A Collector's Magazine for Enthusiasts
Retrobike gives this growing community, motorcycle restorers and the businesses that service the community a magazine of their own. Every issue of retrobike is a true collector’s edition, as we aim to be the journal of record for Australia’s finest classic and modified bikes.
Inside this issue:
From Sydney, a magnificent road-going tribute to Smoking Joe Petrali’s Harley-Davidson land speed racer that set a world record of 136mph on Daytona Beach in 1937. This one has brakes!
R NINE-T NEO RACER
Not exactly retro but cafe racers don’t come any more custom than this German-built BMW R NineT. And with 145rwhp pushing just 170kg, they don’t come much faster either, just quietly
DUCATI 900SS REPLICA
A pair of crazy Dutchmen build a replica of a replica of a replica from 40 years worth of second-hand Ducati parts, making it up as they go along. Leo Fleuren swears he won’t be doing that again!
MODERN DAY BSA
Melbourne’s Doug Fraser loves BSA V-twins so much he designed and built his own, then gave it to Alan Cathcart to test at Broadford. Just another day in the office for the world’s fastest knight
NAKED SUZUKI TL1000R
Anja O’Kane is easy on the eye and so is her beautiful stripped-back cafe racer based on Suzuki’s fast but bulbous TL1000R V-twin. The result is a stylish lightweight rocket and the girl can ride
HARLEY 500 BOBBER
Not all learner riders are penniless university students and for some, it’s a Harley-Davidson or nothing. Is this rigid-framed Street 500 the coolest learner-approved motorcycle in the country?
TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN
Phil Canning commissioned Melbourne’s Bryce Findlay to perfectly restore one of the rarest and most collectable Triumphs of all time … and he’s been riding it ever since! Ridden, not hidden!
Go fast, turn left, how hard can it be? We check out the cream of the Euro flat-track community at Lelystad Speedway
Custom CT110 postie-bike enthusiasts converge on inner-city Melbourne for a day of fellowship and good vibrations
The Quake City Rumblers get down and dirty and not a little bit drunk. So who’s up for a game of Danger Can, eh?
Steve Doherty does the most with least to win the Deus Bike Build-Off, building a bunch of cool bikes along the way
We step out of our comfort zone with a test of a fully-optioned Ural Sahara sidecar. There’s more to it than you think
MOTO GUZZI V7
The revamped V7 Special attracted a lot of attention on test. One guy even complimented me on my restoration
We see so many custom air-head BMWs these days, we forget how cool were the originals. This one’s perfect