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Purpose Built Cafe Racer
The Purpose Built Moto Signature series has been occupied by a distinct style of motorcycle. Starting with the CX500, then the Ducati GT1000 and most recently our Harley Davidson Sportster scrambler. Although very different, each bike has a decidedly
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G'day
In the last issue of Retrobike we published a feature on Speedgeek Motorcycles, and in particular on Christian Langham, the founder and owner. Chris died from a result of injuries soon after the magazine was published after being hit by a stolen car.
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A Classic ATMOSPHERE
I’ve often said that motorcycles are worse than drugs … because you can get off drugs! Like the evil allure of many things that threaten to rob you of your money, time and sanity, once afflicted with the motorcycle bug it remains in the system FOREVE
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Deviant Desmo
Until 2011 the thought of Ducati building a custom cruiser, let alone a chopper, would have been like Ferrari building a minivan. As in, don’t go there, amici. But that year the Italian bike firm unveiled its Diavel in disguise, a desmo V-Max with ha
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A New Retro Cruiser
Royal Enfield’s Super Meteor is now available in Australia, the third motorcycle to run the company’s 650 parallel-twin powerplant. Heavily influenced by cruiser designs from around the world, the Super Meteor is going against the trend of recent yea
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Sheilas In The Spotlight
Motorcycling brings people together as riders, groups sharing the passion, adventures and community of a shared activity. It’s been that way for over 100 years, since the mass production of bikes cranked up around the world. It’s this spirit that bre
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Retro STYLE AND OTHER COOL STUFF
Classy, retro and comfortable, the Richa Orlando is a high quality goat leather glove with modern features and timeless style. Constructed from premium goat leather with a soft polyester lining, the Orlando Leather Urban Glove provides a comfortable
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No Fuss Hog
Designed from the ground up to be modified, built to be relatively light and easy to ride, styled to have retro cues with a modern look, the new Nightster is Harley-Davidson’s way of offering fans of older sportsters something they can really relate
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The Original Hybrid
In the fifties and sixties in England there were the Mods and the Rockers. The mods dressed in clothes influenced by Italian or French fashion and rode Italian Lambretta and Vespa scooters often adorned with numerous lights whilst the rockers wore wh
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Roothy
The problem with collecting motorcycles is, ah … Right, so the problem with having too many motorcycles is, er … OK, it doesn’t matter how I work this, I’m an addict, there isn’t any problem so I can’t find one. Which doesn’t explain why I feel the n
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A GOLDEN future?
It’s been over 50 years since a new BSA rolled off a production line, but it’s back, and the first model has the most legendary name — Gold Star. Like the historical model, the new bike is powered by a big single. Styled to look like the older 500cc
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EDITOR Nigel Paterson DESIGNER Malinda HadiwidjojoVALUED CONTRIBUTORS Alan Cathcart, John Downs, Kel Edge, Jamie McIlwraith,Russ Murray, John Rooth, John TurtonADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Mitch Newell 0402 202 870, mnewell@umco.com.au;David Strong 0411 424
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TOOLMAKER Special
Using one of only three surviving J.A. Prestwich V8 aircraft engines to power a motorcycle is a crazy idea, but Czech toolmaker Pavel Malaník has done it. At 4400cc and nearly two and a half metres long, the rider's feet almost touch the vibrating va
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The Wood Eagle
Moto Guzzi’s muscular naked Griso stormed onto the bike scene in 2004. It was the motorcycle Guzzista the world over had been waiting for and stayed in production until 2015. First conceived while the manufacturer was under the ownership of Aprilia t
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British-american Mongrel
Generalisation it may be, but most special-framed Harleys are built for show, not go. Whether aimed at Daytona’s annual Rat’s Hole Hogfest or your local equivalent of the Chelsea Cruise, the idea of wrapping a special chassis round an H-D V-twin, anc
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McIlwraith
You’ve all heard of the “Five Second Rule”? It’s a food thing. If you drop something on the floor, and you pick it up within five seconds, it’s still OK to eat. This is an important principle in feeding children. Not only does it save on money, it al
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Magnifica!
Built for Officine Riunite Milanesi, a bar-cum-workshop in Milan, this BMW R 18, named Magnifica, is about as extreme as we’ve ever seen in a bike still recognisable from its host, but also something which started life as a BMW. Built by Andrea Radae
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The Jota Dream
WHEN IT WAS first introduced to the world in 1976, the Laverda Jota became an instant hit. Faster than a Kawasaki Z900, supposedly better-handling than a Ducati 900SS, it was every young rider’s dream bike. It was certainly mine. Beautifully balanced
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A Hot Bmw…
RETROBIKE is the best collection of cool-looking machinery around. It’s fantasy material for someone who can’t even pull off a restoration without taking shortcuts or chucking practical into the mix. Like bunging a Mikuni on the Norton instead of dic
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The Egyptian
FOR RETIRED radiographer/sonographer Vic Summers, modifying and customising bikes came later in life — after age 60. He’d gotten into bikes firstly to commute, then for touring, then cruising. Now he likes to customise and this his latest, a bike he
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French Fix
HERE AT Retrobike, we love beautiful motorcycles. We’re not fussy about what factory the original bike emerged from, although we do, of course, have a soft spot for Ducati. And that soft spot comes from the sound,the feel, the performance and the sty
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Classy CAFE
BRITAIN’S ILLUSTRIOUS Métisse motorcycle marque was founded in the ‘50s by brothers Derek and Don Rickman — off-road aces and household names in Britain back then, thanks to BBC-TV showing the Scrambles racing in which they excelled every Saturday af
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Walcha Royal’s Classic Show
THE WALCHA Royal Café is one of Australia’s top touring accommodation and eating spots for motorcyclists, and not just because it’s located near the Oxley Highway and Thunderbolts Way. It’s also because Toni Heaney, the genial owner of WRC, loves the
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Customisation Starter
YOUNGSTERS wanting to get into motorcycle customisation usually start with an old, cheap bike. Stripping and cutting and welding and tweaking a new one would just be crazy, right? Maybe not. The Royal Enfield 350 Hunter is the company’s new roadster.
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A Gentle BLOW
I KNEW ALL ABOUT the turbo lag — I’d been reading about it for 40 years. It still surprised me. I’d cracked the throttle hard, but the small V-twin wasn’t about to be hurried on its way, at least not until the forced induction was ready to help. But
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Bike Shed Is Back
BIKE SHED at Tobacco Dock is established as Europe’s largest and most coveted showcase of custom bikes as well as a world-leading event of innovation. It was back in 2022 after the COVID lockdowns, with thousands of bike builders and custom motorcycl
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COVER PHOTO Jerem Motorcycles EDITOR Nigel Paterson ART DIRECTOR Natasha Dinjar VALUED CONTRIBUTORS Alan Cathcart, John Downs, Kel Edge, Jamie McIlwraith, Russ Murray, John Rooth, John Turton ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES David Strong 0411 424 072 PUBLISHING
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G'day
I was lucky enough to ride the Royal Enfield Scram 411 recently — it was a bit of a hoot. The group of journos on the launch got to ride them through the twisty roads on the NSW/Qld border and up to Queensland Moto Park, where we proceeded to thrash
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Glorious Bikes In A Classic Shed
IT’S AN old shed, one which could have been a light engineering firm, bespoke manufacturer or machinery repair shop. Places like these have disappeared from the capital cities as real estate prices have soared – it’s even a little surprising to find
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Rogue's Ike Bike
THE NUMBER plate that was on this bike inspired the custom designs of this machine, one which started life as a tame, learner-approved cruiser, a Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star. “The numberplate when we got the bike started with 1KE, so we nicknamed it the
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