100 Biker No. 251

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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in this issue

2 min

A few weeks ago I arrived at the main gate of Stormin’ The Castle with the aim of parking in the backstage area (well, there has to be some perks to this job!). Between pulling off the road onto the entry to Witton Castle to arriving backstage, I was stopped by three different marshals who wanted to check who I was, where I was going and my pass. Was I vexed by this? Not a bit of it—I was delighted! Of course, you might think it could just be that I look a bit dodgy or that the marshals were particularly bored at that moment, but for once it wasn’t. In a year that has seen some high-profile thefts from motorcycle events, Stormin’ The Castle was taking security very seriously. (That’s…

4 min
new harleys go live(wire)

As usual, some models have been culled, although, in this case, you have to wonder why Harley has chosen to discontinue the 107 cubic inch Breakout which, along with the 107 cui Heritage Classic, has been a consistent seller. The FXLR Low Rider, FLSB Sport Glide, FXBB Street Bob, FLSL Slim and the FLDE Deluxe continue with the 107 cui engine although it seems likely that in the next couple of years that powerplant will be phased out. There’s very little if any changes to the Sportster range which rather worryingly suggests that Harley may be winding down the Sporties in favour of a forthcoming water-cooled middleweight engine. But what is new is not the adventure bike or the streetfighter with which Harley has teased us last year, but the return…

1 min
one-wheeled indian

Indian Motorcycle may be a big company, but it has a sense of fun and adventure (see how well it’s currently doing in flattrack, for example). That was demonstrated yet again as the marque officially entered the recent World Wheelie Championships with Cecil ‘Bubba’ Myers at the helm of one of the new FTR1200s. The Straightliners Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship took place at Elvington in North Yorkshire and attracts competitors from all over the world. Bubba was sent into bat on an Indian FTR1200S that had had the rear number plate hanger removed. That, apparently, was the sole modification made to the production bike although Mr Myers is no novice at this business. The ex-AMA professional racer from Minnesota won the World Wheelie Championships in 2018, clocking 206mph on the back…

1 min
no more bikes at pikes peaks

Following the death of Ducati rider Carlin Dunne in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado last moment, the organisers have taken the decision to suspend all motorcycle racing at one of the world’s most prestigious hill climbs. At present, the ban is for 2020, with Tom Osborne, chairman of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb board of directors saying that it’s time to take a hard look at every aspect of the race, including the motorcycle involvement. This isn’t the first time that motorcycle racing has been suspended from the hill climb—bike have been involved in less than a half of the 97 years of the Pikes Peak event—so this may not mean the end of bikes on the Colorado mountain course. Although there have been two other deaths in…

1 min
more electric news

It’s been a busy time down at the Patent Office. Following on from our story in the News pages of #247 that the Big Four—Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki—is planning a standard cross-platform charging system for electric bikes, we hear that Yamaha has filed several new patents for electric motorcycles. Yamaha has submitted applications for electric motorcycles before, although it has yet to create a production model. Its new patents appear to show options for electric versions of its MT-07 and R-1 models although they concentrate on the locations for charging ports rather than the actual motors. Many electric bikes have the charging port where the petrol cap would be on a petrol-engined machine, perhaps to create continuity and a sense of familiarity with the accepted norm. Yamaha, however, has submitted…

1 min
london to beijing to your sofa

If you’re fed up with reruns of Come Dine With Me and Grand Designs and you happen to have Amazon Prime, then help is at hand for your viewing pleasure. All six parts of Cambridge Filmworks’ overland motorcycle adventure travel series The Ride—London to Beijing is now available to watch on the Amazon Prime platform. Double Guinness World Record Holder and world-renowned adventure rider Kevin Sanders gathered together a team of regular riders, trained them and then led them on the very first guided motorcycle expedition ever to attempt a trans-Asian crossing. The staggering 13,000 mile journey took in the fabled Silk Road and involved travelling through Western Tibet and Mount Everest, the Hindu Kush, the Pamir Highway on the Afghanistan border and the largely undiscovered ‘Stans’ where political violence can…