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100 Biker No. 247

100% Biker is the leading grass-roots custom bike magazine in the UK. It is the Bible for all things custom bike in Britain, covering the best from the custom bike and biker event world. It features traditional choppers and bobbers, streetfighters, rats, cafe racers, cruisers and custom bikes that don't easily fall into any definable category.

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3 min

When I sat down to write this editorial, it was with the intention of exhorting you all to go to the Farmyard Party on 21-23rd June at Duncombe Park up in darkest Northern Yorkshire (or down depending from where you’re starting). As if you should need any encouragement, for the Farmyard Party is one of the most splendid events on the yearly calendar. It performs the miracle of being all things to all people—whether you want to have a chilled out weekend or three days of full-on mayhem, you can do it at the Farmyard with the added benefit of good music, good food and good company. Plus, this year, the event will see the return of the mighty Purple Helmets! I’ll just repeat that for the hard of reading—THE PURPLE HELMETS…

8 min
counting down to the rocket launch!

The all-new Rocket 3 TFC (Triumph Factory Custom) has a new 2500cc triple engine, the biggest production motorcycle engine in the world, making it the most powerful Triumph to date with the highest torque of any production motorcycle out there. It follows in the footsteps of its predecessor which was first launched in 2004—follows rather nimbly, as it happens, because the new model is some 90lbs lighter than the previous generation of Rockets 3s. This weight loss has been made possible by an all-new unique aluminium frame which uses the engine as a stressed member for mass optimisation, along with an aluminium single-sided swinging arm, engine component refinements, carbon fibre bodywork and lightweight braking components. The 2019 Rocket 3 engine features state-of-the-art components such as lightweight titanium inlet valves which allow…

2 min
jack daniel’s dark horse

The new Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse draws its design inspiration from Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select, the brand’s premium whiskey offering. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel comes from select barrelhouses at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee; there, Single Barrel Select barrels are taken only from the top floors where the natural annual temperatures vary the greatest year after year, which help develop the most robust flavour. Jack Daniel’s is the only major distillery in the world that produces its own oak barrels by hand by skilled craftsmen, and it is the oak from these barrels that gives Single Barrel Select a distinctive flavour and colour. The Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield Dark Horse echoes this craftsmanship, as nearly the entire bike is hand-painted. This year’s Jack Daniel’s…

1 min
flying mile

It was at Pendine that Sir Malcolm Campbell reached 174.8mph in the legendary Bluebird in 1927. That record stood for almost ninety years until actor Idris Elba achieved 180.361mph in a 650hp Bentley Continental Super Sport twin-turbo W12 in 2015. Zef Eisenberg beat that on his first run, despite finding that the rear tyre on the Hayabusa was falling apart. He explained: “The bike had been spinning the rear wheel for two miles at 240mph. We were using a GP racing tyre, too—the best you can get, but I assume it’s not used to that much power or wheelspin. That’s why these records are so hard to achieve. You’re pushing human and engineering boundaries.” After his MadMax team changed the tyre, he was able to complete his return run and establish…

1 min
honda looks back

The Japanese manufacturer has just filed a patent with the US Patent Office for a rear-facing camera/radar system to be built into a motorcycle helmet. According to the application, the helmet would feature a rear-facing camera producing a live feed of everything behind the rider, but, unlike other designs, the information would then be relayed not to a heads up display in the helmet, but to the bike’s instrument panel. Honda’s system also includes a radar system designed to detect faster-than-average moving vehicles behind the rider and alert them to potential accidents although, at present, this is more pie in the sky than down on the ground. However, the one thing that strikes us is that Honda’s system doesn’t appear to be a stand-alone helmet. Because the rear-facing camera feed is…

1 min
rage against the machine

The Rage is actually a rather good-looking machine, particularly in the minimal, black-out form in which it was presented in Utrecht. It has Öhlins forks, a 7-inch display screen, monoshock suspension and Brembo brakes, but NXT is most proud of the carbon fibre chassis which, it says, makes the bike twice as strong (the frame is constructed to aviation strength standards) and 25 per cent lighter than similar bikes, and also provides superior handling and braking. Specifications—always the most important element of any electric bike—were not revealed at the show, although, with the first deliveries planned for the summer of 2019, that may have changed by the time you read this. NXT is keen to promote the environmental advantages of its motorcycles, although it surely could have come up with a…