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Goblin Works Garage assault custom-building world on screen with new Discovery TV show

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New Quest TV show hits UK screens on January 11th.

If you’ve spent anytime around the custom bike scene these past few years you would have almost certainly bumped into Ant Partridge; or at the very least we can guarantee that you would have heard him… As one of the more vocal and energetic of the new wave of custom motorcycle builders he’s been a fixture at almost every motorcycle event in the world since forming Matt Black customs out of Spain in the mid-2010’s before leaving to start work under his own label.

Even if you’ve not come across the name before, you’ve probably seen a few of his builds. Either here within the pages of Motofire or on the leading sites within the genre, Bike Exif and The Bike Shed. Anthony is almost literally a one-man, bike-building, marketing machine. So it’s perhaps only natural that he’s about to be unleashed across TV screens across the globe – albeit now back within a team, as one third of the Goblin Works Garage crew.

 

With the intention of doing things just a little bit differently, the Goblin Works Garage team of Ant, madcap engineer Jimmy de Ville and custom car builder Helen Stanley have setup shop across the Discovery network owned Quest channel here within the UK and are bringing their shared – slightly unhinged – passion for custom engineering, speed and messing-about to a six-part TV show starting on Thursday 11th January at 9pm.

With a remit to build six custom cars and four bespoke motorcycles the outcome of all ten builds promises to be as individual and energetic as the talent behind them.

 

With car builds ranging from a muscled-up Ford Mk3 Capri, a  Datsun 280z which promises to tear up the tarmac even before the build begins, right through to an neigh-on sacrilegious Series 2a Land Rover that gets dropped and lowered to ridiculous proportions, it’s already proving to be a show that offers little by way of regard for any rulebooks.

As for the motorcycles, well eagle-eyed regulars to Motofire will have already seen a couple of them. The TW Steel Yamaha MT-10 was a feature of 2017’s Bike Shed and was a Custom Bike of the Week way back in August and we rounded off our 2017 custom coverage with a commission from Norton CEO Stuart Garner himself – the sublime and extremely aggressive Norton Dominator Café Racer.

 

Whilst cars have been pretty well catered for within the specialist networks online and on TV, there’s no doubting that the world of custom bike building needs a shot-in-the-arm. With Anthony Partridge’s typical biker’s passion due to rub off onto two already-talented car builders, we reckon that the Goblin Works Garage might have more than just plucky British make-and-do appeal.

It might just go someway to re-invigorating and introducing the joy of tinkering and furkling about with metal to a whole new audience.

We’ll know for sure after the first broadcast but before then, check out a very tired and emotional group of Goblins filmed directly from their garage early last year…

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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