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Nova Scotia’s riding season might be short but that didn’t deter 49-year-old Bob Wilson from searching for, buying and rebuilding a custom motorcycle. Even though he has a background in mechanical engineering and design, and previously owned trail bikes as a young man, this was his first attempt at rebuilding a street bike. He didn’t even have a street license before he started.

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By Dime City Cycles March 2, 2017 2 comments

You wouldn’t know it by looking at it but this 1982 Yamaha XV750 Virago Street Tracker built by 24-year-old Nick Conway has 260,000 miles on it. Or 26,000, he’s not really sure. When he rescued it from a shop in suburban Cleveland, OH, the odometer read 26K but the title said 260,000. Maybe the person writing out the title got a little happy with the zeroes but, either way, the $400 Craigslist special definitely looked like it had a quarter of a million miles of experience on it.

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By Dime City Cycles February 9, 2017 1 comment

Mats Palsson is a four-time Swedish motocross champion who finally found his way back to motorcycles. Now 56, Palsson said he was a “madman” in his youth, riding Kawasaki triples before he took up motocross seriously. “They were mad motorcycles but fun for a madman that I was at the time,” he said.

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By Dime City Cycles January 26, 2017 11 comments

Cruising around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a pre-teen, John Chaves remembers the motorcycles that used to blow by his dad’s ’58 Chevy. Less than two years later, after much anticipation (and possibly salivation) he received a 1969 Yamaha F5A (50cc) for his 13th birthday.

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By Dime City Cycles January 4, 2017 No comments

Ten years ago, Mark Dempsey bought his first motorcycle right off the showroom floor, a 2006 Suzuki GSXR-600, a 407-lb. 100 horsepower rocket of a two-wheeler. He had never ridden a motorcycle before. This story doesn’t end well (he lived, but stick with us here).

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By Dime City Cycles December 22, 2016 4 comments

Miami’s Jose Bared has fond memories of riding in his dad’s Ural sidecar as a teenager but when that was sold he satiated his love for wheels by zipping around on Vespas. Now 21, Bared is a student at the Savannah School of Art and Design studying furniture and marine design. When he spotted a fair condition 1978 Honda CB 125 for $1500 he snapped it up and took a shot at giving the bike a new look and life.

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By Dime City Cycles December 1, 2016 6 comments

Karly Kothmann just wanted to ride with the boys, specifically her high-school-sweetheart husband and his friends. A dinnertime discussion quickly escalated into riding lessons, then a Honda Ruckus, then a motorcycle street license for Christmas and finally a Honda CL350 for Valentine’s Day.

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By Dime City Cycles November 11, 2016 8 comments

Bob Ranew’s parents wouldn’t let him have a bike. In eighth grade his friend got a Suzuki Trail 90 and young Bob got a taste of two wheels. In college, it was a roommate who had a Honda 450. Finally, Ranew got a sport bike, one of the first Kawasaki Ninjas released in the U.S. in the 1980s. Then marriage and kids came, bikes went… you might know the story.

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By Dime City Cycles November 3, 2016 No comments

Frenchman Benoit Rameix, 41, is a surfboard shaper from Biarritz who only started riding motorcycles two years ago; hard to believe for a European! Now he can claim his first custom build, a 1977 Honda CB500 Four. His surfboard company, Notox is located in the same Atlantic-coast town as the popular Wheels and Waves event.

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By Dime City Cycles October 19, 2016 1 comment

It's hard to believe by the looks of it but this is the first full custom bike ever built by Dan Stabbings and Jacob Speis. What started as an evening welding session on the tail hoop of Jacob's personal project bike - and the enjoyment of a few brews - turned into Real Moto Co.

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By Dime City Cycles September 29, 2016 9 comments