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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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editorial

As we reported in last month’s News, we appear to be on the verge of a trade war as the European Union implements a lengthy list of tariffs in response to President Trump’s tariffs on steel. The EU’s retaliation covers a number of items (rice and sweetcorn come in for a particularly hard time and if you were thinking of buying an American sunbed or electric fence energiser you may be stuffed as they now attract a 50% tax) including a 25% tariff on motorcycles.As you might image, Harley-Davidson is deeply unhappy about this, a move which, it says, would add $2200 to the cost of each motorcycle, and within days of the EU tariffs it announced its intention to move some of its production overseas. This, in turn, has…

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confederate rises once again

Back in August 2017, the company’s CEO, Matt Chambers, announced that Confederate would cease production of its high-end V-twin engines machines and that the firm would be renamed as Curtiss Motorcycles Inc, a concern which would concentrate on electric motorcycles. As we announced in two months ago, the first model from the Curtiss stable will be the Zeus while, as far as we were all aware, the Confederate brand was now defunct.So it was … until now. Despite rumours that the name change was due to the prevailing political climate in the USA which sees any mention of the Confederacy as politically incorrect, that doesn’t appear to worry venture capital fund, Ernest Lee Capital. Ernest Lee has acquired the Confederate name and the intellectual property rights to both the brand…

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doing what evel couldn’t

On 8th July 2018, Travis Pastrana, stuntman, racer and founder of Nitro Circus, took on the biggest challenge of his career as he tackled three of Evel Knievel’s most famous motorcycle jumps—three jumps within three hours. In front of TV cameras that were filming live for the History Channel, he first attempted Knievel’s car jump of 1973 in which the Montana stuntman had leapt over 50 crushed and stacked cars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Instead of the Harley-Davidson XR750 that Knievel used, Pastrana was aboard a flat-track Indian Scout FTR750, a considerably heavier bike than those on which he is used to performing. In fact, he said that when he first got on the V-twin “…it was like ‘Holy cow, it’s like jumping a tank.’ Now I understand why…

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ghost rider

However, it appears that this new self-driving motorcycle is actually a Good Thing. It has been co-developed by AB Dynamics, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of advanced automotive test systems and, rather than being a two-wheeler for road use, the function of the new machine is to allow autonomous cars to be tested in much more challenging and representative scenarios than are currently available.One of the problems we have highlighted with self-driving cars is that the conditions under which they are tested do not allow for motorcycles. The combination of rapid acceleration and extreme manoeuvrability of a bike means that they are a particular challenge to an AV or advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). So, in many cases, bikes are simply ignored in the testing stages—last year, for example,…

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all new biker products

MOTOHANSA TOOL KITIt’s a sad fact that a tool kit seems to be becoming a thing of the past on bikes, superseded by the fact that most modern motorcycles rely on a laptop for diagnosis and solution of problems. In fact, most bikes are no longer even provided with anything that those of an older generation would recognise as a tool kit.Simon Pavey is an off-road and enduro racer. In fact, it was Simon who trained Ewan McGregor and Charley Boormann before they took to off-roading in Long Way Round and he realises that there are times and places when you will not be able to throw yourself on the mercy of strangers or recovery services, which is why he designed the Motohansa Tool Kit.Small enough to be stashed in…

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diane

WITHOUT ACCESS TO EVEN A BASIC SHED, KAI, BEGAN BUILDING THIS FINE MACHINE OUTSIDE WITH LITTLE MORE THAN A COUPLE OF BASIC POWER TOOLS, A HACKSAW AND A SET OF SPANNERSTHE FINISHED BIKE WAS ALWAYS GOING TO INCORPORATE CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES THAT WOULD PAY HOMAGE TO INDIAN LARRYWithout access to any workshop facilities, or even a basic shed, Wiltshire-based Kai, aka Loyalty Custom Choppers, was sufficiently driven to start building this fine machine outside with little more to hand than a couple of basic power tools, a hacksaw and a set of spanners. You can’t get much more ‘Old School’ than that, can you? Even now, the garage-cum-workshop to which Kai has progressed remains decidedly Spartan. Such privations have clearly failed to dent the man’s enthusiasm and, bit by bit, he’s…

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