrenchmonkees

Laverda by Wrenchmonkees | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it

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Lovely lines on this from Wrenchmonkees

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1978 Honda CB400F by Salty Speed Co.

1978 Honda CB400F by Salty Speed Co. | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
One of the newest custom shops to grace the east coast of Australia is Salty Speed Co.
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The Bullitt: Triumph Cafe Racers by Holographic Hammer

The Bullitt: Triumph Cafe Racers by Holographic Hammer | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
Triumph Cafe Racers by Holographic Hammer. Holographic Hammer is the alter ego of BMW Motorrad designer, Sylvain Berneron. You may have seen his work under his Holographic Hammer name in concepts for Fuel ...
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Love the look of this, inspiration for a certain project I have in mind ;-)

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Join the custom revolution - Evening Standard

Join the custom revolution - Evening Standard | Custom Motorcycles | Scoop.it
“Evening Standard Join the custom revolution Evening Standard Variously dubbed New Wave, Brat Style, Street Custom, Bobbers, Trackers and Scramblers (others just say “back to basics”), the machines look sensational.”
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Now we go mainstream! I went to both the Bike Shed events and both were excellent! Met Will from Urban Rider, good bloke and very passionate about what they're doing, so is Adam from Untitled Motorcycles, and Dutch the event organiser. In fact all the people I spoke to were friendly and glad to talk about their passion! Apparently over 4000 people went to the second event, get yourself there for the next one.
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