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Sleeper: A stealthily upgraded Triumph Street Twin

We’re all for extreme machines that draw a crowd when parked up, but we also love ‘sleeper’ customs—those that keep their performance potential under wraps. At first glance, this Triumph from Amsterdam looks like a regular Street Twin with a mild retro makeover. But it’ll probably get its rider from A to B faster than any other Street Twin in Europe, thanks to a heavily reworked engine and big suspension upgrades. It belongs to sculptor Ram Katzir, whose work is shown all over the world—fr...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Germany, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, ASV, Motorcycles, Paris, Ram, Amsterdam, Belgium, Pirelli, Daytona, Brembo, LSL, Custom Motorcycles


Moto Leggera: Upcycle strips down the Ducati 900 SS

Even though the Ducati 900 SS is some three decades old, we still see a lot of customs based around the 90° V-twin Desmo engine. A little online digging reveals the reason: over 25,000 examples of this model rolled out of the factory in Borgo Panigale. That’s an impressive number, and around half of Ducati’s entire factory output last year. Fortunately, the quality is high with 900 SS builds, and this new machine from Johnny Nguyen follows the trend. Johnny runs Upcycle Motor Garage in Ana...
Tags: La, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Pirelli, Johnny, Rick, Anaheim California, Duc, Johnny Nguyen, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Airtech, Ducati Cafe Racer, Brembos, Ducati 900 SS


Krugger adds street smarts to the Triumph Scrambler

We love show bikes for their cutting edge design concepts, wild engineering and straight-line performance—but they’re not much use in the real world. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are customs that aim for maximum usability, by cleverly blending form and function. Most builders stick to just one of those camps, but Fred ‘Krugger’ Bertrand plays at both ends of the field. The Belgian maestro has won multiple AMD World Championships, but he’s just as happy to build ‘practical’ bike...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Italy, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph motorcycles, Wild Hog, Beringer, Krugger, Fred Krugger Bertrand, Street Tracker, Triumph Scrambler, Scramblers, Kellermann Keen


Even better than the real thing: Two ‘new’ BSA trackers

In the annals of dirt track history, one of the most famous race bikes is the BSA Trackmaster. Dirt fans will know that it was campaigned by the charismatic but crash-prone Dave Aldana, who also featured in the movie On Any Sunday. In 1970 Aldana was beaten to the Grand National title by Gene Romero, but fifty years later, there are still plenty of folks who remember the BSA he raced. The classic BSA ‘Trackmaster’ even has fans in Europe, and some of the most passionate are to be found in ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Motorcycles, Bsa, Frank, Barnes, Brembo, Zoe, Chartres, Custom Motorcycles, Ceriani, David Marvier, Aldana, BSA motorcycles, Zoe David, Norton Villiers


Analog turns the Honda Hawk GT 650 into a flier

For some people , custom motorcycles are just a hobby. But for others, they put food on the table—and that’s when it pays to have a good measure of business savvy. Tony Prust gets it; he runs a tight ship at his shop, Analog Motorcycles. Every new customer gets directed to an online inquiry form, so that Tony knows exactly what he or she wants, and what they hope to spend. And since he prides himself on quality, he’s selective on what he takes on, too. That’s also why this project almost di...
Tags: Facebook, US, Motorcycles, Honda, Todd, Tony, CNC, Magura, CRG, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Analog Motorcycles, Tony Prust, Metzeler Racetec RR, Honda cafe racer


Slow Burner: A 1976 Honda CB550 from MONNOM Customs

Some custom builds strut like peacocks; others reveal their charms slowly. This is one of the slow burners, a seemingly innocuous CB550 that has been assembled with a great deal of craft and thought. It comes from furniture designer Mike Gustafson, who also wields a grinder when operating under the moniker of MONNOM Customs. He first came to our attention three years ago when he built a CB350 with wooden bodywork. That was his second build; this is his fourth. The ‘M4’ project began when ...
Tags: Dane, Australia, Canada, Motorcycles, Iowa, Mike, Rick, DES MOINES Iowa, Kemp, Ikon, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Dyna, Restomod, Honda CB550


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 21 June, 2020

A Honda CB650R scrambler inspired by the Dakar rally, a quirky shovelhead from Keino Cycles, and a peek at the latest bikes from rising Austrian brand Brixton Motorcycles. Harley-Davidson Shovelhead by Keino Cycles New York-based Keino Sasaki has several classic Harley builds under his belt—but most of them are choppers. For this personal project, Keino wanted to do something different while still maintaining his signature style. And he wanted to build a bike that’d be a blast to ride, too...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Motorcycles, Honda, Lisbon, Husqvarna, Brixton, Harley, Yamaha, Dakar, Daytona, McCoy, Dakar Rally, Francesco, Keino, Honda Motorcycles


M Power: Giving the BMW K100RS a modern edge

A few years ago, building a cafe racer usually meant imbuing it with a sense of nostalgia. But these days, the custom scene is just as much about modernizing older motorcycles. So we’re seeing more and more builds that combine sharp lines and a sense of minimalism, with performance upgrades matched to ‘neo-retro’ looks. This deft BMW K100 from Motocrew, the one-man custom shop of Chris Scholtka, is a textbook example of the trend. Based in Cottbus, southeast of Berlin, Chris is a firefighter ...
Tags: Germany, Berlin, Motorcycles, Bmw, Chris, Alcantara, Suzuki, Cottbus, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Shinko, BMW K100, GSX R, BMW cafe racer, Chris Scholtka


Maxxed Out: Yamaha TMAX 500 by Unikat Motorworks

Folks who ride motorcycles today often started out on scooters, especially in Europe. But Maciej Bielawski of Poland did it the other way round. “I’ve been riding motorbikes since I was a child, starting in the 80s,” he tells us. “But then I switched to scooters. Why? Because they’re easy, especially in the city where I live.” We can see his point. Some modern maxi-scooters offer motorcycle levels of performance, but with tons of extra convenience—especially for touring or city commuting. ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Motorcycles, Poland, Bmw, Scooter, Yamaha, Greg, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Motogadget, Maciej, Grzegorz, TMAX, Malossi, Unikat Motorworks


Little Wonder: Another knockout Honda Cub from 2LOUD

They say you should never do business with friends. Yet the custom scene is full of builders whose friends who have become clients—and vice versa. And if star builder Ma ‘Max’ Yicheng at 2LOUD Custom happened to be your friend, wouldn’t you be tempted to commission something? Max and his partner Lu Yongyu have kicked out a solid stream of commercial hits already, but their most recent two builds were done for their nearest and dearest. This bodacious Honda Cub was built for a close friend (it...
Tags: Facebook, Taiwan, Motorcycles, Honda, Audi, Max, Wolf, Ma, Lu, Yicheng, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Nardo Grey, Honda Cub, 2LOUD Custom


French Bob: A dose of vintage flair for the Triumph Bobber

The success of the Triumph Bobber has not gone unnoticed by the more savvy custom shops. It’s the fastest-selling motorcycle in the history of the British brand, but unfortunately it’s tricky to customize—because Triumph largely ‘got it right’ at the design stage. The French outfit BAAK has just finished this 2020-spec Bonneville Bobber 1200, and it looks superb. But there’s a bigger story than just the bike. Rémi Reguin, boss of the Lyon-based workshop, will open new premises in the USA next...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, France, Motorcycles, Bob, Lyon, Julien, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Bobber, Biltwell, BAAK Motocyclettes, BAAK, Julien Demaugé Bost, Bobber Motorcycles, Avon Safety Mileage MkII


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 June, 2020

A crisp Honda V30 Magna tracker, a swooping Norton/Vincent hybrid, a Ducati Hailwood replica up for auction, and a very sharp Ducati ST4S cafe racer. We’d happily put any of these into our garage. Norvin by Stile Italiano We’ve all seen plenty of lust-worthy Tritons; Triumph motors stuffed into Norton frames. The crew at Stile Italiano has built six, plus four ‘Hartons.’ But now they’ve really gone overboard, with this stunning Norvin. You’re looking at a Norton featherbed frame, equipped ...
Tags: Japan, Virginia, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Vincent, Norton, Sean, Suzuki, Magna, Harley V Rod, Alfa Romeos, Honda Motorcycles, Johann, Custom Motorcycles


Unkonventionell: Eastern Spirit Garage’s BMW R80

Eastern Spirit Garage is probably Poland’s premier custom workshop. But they focus on quality over quantity, with fewer than a dozen builds over the last seven years. Shop boss Sylwester has picked up the pace a little recently, though. Three months ago he revealed an amazing XS650 bobber, and he’s now just thrown the wraps off this most unconventional BMW R80. It’s not your typical R-series custom, and despite the sleek finish and perfect stance, Sylwester admits that it was a struggle. “...
Tags: Motorcycles, Poland, Bmw, Warsaw, Daytona, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R80, Eastern Spirit Garage, Sylwester, BMW cafe racer, Cafe racers, Sylwester `` Marcin, Mikunis


Nemesis: A Sol Invictus scrambler Built to tackle Tasmania

Factory-made modern classics are everywhere these days, but they’re usually premium motorcycles at the upper end of the engine size scale. If you’re looking for a low budget, small capacity bike with retro style, your options are fewer. Unless you live in Australia. Down under, you can get a Sol Invictus Nemesis 400 Scrambler for AU$5,999—less than half the price of a Triumph Street Twin. Granted, it’s a far more basic bike: an air-cooled, carbureted single that makes an honest 27 hp and is m...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, China, Motorcycles, Tasmania, Honda, Great Ocean Road, Tom, Jake, Alcantara, PBM, Custom Motorcycles, Tom Gilroy, Shineray, Purpose Built Moto, Scramblers


Dr. Skin: An S&S bobber built for a dermatologist

Like many accomplished customizers, Martin Becker has lived an eventful life. For almost twenty years he’s been building bikes in the beautiful ancient city of Heidelberg—and petrol has been coursing through his veins since he got his first moped at the age of 13. At 16, he started an apprenticeship as a motorbike mechanic, but his love affair with two wheels was interrupted by travels through India, Burma, Nepal and Thailand. Martin rode through south India for weeks on a rented 500cc Bul...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, India, Thailand, Motorcycles, States, Rajasthan, Heidelberg, Andy, Harley, Martin, Santee, NSU, Andreas, BDL, Moto Guzzi


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 31 May, 2020

A sleek and sophisticated Thruxton from Massachusetts, a tiny BMW balance bike from the Netherlands, a rare Royal Enfield Interceptor up for auction, and a bizarre folding WW2 ‘parascooter’ from Excelsior—Britain’s first motorcycle company. BMW K75 balance bike by Roel van Heur A while ago, Roel helped a friend to build a custom K75. Then Roel heard that his mate was expecting a baby—so he decided to build the kid a balance bike, inspired by his dad’s custom. The Dutch designer started by ...
Tags: Massachusetts, US, Britain, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, North America, Aston Martin, Excelsior, Kevlar, Nova, Norton, Brembo, Beemer, SolidWorks, Kenda


Winner Takes It All: Rod Motorcycles’ Bullet 500

David Zima isn’t a man to shy away from a challenge. When news of a custom build-off popped up in the Czech Republic, he didn’t really have time to build anything—or spare money for a donor. But he jumped in headfirst anyway. Build-off contests are everywhere these days, and this one was run by the Czech importer of Royal Enfield. But it had a catch—builders had to buy their own Enfield donor bike. Fortunately there was an attractive discount on offer, and as the prize, whoever won the contes...
Tags: David, Czech Republic, Motorcycles, Honda, Husqvarna, Enfield, Custom Motorcycles, Royal Enfield, Michelin Sirac, Royal Enfield Bullet, Rod Motorcycles, David Zima, Scramblers


Danger Zone: Federal Moto’s Kawasaki GPz1100

The year is 1986, and Tom Cruise is playing Maverick in Top Gun—flying an F-14 Tomcat by day and tearing around on a Kawasaki GPZ900R by night. If you fell in love with that film and the bike ridden by its motorcycle-mad star, you’re not alone. “We all know that movie,” says Michael Muller of Federal Moto. “And we always knew that when Federal Moto built its first custom sportbike, we’d need the beefiest bad boy of the 80s: the GPz1100.” The GPz1100 was the older, bigger brother of the Ni...
Tags: Chicago, Motorcycles, Ohio, Honda, Tom Cruise, Moto, Rick, CNC, Müller, Suzuki, Goodridge, Custom Motorcycles, Cerakote, Federal Moto, Daniel Peter, Motogadget


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 24 May, 2020

The Buell X1 gets its turn with the amazingly prolific builders at K-Speed. Plus an impossibly elegant CB550 from Kott Motorcycles, and a (barely) street legal Honda XR650R tracker. Honda CB550 by Dustin Kott This chic Honda cafe racer scores major points on both balance and subtlety. It’s the work of Dustin Kott, who’s been building Japanese cafe racers for longer than most—so he’s had plenty of time to hone his craft. And if you’ve followed Dustin’s career, you’ll spot a lot of his signa...
Tags: Indiana, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Harley Davidson, Continental, Gulf, Spencer, Buchanan, Dustin, Mitas, Yoshimura, Buell, Custom Motorcycles, Dustin Kott, Kott Motorcycles


Gentleman’s Express: Revival’s ‘BMW R90Esq’ restomod

The custom scene is replete with R-series BMWs, but they still split opinion. Purists say they’re classics that should be kept original; others are happy to whip out a grinder and get to work. This tasteful BMW restomod from Revival Cycles should be enough to satisfy both camps. You’d be forgiven for thinking this airhead is the iconic R90S, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually a R90/6, the roadster cousin to the sportier S, given a hefty dose of S style. As BMW’s first ‘superbike,’ the R90S...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Dell, Bmw, Ama, Austin Texas, Rick, Lester, Brembo, Monza, Goodridge, EBC, Oberon, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


Desert Fox: A Honda XR650 scrambler from Hungary

Way back in the day, scramblers were really just road bikes that were adapted slightly for desert use. And the same is true for the custom scene—when the scrambler style took off, builders were slapping knobby tires on everything from Honda CX500s to Kawasaki W650s. But a new trend has emerged in recent years; taking bonafide dirt bikes, and restyling them with throwback looks. And if you’re building one of those, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better donor than the Honda XR650L. The XR65...
Tags: Texas, US, Hungary, Motorcycles, States, Honda, Budapest Hungary, Daytona, Heidenau, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Mokka, Arpi, Motogadget, Norman Hyde, Moose Racing


Essence of a Motorcycle: Heiwa’s Suzuki ST250 scrambler

Kengo Kimura is one of the world’s most versatile bike builders. He can create high-end customs that win ‘Best In Show’ prizes at Mooneyes. He can also build wild concepts for the likes of BMW. And then he can take a humble commuter bike and make it look like a million dollars. This elegant little scrambler is based on Suzuki’s ST250, an anonymous but competent single launched in the mid 90s and sold around the world under several different names—including TU250 and Volty. In the US, the ...
Tags: Facebook, US, Motorcycles, Bmw, Bsa, Suzuki, Heiwa, Kimura, Custom Motorcycles, Kengo Kimura, Heiwa Motorcycle, Suzuki Motorcycles, Scramblers


Missing Link: A Ducati Pantah built for a car designer

If there’s something missing from Ducati’s current lineup, it’s a modern cafe racer with strong ties to the past. Sure, there’s the oddly named Scrambler Cafe Racer—but that submodel doesn’t evoke as much nostalgia as a SportClassic or MH900e. What Ducati really needs is something in the same vein as this magnificent Ducati 600SL Pantah. Built by Ruamachines and based on a 1982 Ducati 600SL Pantah, it’s an effortlessly cool cafe racer with a better-than-factory vibe. Highlights include Italia...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Porto, Victor, Bologna, Alcantara, Armando, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Ducati Pantah, Ducati Cafe Racer, Armando Fontes, Victor Rocha, Cafe racers, Ruamachines, Esmoriz


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 17 May, 2020

The almost forgotten BMW R1150R gets a makeover from the Austrian shop NCT. Plus news of a Ducati Scrambler design contest, and a bespoke luxury roadster from New Zealand. The Engrich motorcycle New Zealand has a long tradition of bike building and engineering ingenuity, with John Britten being the name that most remember. That tradition is alive and well, and this custom-built machine destined for small-run production is the latest example. The ‘Engrich ART’ motorcycle is powered a fully ...
Tags: US, Austria, Porsche, Motorcycles, Ducati, New Zealand, Nice, Pasadena, TIG, Brembo, CNC, Stan, Harkins, NCT, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


Gixxer Fix: A GSX-R1100 with Ducati superbike suspension

Arno Overweel builds pretty wild custom motorcycles. He’s not afraid of bolting a turbo onto a Honda CBX1000, for example. But he usually reserves those neck-turners for his customers: his own daily runner is a bone stock and somewhat anonymous Suzuki TL1000. A few years ago, the Dutchman built an eye-catching custom for himself, but made the mistake of taking it to a show—and someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. So he figured it was time for another personal project. Arno had a s...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Pirelli, Brembo, Arno, Suzuki, Harley V Rod, Goodridge, Suzuki GSX, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Showa, Suzuki Motorcycles, Ducati Panigale


Kumram: A custom Heritage Softail Classic from Bangkok

The Heritage Softail Classic is the kind of bike most non-riders think of when they hear ‘Harley’—oodles of chrome, saddlebags, riveted leather and massive fenders. At over 700 pounds wet, it’s designed for long distance touring—and it isn’t the sort of machine you expect to find in a teeming metropolis in tropical Southeast Asia. So when Bangkok native Tuey Chuenprapar got the keys to a 2008 Heritage, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. “I used to think it was a very ‘old’ looking bike,...
Tags: Southeast Asia, Thailand, Motorcycles, Tokyo, Bangkok, Harley Davidson, Harley, CNC, Harley Softail, Custom Motorcycles, Softail, Motogadget, Kuryakyn, Heritage Softail, AOO, Harley bobber


FlatNine: A BMW R nineT tracker from VTR

With five different models in the range, there’s a BMW R nineT to suit most tastes—from the cafe-styled Racer to the classic Paris Dakar-inspired Urban G/S. But there’s one style that the Bavarian marque hasn’t attempted yet: flat tracker. The concept of a factory-built R nineT tracker is intriguing, and we’re not the only ones thinking that way. It’s been swirling around VTR Customs’ collective consciousness too, ever since the Swiss crew raced against the Indian FTR1200 concept at the Glems...
Tags: Europe, US, Munich, Motorcycles, Bmw, Dani, Monza, Magura, VTR, Paris Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Kineo, BMW R nineT, Rizoma, VTR Customs


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 10 May, 2020

We’ve gone global this week, with a brutal BMW K100RS from Poland, a Triumph Scrambler with a desert sled vibe from Italy, a Honda Elsinore with CR250R power from the US, and a classy BMW R80 from Portugal. Triumph Scrambler by Mr Martini Even though he doesn’t work exclusively on Triumphs, Italian builder Nicola Martini’s something of a brand specialist. He’s a slight mad scientist too, churning out bikes that somehow look a little eccentric, but also totally rideable. This air-cooled Tri...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Bmw, Honda, Martini, Eric, Hinckley, Lisbon Portugal, Beemer, Tiago, Suzuki GSX, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


Vagabund V13: The Honda NX 650 meets 3D printing

There are some builders who have a very ‘freestyle’ approach, grinding and hammering away at metal until things look right. And then there are the builders who plan everything meticulously beforehand, getting the look and the fit millimeter-perfect—and using technology to the max. Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl of Austria’s Vagabund Moto fall into the modernist camp. Their output is precise rather than prodigious, and they’ve just finished the sleekest Honda NX650 Dominator we’ve ever seen. ...
Tags: Facebook, Austria, Motorcycles, Honda, Husqvarna, PAUL, Alcantara, KTM, Kellermann, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Vagabund Moto, Vagabund, Paul Brauchart, Philipp Rabl


Analysis Paralysis: The BMW R100RS two ways, by Deus

Ever heard of analysis paralysis? It happens when you’ve got so many ideas, your project stalls because you can’t make your mind up. Tomoyuki Soeda at Deus Ex Machina‘s Japanese outpost had a dose of it when he designed this R100RS—but then he hatched a plan to overcome it. Soeda-san managed to distill his ideas down to just two concepts. And they were close enough for him to pull off an inspired move: build two customs on one base. You read that right: you’re looking at a single 1982-model...
Tags: Motorcycles, Tokyo, Bmw, Allen, Bates, Harajuku, Asakusa, Beemer, Kellermann, Deus ex Machina, Tomoyuki, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Shinko, BMW R100, Deus Customs