Martin Hodgson has been writing for automotive publications since 2000 to paying his way through an International law degree. But it’s a lifelong passion for pulling apart engines and sometimes even putting them back together. Since 2003 he’s spent time working for teams in the V8 Supercar championship, as well as production racing at the regional level. And when he’s not working legal cases, the professionally trained engine tuner is tweaking maps on race bikes or rebuilding motorcycles that most would have left to die.
Scott got bitten by the bike bug at a very young age while riding little Honda CR80s on his uncle’s farm. He graduated to bigger bikes before spotting a custom Yamaha SR400 on the side of the road in Bondi in 2008. From that moment on he knew he wanted to customise one. Hungry to find inspiration, he soon realised that there wasn’t much online. This was the catalyst to start a custom bike blog late one night on New Year’s Eve, 2008. After sifting through a lot of names, he discovered Pipeburn.com was available and the rest is history.
Marlon’s first ride was a beaten up old four stroke held together with gaffer tape and burnt oil. Of great sentimental value (he’d traded a rifle for it) the first step in his customising career was riding it sideways into a tree and snapping it into two. Fourteen years later, his customizing abilities haven’t improved. A dyed-in-the-wool Yamaha nut, he firmly believes the 1978 SR500 represents the acme of motorcycle development and every bike produced since is merely derivative.
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