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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


PIPEBURN INTERVIEW: Calum From DeBolex Finds Oil In The Blood

Written by Andrew Jones What’s better than a movie about motorcycles? If you answered, ‘A movie about custom motorcycles,” then you win the internets for today. Luckily for all of us, Englishman Gareth Roberts is way ahead of the curve. He’s been banging away on a rather epic project for the past three years he’s calling ‘Oil in the Blood’. And unlike those little YouTube ditties we’re all so used to, this one’s a proper cinema release that’s less MTV music video and more Gone With The Wind. ...
Tags: Europe, Usa, Hollywood, London, Interview, Film, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Other, Italy, Brunei, South London, Event, Eva, Goodwood


DeBolex gives the Energica Eva a classic spin

A week ago , Ducati’s lead designer told Digital Trends that “Electrification will change bike design more than it will change car design.” We’re not so sure of that. Motorcyclists are an inherently conservative bunch—especially older folks with the cash to splash on a new toy. We’d be happy if future electric motorcycles followed the lead of this amazing Energica, remodeled by England’s deBolex Engineering. The project was kickstarted by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, the director of the documen...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, England, London, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Eva, PAUL, Gareth, Alcantara, Calum, Brembo, Digital Trends, Des, Magura


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


Shitanes 61: VTR Customs’ outrageous BMW R nineT

There’s a lot to be said for elegance and subtlety. And there’s also a time and place for going completely over the top. Dani Weidmann and his crew at the Swiss shop VTR Customs can play it both ways. This time, they’ve turned the volume up to 11 and built a BMW R nineT that’s about as subtle as an AC/DC riff. It’s got 136 hp, a stonking 145 Nm of torque, and it’s called ‘Shitanes 61’—a reference to the famous Gitanes motor racing livery from the 1980s. The story starts at the last Swiss ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Michelin, Bmw, Dani, Monza, Magura, VTR, Kellermann, Equipe Ligier, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, BMW R nineT, VTR Customs, Dani Weidmann, Benken


Street tracker gold: building a road-legal Harley XR750

The biggest cliché in motorcycle journalism is the ‘listicle’ of the best-looking bikes ever made. If we ever run out of ideas and succumb at EXIF, you can guarantee that the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker will be in our list. And we’d lament that it was never street legal. So this streetable XR750 from Brad Peterson is right up our, er, street. And it’s no replica or lookalike, either. Power comes from a genuine factory race motor, used briefly in 2007 by National #80 Rich King, which...
Tags: Motorcycles, Washington State, Harley-davidson, Exif, Yamaha, Brad, Bellingham, Brembo, Darcy, Magura, Corbin, Custom Motorcycles, Trackers, Brad Peterson, Lyndall, Flat Track Racing


Nicky Hayden tribute: Analog’s Honda XR650L flat tracker

Nicky Hayden left a massive hole in the motorcycling world—and in all of our hearts—when he passed away unexpectedly in May last year. In a fitting tribute, the Kentucky Kid was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame earlier this month. To commemorate the occasion, the Hall of Fame Museum commissioned two tribute bikes from Chicago’s Analog Motorcycles. American Honda donated the motorcycles, including a CBR1000RR to be wrapped in Hayden’s Repsol MotoGP livery. But the direction of the second bik...
Tags: Facebook, Kentucky, US, Chicago, Motorcycles, Honda, Jason, Harley Davidson, Ama, Buchanan, Tony, KTM, Nicky, Denali, Hayden, Repsol


‘Goes Like Corn Through a Goose’: UCC’s BMW R1200R

The custom scene event calendar has boomed over the last few years. For fans like us, it means more opportunities to bask in the glow of custom moto culture. But for builders, it means extra deadlines, as they scramble to release new work at key shows. For Ronna Norén of the legendary Swedish shop Unique Custom Cycles, Glemseck 101 is the show. He uses it each year as the perfect excuse to kick out a new custom build. Although UCC made their name building choppers, Ronna is also skilled at...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Magura, UCC, Hakan, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Rizoma, Ronna Noren, Ronna, Unique Custom Cycles, Benna, Stockholm county, Glemseck, Håkan Lindberg, Jenny Jurnelius


I’LL BE BACK. Desmobibu’s Buell Thunderbolt 80s Muscle Restomod

Written by Andrew Jones Being a child of the 80s, many of my first moto memories are tied back to this completely insane decade. Be it Mad Max, Purple Rain, Akira or Top Gun, their weird mix of B grade schlock coolness, no-holds barred fashion disasters and overt soft-focus machismo went a long way to making me the tragic bike fan I am today. Taking the decade and running with it, DesmoBibu’s Alex Maslin (aka ‘Bibu’) has created this 80s muscle bike restomod he’s named ‘The Buellinator’. Wher...
Tags: Chicago, Motorcycles, Ducati, Other, Romania, Alex, Bon Jovi, Classic, Harley Davidson, Thunderbolt, Stallone, Tony, Arnie, KTM, Muscle, Magura


Maxx Headroom: Gunn Design’s BMW flat tracker

The world of custom motorcycles is full of beautiful machines, but many of them see little mileage. While that doesn’t stop us from admiring them, we’re suckers for bikes that are designed to be ridden in anger. Right now, we’re hooked on this BMW R nineT flat track weapon, built by Dan Riley. Based in Burnsville, Minnesota, Dan’s a freelance graphic and product designer who operates as Gunn Design. The project kicked off in April last year, when Ola Stenegärd himself (then BMW Motorrad’s...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Dan, Gunn, Magura, Dunlop, Burnsville Minnesota, Dan Riley, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Trackers, Racing Motorcycles, Saddlemen, Ola Stenegärd


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


A scrambled Honda NX 650 from Asphalt and Gravel

The Honda NX 650 Dominator is one of the custom scene’s greatest sleepers. It’s not the most prolific donor, but it’s loaded with potential. Even in stock form it has tons of 90s adventure bike charm—and if you tweak it just right, you’ll end up with a killer scrambler. At first glance, this Italian-built Dommie looks like a rough-hewn weekend thrasher. Look past the murdered-out paint job though, and you’ll find a slew of tasteful changes. It’s the work of Tommaso, founder of the unusuall...
Tags: Ebay, Motorcycles, Honda, Scrambler, Continental, Brembo, Magura, Tommaso, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Motogadget, Edoardo, Dominator, Honda scrambler, Matteo Murgia, Asphalt Gravel Instagram


Colonel Butterscotch: Icon 1000’s sweet Suzuki Bandit

A new bike from the crew at ICON 1000 is a bit like a Mike Tyson uppercut: it arrives without warning, and it’s a knockout. ‘Colonel Butterscotch’ is the latest machine to roar out of the Portland, Oregon garage. And despite the twee name, it’s a real bruiser. Based on a 1999 Suzuki Bandit 1200, it shows the potential of a bike often unfairly relegated to the ‘econo-cruiser’ pile. Like most customs that have been massaged by ICON’s design director Kurt Walter, the Bandit was a tired and un...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Mike Tyson, Portland Oregon, Honda, Panama City, Ama, Daytona, Suzuki, Magura, EBC, Nitron, Custom Motorcycles, Mikuni, Nissin, Suzuki Motorcycles


NEW SKIDS ON THE BLOCK. Young Guns’ Royal Enfield 650 GT Racer

Written by Marlon Slack If you haven’t heard of the new Royal Enfield 650 GT – welcome. I hope life has been comfortable for you under your rock. Feast your bleary eyes on the new platform that’s going to become a staple of the custom scene over the next twenty years. That’s right, a decade’s worth of rumours have come to fruition and Enfield are about to release their two 650cc twins later this year. And we’re delighted to show you one of the first customised examples, a hint at the future, ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Switzerland, Classic, Nik, Bengal, Young Guns, Enfield, Magura, Rohini, LSL, Racer, Café Racer, Royal Enfield, Motogadget, Airtech


CORDON BLUR. Schlachtwerk’s Tricolour Kawasaki W800 Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson As modern retros go, Kawasaki hit the nail on the head with their re-imagining of the W series bikes from the ’60s. In fact, the ‘new’ W’s bevel driven twin cylinder engine is even more of a classic than the original. But as an overall package they’ve always needed a little more panache and nobody does it better than the W whisperer himself, Tom Thöring of Schlachtwerk. Fresh off the back of their insane W650 drag bike, the German shop returns with No. 28, a 2011 W80...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, Bmw, Kawasaki, Brembo, CNC, Tommy, Magura, LSL, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Kineo, Motogadget, Wilbers, Tom Thöring


New carbon-blade Magura MT8 brakes stop shy of 200g; new CenterLock rotors & more

Magura has reworked their levers to shave a few more grams, offering an MT8 SL brakeset that comes in under 200g per wheel. With a claimed weight around 195g (excluding rotor), they’re now among the (if not the) lightest mountain bike brakes on the market. The MT8 Pro gets a lightweight alloy lever that adds […] The post New carbon-blade Magura MT8 brakes stop shy of 200g; new CenterLock rotors & more appeared first on Bikerumor.
Tags: Sport, Cycling, Magura, Mountain Bike


BAD COP, BADDER COP. VTR’s ‘Polizia 1.9’ Blown BMW Nitrous Racer

Written by Andrew Jones What is it about ex-police vehicles? As with our four-wheeled brethren, the thought of nabbing something that used to enforce the law seems to really float our boats. Hell, muscle cars seem to increase in value if you can prove they were used by the boys in blue. But there’s a real perverse pleasure at play when you take an ex-police bike a turn it into a drag racer. And that thrill is turned up to 11 when you add NOS and a supercharger. So we were overjoyed when Dani ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Switzerland, Bmw, Classic, Nos, Dani, Magura, VTR, Beemer, Andrew Jones, Racer, R80, VTR Customs, Glemseck, Andri Margadant


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 18 June, 2018

British motocross champion Billy MacKenzie builds an incredible CBX750. Royal Enfield reveals a +100 hp Continental GT dragster. And Rua Machines turn the Moto Guzzi Nevada into a thing of beauty. It’s been a week of surprises. Royal Enfield LockStock We were all pretty excited when Royal Enfield pulled the wraps off their new line of parallel twin motorcycles. Not only did it mean there’d be another couple of classically styled bikes on our roads, but also two new bases from which builder...
Tags: Milan, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portugal, New South Wales, Nevada, Continental, Bologna, Joe, Yamaha, Estoril, Conti, Thornton, Enfield, Magura, Jody


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 3 June, 2018

British motocross champion Billy MacKenzie builds an incredible CBX750. Royal Enfield reveals a +100 hp Continental GT dragster. And Rua Machines turn the Moto Guzzi Nevada into a thing of beauty. It’s been a week of surprises. Royal Enfield LockStock We were all pretty excited when Royal Enfield pulled the wraps off their new line of parallel twin motorcycles. Not only did it mean there’d be another couple of classically styled bikes on our roads, but also two new bases from which builder...
Tags: Milan, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portugal, New South Wales, Nevada, Continental, Bologna, Joe, Yamaha, Estoril, Conti, Thornton, Enfield, Magura, Jody


The Black Phantom: Kingston takes a leap into the dark

There are one hit wonders, and then there’s Dirk Oehlerking. The German custom builder can’t put a foot wrong, churning out hit after hit from his Kingstom Custom garage. There’s one Kingston classic BMW in particular that really left a mark on the scene: an R80RT with intriguing bodywork, dubbed ‘White Phantom.’ Dirk has now followed it up with an even more impressive, broodier sibling, just to prove that he can; meet ‘Black Phantom.’ The idea was sparked when BMW staffers Ola Stenegärd (...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Kingston, Biarritz, Dirk, Magura, Beemer, Yin, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, Ola Stenegärd, Kingston Custom, Dirk Oehlerking, Kingstom Custom, White Phantom Dirk


PURE AT HEART. The ‘ST33’ BMW R NineT Street Tracker from VTR Customs

Written by Andrew Jones We think it’s fair to say that BMW’s R NineT has made a sizeable impact on the global custom scene since it was launched in 2014. Here was a new bike from a respected brand that builders could actually get excited about modifying. No more begrudgingly done modern customisations with whispered wishes that it was actually a classic from the 70s. No siree. The R nineT had its own look that was cool right out of the box, yet adaptable enough to allow creative minds their o...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Italy, Switzerland, Bmw, Pirelli, Dani, Monza, Magura, VTR, Beemer, Kellermann, Andrew Jones, VTR Customs, Yves Knobel, Andri Margadant


Flame Thrower: The ‘Spitfire’ BMW from VTR and TW Steel

In this era of high tech , when every motorcycle spec sheet seems to contain a dizzying array of acronyms, it’s reassuring to see that old school skills are alive and well. This extraordinary drag racer looks like it belongs on the pages of a 1930s Boy’s Own Annual. But it was completed just a few days ago by VTR Customs of Switzerland, and will race in the Sultans of Sprint series in Europe. VTR’s latest build is based on an R1200 R supplied by BMW. It’s also a collaboration with the Dutc...
Tags: Europe, UK, Motorcycles, Sprint, Switzerland, Raf, Bmw, Spitfire, Dani, Barbara, Magura, VTR, Monza Italy, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, BMW motorcycles, VTR Customs


TOXIC AVENGER. VTR Customs’ Killer ‘White Venom’ BMW R1200R Nitrous Racer

Written by Marlon Slack The Swiss can be a very serious bunch of people. Pragmatic, practical and sometimes a little dry, they’re often considered the chartered accounts of the Europe. But people like the mad crew at VTR Customs prove that there’s an undercurrent of beautiful craziness running through the alps. Maybe it’s in the mountain water. But the end result of this rich vein of madness are bikes like this – a NOS powered BMW R1200R racer dubbed ‘Veneno Blanco’ – Spanish for ‘White Poiso...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Motorcycles, Switzerland, Monaco, Bmw, Goodwood, Blanco, Yamaha, Nos, Dani, Brembo, BST, Magura, VTR, Ohlins


The Right Stuff: A Triumph Thruxton R from deBolex

Calum Pryce-Tidd is one of the most methodical and thoughtful bike builders operating in Europe today. And his philosophy is spot on: “It’s important not to tear up a great production bike to make something harder or less practical to ride,” he believes. “So we retain the core of the bike, and then improve it with lightweight bodywork and upgraded components.” This means more of the right stuff, and there’s a lot of the right stuff on this ultra classy Triumph Thruxton R. Builds from deBol...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Motorcycles, Brunei, Goodwood, Alcantara, Calum, Brembo, Magura, Sandhurst, Mateen, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Rizoma, Motogadget, Thruxton


Endurance racer tribute: VTR Customs’ wild BMW K100

If there was ever a golden age of motorcycle racing, we’d pin it on the late 70s and early 80s. Those were the days of the endurance racers, when hairy-chested pilots wrangled big four-strokes around the track for hours on end. Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki battled Italian exotica from Laverda, Ducati and Moto Guzzi, with the added danger of pit stops for extra fuel and fresh rubber. We’re unlikely to see a return to these exciting times—but there’s a resurgence of interest in the era, and it’s...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Hsbc, Italy, Jaguar, Alcantara, Dani, Monza, Suzuki, Magura, Spa Francorchamps, VTR, Kellermann, Moto Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


Magura shows flat mount MTB brakes & limited edition chrome 125th anniversary brakes

To celebrate 125 years in business, Magura is releasing this chrome and black limited edition MT1893 brakeset. It represents the culmination of four generations in the business and countless iterations to their hydraulic mountain bike brake designs. But that’s not all…inside the press release were a few gems showing upcoming products and future plans. The […] The post Magura shows flat mount MTB brakes & limited edition chrome 125th anniversary brakes appeared first on Bikerumor.
Tags: Sport, Cycling, Mtb, Magura, Mountain Bike


Wild spring flowers in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Red and yellow and pink and green … readers recommend wild beauty spots across the continent for enjoying blooms and blossom in a rainbow of coloursThe colour, diversity of floral species and health of pollinating insect communities remain, for now, in rude health in the southern Carpathians of Romania. The scattered village of Magura lies along a ridge just north of Bran Castle and showcases a simpler agrarian lifestyle not common in Britain since the 1930s. Viper’s bugloss, yellow rattle and C...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Britain, Wildlife, Romania, Top 10s, Wildlife Holidays, Walking Holidays, Europe Holidays, Carpathian, Magura


Yes, this E-bike is Hauling Wood

It doesn’t feel quite right to call this a bike, motorcycle or moped because it exists in the in-between. It’s called the FEDDZ and its unique open framework makes it at once unique and perplexing.Slogdesign’s interesting take on the e-bike is first designed for convenience and practicality but its looks aren’t half bad either. It’s ultra-slim yet powerful enough to carry you and a myriad of everyday items you might need. Whether it’s gear for a beach day or lumber for your fireplace, you can ...
Tags: Design, Seat, Magura, Tacho, Jürgen Hinderhofer, Schwalbe Crazy Bob


No Excess: A supremely elegant XS650 from Portugal

Can you believe the Yamaha XS650 is half a century old this year? The air-cooled parallel twin has always had a strong fan base, and Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, Portugal love it as much as anyone. Their first build was an XS, and they’ve been smitten ever since. So it’s not surprising that the Maria guys hoarded a low mileage 1980 XS650, waiting for the right project. And inevitably, a client came along and convinced them to customize it for him. “We wanted a simple and elegant bike,” Mar...
Tags: Motorcycles, Portugal, Maria, Yamaha, Lisbon Portugal, Luis, Magura, Luis Correia, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Yamaha XS650, Maria Motorcycles


The Archduke: Analog builds the ultimate KTM Super Duke

You’d be surprised at how many custom motorcycle builders ride ‘regular’ bikes day-to-day. Tony Prust over at Analog Motorcycles has an affinity for KTMs; he’s owned several over the years, and they’ve all been mostly stock. “I have always wanted to build a custom KTM,” says Tony, “but never had the opportunity, since my customers haven’t requested one as a donor bike, or it wouldn’t fit the design request. Granted I could have probably customized one I’ve owned, but I usually keep them somew...
Tags: Dane, Motorcycles, Ducati, Chicagoland, Estonia, Illinois, Duke, Jason, Andrew, Tony, KTM, Magura, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Analog Motorcycles, Tony Prust