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Ride Report- DGR Gauteng

We were very fortunate to be part of another successful Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. For those that are unfamiliar with this event, the DGR is a global event that was initiated in 2012 by Australian Mark Hawa, where riders dressed as dapper gentlemen ride their café racers, brat/street/flat trackers, bobbers, classics, modern classics and steel scooters

By | 2014-10-08T23:17:22+00:00 October 8th, 2014|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Chassis Design Co. Board tracker

The current trend of considering every make, model, capacity and style of standard motorcycle as a potential candidate for an extreme makeover is a source of amusement for the older generation of motorcyclists. Back in the day there were unwritten rules about which motorcycles were worthy of customisation and what style was appropriate for these

By | 2014-07-27T22:55:48+00:00 July 27th, 2014|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Barry’s R65 Bobber

Until relatively recently it was almost impossible to use the name BMW and the word bobber in the same sentence unless it went along the lines of, " BMW bobbers do not exist." After all, when bobbers were originally created by restless American soldiers returning from victory in WWII, the Germans were still struggling to

By | 2014-07-20T21:28:18+00:00 July 20th, 2014|Categories: Articles|5 Comments

The Gold Digger

Large diameter wheels with relatively skinny tyres, a rigid frame with a girder front suspension and a classic Harley Panhead motor may still not be enough for this exotic creation to meet our "Retro" criteria but we firmly believe it still deserves the "Write Up". The Gold-Digger is the latest motorcycle.custom to materialise from the

By | 2014-07-07T09:26:49+00:00 July 7th, 2014|Categories: Articles|3 Comments

Caiman Urban n Dirt- RWU’s first sponsor

After being dormant for three months, we are happy to be back with our regular weekly articles about our South African flavoured custom motorcycle creations. Our blog's resurgence is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Caiman Urban n Dirt. Their assistance also means more frequent CROSA and Retro Write Up events. They kindly sponsored

By | 2014-06-30T13:08:39+00:00 June 30th, 2014|Categories: Articles|3 Comments

Brad’s Yamaha SR500 Café Racer

My memories of our annual December holiday pilgrimage to Durban include the warm sea, crowded beaches, rickshaws on the Marine Parade, surfers and Yamaha XT500 scramblers. You see, right from the launch of these venerable "thumpers", Durban has, until today, been the capital city for XT500s in South Africa. I think it was on our

By | 2014-03-28T00:05:16+00:00 March 28th, 2014|Categories: Articles|11 Comments

Yamaha XJR café Racer

As the café racer building craze has gained momentum locally, we have watched the prices of  popular donor motorcycles become increasingly ridiculous. Let's face it; café racers were a British phenomenon from the 1960s, so if you are not building your café racer from a 1960's British motorcycle you are building a look-a-like and it

By | 2014-03-23T23:36:51+00:00 March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Articles|5 Comments

One One Customs 1945 Royal Enfield Bobber

We like modern Royal Enfields. The current Bullet model range are un-intimidating, easygoing motorcycles which unashamedly show off their classic 60 year old British heritage. The lovely Continental GT café racer we tested last year is a modern classic straight off the showroom floor. Royal Enfield is best recognised for its Bullet model, which has

By | 2014-03-20T08:46:07+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Categories: Articles|2 Comments

Minimalist XS650 Bobber

What on earth did men talk to one another about before the Industrial Revolution? Farming, hunting, war and plagues were probably about all the discussion topics that were available. Thank goodness for the introduction of mechanisation and all the engineering marvels which, after infinite years of boredom, eventually gave man something to get excited about

By | 2014-03-12T23:18:15+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Categories: Articles|0 Comments