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Raising the bar: Vagabund gives the BMW R nineT a lift

We’ve always admired custom motorcycle workshops that keep pushing the boundaries. Austria’s Vagabund Moto have been doing good work since day one, but they’ve never rested on their laurels. The founding duo of Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl seems to level up on every build, relentlessly experimenting with new designs, materials and processes. Their 15th build pushes the envelope to the breaking point. It’s a 2016-model BMW R nineT with hand-formed metalwork, 3D-printed parts, and bodywork t...
Tags: Facebook, Spain, Austria, Motorcycles, Pirelli, PAUL, Leatherman, CNC, Philipp, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Grundmann, Rotobox, Vagabund Moto, Vagabund


Ace Machine: A scratch-built bobber with a KTM 620 motor

It takes a massive amount of imagination to look at a KTM enduro and envision a barebones bobber—and even more skill to make it happen. Luckily Edi Buffon has bucket loads of both. Based in Sydney, Edi used to be an after-hours builder—until he quit his day job. “I’m now working part time,” he tells us. “Three days for the man, with the remaining four days dedicated to my humble bike building business.” Working as Machine 1867, Edi’s creations are always ground-up builds that are incredibl...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sydney, Avon, EDI, Brembo, KTM, Custom Motorcycles, Bobber Motorcycles, Edi Buffon


Estoril: A radical Moto Guzzi Le Mans from Portugal

For most custom motorcycle builders, their creations are like their children: it’s impossible to pick a favorite. But sometimes there’s one project that stands out. For Luis Correia and his team at Maria Motorcycles in Portugal, it’s this immaculate Moto Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer. Luis is proud of how it turned out, as he should be, not least because Maria’s 37th project was a mammoth undertaking. “Unlike everything else we’ve done so far,” he says, “it was a lengthy and complex process, jam-p...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Maria, Michael, Estoril, Brembo, Luis, Monza, Luis Correia, Moto Guzzi, Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles


Fine Wolf: A suave SYM 150 commuter from 2LOUD

The definition of a commuter bike varies from the East to the West. In Europe, a prime commuter would be something like a Royal Enfield 650. But in Asia, scooters and tiny singles rule the roost, and companies like SYM make a killing. This right here is an early 2000s-model SYM Wolf 150 Legend. As commuters go, it’s surprisingly attractive, with a pint-sized UJM vibe to it. And as the Taiwanese shop 2LOUD Custom has just shown, it’s ripe for customization too. This isn’t the first time tha...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Motorcycles, Honda, Max, Wolf, East, Hartford, Lu, Yicheng, Custom Motorcycles, Royal Enfield, Shinko


Tokyo Drifter: A Yamaha XV750 street tracker from Japan

Forty years ago, Yamaha made a brief foray into the flat track scene in the States with its XV750 race bike. Like most go-fast, turn-left machines, it was a bit of a looker—and provided inspiration for this phenomenal street tracker from Takashi Nihira. Nihira-san runs Wedge Motorcycle, one of the top Japanese custom shops. He’s won multiple awards at the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show and was tapped by BMW to participate in their G310R custom project. This XV750 is a commission, from a cust...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Usa, UK, Motorcycles, Tokyo, Bmw, States, Firestone, Hitachi, Exif, Ama, Yamaha, Brembo, Kellermann, SunStar


Molto Veloce: A Monster S4RS built for a retired racer

The custom scene in Brazil doesn’t get much recognition on a global scale, which is surprising. Last year, a whopping 900,000 bikes were sold in South America’s largest country, mostly by Honda—which has over 75% of the market. So when this Monster S4RS popped up we thought, ‘Finalmente!’ It comes from a Ducati specialist called SR Corse, based in Vila Madalena—the arts center of São Paulo. And it looks like one helluva ride. “Since 2016 we’ve been building custom bikes, mostly Ducati,”...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Brazil, South America, Honda, Alcantara, Sebastian, Rafael, Vila Madalena, Custom Motorcycles, Ducati Monster, Ducati Cafe Racer, Cafe racers, Rafael Pacheco, Sebastian Rochon, SR Corse


Hidemo Style: A 1970s Shovelhead from one of Japan’s best

The Japanese custom scene sets rather than follows trends. Japan’s top builders each have a unique and instantly recognizable style, and the machines they produce are usually hard to pigeonhole. This 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead from Hideya Togashi of Hide Motorcycle (that’s ‘Hee-day’) illustrates my point beautifully. Togashi-san’s client simply asked him to build a bobber, leaving the rest to the builder’s discretion. A wise move. Taking loose inspiration from the boardtrackers of...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Bsa, Harley, Andrews, Custom Motorcycles, Shovelhead, Skop, Bobber Motorcycles, Togashi, Hide Motorcycle, Hideya Togashi, Harley-Davidson Customs, Hideya, KB Performance pistons


Rally Retro: A Himalayan with a Group B vibe from Thrive

Today’s adventure bike market is a little like the superbike market in the 80s; to quote Fall Out Boy, “It ain’t a scene, it’s an arms race.” ADV bikes are pushing north of 150 hp and 500 lbs, with eye-watering levels of tech packed in. If that doesn’t butter your toast, perhaps the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the answer. Royal Enfield designed the Himalayan to be simple and affordable, with an air-cooled 411 cc single, and little more than ABS on the tech side. So it’s basically the antithesi...
Tags: Facebook, Porsche, Motorcycles, Jakarta, Den, Dakar, KTM, David Richards, PIAA, Rothmans, Custom Motorcycles, Royal Enfield Himalayan, Royal Enfield, Putra, Pirelli Scorpion, Thrive Motorcycle


Return to form: Workhorse revives a Speed Triple 1050

Before Brice Hennebert started building race-inspired machines as Workhorse Speed Shop, he ran another workshop with a friend, called Kruz Company. The two Belgian builders split amicably a while ago, but there was one notable casualty in the divorce: this Triumph Speed Triple. Brice and his former partner Olivier first took on the Speed Triple 1050 seven years ago. They set out to build it with a monocoque carbon fiber body, but that’s as far as they got. And when they went their separate wa...
Tags: Europe, Motorcycles, Olivier, Brembo, CNC, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Brice, Rizoma, Cerakote, Christophe, Motogadget, Triumph motorcycles, Zard, Brice Hennebert, Kruz Company


Smol wonder: A Honda CT125 inspired by Mad Max

There’s something irresistible about tiny motorcycles. According to scientists, we’re drawn to objects that are smaller than usual because they pose less danger, they remind us of toys, and they give us a feeling of control. That would explain the cultural appeal of mini marvels like Japanese Kei trucks, and the Honda Grom. And classics like the Piaggio Ape three-wheeler, originally adapted from the Vespa scooter. Plus the Super Cub, the Australian CT110 ‘Postie Bike’ … and this Honda CT125 ...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Honda, Kei, Piaggio, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Super Cub customs, Motolord, Thailand Motolord, Chayakrit, K Speed ` MadMax


Kaspeed gives the Ducati Supersport 750 a second wind

Some would say the 750 SS was not Ducati’s finest hour. The podgy, plasticky styling has always been divisive, and the engine is rated at a somewhat underwhelming 65 hp. But this Duc is light—a mere 403 pounds (183 kg) dry—and the handling is good on smooth asphalt. The trellis frame is a work of art, the Brembo brakes are well up to the job, and the Supersport is easy to ride compared to most Ducatis of its era. Best of all, you can now pick up a mint 750 for less than $5,000 in the US if lu...
Tags: Germany, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Volkswagen, Alcantara, Mick, Brembo, Jimmy, Saxony, Duc, Custom Motorcycles, Dressel, Ducati Cafe Racer, Kaspeed, Daytona Velona


With Respect: Analog customizes the Ducati Paul Smart

The Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE is special on so many levels. It’s not only one of Ducati’s greatest hits, but also one of the best looking modern classics ever produced. And since only 2,000 were ever made, it’s as rare as hen’s teeth—so good luck getting your hands on one. This isn’t lost on Analog Motorcycles founder Tony Prust. Faced with a client that was keen on having his Paul Smart customized, Tony had to figure out how to improve on perfection, while still respecting the rarity and bea...
Tags: Facebook, Dane, Atlanta, Chicago, Motorcycles, Ducati, Tennessee, NCR, Pramac, Tony, Alpina, Brembo, Spiegler, Magura, Steve West, EBC


History repeats itself: A Canadian XR750 returns home

Most of the customs we drool over on these pages have little or no history. They’re usually modified after a few mundane years of weekend riding—or transported straight from the showroom floor to the workshop, in the back of a van. Occasionally, though, we happen across a machine with a decades-long backstory. Like this street legal Harley XR750 tracker from Quebec, Canada, which houses a tuned Sportster engine in an XR750 frame. Builder Costa Mouzouris originally created the street tracke...
Tags: Motorcycles, Costa, Harley, TIG, Evo, Quebec Canada, Custom Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Sportster, Street Tracker, Sportster 883, Harley-Davidson Customs, Costa Mouzouris, Konis


Mega Thumper: Unik Edition scrambles the Suzuki DR Big

The Suzuki DR 800 S Big is the sort of bike no one would design today. It was the thumper to rule all thumpers, with a whopping 779 cc single-cylinder motor, long-travel suspension, a big front wheel and rally styling. That meant it was a little ridiculous, but sort of cool at the same time. Depending on your perspective, the DR Big’s late 80s to early 90s styling is either retro-fabulous, or hasn’t dated well. And while it has something of a cult following, it’s not considered as untouchable...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Motorcycles, Honda, Lisbon, Yamaha, Daytona, TIG, Brembo, Suzuki, Tiago, Paris Dakar, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Suzuki Motorcycles, Metzeler Karoo


Tamarit builds a Bonneville you can rent—and also win

Unless you’re handy with a grinder and welding gear, it’s not cheap to put a custom bike in your garage. But if you live in Spain, you can get a taste of high-end custom culture without draining the Euros from your bank account. That’s because Spain is one of the countries where the rental company Motoshare operates. It has over 3,000 motorcycles on its books, across four nations, and the latest addition to the roster is ‘Gotham’—a beautiful Bonneville 865 from the Spanish specialists Tamarit...
Tags: Europe, Spain, Gotham, Motorcycles, Continental, Mediterranean, Elche, Alicante, Bonneville, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Motogadget, Matias, Triumph motorcycles, Quique, Tamarit


Tool Time: A Yamaha SR500 built by a machine tool company

There’s nothing unusual about building a custom motorcycle with the primary purpose of taking it to a show. But what if the show in question has absolutely nothing to do with custom motorcycles? That’s a cool twist. This sharply styled Yamaha SR500 flat tracker is the pet project of 27-year-old Maxime Fontvielle. He’s an application engineer at the French operation of the US machine tool company, Hurco—a career he got into thanks to a love of two wheelers. “When I was a teenager,” he tells...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Yamaha, Brembo, Jerome, Hurco, Kiska, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Maxime, Yamaha SR500, Airtech, Flat Track, Maxime Fontvielle, Hurco Maxime, Machines et Moteurs


Blue Thunder: Finally, someone scrambles the TTR250

I just did a quick check, and my suspicions were confirmed: we’ve never featured a Yamaha TTR250 build on EXIF. Which is a bit of a surprise, because the TTR250 is one of the toughest off roaders around. In the mid 90s, the little Yammie was the first mainstream trailie to feature an electric start—and punched way above its weight. Honda’s excellent XR250 was direct competition, but the Yamaha won a lot of fans for its convenience and good manners. Around my neck of the woods, you often ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Brisbane, John, Honda, Hawkeye, Exif, Yamaha, Daytona, Ballard, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Ellaspede, Motogadget, Shinko, Yammie, Hughan Seary


Cobra: A plug and play cafe racer kit for the R nineT

We interviewed the team behind the development of the BMW R nineT a few years ago. They were adamant about one thing: the base bike should be easy to adapt to a wide range of styles. Now the German shop Hookie Co. are driving that point home, with their second plug and play kit for the nineT. Hookie’s first ‘Moto-Kit’ had a laid-back scrambler vibe, but this new design takes a different approach. Dubbed ‘Cobra’ and available as a limited made-to-order series, it transforms the nineT into a ha...
Tags: Prague, Motorcycles, Bmw, Dresden, Beemer, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Motogadget, Hookie Co, Hookie, Koso, BMW cafe racer, Cafe racers, Michelin Power GP


Beer Monster: A pint-sized CZ 175 with a keg for a fairing

Any custom motorcycle is a byproduct of the personality of its builder, and the brief they’re working with. And it took a very special mix of people, concepts and raw materials to create this oddball CZ 175. It comes from GarageBoss, a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts based in Prague, in the Czech Republic. “Our garage is the temple of sanity in our lives, which are filled with full time jobs, families and kids,” explains team member, Jan Štádler. Late last year, the GarageBoss crew w...
Tags: Czech Republic, Prague, Motorcycles, Jan, Jakub, Custom Motorcycles, Jawa, Cafe racers, Jan Štádler Late, GarageBoss, Pivovar Protivín, GarageBoss Facebook, Zdichy GarageBoss, Jakub Křelina, Patrik Antczak, Jakub Paleček


Taking the edge off: Rajputana’s KTM 390 Duke cafe racer

KTM is growing incredibly fast in India. Last year, the Austrian marque sold 64,000 bikes—up more than 25% on the previous year. It’s enough to give pause to top-selling incumbents Hero and Bajaj, and the trend has been noticed by top custom shop Rajputana. “We had not seen a cafe racer build done on a 390 Duke in India, so we decided to give it a go,” says founder Vijay Singh. “It was a client project and we used a 2015 Duke.” Rajputana have a rock-solid reputation in the subcontinent; w...
Tags: India, Motorcycles, Duke, Harley Davidson, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Husqvarna, Brembo, CNC, KTM, Vijay Singh, Vijay, Kiska, Bajaj, Custom Motorcycles, KTM Duke


Double Shot: two Velocette motors power Hazan’s latest

Max Hazan is known for building impossibly elegant, hand-crafted machines. His customs ride the line between motorcycles and art so well, that they confound the usual arguments about function versus form. Hazan can play both sides of that particular coin, though. He once built a KTM 950 supermotard for personal use, aiming for a pseudo-factory look and ridability. Then a potential customer asked him to build another one just like it… and things snowballed. “He actually wanted to buy the 95...
Tags: England, Mac, Ebay, La, Los Angeles, Fox, Motorcycles, Jack, Max, Mark, CNC, Hazan, Mark Atkinson, Custom Motorcycles, Max Hazan, Eaton TVS


Nice Werk: Marcus Walz reveals kits to tweak the BMW R18

Whenever a concept motorcycle becomes a production motorcycle, there are tears over how far the final product has strayed from the original design. The BMW R18 is no exception—but ultimately it’s an unavoidable scenario. Concept bikes are there to turn heads, but production bikes need to consider practicality, mass appeal and homologation for different markets. So once the bike’s rolled off the assembly line, it’s up to customizers to ‘fix’ it. This slick R18, from the famed German shop WalzW...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Brad Pitt, Bmw, Kimi Raikkonen, Marcus, Walz, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Marcus Walz, SC Project, Walzwerk, BMW R18


Seaside Scoot: Nicola Manca’s custom Honda Helix

I’ve only visited Sardinia once, but it was enough for the Mediterranean island to leave an indelible mark on me. Loaded with scenic mountains and beaches, and with more twisty roads than you can shake a stick at, it’s a motorcyclist’s paradise. And it’s the perfect backdrop for this quirky, surfboard-carrying moped. We had trouble placing exactly what make and model it is—until the builder, Nicola Manca, filled us in. It’s actually a 1980s Honda CN250: a stretched scooter with 80s jet ski st...
Tags: Usa, Motorcycles, Italy, Honda, Mediterranean, Sardinia, Scooter, Yamaha, Nicola, Riva, Suzuki, Matteo, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Biltwell Inc, Nicola Manca


Who Dares Wins: Upcycle Customizes the Ducati 998

There are a few motorcycles in Ducati’s back catalog that would ruffle feathers if they were customized. Depending on how much of a purist you are, the 998 might just be one of them. It was the last model to carry the iconic 916’s aesthetic, but was powered by Ducati’s new, and much improved, Testastretta motor—making it kind of special. Johhny Nguyen isn’t too fussed though. He’s a relatively young custom builder with a sharp eye and penchant for urban style, and isn’t afraid to buck traditi...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Yamaha, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Johnny, Brembo, Custom Motorcycles, Showa, Airtech, Testastretta, Upcycle Motor Garage, Cafe racers, Johhny Nguyen


Mutant Redux: A new version of Ironwood’s famous BMW

Arjan van den Boom is one of Europe’s most successful customizers. The founder of Ironwood Motorcycles has well over 50 builds to his name now: proof that his business skills are as good as his eye for style. This sharp-edged K100 is the latest BMW to roll out of the doors of his workshop in Almere—the Netherlands’ newest city, built on reclaimed land. And it looks like a million Euros. A big part of Ironwood’s success comes from the company’s hyper-graphic style—usually combined with a st...
Tags: Europe, UK, Instagram, Germany, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, Honda, Continental, Timothy, Tim, CNC, Silver Machine, Ironwood, Arjan, Custom Motorcycles


Sportiv: A more muscular BMW R18 from FCR Original

Few new bike launches have been as controversial as the BMW R18. Seeing a German contender in the cruiser market has perplexed many people, and some of the styling touches—such as the fishtail mufflers—have furrowed a few brows. But as multiple road tests have since pointed out, the R18 is a cracking good example of the genre. And custom builders have been quick to whip out the grinders and reconfigure the biggest ever boxer. The latest workshop to tackle the R18 is FCR Original, led by Sé...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Alcantara, Sebastien, FCR, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Sébastien Guillemot, FCR Original, BMW R18, Chauvigny Sébastien, Bridgestone Battlecruise


Box Fresh: A zero mile Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

For custom motorcycle builders that skew towards older bikes, nothing satisfies quite like finding a clean, low-mileage donor. But finding a motor with literally zero miles on it? That’s the Holy Grail. This purposeful cafe racer was built from two components: a beat-up 1992 Honda CB750, and a separate CB750 engine that had never been fired up. It’s the work of Holger Breuer, who builds bikes part time as HB-Custom from his workshop in the German maritime town, Husum. The commission came ...
Tags: Europe, Japan, PS, Motorcycles, Honda, Gilles, Brembo, Mercedes AMG, Magura, Holger, Honda Motorcycles, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Honda CB750, Wilbers, Honda cafe racer


Snake charmer: Renard’s wild ‘Anaconda’ Honda XBR500

Estonia is one of the smallest countries in Europe, with a population of just 1.3 million people—about the same as the city of Dallas. But it’s home to one of Europe’s top custom houses, Renard Speed Shop. Shop boss Andres Uibomäe is an eclectic at heart, chasing quality and style rather than a signature ‘look.’ And his brilliant Honda XBR500 looks like nothing else we’ve seen: a mashup of trad custom paint, modern components and quirky styling flourishes. Even the name is unusual. Andres...
Tags: Europe, Anaconda, Motorcycles, Dallas, Estonia, Honda, Exif, Yamaha, Andres, Corona, Puig, Kellermann, Renard, Yoshimura, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles


Play Mystic for Me: A BMW R80R scrambler from Warsaw

BMW Motorrad has a few quirky gems in the back catalog—like the early-90s R80R Mystic. As one of the last two-valve boxers before the four-valve ‘1100’ took over, the Mystic bundled some of BMW’s newer tech into a ‘factory custom’ aesthetic that didn’t quite gel. Released as both R80 and R100 versions (depending on your country), the Mystic was sort of a road-going version of the adventure travel R100GS. It borrowed the GS’s tank, seat and burly Paralever swingarm, and it came with 18F/17R tu...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Warsaw, Warsaw Poland, Brembo, BMW Motorrad, Monza, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, BMW scrambler, Highsider, Scramblers, Christian Boosen, Bartek Zaranek


Table for two: A Virago for a chef and his wife

Like the Honda CX500, the Yamaha Virago is one of those “sow’s ear” bikes: it’s a challenge to make a silk purse out of it. Plenty of custom builders have taken the bait, and a few have succeeded. This Virago from Kerkus in Malaysia is an oddball example, but there’s a reason for it. “The owner is a chef and runs a restaurant,” says shop founder Azahar. “He had an accident on this bike a few years back. He came to us wanting to transform it ‘Kerkus-style’—but he also wanted us to design it so...
Tags: Facebook, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Motorcycles, Honda, Yamaha, BRIDGESTONE, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Rizoma, Yamaha Virago, Yammie, Raveen, Azahar, Kerkus, Yamaha cafe racer