In issue six of Built magazine we visit Pepo Rosell, at Madrid bike builder XTR Pepo and find out why after weaning himself off Bologna’s best and trying his hand at customising other marques, why he’s been drawn back to Ducati and the spectacular results that followed.
We head down to East Sussex to call on Shaw Speed and Customs and see their latest Harley builds, and while we’re on topic, check out Sportsters at 60 – a celebration of Harley’s famous machine and some of the brilliant bike you can create.
We find out how Honda are finally building what many riders have wanted for years with the announcement of a new genre ‘superbike tracker’ – their sharp-edged CB1100TR concept bike.
Editor Gary heads visits Chris Ryan’s astonishing gaff in Cornwall – a former folly with tunnels leading to a beach, now packed to the rafters with piles of old surfboards, a double-decker bus, the fuselage of a light aircraft and stacks and stacks of bikes.
There’s the latest T-shirts from Urban Rider, plus we launch a collection of our own T-shirts and of course there’s a show report from Bike Shed's latest event at London’s Tobacco Dock and Art & Wheels in Basel, Switzerland.
What's inside this issue
Another magnificent Bike Shed Show leaves us wondering how big can this get?
Stuff of legend
For some people, life is about having fun, taking nothing too seriously - and collection stuff. Well, that seems to be Chris Ryan's approach...
Spirit of Scar
Kris Van Damme - son of star Jean-Claude - loves his bikes. So what better way to remember his dad's late dog Scar than build J-C an arse kicking Triumph.
Pepo’s Return - Once he made the world’s hottest Ducatis. Now he’s back
Destination Digbeth - Behind the scenes at new manufacturer Mutt Motorcycles
Chicken Dinner - Shaw Speed and Custom’s tasty new Iron 883 hits the spot
Van Damme’s Wheels - Jean-Claude’s son builds the old man a bike to honour his dog. Really
Unleash Hell - Best handling custom bike ever? Quite possibly. And the loudest
Inglorious Bastards - One man’s mission to build affordable customs
Yamaha SCR950 - First ride on the new street scrambler. It’s great on Tarmac…
Aeronautic Art - Put an ex-jet technician in a shed and this is what you get
Double de Bolex - A Ducati 749 and Triumph Street Twin from the London artisans
Give them Hellion - Bloke gives up ratrace to build bikes. On this evidence, good move
Urban Rider - This summer’s finest T-shirts
We’ve made a few T-shirts for you
Sportster is 60 - Celebrating the life of Harley’s most customisable motorcycle
Soichiro saw it coming - Honda’s founder predicted all this back in 1967
The legendary chris - His spare room is a plane and he’s the world’s fastest Cornishman
Richard Christoph - Indian Scout designer on picking rocks and pulling weeds
Bike shed Show - Massive, inspiring and welcoming. The Bike Shed crew kill it again
Bolt Reloaded - In London? Pop in here
Idle Torque - Top new hang-out found
Steel Works GP - Racing cool bikes round a deserted Italian steel works. As you do
Art and Wheels - Proof that Switzerland contains more than just Alps and fondue