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The limits of endurance: A BMW R80 with Ducati flair

The Japanese custom scene continues to amaze us. Even though the internet shrinks the world, there are still gems in the East waiting to be discovered—often by word of mouth. Switch Stance Riding is a small custom shop in Amakusa—a series of small, little-known islands off the coast of Kyushu, Japan’s most southwesterly island. This part of Japan is well off the beaten track but the photographer Marc Holstein recently paid a visit, and told us he was the only Westerner for miles. Marc’s de...
Tags: Japan, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, NCR, Yamaha, Pirelli, East, Alcantara, Marc, Kyushu Japan, Moto Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


Off brief, on trend: A Yard Built XSR700 from Hookie

Any designer knows: sometimes you need to give your client what they need, rather than what they’ve asked for. When Yamaha asked Hookie Co. to customize an XSR700 for the Yard Built program, the brief was “Playful, sporty and classic.” Not feeling the throwback vibe, the Dresden-based team decided to build something modern—even slightly futuristic—instead. So they took inspiration from current motocross and flat track bikes to create the ‘Grasshopper.’ Two out of three ain’t bad, right? Th...
Tags: Motorcycles, Dresden, Grasshopper, Nico, Yamaha, Pirelli, Gilles, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Yamaha Yard Built, Motogadget, Yamaha XSR700, Hookie Co, Kedo, Street Tracker, Yamaha Germany


A camouflaged BMW K1100 (with an e-bike to match)

Traditional cafe racers are typically designed with restraint high on the agenda. But we’re just as enthused by customs that trade reservedness for loudness—like this BMW K1100 with extremely sharp lines and a reflective livery. This left-field custom is the work of Impuls in Munich, Germany. And as we’ve seen from their previous work, the team of Philipp Wulk and Matthias Pittner don’t care much for tradition. They’ve embraced the K1100’s angular nature rather than trying to smooth every...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ford, Bmw, Alcantara, Matthias, Munich Germany, Magura, Philipp, Florian, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Philipp Wulk, Matthias Pittner


Grey Goose: A Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport from San Francisco

One of the wonderful things about customization is that it can breathe new life into otherwise unloved motorcycles. Need proof? Just look at the number of amazing Honda CX500s and Yamaha Viragos on the scene. This Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport is another poster child for realized potential. The original wasn’t the ugliest or slowest bike Moto Guzzi ever made, but despite having 90 horsepower on tap, it was porky and not very exciting. MCN was particularly harsh; “Track days often end in tears,” they ...
Tags: San Francisco, Motorcycles, John, Honda, Exif, Adam, MCN, Suzuki, Grey Goose, Monterey CA, Yoshimura, Moto Guzzi, Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 May, 2019

From one extreme to the other: this week we take a look at a tiny Honda land speed record holder and the ginormous new Triumph Rocket 3 TFC. Plus a slick BMW from sunny Lisbon, a classic Norton living in France, and a Mash cafe racer from Spain. Triumph Rocket 3 TFC We hear a lot of talk about ‘factory customs.’ It’s obviously a contradiction in terms, but the new Rocket 3 isn’t quite as cynical as most. Simply because only 750 will be built, so it’s unlikely that owners will bump into ea...
Tags: Europe, Usa, California, France, Spain, Motorcycles, Portugal, Honda, Lisbon, Norton, Tim, Daytona, Brembo, TFC, Lille France, Honda Motorcycles


Class Act: A millimeter-perfect BMW airhead from Sinroja

In just four years, Sinroja has become one of the most talked-about custom shops in England. As immaculately finished bikes set sail from the workshop run by brothers Rahul and Birju Sinroja, word on the street builds. Life in the Midlands city of Leicester is a far cry from the small town in India where Rahul and Birju grew up. But that’s where the brothers learned their skills, playing with lathes in their father’s factory, before they moved to the UK. Like all good custom shops, Sinroja...
Tags: Usa, UK, England, London, India, David, Motorcycles, Dubai, Leicester, Bmw, Richard, Exif, Glenn, Rahul, Midlands, Custom Motorcycles


Arresting: Renard’s ex-police BMW K75 RT

There’s a clean , sharp vibe to the bikes that come out of Renard Speed Shop. Estonia’s finest custom builders don’t have a fixed signature style, but the machines from the Tallinn workshop are always beautifully finished and pack a strong visual punch. This brightly colored K75 RT is Renard’s 26th creation, and it’s probably their most in-your-face build to date. Perhaps because this unusual BMW has just as much Italian blood as German… The BMW ‘bricks’ may not be pretty, but they’re tough...
Tags: Europe, Usa, Motorcycles, Bmw, Tallinn, Pirelli, Alcantara, Alpina, Andres, Puig, Renard, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, SC Project, Andres Uibomäe


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 28 April, 2019

Each week, we scour the internet to bring you the juiciest five motorcycles that we haven’t already featured. Today we’ve got a Yamaha SR500 street tracker from Milan, a BMW R nineT from Belgium, and a vintage Norton from Luxembourg. Plus Steve McQueen’s Husky, and a Bōsōzoku-inspired contraption from the lads at CROIG. Yamaha SR500 by Deus Milano The crew at Deus Milano put the blame for this project squarely on Marco Belli’s shoulders. Marco’s a highly decorated flat track racer, that r...
Tags: Milan, Minneapolis, California, US, Austin, Motorcycles, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bmw, Steve McQueen, Bing, Harley Davidson, Mcqueen, Santa Cruz, Husqvarna


BAAK builds a modern day ‘Bathtub’ Triumph

Triumph are great at recalling the past via the design of their modern day classics. But there’s one element Hinckley hasn’t brought back: the infamous ‘bathtub’ fairing. Edward Turner’s idea to enclose the rear wheel first appeared on the 1957 Triumph 3TA ‘Twenty One,’ and later the 1959 5TA ‘Speed Twin.’ It was a move to offer superior weatherproofing for British riders—but it was a total flop in the States. American customers at the time wanted bikes that were more stripped down. In Ca...
Tags: Facebook, California, Motorcycles, Lyon, Victor, Lucas, TIG, Hinckley, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Motogadget, Biltwell Inc, Triumph motorcycles, BAAK Motocyclettes, BAAK, Avon MKII


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


DOM’ PERIGNON – Honda NX650 Dominator by Forge

This is a story older than time. A common predicament many of us have been in. You buy a donor bike with all the right intentions to build one of the coolest motorcycles the world has ever seen. But the days pass by and then the months pass by until reality hits and you know you aren’t ever going to finish this build. Whether it’s a lack of time or a lack of ability, the bike sits in the garage waiting for some love and attention. This is exactly what happened when a customer approached French...
Tags: Motorcycles, Honda, Tracker, Nantes, Thomas, Gwen, Jenny, Brembo, Nissin, Enduro, Motogadget, Continental TKC, Dominator, NX650, Desert Sled, PERIGNON


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


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


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


GLAMOUR HAMMER. Wrench Kings’ ‘Anvil’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Written by Andrew Jones Honda’s CB750 is nothing if not consistent. For almost 40 years, the bike soldiered on to the point where more than half a million examples had rolled of the end of what must have been a very tired production line. The 90s CBs offer a kind of golden opportunity for customisers. For a precious few years, we had bikes that retained the essence of those 70s and 80s classics while being (even more) reliable and cheap as stale peanuts to buy. And now that those very same 70s...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Honda, Lucas, Miller, Hyde, Brembo, Café Racer, CB750, Royal Enfield, Motogadget, Restomod, Wrench Kings, Bas Duijs, Andrew Jones Honda


MIRTH, WIND AND FIRE. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘C4’ Kawasaki Zephyr Neo-Cafe

Written by Martin Hodgson There is something incredibly satisfying about being right, and if you’re part of the cafe racer revival, then by default you are. Let me explain; in the 1990s some Japanese manufacturers were already selling retro remakes and industry experts thought this to be insane. One major magazine opined forcefully that on the release of the 1994 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 the company would have been better building a Harley cruiser clone. Now more than twenty years on Germany’s Mel...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, FLO, Kawasaki, Alcantara, Zephyr, Southern Germany, Akra, LSL, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Keihin, Neo Cafe, Motogadget, Shinko


A Honda CB350 restomod built by a jet aircraft mechanic

It’s quite rare for a CB cafe racer to land in the Bike EXIF inbox these days. And we politely turn down most that do. But this CB350 from New Jersey went straight to the top of the pile: it’s an absolutely state of the art restomod, and so beautifully finished we’d almost be scared to ride it. It comes from Merlin Cycleworks, which is run by 56-year-old Mark Kouri. Mark’s been an aircraft mechanic for over 30 years—repairing jets for United Airlines—and you can see his attention to detail...
Tags: Texas, Basf, ASV, Motorcycles, New Jersey, Estonia, Honda, United Airlines, Continental, Exif, Mark, Buchanan, Alcantara, TIG, Rick, Brembo


Tastemaker: A Scrambler built by the Editor of Meta

Ben Giese is a man of exceptional taste. As the creative director and editor-in-chief of the aesthetically superior motorcycle magazine, Meta, he has to be. But he’s also a rider, who grew up racing motocross. So when his 2017-model Triumph Scrambler went under the knife, both form and function vied for top spot. “I wanted to transform it into a true ‘scrambler‘ that could take me well beyond the paved city streets of Denver, and deep into the mountains and deserts of the Southwest,” Ben t...
Tags: UK, California, Motorcycles, Customs, Denver, Scrambler, Ben, Joshua Tree, Woody, Scandinavian, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Motogadget, Shinko, Triumph motorcycles, British Customs


This CB750 cafe racer roams the capital of Pakistan

There are around 2.5 million motorcycles on the road in Pakistan. Which sounds impressive until you learn that the population is over 210 million—and most of those bikes are tiny Chinese- and Japanese-made commuters. The custom scene is virtually non-existent, because the import duty on motorcycles is a whopping 50%, and there are sales taxes on top. Which also explains why there are only about a dozen Honda CB750s in the whole country. This is one of those CB750s: a 1977 Super Sport owned...
Tags: Pakistan, Motorcycles, Honda, Barnett, Islamabad, Exif, KARACHI, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Honda CB750, Haris, CB750 cafe racer, Honda cafe racer, Haris Aziz


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


LIGHT AND SHADOW. BarnBuiltBikes’ Svelte Honda VT600 Boardtracker

Written by Marlon Slack BarnBuiltBikes are a working man’s motorcycle shop. They repair and service every kind of marque imaginable. From scooters to classic motorcycles, the three-man team of Derek, Bart and Sven keep all sorts of oddities on the road in their native Belgium. But every few months they turn out a tidy little custom ride. Bikes like this, a Honda VT600 Shadow boardtracker. “The bike was owned by a customer who’d already had it a few years without really riding it,” explains...
Tags: Motorcycles, Belgium, Honda, Sven, Boardtracker, Motogadget, Bobber, Pipeburn, Shinko, Board Tracker, BAAK Motocyclettes, Sven Decoux, Barnbuilt Bikes, VT600, Marlon Slack BarnBuiltBikes, Derek Bart


Forged From Passion: A blacksmith’s take on the Z650

Building custom motorcycles often involves a radical career change, and we’ve seen some pretty strange jumps over the years. Tom Simpson’s background is especially unusual: he trained as a blacksmith before setting up Foundry Motorcycle in England six years ago. Tom now builds very stylish cafe racers and bobbers in his Chichester, West Sussex workshop. As you can imagine, he has a deft hand when it comes to fabrication—but this Kawasaki Z650 is more about smart mechanical modifications than ...
Tags: Facebook, England, Motorcycles, Avon, Einstein, Alex, Gary, Tom, Kawasaki, Ben, Chichester West Sussex, Monza, Tom Simpson, Foundry, EBC, Custom Motorcycles


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


Fahrenheit 160: Renard’s Smokin’ BMW Bobber

We’ve seen so many bad BMW customs—and sketchy bobbers—that hearing both words in one sentence makes us nervous. But the Estonian outfit Renard Speed Shop never disappoints. They’ve knocked this BMW bobber out of the park, and straight into orbit. The key to Renard’s success is twofold. They have an incredibly keen eye, and they have a near fanatical dedication to details. This handsome bobber started out as a classic BMW R100, brought over from Germany—but there’s not much of the original ma...
Tags: Germany, Motorcycles, Bmw, Firestone, Brembo, Andres, Renard, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R100, Andres Uibomäe, Renard Speed Shop, Bobber Motorcycles


SS1100 Carbon: A rapid Ducati 900 SS from Moscow

We don’t see many customs from Russia. But Moscow-based Birdie Customs and their founder Ilya are doing their best to remedy that, with a slow but steady stream of classy performance customs. Birdie’s Ducati 900 SS knocked us out a year ago, and they’ve just returned with an even faster 900 SS, built in a different style and taking on board lessons learnt with the previous Duc. It’s sleek and stylish, and there’s nothing else quite like it—especially in the Federation. “Sadly, Russian cust...
Tags: Russia, Motorcycles, Ducati, Moscow, Exif, Federation, Ilya, SolidWorks, Birdie, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Ducati Cafe Racer, Ducati 900 SS, Birdie Customs, World Ducati


SS1000 Carbon: A rapid Ducati 900 SS from Moscow

We don’t see many customs from Russia. But Moscow-based Birdie Customs and their founder Ilya are doing their best to remedy that, with a slow but steady stream of classy performance customs. Birdie’s Ducati 900 SS knocked us out a year ago, and they’ve just returned with an even faster 900 SS, built in a different style and taking on board lessons learnt with the previous Duc. It’s sleek and stylish, and there’s nothing else quite like it—especially in the Federation. “Sadly, Russian cust...
Tags: Russia, Motorcycles, Ducati, Moscow, Exif, Federation, Ilya, SolidWorks, Birdie, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Ducati Cafe Racer, Ducati 900 SS, Birdie Customs, Birdie Customs Facebook


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


Banana Bike! An XS650 inspired by 1970s chopper bicycles

I’ll let you in on a little secret: the Bike EXIF team doesn’t always agree on what’s hot and what’s not. But no motorcycle has polarized opinion as much as this whacky Yamaha XS650. In the end, fun and goofiness prevailed. And so we present Bonanza Krad, a bicycle-inspired Yamaha, from the hands and minds at Germany’s Benders Company. Based in Wiesloch, Benders is a five-man team founded by Christian and Raphael Bender. The brothers grew up fiddling with bikes, selling them to finance new...
Tags: Facebook, Ebay, Germany, Motorcycles, Christian, Yamaha, Bonanza, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Sturmey Archer, Motogadget, Yamaha XS650, Yammie, Sven Wedemeyer, Benders Company Based in Wiesloch Benders, Raphael Bender


The Honda CB500 cafe racer that staved off bankruptcy

Building custom motorcycles can be a tough game. And the Swedish builder Fredrik Pål Persson was ready to throw in the towel, just before the commission came in for this rather chic Honda café racer. His shop, Malmö-based PAAL Motorcycles, has been operating for five years now. But last year, the business almost closed down. “We basically hit rock bottom,” Fredrik admits. “We were paying for costly mistakes we made, and we had to downscale everything. We sold everything we could sell, and ...
Tags: Bluetooth, Motorcycles, Honda, Firestone, Exif, Kawasaki, Paal, Fredrick, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Fredrik, Motone, Tarozzi, Honda CB500, Fredrik Pål Persson