How much more English can it get? British Formula 1 driver and racing legend Sir Stirling Moss enjoying a hot cup of tea in his Vanwall GP racing car, back in 1959.
Belstaff presents ‘For The Open Road’ featuring David Beckham, a documentation of five British bikers on a journey from the Goodwood estate in West Sussex to New Bond Street in the heart of London. It captures a thrilling journey through the passionate eyes of Belstaff’s Modern Legends – dynamic riders with a daring sense of adventure. They explore the historic Goodwood Estate, ride through the countryside, and join 50 others to blaze down New Bond Street in a motorbike parade. A nod to Belstaff’s roots in motorsport, speed meets style as we explore the spirit of the open road and the camaraderie it forges.
It is a cold and miserable day in February of 2014 at the Motor Cycle News, British Custom bike Championships and Motorcycle show in London Docklands at the Excel centre. Shaw Speed & Custom are present with three custom builds on the Harley-Davidson UK stand, two bikes with Mag Europe who look after Roland Sands and Performance machine for the UK and Europe, and three other custom bikes sitting together representing Shaw Speed & custom with a bike built for a prolific British Super bike Champion, and two Rough Craft style Guerrilla bikes based on Sportsters a brand that has worked with SS&C over the past years. It’s a busy show for the team and is the start of another extremely busy year for the Custom wing of the UK Based dealer Shaw Harley-Davidson. Two bikes sit in the Modified Harley-Davidson championship Class, Shaw Speeds focus, and the result is a win for the team with one of their latest customer builds the 1200 Cross, the prize presented by the legendary bike builder Fred Krugger, with their other entry taking the runner up award. Continue reading →
Uli Cloesen’s book takes a look at some of the fantastic British motorcycle-based custom bikes around the globe. From the old to the new, it shows that when it comes to customising British bikes, things go much further than the simple chopped Triumph parallel twin. A celebration of all things ‘custom Brit,’ it is the only book devoted entirely to the British custom motorcycle, revealing the innovative, fresh approach to British-based custom bike building. Whether you’re a Brit-bike devotee, or a fan of the custom motorcycle scene in general, this book is for you. Priced at £25, US$39.95 CAN$43.95. Order the book through Veloce.
The Gentleman 39 was a motorcycle that like the Martini Scramblers was built purely for the Speed Shop as an example of their creativity and what can be created with the Softail chassis. The bike is based on a new Harley-Davidson Blackline, the team wanted to build a super special bike that would have elements of the 1930s/40s with todays build quality. Continue reading →
Carl Fogarty will be reunited with all his World Superbike championship winning bikes at the Carol Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show to be held from February 14-16. It will be the first time that all four of Fogarty’s bikes will have been displayed together in the UK. These bikes have been brought over from the Ducati museum in Bologna for the show which will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fogarty’s first championship. ‘Foggy Friday’ is being dedicated to the four times World Champion. Continue reading →
Shaw Speed and Custom teamed up with Bell & Ross watches to develop a one-off custom motorcycle based on FXSTB Softail Nightrain – the Bell & Ross inspired Nascafe Racer. Shaw Speed & Custom’s approach for Bell & Ross was to build a bike that was inspired by the watchmakers’ vision on performance, accuracy, and engineering. SS&C’s brief was to build a bike that reflected how the master watchmakers develop and assemble their watches. Continue reading →
The ‘Bristol Bulldog’ is England-based Old Empire Motorcycles’ seventh build, a Yamaha Virago 535 inspired by the 1920s biplane fighter used by the Royal Air Force. In order to achieve the stocky look, OEM slapped on a set of USD forks and re-laced the wheels onto 16” rims wrapped in Avon SM MK2 rubber. Continue reading →
When was the last time you saw a motorcycle inspired by a car, and that too one enthused by a mega-buck, limited edition supercar? The automobile in this case is the fabulous Porsche 918 Spyder, which Southern England-based Shaw Speed & Custom have distilled the essence on to a Harley-Davidson Softail. The UK’s number one and Europe’s leading customizer of modified Harley-Davidsons has built yet another Harley-Davidson Softail with their recognisable detail and working yet again with the parts from both Roland Sands Design and Performance Machine. Continue reading →
The first new model from Hesketh Motorcycles in the 21st century will be the Hesketh 24. Taking inspiration from Hesketh’s illustrious Formula 1 roots, the Hesketh 24 uses James Hunt’s F1 Grand Prix winning ‘24’ car as the basis of the bikes’ styling.
However, underneath the red, white and blue is a completely modern interpretation of a Hesketh machine with a massive 1950cc 56 degree V-twin engine putting out around 120hp. The Hesketh 24 features top quality branded components such as Ohlins suspension, Beringer brakes and Brock’s performance BST carbon fibre wheels. Continue reading →