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Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio
The first Royal Enfield Continental GT came out way back in the early 60s; a 250 cc café racer that couldn’t do the ton, but looked as cute as a button. Royal Enfield then put the Continental GT name on ice for half a century, before reviving it just as the modern café racer craze was reaching fever pitch. The ‘new’ Continental GT was a handsome nod to the past, but its 535 cc single-cylinder mill was hardly exciting.

It was only when Royal Enfield released their modern 648 cc parallel-twin platform that the Continental GT really came into its own. The current Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has all the style of a tasteful modern classic, with an updated engine that’s peppy, torquey, and easy to get along with. But if you ask the crew at Hardheads Motostudio, they’ll tell you that there’s still room for improvement.

Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers by Hardheads Motostudio

Based in the heart of Mexico City, Hardheads specializes in creating custom fairings and seats, developing accessories, and restoring classic bikes. Naturally, they also find time to build custom bikes—like these twin 2022-model Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 café racers.

Dubbed simply ‘HH5’ and ‘HH6,’ these Continental GTs hark back to the era of the original Continental GT. But there’s a lot more

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Twinning: A pair of Royal Enfield Continental GT café racers from Mexico
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/royal-enfield-continental-gt-cafe-racer
Published Date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:56:20 +0000

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey Annis
Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.


The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Title: Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538
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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 06:59:52 +0000

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/three-wheeler-mazda
Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 14:35:07 +0000

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Ferrari Challenge UK commences
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/ferrari-challenge-uk-commences/
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 07:37:01 +0000

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