ROUGH & READY

I think it was the ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus who said ‘Wisdom comes only through suffering’. You’ve got to hand it to those old ancient Greeks – they might’ve had some very dubious ideas about the education, in every sense of the word, of young boys, but when it comes

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KEEPING THE FAITH

The idea for this bike came some 30 years ago when my good mate Reitse acquired a Triumph front frame loop and engine (which had been, apparently, overhauled). I’d built several Triumphs that’d been to his liking so the plan was that I’d build it for him. We were both

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INVEST AND BE DAMNED!

While buying an already-built custom bike has some advantages – not having to spend endless hours making/fitting parts, waiting for suppliers or trying to understand the dark art of wiring or any of the other endless headaches involved in bike building – there’s one huge disadvantage; it’ll never truly be

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THE GOLDEN RATIO

Pictures: Joseba Aguirre When describing the manner in which custom bikes are crafted, us eloquent wordsmiffs, like, are wont to use some fairly flowery language so as not keep repeating words like ‘built’, ‘made’, ‘welded up’ et cetera, et cetera. One of the most apt of these terms wot we

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CAFE RACER 54

For years I’d been reading magazines and trawling the internet for cafe racers and found that with almost all of them I thought things like “I’d’ve done that like that” or “I wouldn’t’ve done it that way”, and so on and so on. We all do it, don’t we? There

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The Chiropractor

In 2010, Donna Kilby, a lifelong biker, was in the unusual position, for her anyway, of being without a bike. As someone who’s totally addicted to them, and made her living breaking Japanese ones for parts, this really would not do. Words and pictures: Lawrence Howes A trader offered her a

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Gold Rush 49er….

Many years ago, Guy bought my much-loved green 1260 Bosworth big-bore EFE chop, writes Lin Jefford. He rode it, loved it, and then sold it. Almost instantly he regretted selling it almost as much as I did, but things have to move on to provide money and space for subsequent projects.

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Volvos on two wheels

Remember those inline fours built in Great Britain under the Indian name a couple of decades ago? This is the guy who started the whole project back in the early 1990s under the name Wiking, with bikes based on 2000cc Volvo engines. Word and pictures: Charley Charles Sture Torngren of

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