Where’s the kickstart, mate?

When Kawasaki launched the W650, its take on the infant retro market that actually preceded Triumph’s relaunched Bonneville (1999 for the Kwak, 2001 for the Bonnie, according to Wikipedia), a lot of people didn’t realise quite how ‘retro’ it was. Pictures: Simon Everett You see, the ‘W’ in ‘W650’ refers

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Steampunk Street-Tracker

Steampunk, as any fule nose, is just about one of the most fashionable lifestyle sub-cultures around at the moment. Flat/street-trackers are equally as desirable. Put them together and what do you get? Well, this bike here actually… Chris Vincent, the owner and builder of the black BMW cafe racer from

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Import Bonnie

With the advent of eBay back in September 1995 (it was actually called AuctionWeb back then, did you know that?), the biking world suddenly both expanded and shrank at the same time. What am I blithering on about? Well, it expanded in that us lot ’ere in Grande Bretagne (and

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Bunt’s yer uncle…

In much the same way as there are now reckoned to be more of the legendary Manx Norton race bikes today than were ever built by the Bracebridge factory in the model’s 16-year (1946-1962) history, there do seem to be a suspiciously large number of hardtail frames allegedly 
built by

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A long time coming…

Ever since I was a teenager I’ve always wanted a chopper, writes Jim Tarry. I used to have pictures on my bedroom wall of ’70s-style choppers, but in those days I couldn’t afford one and, anyway, back
 then I didn’t have a bike licence! Pictures: Garry Stuart Over 
the years,

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Build-off Buell…

Way back in 2013, Back Street Heroes organised the first BSH Xtreme Custom Show, held in the exhibition halls at Donington Park. At the time, the editorial team of Stu and Blue had the idea of doing some kind of ‘Build Off’ at the event, whereby two builders’d create a

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