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Revival Cycles ‘Birdcage BMW’

Words by Justin Benson. Revival Cycles’ latest build; “The Birdcage”, at first glance – looks to be the work of a madman. Showcasing BMW’s newest prototype boxer engine, the frame is entirely comprised of titanium (a first for the Revival team), made up of 150 separate pieces, taking a full 2 weeks, day and night, to finish welding. Almost every piece on the bike was fabricated in house, with great attention paid to design, function, and most importantly – weight. The asymmetrical frame of “Th...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Alan, Classic, CNC, BMW Motorrad, Dunlop, Justin Benson, Revival Cycles, Alan Stulberg, Bobber, Maserati Tipo, Handbuilt, Amazon Prime Fork


A new age of customizing: Fuller Moto’s Majestic ‘2029’

One of the most genre-smashing motorcycles of all time is the 1929 Majestic. It looked like nothing else on earth—a streamlined Art Deco torpedo, with hub-centered steering and sliding pillar suspension. Ninety years later, the French masterpiece is still casting its spell over custom builders. Bryan Fuller has just fallen under the influence, and created an extraordinary homage called 2029. The build is Fuller’s response to the unprecedented levels of change the moto industry is experienc...
Tags: Motorcycles, Atlanta Georgia, Pugh, CNC, Steve West, Fuller, Bryan Fuller, Electric Motorcycle, Fuller Moto, Bryan Heidt, Bobby Haas, Haas Moto Museum, Oerlikon, Nick Pugh


RIDE THE DRAGON. Panache Custom’s ‘Falkor’ Yamaha XS360 Scrambler

Written by Andrew Jones “It took about two years from the moment I started unscrewing parts until the finished product was ready.” This is How Panache’s Charles Murillon kicked things off when explaining exactly how he sunk two years of his life into this rather beautiful little Yamaha XS360. “I had to wait to be able to afford the quality parts I wanted on it. “It quickly turned into a recurring joke between Charlie’s mates at Diamond Atelier and himself. “Hence the nickname ‘Falkor’ – the f...
Tags: Chuck, France, Motorcycles, Honda, Scrambler, Yamaha, Charlie, CNC, Andrew Jones, Motogadget, Diamond Atelier, Panache Customs, XS360, DRAGON Panache Custom, Charles Murillon, Customs Instagram Facebook


Not your typical custom: A Kawasaki ER-6n from France

Every time I consider getting myself a super-sensible daily runner, the Kawasaki ER-6n pops up on my radar. It’s cheap, makes decent power and handles well. Smiles for dollars, it’s hard to beat…if you don’t mind the looks. Given the limited pool of ‘acceptable’ custom donors these days, the ER-6n is not a bike you often see. But Lionel at Duke Motorcycles in Nice, France, is a believer. Until recently, his commuter bike was a white 2011-model ER-6n. Then he bought a Ducati Monster 600—and wo...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Continental, Kawasaki, CNC, Lionel, Nice France, Custom Motorcycles, NMB, Kawasaki motorcycles, Duke Motorcycles, Giannelli, Koso, Ninja Lionel, Highsider Lionel


WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Written by Marlon Slack Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’ and look more like a Triumph than a Triumph could ever hope to. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be punching in your phone. And here’s a great example as to why – their latest creation built around a 2000 Kawasaki W650 dubbe...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Australia, Germany, Motorcycles, Sprint, Kawasaki, CNC, Tommy, Racer, Café Racer, Schlachtwerk, Christine Gabler, Werking, Tommy Thöring, Marlon Slack Schlachtwerk


JEWEL, BRITANNIA. Old Empire’s ‘Gypsy’ Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

Written by Marlon Slack When you’re as good as Suffolk’s Old Empire Motorcycles you don’t need to go hunting for work. Hell, their incredible history of customising classic motorcycles has customers practically begging them to create a bike. And that’s what’s happened with their latest creation, a 1976 Honda CB360 that the client had to harass, harangue and coerce them into building. And we’re all the better for it. The customer initially approached the team after ogling one of their first...
Tags: Facebook, England, Motorcycles, ALEC, States, Honda, Richard, Classic, Suffolk, Don, CNC, Rafe, Café Racer, CB360, Kustom Tech, CB250


The Killer: A front wheel drive motorcycle from Rodsmith

The concept of the patron is well established in the world of art. Charles Saatchi is almost a household name in the UK, but before him we had New Yorker Peggy Guggenheim—who anchored the careers of Pollock and Rothko. Parallels are now edging into the modern custom motorcycle scene, and one of the leading lights is Bobby Haas of the Haas Moto Museum in Dallas. Bobby has built up a collection of 130-plus extraordinary motorcycles, and occasionally commissions them too. Hazan is one of his...
Tags: UK, US, Munich, Motorcycles, Dallas, Craig, Charles Saatchi, Midwest, Bobby, Austin Texas, CNC, Peggy Guggenheim, Hazan, Freund, Matt Carroll, Pollock


Spirit of the XLCR: A Fat Bob custom from Blacktrack

Blacktrack Motors have got cafe racer design down to a fine art. Their first build was one of the sharpest Honda CX500 cafes we’ve ever featured, and they followed it up with a pixel perfect custom Thruxton. Now they’ve tackled their most ambitious project yet, the BT-03—a cafe racer based on the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 FXFBS. The Fat Bob 114 is one of the most fun bikes in Harley’s range. Its 114 ci power plant generates 155 Nm of torque, and handling from the new generation Softail ...
Tags: Bt, Motorcycles, Paris, Bob, Honda, Audi, Harley Davidson, Harley, CNC, Harley Softail, Sacha, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Nardo Grey, Harley Davidson Fat Bob, Screamin Eagle


MOTO PHOTOS: 2019 MBE Show, Verona, Italy

Written by Andrew Jones When you think about it, Italy having one of the world’s biggest and best bike shows makes total sense. Like Japan with their bullet trains and the Swiss being so good at watches, motorcycles seem to be at the very heart of the Italian psyche. And one visit to a show like Motor Bike Expo 2019 only drives the point home. It’s not wall-to-wall factory bikes or a bunch of business types ‘shifting units’ and exchanging email addresses. It’s honest-to-goodness, grass-roots ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Japan, London, Germany, Rome, Dave, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Event, Honda, Verona, Classic, Romeo, Mbe


Jigsaw pieces together a Scrambler Ducati custom

We reckon the Scrambler Ducati is one of the best-looking factory bikes around. And the healthy sales figures bear that out. That makes it slightly tricky to modify. But the Greek shop Jigsaw Customs has just done a sterling job with a major bodywork swap and a select few smart mechanical mods. Jigsaw is a family-run business just outside Athens, and part of a Yamaha dealership. But in the cooler winter months, they focus on restoring and customizing motorcycles. This commission came from...
Tags: Greece, Motorcycles, Ducati, Athens, Mediterranean, Yamaha, Acropolis, CNC, Randy Mamola, Petros, Custom Motorcycles, Ducati Scrambler, Café Racer, EICMA, Yamaha Yard Built, Motogadget


ON THE GAS. Tattoo Customs’ ‘Blue Velvet’ BMW R80RT Cafe Brat

Written by Martin Hodgson Forget the disco-era 1970s or even the golden age of the Renaissance, turns out men have been strutting the streets wearing colourful velvet since 200 BC in China. Personally I’ve never got the trend; unless you’re the legendary American pimp, Bishop Don ‘Magic’ Juan, then you’re probably best leaving the velvet in the draw! Thankfully there’s no goblets, canes or seedy side streets here, just a perfect stripped down and sleek 1985 BMW R80RT. From the creatives minds...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, China, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Rudy, North Carolina, Classic, Pirelli, Don Juan, CNC, CB, Brat, Ohlins, Café Racer


QUICK AND THE DEAD. Exesor Motorcycles’ ‘Santoku’ ’76 SUZUKI GT250 Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson Let’s face it. The days of new road legal two-stroke motorcycles are fast being resigned to the scrap heap of history. Thankfully, the scrap heap is exactly where Christian Schwarzenlander gets the donors for his projects, he simply refuses to start a build with a bike that runs. The owner of Austria’s Exesor Motorcycles had stumbled across an old, dead smoker at a giveaway price and with a love for 1970’s racing it was the perfect chance to combine the two. The end ...
Tags: Austria, Motorcycles, Christian, Classic, Yamaha, CNC, Ural, Suzuki, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Exesor Motorcycles, GT 250, Christian Schwarzenlander, Exesor, Exesor Motorcycles Instagram Facebook, Herman Pillichshammer


Mooneyes Star: A hardtail knucklehead from Asterisk

The next Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is over ten months away, but many top-flight builders are already plotting their next entries. After all, ‘Mooneyes’ is the top custom show in Japan. It’s jam-packed with supreme craftsmanship—so if you’re bringing a bike, it had better be good. Here’s a closer look at a gem we uncovered at the most recent show: a magnificent hardtail with a knucklehead engine, created by Hideki Hoshikawa and his team at Asterisk Custom Works. Hoshikawa-san built it just ...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Chevy, Firestone, Harley-davidson, CNC, Chevrolet Bel Air, Jenny Lind, Custom Motorcycles, Hideki, Yossy, Cannonball, Hideki Hoshikawa, Knucklehead, Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, Harley bobber


New from Diamond Atelier: The ‘Groot’ BMW scramblers

In the premier league of custom builders, Diamond Atelier’s place is secure. The sleek creations of the Munich workshop look better than most factory-built show bikes—and they’re perfectly usable too. But Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder don’t just design one-offs. Their ‘Mark II’ BMW café racers are in limited production, offering a faster and more affordable way to obtain that Diamond Atelier magic. And they’ve now just launched another ‘family’ of limited production BMWs, a series of styli...
Tags: Facebook, Munich, Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Tom, CNC, Pablo, Tony Stark, Viktoria, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Mikuni, Motogadget, Hedon


LAND DOWN UNTER. Schlachtwerk’s Aussie-Bound Kawasaki W650

Written by Martin Hodgson They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step; but for one particular German it only makes sense to begin with a Kawasaki W650. Tommy Thöring has been a mainstay of the European custom motorcycle scene for years and is a regular on the Sultans of Sprint travelling circus. But now he’s packing up his Schlachtwerk operation and heading for the Land Down Under. Sydney to be exact. So to prepare for this next chapter of his journey he’s built a bike to...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, Sydney, Yamaha, Don, Kawasaki, Brembo, CNC, KTM, Tommy, Monza, Magura, Kellermann, Martin Hodgson, Keihin


THE OLD BRIDGE AND THE V. Speedy Siegl Racing’s Ducati 900SS Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson For a brief but magical time in music history the Seattle Sound dominated the airwaves and shaped a generation. Now another of the cities institutions has crumbled and gone, the equally mystical and murky Alaskan Way Viaduct. But now a new creative force is flourishing in the North West and it’s the music of classic air-cooled engines that permeates the side streets and freeways. Part of that revival is Speedy Siegl Racing and they snuck into the earthquake damaged V...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Seattle, Barnett, Classic, Mitch, Brembo, CNC, Isaac, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Showa, XTR Pepo, Airtech, 900ss


Sleeper: A subtle Triumph Bonneville from 2LOUD

We’ve profiled 2LOUD’s work for almost two years now. From day one, builder ‘Max’ Yicheng has consistently delivered elegant and harmonious machines from his one-man-shop in Taipei, Taiwan. In fact, his work is so tasteful and restrained, the ‘2LOUD’ moniker borders on ironic. Those are rare traits in today’s custom world, and they’re why we keep a close eye on Max’s output. And this custom Triumph Bonneville exemplifies the 2LOUD ethos. It’s so subtle that you’d be tempted to pass it over—bu...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, UK, Fcc, Taiwan, Motorcycles, Customs, Max, Pirelli, Taipei Taiwan, Alpina, CNC, Suzuki, Bonneville, LSL, Custom Motorcycles


HERE COMES THE SUN. Mecano Motorshop’s ’83 Suzuki GS450T Brat Scrambler

Written by Andrew Jones I’ve got a theory that the Northern Hemisphere is sometimes better than the Southern for custom bikes due to the long, harsh winters. Without wanting to sound too ‘hemispherist’, here in the south you can ride 365 days a year – as long as you don’t mind a bit of sweaty leather stink. But what to do when you’re forced to hunker down for 4 months of winter? Why, you build customs and dream of what you’ll be doing come the thaw. Customs like this simple yet classic Suzuki...
Tags: Usa, Motorcycles, Customs, Montreal, Quebec, Scrambler, Mcqueen, Oliver, Northern Hemisphere, Olivier, CNC, Suzuki, Brat, Andrew Jones, Mecano, GS450


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 16 December, 2018

A killer Cub from K-Speed, a Mash 400 flat tracker from XTR Pepo, a CB500 from Budapest, and a moto-themed balance bike from South Africa. Small ones are more juicy this week. Yamaha XS650 by Greg Hageman Just over a year ago, Yamaha handed Greg Hageman a brand new XSR700 to customize, as part of their Faster Sons program. For inspiration, Greg turned to a build he’d recently completed: this ultra-clean Yamaha XS650 restomod. And now some lucky soul’s just snatched it up, for the bargain p...
Tags: Google, Europe, Ebay, Thailand, Budapest, South Africa, Motorcycles, Ducati, Cape Town, Honda, Firestone, Yamaha, Greg, Alcantara, CNC, Paarl South Africa


A fresh spin on the airhead BMW custom from Vagabund

Vagabund Moto have built some of the sharpest BMW airheads we’ve seen. They’ve developed a signature style too: custom boxers with stark, futuristic lines, and amazing attention to the tiniest of design details. But the Austrian builders Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl don’t want to be pigeonholed into one style. They’ve decided to change it up, since they often find themselves working with very similar donor bikes. “We try to not stand still in our designs,” says Paul. “If you mostly do B...
Tags: Facebook, Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, PAUL, Brooks, CNC, Philipp, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R100, Dnepr, Vagabund Moto


Street Sleeper: Bunker customizes the new Street Twin

The pre-2016 Triumph Bonneville is one of the shining stars of the custom scene: a bike that only gets better as you tweak it. And you don’t need a grinder, even for a fairly heavy custom job—there’s a huge network of aftermarket parts suppliers. The bestselling model in the Modern Classics range is now the ‘new’ liquid-cooled Street Twin. But will it respond to subtle mods as well as its illustrious predecessor? This new low-key build from Bunker Custom Cycles suggests the answer is a resoun...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Istanbul, Bunker, Pirelli, CNC, Hinckley, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Biltwell Inc, Triumph motorcycles, British Customs, Bunker Custom Cycles, Mert Uzer, Canyon Motorcycles, BLOK Onur Aynagoz Bunker Custom Cycles


SBK #1: Walt Siegl builds the ultimate Ducati superbike

For us, the Holy Grail of bike building is mixing timeless design with modern technology. It’s easier said than done, and usually requires the full resources of a factory design team to make it work. If you want a bike with OEM levels of fit, finish and functionality, but don’t want to go down the Triumph ‘modern classics’ or BMW heritage route, Walt Siegl should be at the top of your shopping list. Walt specializes in Italian bikes, and this latest creation—the WSM ‘SBK’ #1—is one of his ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, John, States, Blackstone, Vermont, Wsm, Brembo, CNC, Gustafsson, Nicholas, Spiegler, Walt, Mugello, SBK


A CLASSICAL EDUCATION. Kaspeed Moto’s Timeless Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Written by Andrew Jones Make no mistake. When you look back at the ‘cafe racer boom’ of the last ten years from the comfort of your anti-grav recliner chair circa 2048, this will be the bike that you will see. Because all of our fiddly little brat, scrambler and tracker nuances will be lost in time like a replicant’s tears in rain. History isn’t one for subtlety. This will be the bike in the holographic database. This will be the archetype we will all remember. And this is the latest build fr...
Tags: Germany, Cologne, Motorcycles, Switzerland, Honda, Classic, Li, CNC, Jimmy, Saxony, Andrew Jones, MFK, Café Racer, CB750, Cognito Moto, Intermot


Billet Sting: DNA’s honeycomb monocoque BMW

In the world of custom building, the frame is the bit you leave alone—unless you really know what you are doing. Anyone can chop and loop a subframe, but creating a stress-bearing main frame from scratch takes patience, guts and familiarity with concepts like torsional stiffness and tensile strength. That’s one reason the custom scene tends to develop slowly. But occasionally someone comes along and chucks the rulebook in the bin. Which is exactly what a father-and-son team from Greece hav...
Tags: Facebook, London, Greece, Motorcycles, CNC, Dino, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, Hyperpro, Marios, Marios Nikolaidis, BMW cafe racer, Brunel University That, Michelin Power Slick Evo


PUNCH DRUNK. Pap N Mam’s Boxer Kawasaki W400 Scrambler

Written by Andrew Jones After almost ten years of blogging about custom bikes, we’re pretty confident we could count the instances of builders who have made their own engines on one hand; even a hand that’d taken a trip through a rear chain and sprocket. Put simply, it almost never happens. And why would it? The engineering required to do something like that is only in reach for the manufacturers themselves. Or is it? Well, for Indonesia‘s Pap N Mam Modified, making their own engine was such ...
Tags: Indonesia, Motorcycles, Scrambler, Tracker, Mam, Kawasaki, CNC, Hendra, Andrew Jones, Moto Guzzi, Kustomfest, Pap & Mam, W175, Boxer Kawasaki, Pap N Mam, Kawasaki Boxer


Rough Crafts customizes the Royal Enfield Continental GT

We haven’t ridden the brand new Royal Enfield Continental GT yet, but early reviews are positive. The 648 cc parallel twin has the vintage look dialed in, and is reportedly a smooth, easy-going ride. It’s expected to retail for between $5,999 and $6,749 (depending on color) when it hits dealers next year. Which also makes it excellent value—especially if you’re looking for a brand new bike to customize. Enfield themselves are pushing the custom angle hard with the Continental GT, and its m...
Tags: Motorcycles, Continental, Moto, CNC, Enfield, WINSTON, Winston Yeh, Rough Crafts, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Royal Enfield, Rough Crafts Facebook, Beringer, Royal Enfield Continental, Koso, Kingsman Seat


Object of Desire: The new Magni MV Agusta 750S Tributo

Any list of the world’s most desirable motorcycles is likely to include the MV Agusta 750S. If you fall under the spell of the iconic inline four, you’ll need at least $60,000 to put a good example in your garage. But now Magni, the storied Italian bike builder, offers an alternative: the MV Agusta 750S Tributo, a stunning homage crafted around the Brutale 800 drivetrain. Produced in the first half of the 1970s, the 750S was tricky to ride, three times the price of a Honda CB750 and more...
Tags: Facebook, Milan, Motorcycles, Dell, Honda, Bosch, TIG, Brembo, CNC, Monza, Oram, Giovanni, Arturo, AgustA, Custom Motorcycles, MV Agusta


FLYING LOCUST. Analog Motorcycle’s ‘Grasshopper’ Royal Enfield Scrambler

Written by Martin Hodgson When you are given the chance to be the first you only have one shot, so you better make it count. With the launch of the all new Royal Enfield twin, the builders chosen to produce a custom for the company had a chance to produce the bike in their chosen style for the very first time. Keen to avoid the well-worn path and not follow trends, Tony Prust of Chicago’s Analog Motorcycles had an idea he knew would be different in the best possible way. Nicknamed ‘Grasshoppe...
Tags: Facebook, Chicago, Motorcycles, Michelin, Scrambler, Grasshopper, Tony, CNC, KTM, Enfield, Magura, Martin Hodgson, Royal Enfield, Motogadget, Analog Motorcycles, Tony Prust


COLORADO CLIMBER. Chris Kent’s Honda CB1100 Pikes Peak Racer

Written by Andrew Jones “I parked the bike in front of the entrance of our Austin hotel as I ran upstairs to clean up,” says Chris Kent, the mastermind behind this, the ‘CK1100’ Honda racer. When I returned, the hotel manager approached me smiling and let me know that I had ‘just missed it’. ‘Missed what?’ I asked. He proceeded to tell me that the HRC MotoGP team just came back from the track and had seen my bike. They piled out of the van and proceeded to snap some photos with it – Marc Marq...
Tags: Texas, Colorado, Austin, Motorcycles, Iowa, HRC, Honda, Chris, Warp, CNC, Pikes Peak, Marquez, Marc Marquez, Andrew Jones, Mid Ohio, Racer


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 23 September, 2018

The Yamaha XSR700 gets the looks to match its performance, Paton releases a street legal version of Michael Dunlop’s IoM TT bike, and a Yamaha MT-03 scrambler that channels the Dakar-winning XT500. The street-legal Paton S1-R If you watched the Isle of Man TT this year, you were undoubtedly blown away by 120.601 mph average speed that Michael Dunlop recorded on his Paton S1-R. It was a blisteringly fast run around the mountain course on a unique machine. And now, you can buy one from Paton...
Tags: Australia, Porsche, Motorcycles, Ducati, Netherlands, Roy, Honda, Shell, Yamaha, Dakar, Kawasaki, CNC, Zandvoort, Paton, Dunlop, Ohlins



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