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Earthly Delight: A minimalist Honda NX650 from Slovakia

There was a time when the Honda NX650 Dominator was an uncommon, yet surprisingly sensible, donor for a custom project. But Dominators have become increasingly popular as donor bikes lately—which makes total sense, given how reliable and versatile they are. HB-Custom showed us one winning formula for the utilitarian NX650 just last week. Now it’s the turn of the guys behind Earth Motorcycles, who have thrown their hats into the ring with this lithe street scrambler. Stripped down to the basic...
Tags: Motorcycles, Slovakia, Honda, Daytona, Vladimir, Mitas, Ales, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Motogadget, Motone, Dominator, Aliant, Honda scrambler, Scramblers


The Sequel: Another Honda Dominator from HB-Custom

The sequel is seldom as good as the original movie, but the opposite is usually true with custom motorcycles. Taking another crack at a particular platform or genre is a golden opportunity to fine-tune your recipe, or try new things. And if you need proof, Holger Breuer’s latest project offers compelling evidence. It’s based on the venerable Honda NX650 Dominator—and like the Dominator Holger built roughly a year ago, it’s a street scrambler with supermoto underpinnings. The two bikes are qui...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Yamaha, Magura, Holger, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Dominator, Pirelli Scorpion, Koso, Honda scrambler, Holger Breuer, Scramblers, Husum Germany


Speed Read, 6 June 2021

We’re kicking things off this week with the wildest Suzuki Katana restomod we’ve ever seen. Then we look at a classic Triumph desert sled, CCM’s new Maverick scrambler, and a formal blazer designed for motorcycling. Suzuki Katana by Team Classic Suzuki We love a good Katana restomod as much as the next guy, but to call this scorching machine from Team Classic Suzuki ‘good’ would be an insult. It’s not the team’s first Katana build—they previously fielded one in the European Classic Enduran...
Tags: London, California, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bud, Mcqueen, Spitfire, Tcs, Husqvarna, CCM, Brembo, Bates, Suzuki, YKK, Yoshimura


Max. Steeze: A CB350 Street Scrambler from California

Miguel Castro seems to be working his way through a checklist of custom motorcycle styles. His first build was a cafe racer, but then he moved onto his second: this cheeky Honda CB350 street scrambler. Based in California, Miguel holds down a day job as a creative director at a major ad agency, and tinkers on bikes after hours. He grew up learning how to wrench from his father, who restored Jaguars for a living. Working under the handle Dia de los Motos, he does just about all the work on his...
Tags: California, Motorcycles, Honda, Miguel, Jaguars, Brembo, PIAA, Miguel Castro, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda CBR, Mikuni, Ginger McCabe, New Church Moto, Suzuki GSX R, Tokico


Speed Read, 23 May 2021

Our round-up for the week includes a well-used Moto Martin-framed endurance racer, and two BMWs; an R nineT and an R18. But first, we take a closer look at the electric-powered Curtiss One. A look at the Curtiss One When a new, boutique manufacturer pops its head up, there’s always fear that their left field creations are just vaporware. But Curtiss Motorcycles reports that their electric motorcycle, the One, is now actually entering production. And it’s an intriguing machine. If you haven...
Tags: California, Indiana, Motorcycles, New Orleans, Lille, Bmw, Honda, Harley Davidson, Spencer, Kawasaki, Alcantara, Kris, Brembo, CNC, George Martin, Suzuki


Second wind: A Yamaha DT175 reconfigured for the road

The Yamaha DT175 is one of those classic bikes that look ‘just right.’ With a small tank, fat seat and raised fenders, it’s a pint-sized enduro machine that screams fun. The DT175 we’ve got here, however, was most definitely not looking good when it rolled into the workshop of Sabotage Motorcycles in Sydney, New South Wales. It was rough around the edges and very tired—as you’d expect of a two-stroke that’s almost half a century old. This didn’t faze Giles Colliver and Andy Dorr, who have ...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Motorcycles, Sydney, Andy, Yamaha, Giles, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Sydney New South Wales, Restomod, Yammie, Sabotage Motorcycles, 2 Stroke Motorcycles, Smith Concepts, Scramblers


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


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


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


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


Dominatorr: Motoism’s Honda NX650 street scrambler

Boundaries are getting blurred in the custom scene. Genre-hopping bikes are everywhere, and it’s getting harder and harder to pigeonhole many builds. We reckon that’s a good thing, and so do the creators of this very sharp Honda Dominator. Brothers Lion and Ben Ott, of Motoism in Munich, felt a need for bikes that escape the definition of a classic cafe racer. They felt the urge to build “something different that is comfortable to ride and delivers good performance, but also embraces the dark...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Munich, Motorcycles, Honda, Lion, Continental, Ott, Harley, Ben, TIG, Brembo, Honda Motorcycles, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator


Big Sled: A Ducati Scrambler 1100 from Officine RossoPuro

We’ve been lucky enough to ride most of Ducati’s extensive Scrambler range. Of all of them, the Desert Sled is the one we’re most likely to ride in the dirt—and the liter-plus Scrambler 1100 is the one we’re most likely to ride on the street. But what if you could roll them both into one bike? That’s exactly what Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro has just done, with this off-road-focused Ducati Scrambler 1100. By mashing up the 1100 with Desert Sled parts and hand-made touches, he’s bui...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Adriatic, Moto Guzzi, Filippo, Custom Motorcycles, Ducati Scrambler, Filippo Barbacane, Officine RossoPuro, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, Scramblers


Speed Read, 31 January 2021

The Swedish electric bike company Cake takes on poaching in Africa, and Triumph cranks the Speed Triple up a notch. Plus we look at a custom Ducati Scrambler 1100 and Indian FTR 1200, and a new whip from the creative director of Super73. Cake Kalk AP The Swedish electric bike manufacturer Cake has just joined forces with the Southern African Wildlife College in South Africa, to form the ‘Electric Bush Bike Anti-Poaching Coalition.’ It’s exactly what it sounds like: an initiative that uses ...
Tags: Cake, Australia, Africa, South Africa, Motorcycles, Ducati, Paris, Long Beach, Chris, Southern Africa, Electric Motorcycle, Chris Nelson, IMU, Ducati Scrambler, Indian motorcycles, Garrett King


ISDT Dream: A BMW R80/7 Scrambler from Estonia

Some custom shops have a knack for building motorcycles that are clean enough to pass for factory specials. But this BMW boxer from the Estonian powerhouse Renard Speed Shop takes things up a notch. Not only does it look like some sort of restored off-road racing prototype, but it was also pieced together from leftover parts. Most of what you see here, including the 1979-model R80/7 donor, was dug out of Renard’s workshop, and modded to fit together. That’s right: this one’s a bitsa. Despi...
Tags: Motorcycles, Estonia, Bmw, Honda, CNC, Renard, Oberon, Custom Motorcycles, BMW R80, Renard Speed Shop, Scramblers, Parafanghi Bastia


Overlander: A BMW G/S built for serious adventure travel

Nothing grows knowledge like experience. So the best way to figure out how to design a continent-crossing motorcycle, is to actually cross a continent—then see what works, and what doesn’t. Back in 2016, Matias Corea rode his 1985 BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar from Brooklyn all the way to Ushuaia, in Argentina. Now he’s got another trip planned: a 22,000-mile journey from his native Barcelona to Cape Town in South Africa. So he’s taken the lessons from his first trip, and built his vision of the ult...
Tags: Africa, Barcelona, Brooklyn, South Africa, Motorcycles, Cape Town, Argentina, Bmw, Ushuaia, Dakar, Brembo, Magura, Paris Dakar, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Walt Siegl


Get Dirty: A Kawasaki W800 with a vintage motocross vibe

The Kawasaki W800’s versatility is just one of its many charms. Throw a handful of mods at it, and you’ll end up with a respectable garden variety street scrambler in no time. But how about turning it into a full-on vintage motocrosser, where the original bike is almost unrecognizable? That takes equal doses of imagination, talent and dedication—and Mário Raphael Soares has plenty of all three. He’s been running MRS Oficina in Paris for the last few years, but has just moved his workshop back...
Tags: Motorcycles, Paris, Portugal, Mario, Kawasaki, BRIDGESTONE, CNC, Chaves, AMA Supercross, Eli Tomac, Custom Motorcycles, Showa, Kawasaki motorcycles, Beringer, Kawasaki W800, Kawasaki France


Editor’s Choice: An Alternative Top 10 for 2020

This time each year , we gather our web and social media stats and pick the ten most popular custom motorcycles of the year. Once we’ve got that out of our system, I have the daunting task of throwing the stats out the window—and picking my personal favorites. It was an especially tough gig this year, with a global pandemic doing little to slow down the enthusiasm and creativity of the custom scene’s best builders. My ‘short list’ started with 40 bikes, and took weeks to whittle down. And in t...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, Lockheed Martin, Kingston, Honda, Twins, Taylor, Blackstone, Cw, Bsa, Ascot, Chris, Harley, Yamaha


Pratik: A Yamaha XT660R from Bunker Custom Cycles

Istanbul-based brothers Mert and Can Uzer are known for their sleek, super-clean custom builds, but their latest creation has a surprisingly practical mien. The commission came from Kerem, a customer living in the ancient city of Adana. A nine-hour ride south from Bunker’s workshop, it’s near the border with Syria and is one of the world’s oldest recorded settlements. It’s also a place where temperatures can reach a sweltering 45 °C (114 °F) in summer. “The upside of living in Adana is t...
Tags: Facebook, Ebay, Turkey, Syria, Motorcycles, Istanbul, Yamaha, Adana, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Givi, Bunker Custom Cycles, Mert, Kerem, Scramblers, Toros Mountains


Revealed: The Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2020

Let’s face it —it’s been the year from hell for most of us. But builders kept on building, in sheds and workshops and garages, and most of us were still able to get out and ride (a little). Most builders were stymied by a lack of parts availability and prolonged shipping times. Others fired up the lathe, cannibalized spare bikes, or made do with what was lying around on the shelf. The quality and quantity of bikes submitted to us throughout the year did not decline. On a more personal note, ...
Tags: China, Russia, Wes, Motorcycles, Ducati, Shanghai, New South Wales, New Zealand, Holland, Bmw, Kingston, Honda, Twins, Harley Davidson, Matthew, Sean Taylor


Svelte AF: The Auto Fabrica Type 20 custom Bonneville

Triumph’s current modern classics are wonderfully designed machines that recall the marque’s history, while offering contemporary performance. But their complex electronics and liquid-cooled, fuel injected motors make them notoriously hard to customize. Superficial changes are a walk in the park, but going deep requires a master’s degree in engineering. The thing is, Triumph’s retro range has actually been around for almost two decades—and when it first launched, the bikes were far simpler. T...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bonnie, Bonneville, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Keihin, Motogadget, Maxton, Auto Fabrica, Bujar, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Scrambler, Gazmend Muharremi, Scramblers, The Auto Fabrica Type, Muharremi


Dutch Treat: A scrambled W650 with a hint of XT500

Scramblers are hot property right now, but we love the traditional style just as much as the modern. And the look doesn’t get much more classic than this remixed Kawasaki W650 from Dutchman Martin Schuurmans. Martin is a product designer who hails from the city of Eindhoven, but he grew up in a little village in the north of the country. Petrol has coursed through his veins since a young age: “Our house was on the route to the TT circuit in Assen, so my brother and I watched hundreds of bikes...
Tags: Motorcycles, Amsterdam, Lucas, Vincent, Eindhoven, Yamaha, Martin, Kawasaki, TT, Assen, Zoran, Custom Motorcycles, Kawasaki motorcycles, Kawasaki W650, Lennard, Ronald Smits


Review: The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro

When Ducati launched the Scrambler line in 2014, it did so promising a template. A kind of 750cc, air-cooled blank slate, ripe for personalization with easily interchangeable body panels, seats, and cowls. A Ducati; just one reduced to its elements. The Scrambler line was envisioned to gently and stylishly entice new riders into the fold. Which makes you wonder, seeing the Öhlins suspension, Brembo monobloc brakes and the over-under barrels of Termignoni silencers glinting against the matte ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Motorcycles, Ducati, Pirelli, Brembo, Ducati Scrambler, Motorcycle Reviews, Husqvarna Svartpilen, Scramblers, Sport Pro, Michael Darter, Via Iron Air


Peace Scrambler: A Suzuki TU250 Grasstracker by Heiwa

We’re always curious to see what bikes the world’s top custom builders choose to ride themselves. Because more often than not, they’re very different from the machines that make headlines and win awards. Kengo Kimura and his shop, Heiwa Motorcycle, need little introduction. Kimura-san’s builds regularly leave our jaws on the floor, and he has multiple awards from the famed Mooneyes custom show to his name. But his latest personal project is this decidedly unpretentious Suzuki scrambler. It...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Suzuki, Heiwa, Kimura, Custom Motorcycles, Kengo Kimura, Heiwa Motorcycle, Suzuki Motorcycles, Heiwa MC, Kengo, Kayaba, Scramblers, Ninben


Savage Blue: A Triumph Bonneville scrambler by Maria

There’s something to be said for using the right tool for the job. But there’s an almost defiant joy to choosing a motorcycle that’s completely inappropriate for the ride at hand—especially if you’ve been told you can’t. Case in point: this 2005 Triumph Bonneville T100 scrambler. It belongs to Maria Motorcycles founder, Luis Correia—and even though there are better off-road motorcycles out there, it’s the fourth Bonneville-based scrambler he’s built for personal use. Luckily, the Portuguese s...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Motorcycles, Maria, Yamaha, Bonnie, Luis, Luis Correia, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Bonnies, Triumph motorcycles, Maria Motorcycles, Michelin Anakee Wild, Triumph T100


Retrograde’s white hot Triumph T100R Daytona desert sled

It’s hard to express just how much Mark Drury loves vintage Triumphs. In his own words, he’s a “self-confessed Meriden groupie,” but his love for the marque is even more evident in the projects he takes on. Based in Northampton in England, Mark runs the workshop Retrograde Mechanica as an after-hours endeavor. And more Triumphs pass through his doors than any other make… regardless of the condition they’re in. This 1967 Triumph Daytona 500, for example, was pretty trashed when Mark took on th...
Tags: Usa, UK, England, Australia, California, Motorcycles, Northampton, Turner, Northamptonshire, Mark, Daytona, Neil, CNC, Meriden, Mark Drury, Neil Adams


Blue Wombat: Analog’s ice-cool Hodaka restomod

If you’ve followed Analog Motorcycles’ work, you’ll know that founder Tony Prust isn’t a fan of doing things half-cocked. This 1973 Hodaka Wombat is proof: Tony’s original goal was to simply get it running and onto the winter ice near his Waukegan, Illinois workshop. But pretty soon, it turned into one of the tidiest two-stroke restomods we’ve ever seen. “The functionality of taking a vintage off road bike to your local park or trail never seemed practical to me,” says Tony. “However I have a...
Tags: Facebook, Ebay, Motorcycles, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Chevy, Illinois, Yamaha, Daniel, Kawasaki, Buchanan, Tony, Kevin, CNC, Brando, Magura


Done right: Rick Hannah’s Kawasaki W650 desert sled

My father was fond of the saying, “If you want a job done right, do it yourself.” And that’s the first thought that popped into my head when I saw this sublime Kawasaki W650 desert sled from England. It comes from London-based Rick Hannah, who builds under the amusing moniker of Dirty Dick’s Motos. Rick is the perfect example of a self-taught man. He used to live in Johannesburg, South Africa, and hang out with Marnitz Venter—whose lovely vintage Triumph bobber we featured a year ago. But...
Tags: UK, England, London, Motorcycles, Cornwall, Customs, Aston Martin, Dick, Continental, Harley, Kawasaki, Rick, Harrison, Joburg, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Custom Motorcycles


The BMW G650 Xcountry reimagined as a street tracker

If you ask us, the BMW G650 Xcountry was ahead of its time. First released in 2007, it encapsulated the tracker vibe that’s so hot right now—but the market wasn’t ready, and it wasn’t a big seller. So BMW soon dropped it from their lineup, along with the other two G650X models. Which is a real pity, because it’s a cracking bike; a compact 652 cc thumper that makes 53 hp and 60 Nm, and weighs 344 lbs wet. And with its pseudo-retro styling, it would sit nicely in the mix between bikes like the ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Ducati, Bristol, Bmw, Georg, Holger, Gelsenkirchen Germany, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Leo Vince, Street Tracker, BMW scrambler, Scramblers, Georg Godde


Luuc Muis redesigns the Moto Guzzi V85 TT for Vanguard

Moto Guzzi’s V85 TT has a lot going for it: a motor with tons of character, a capable chassis, and a look that mixes ‘adventure’ and ‘retro.’ But with such a unique aesthetic, we wouldn’t have a clue where to even begin customizing it. To make an impact with the V85 TT, you really have to go deep. So that’s exactly what Luuc Muis did with this custom V85, built for the Dutch menswear label Vanguard Clothing. The young custom builder has a background in product design, a fresh outlook and one...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Vanguard, Benelux, Moto Guzzi, Akrapovic, Guzzi, Custom Motorcycles, Jeroen, Moto Guzzi Motorcycles, Silvermachine, Luuc, Luuc Muis, Scramblers, Moto Guzzi V85 TT for Vanguard, Pirelli Scorpion STR Rally


Dream Garage: A Triumph T100 with a matching Porsche 911

If you’re anything like us, you probably spend the odd moment fantasizing about your ideal garage. But after seeing the latest project from the French workshop FCR Original, we think the problem has been solved: it’s a custom Bonneville T100 and a classic Porsche 911. Led by founder Sébastien Guillemot, the crew from Chauvigny have created this very stylish T100, which is the latest in their ‘Legend’ series—a line of Triumphs subtly upgraded with immaculate Gallic style. ‘Classic Legend’ i...
Tags: Facebook, Porsche, Motorcycles, Carrera, Continental, Bordeaux, Lucas, Triumph, Exif, Bates, Sebastien, EBC, FCR, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Sébastien Guillemot