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Bodacious: An 80s style Iron 1200 from Prism Supply Co.

Despite being steeped in the custom scene, Harley-Davidson doesn’t often donate bikes to custom builders. So this Sportster Iron 1200 from Prism Supply Co., dripping with early 80s style, is something of a rarity. It’s a Sporty with an impeccable pedigree: brothers Zach and Jake Hindes built it with input from Dean Micetich of DicE magazine. The Sportster must be the most customized motorcycle platform around the world, but Prism have delivered something special without firing up the grind...
Tags: Custom Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Sportster


The Omen: A Yamaha MT-07 With a Custom Perimeter Frame

There are many ways to visualize a custom motorcycle before actually putting grinder to metal. Some builders start with a pencil and paper, while others use Photoshop or create 3D renders. But how about building a 1/10th scale model out of stainless steel? It sounds crazy, but that’s how Jake Drummond conceptualized this show-stopping Yamaha MT-07, dubbed ‘The Omen.’ Jake’s only twenty-five years old, and lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—but his whole life has revolved around design and engineerin...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Exif, Yamaha, Morris, Jake, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Yamaha MT-07, Brembos, Jake Drummond, Zach Visser


Mighty Guerrilla: A Harley Fat Bob from Rough Crafts

It’s been almost nine years since we featured the Rough Crafts ‘Iron Guerrilla‘—a murdered-out Harley-Davidson Sportster that flung Taiwanese customizer Winston Yeh firmly into the spotlight. It was only Winston’s second build, but it immediately established his signature style. You’ll still find traces of the Iron Guerrilla’s DNA in Winston’s work today. And it spawned a catalogue of Rough Crafts parts that still sell well (and are frequently copied). Now, for his latest release, Winston’...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bob, Harley-davidson, Harley, WINSTON, Winston Yeh, Rough Crafts, Guerrilla, Custom Motorcycles, Softail, Arlen Ness, Harley Davidson Fat Bob, Milwaukee Eight, SC Project, Performance Machine, Harley Fat Bob


Introducing the $10,000 Rizoma Design Challenge

Are you a designer looking to kickstart your career in the moto industry? A major new competition launched today by Rizoma could be just the leg-up you need. Anyone who follows the custom scene will know the Italian company Rizoma. It’s one of the big names in premium motorcycle accessories, with a massive range of beautifully designed parts—mostly machined from lightweight billet aluminum. The Rizoma Design Challenge is a competition for designers, engineers, and students—with two prizes ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Milan, Adobe, California, US, Vw, Motorcycles, Ducati, Exif, Pasadena California, Behance, Custom Motorcycles, Miguel Galluzzi, Rizoma, ArtCenter College of Design


Custom Bikes of the Week: 14 April, 2019

We’ve got all shapes and sizes this this week—starting with a slick Triumph Bonneville kit, and finishing off with the cutest electric cafe racer. Amd a Yamaha dirt bike, a Grom and a Suzuki SV90 wedged in between. It’s a weird week for sure. Triumph Bonneville Kit by Unikat If the impeccable fit and finish of Triumph’s Factory Customs raised your brows—but the prices slammed them back into an expression of disgust—we may have a solution. Wrocław, Poland based Unikat Motorworks have develo...
Tags: Virginia, Motorcycles, House, Amd, Honda, Max, Cheshire, Yamaha, Gus, Hinckley, Petersen Automotive Museum, Suzuki, PNW, McNeil, Custom Motorcycles, New Church Moto


Birdcage: Revival Cycle’s Titanium-Caged BMW Boxer

BMW Motorrad have something big in the works. All they’ve shown us so far is a boxer engine and a drivetrain…but they’ve teased these in the most spectacular fashion. First, they commissioned a build from Custom Works Zon for the Mooneyes show in Yokohama. Now it’s the turn of the highly talented team at Revival Cycles in Austin, Texas. They’ve answered with what is possibly their hottest machine to date: ‘Birdcage.’ Revival shop boss, Alan Stulberg, picks up the story: “BMW came to us mon...
Tags: Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Revival Cycles


Shakedown 1979: Hookie’s super-practical BMW R100

The battle between form and function rages on a daily basis in the custom scene. As much as we hate to admit it, some customs are destined to spend their lives on display, or seldom ridden. But for every show pony, there’s a workhorse out there. Like this thoroughly practical—yet still handsome—classic BMW boxer from Hookie Co. ‘Racoon’ is based on a 1979 BMW R100/7, and was built with reliability and day-to-day performance topping the brief. “Nothing special,” says shop boss, Nico. “No en...
Tags: Motorcycles, Dresden, Scrambler, Continental, Nico, Brembo, Richmond VA, Beemer, Kellermann, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Biltwell Inc, Hookie Co, BMW R100


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 April, 2019

We’re going from the sublime to the ridiculous this week, kicking off with a stunning Triton from Italy. We’ve also got a new XR1 from Bottpower, a $60,000 electric bike from the company formerly known as Confederate, and a long-lost Vyrus … all 50cc of it. Bott XR1 ‘White Carbon’ We’ve been enamored with the Spanish outfit Bottpower since their early days. The company designs and manufactures kits to radically transform Buell motorcycles. So it’s always exciting to see their parts being p...
Tags: UK, Motorcycles, Italy, Portland Oregon, Smith, Twins, Falcon, Triton, Norton, PAUL, Bott, Easton, Petersen Automotive Museum, Monza, Curtiss, Buell


A Rennsport-inspired Street Triple 675

For riders of a sporting persuasion, the first-generation Street Triple is close to the ideal motorcycle. It’s light and handles beautifully, and the 106 hp engine is an absolute peach. We love the iconic twin headlights that came with that model, but some folks don’t. If you’re not a fan, there’s inspiration right here for a custom job—courtesy of Jett Design and Motorelic of Virginia, USA. Andrew Jett describes this Street Triple as a “lightweight race-inspired build, paying homage to t...
Tags: Facebook, Virginia, US, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmc, Andrew, Alcantara, Sean, Monza, Yoyodyne, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles, Sean Skinner, MotoRelic


A Rennsport-inspired Street Triple 675 from Jett Design

For riders of a sporting persuasion, the first-generation Street Triple is close to the ideal motorcycle. It’s light and handles beautifully, and the 106 hp engine is an absolute peach. We love the iconic twin headlights that came with that model, but some folks don’t. If you’re not a fan, there’s inspiration right here for a custom job—courtesy of Andrew Jett of Jett Design in Northern Virginia. He describes his Street Triple as a “lightweight race-inspired build, paying homage to the en...
Tags: Facebook, Virginia, US, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmc, Andrew, Alcantara, Sean, Northern Virginia, Jett, Monza, Yoyodyne, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles


Ready to race: A custom KTM 950 Super Enduro

In the hands of an experienced or brave rider, this custom KTM 950 is probably one of the fastest A-to-B motorcycles we’ve ever featured. Especially over mixed terrain. It’s based on the short-run Super Enduro model, a bike described by Red Bull Romaniacs legend Chris Birch as “the best hooligan’s bike KTM ever made.” In some countries, you’ll spend more than the original showroom price to get your hands on a mint condition 950 SE. So it’s not surprising we don’t see many custom versions. ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Pirelli, Dakar, KTM, Custom Motorcycles, Koblenz Germany, Chris Birch, Dietmar, Red Bull Romaniacs, Dietmar Franzen


Boys and their toys: A BMW G310 from VTR

As the dedicated custom arm of a premium BMW motorcycle dealer in Switzerland, VTR Customs is used to working on high-end Bavarian machinery. We’ve seen a number of classy BMW R nineTs roll out of their shop, and their race bikes are a regular fixture at European 1/8 mile sprint races. So why on Earth would they customize BMW’s littlest ‘adventure commuter’—the entry-level G310 GS? According to shop boss, Dani Weidman; for fun. “In a country with the highest population of BMW M Series cars...
Tags: Motorcycles, Switzerland, Bmw, Scrambler, Nico, Dani, VTR, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, VTR Customs, Yves Knobel, Benken, Freuler, BMW scrambler, Dani Weidman


The Keeper: Gasoline builds a BMW R series for Cam Elkins

You may not know the name Cam Elkins, but there’s a good chance you’re familiar with his work. He’s the man behind the brilliant short films called Stories of Bike, which explore the relationships between custom motorcycles and their owners. After several years filming other people’s bikes, Cam decided it was time to get a custom of his own. He selected a 1986 BMW R65. “I’ve always loved boxer engines,” he tells us. “I think they’re reminiscent of old WW2 airplanes, which had such a sleek ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Gasoline, Jason, Sean Taylor, Cam, Sydney Australia, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Beringer, BMW R65, Jason Leppa


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


A Triumph sidecar built to deliver cold brew coffee

We love sidecars, but they’re usually sedate rather than sporty. And a classic café racer with a chair? That’s even more rare. So we love the look of this most unusual combination from sunny Queensland in Australia. The ‘Cold Brew Cafe Racer’ comes from Tom Gilroy of Purpose Built Moto, and it’s built around a Triumph Scrambler. The project started like many others: A couple of blokes meeting up for a beer at their local haunt. Tom’s favorite spot is the iconic Sandbar restaurant in Surfer...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, EFI, Motorcycles, Queensland, Rich, Tom, Jake, TIG, PBM, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles, Nathan Duff, Tom Gilroy, Triumph Scrambler


The Motorcycling World Loses an Icon, Arlen Ness Dies at 79

The Custom Motorcycle Scene Will Never be the Same If there’s one man who has defined the custom motorcycle scene for decades, it was Arlen Ness. Ness passed away on March 22nd. He was 79 years old. He leaves behind a rich legacy and some seriously awesome custom motorcycles. Ness was often called The King of Custom Motorcycles. While his style of custom bike might not be your favorite, there’s no denying these bikes stand out and his influence was felt by everyone in the industry.  Ness had a ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Beverly, Ness, Motorcycle News, Custom Motorcycles, Dublin California, Arlen Ness, Arlen Ness Ness


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 24 March, 2019

This week’s all about Yamaha, with a veritable squadron of cool customs from every genre—including a new SR500 from Shinya Kimura. There’s also a very cool Guzzi Le Mans sneaking in from Italy. Let us know which one you’d ride home, because we can’t decide. Moto Guzzi Le Mans III by Ruote Fiere Chris is far more of a Guzzista than I am, but even I can’t resist the charms of this peculiar—yet alluring—Le Mans. It’s the work of Davide Caforio over at Ruote Fiere in Italy, who’s masterfully ...
Tags: Japan, California, Motorcycles, Italy, Dell, Honda, Scrambler, Yamaha, Daytona, Brembo, Jerome, Oram, Davide, Moto Guzzi, EPM, Custom Motorcycles


Spanish Flyer: A Honda CB1000R tweaked for the track

For power junkies , the Honda CB1000R is one of the best roadsters on the market today. The build quality is superlative, the Fireblade-derived inline four pumps out a stonking 143 hp, and the Showa suspension is top-notch. We’re on the fence when it comes to the ‘neo sports café’ styling though. So news of a custom competition to revamp the CB1000R piqued our interest at EXIF HQ. Dealer competitions are usually a bit hit-and-miss, but the standard is remarkably high in this one. It’s run ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Honda, Balearic Islands, Exif, Pirelli, BRIDGESTONE, Brembo, Impala, Spain Portugal, SolidWorks, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Jared Mees, Enric, Flat Track, Honda Iberia


Pure and simple: A Bonneville T120 from Central Java

The 21st century motorcycle is a complex beast, crammed with electronics and trick engineering in the name of one-upmanship and regulatory approval. But there’s something strangely compelling in the simplicity of an older bike from less complicated times. And they don’t come more stripped down than this 1972 T120 from Pitstop Motor Werk. Pitstop is a team of three led by an Indonesian builder called Agung. They’re based in the hot and humid province of Central Java, and like most Indonesi...
Tags: Usa, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Motorcycles, Barnett, Bsa, Bosch, Kawasaki Ninja, Meriden, CDI, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Bobber, Agung, Pitstop


Bardahl Special: A ’48 Harley bobber from Switzerland

Where is the line between meticulous and just plain nuts? Because we’re sure Albert ‘Ash’ Aeschlimann crossed it at some point during this astounding build. What started out as a simple ’48 Panhead frame turned into a seven-year project—with hardly any of the original bike remaining. Doing things ‘the right way’ is an essential part of Ash’s day job. He’s a technician at a major science museum in Switzerland, and before that, he studied architecture and worked as a carpenter. After hours, he ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ford, Switzerland, Ash, Honda, Smith, Harley, Allen, Panhead, TIG, Larry, Harley-davidson, Heiwa, Custom Motorcycles, Marc Schneider, Billy Lane


Bardahl Special: A ’48 Panhead from Switzerland

Where is the line between meticulous and just plain nuts? Because we’re sure Albert ‘Ash’ Aeschlimann crossed it at some point during this astounding build. What started out as a simple ’48 Panhead frame turned into a seven-year project—with hardly any of the original bike remaining. Doing things ‘the right way’ is an essential part of Ash’s day job. He’s a technician at a major science museum in Switzerland, and before that, he studied architecture and worked as a carpenter. After hours, he...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ford, Switzerland, Ash, Honda, Smith, Harley, Allen, Panhead, TIG, Larry, Harley-davidson, Heiwa, Custom Motorcycles, Marc Schneider, Billy Lane


This BMW R nineT is a homage to Rickman Métisse

In the world of vintage desert sleds, the Rickman Triumph Métisse reigns supreme. It was a pretty legit scrambler in its day, and also one of best-looking motorcycles from that era. For VTR Customs boss Dani Weidmann, though, there’s an even deeper connection. Back in the 80s, 17-year-old Dani took an apprenticeship at a company called Meier & Lutziger—the Swiss importer of Rickman frames and parts. Dani fell in love with the classy design of these throwback sleds. When the VTR Customs cr...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Rickman, Dani, Stefano, Magura, VTR, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Wilbers, Brauchli, VTR Customs


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


Vagabund’s R nine T custom comes with official approval

Most of us take it for granted that we can modify our bikes. As long as the VIN number is correct and the modifications are not visibly unsafe, there’s rarely a problem. But in some countries, the regulations are real tough. Several territories in Southeast Asia make it virtually impossible to register a custom bike. And in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, there’s the notorious TÜV system. TÜV requires official approval for almost every modified part fitted to a bike. The frame cannot be...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Southeast Asia, Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, PAUL, Remus, Graz, Germany Switzerland, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Rizoma, Stefan Leitner, Vagabund Moto


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 10 March, 2019

There’s something for everyone this week. We’ve got a Bonneville beach cruiser, a pair of high-performance Triumph Speed Triples, and a Ducati Panigale covered in occult symbols. Plus a trio of electric bikes—an old Enfield that traveled the entire length of Britain, and two new concepts designed by Erik Buell. (Yes, he’s back.) Triumph Speed Triples by Associated British Motorcycles Tony Scott’s the guy behind the top tuning operation T3 Performance—so he knows how to extract maximum perf...
Tags: Scotland, Spain, Indianapolis, Britain, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Cornwall, John, Bob, Portland Oregon, Nissan, Fred, Brembo, Enfield, Tony Scott


Ground-up build: A Kawasaki bobber rises from the weeds

Everyone loves a good barn find story, but what about digging an old motorcycle out of the weeds? That’s where Edi Buffon found the basket case Kawasaki KZ250 that would eventually become this incredible bobber-style piece of art. Edi lives in Sydney, Australia, where he works as an engineer. Outside office hours, he wrenches on bikes as Machine 1867, from a 380 square foot space inside a shared warehouse. His area’s stacked with welders, grinders, hand tools and a lathe. Edi wasn’t reall...
Tags: Australia, Motorcycles, Honda, Western Australia, EDI, Sydney Australia, Jarrah, CDI, Custom Motorcycles, Kawasaki motorcycles, Bobber Motorcycles, Edi Buffon, Ana Martini


Feel the Illinoise: A DR-Z400 for the streets of Chicago

Federal Moto have  the Midas touch. The builds coming out of their Chicago workshop are sharp-edged, compact and big hits with our readers. But sometimes, success can be a double-edged sword. After releasing ‘The Sunshine State of Mind’ SR500 in 2016, Federal were bombarded with requests for a replica build. “But there’s no fun in building the same bike twice,” says lead builder Mike Müller. “We love the support, but we also want our clients to have a one-of-a-kind bike.” So Federal genera...
Tags: Facebook, Chicago, Motorcycles, Honda, Scrambler, Sc, Moto, Yamaha, Mike, Karoo, Mike Muller, Suzuki, CDI, Hella, Custom Motorcycles, Suzuki Motorcycles


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


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 3 February, 2019

We’re back with an extremely oddball selection: possibly the world’s ugliest MV Agusta, a Yamaha XSR700 homage to Claude Fior, a gorgeous Honda CB400 Super Four cafe racer and an absolutely monstrous BMW R1150R scrambler. Grab a coffee and let’s go. MV Agusta 750 Twin Turbo Prototype We associate MV Agusta with some of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made. The F4 is impossibly good looking, and even the entry-level Brutale draws a crowd. But it was not always that way. Corrado Agusta c...
Tags: England, Indonesia, Cowboy, US, Taiwan, Philippines, Motorcycles, Paris, Rotherham, Bmw, Bob, Honda, Taipei, Alex, Triumph, Manila



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