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Issue 59... featuring the Swedish chopper wowing the world

'Hand-built' takes on an elevated definition

Martin Carlgren didn't just build a chopper; he built an engine first... from scratch. The grunting dual-carb 1000cc v-twin that powers this spindly machine didn't exist except in some incomplete 69-year-old sketches before Martin fired up his lathe. This bike is an extraordinary feat of engineering and  – almost harder to achieve – it's a cycle with superb lines and perfect proportion. Photos were shot for us by Mark Kawakami.

The new issue of GKM has an extensive article about the bike, with Martin taking us through the amazing stages he underwent to get this vision from his mind's eye to the showground at Born Free.

There are lots more great machines in issue 59: another Swedish chopper (a Panhead) built by a young guy to honour the country's traditional long-bike style; a pretty Knuck bob-job from the NSW coast in Oz; a Triumph chopper from sunny Athens; a great interview with reluctant choppin' legend Max Schaaf; an incredible barn-find Deuce from Tokyo that's been fitted with a hopped-up four-banger; a German '70s-style Iornhead chopper; and a laid-back Tuscan Panhead chopper owned and ridden by Alberto, a dude for whom beach culture was created.

Check it out here.

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