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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


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


Race prep: Secrets of the Fasthouse Ducati Desert Sleds

Today’s ‘modern classic’ scramblers are more show than go. Stylistically, they hark back to the golden years of Californian desert racing—but you wouldn’t want to actually race one across the desert. There are only a couple of motorcycles that buck this trend, and the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is one of them. Even though it’s not a full-blown enduro machine, it’s surprisingly good off-road. So much so, that most reviewers refer to it as “the Scrambler Ducati should have built in the first ...
Tags: Facebook, California, America, Motorcycles, Ducati, Graham, Las Vegas, Nevada, North America, Diaz, Jordan Graham, Ducati Scrambler, Ducati North America, Flexx, Ricky Diaz, Racing Motorcycles


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


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


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


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


Dirty Duo: Retro scramblers from North East Custom

North East Custom have never been bound to one style. We’ve already seen the Italian outfit build cafe racers and street trackers—but they seem to have the most fun when they’re building scramblers. That’s because brothers Diego and Riccardo ‘Riki’ Coppiello are passionate dirt bikers. When I met them at the Italian Wildays festival a few years ago, they spent more time riding the enduro course than they did manning their stand. So when they build out dirt bikes, they’re designed to be functi...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Honda, Yamaha, North East, Padua, Diego, Honda Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Yamaha motorcycles, Riki, North East Custom, Tommaselli, Restomod, Custom Motorcycle Shop, Yamaha XT 600


Purpose Built Moto turns the Sportster into a dual sport

Custom motorcycles don’t always need to be practical… unless, of course, you need a purpose built machine that can handle a two week adventure ride across Australia. In that case, you’d want something like this tough Harley-Davidson Sportster. It’s the work of Tom Gilroy, at the aptly named Purpose Built Moto on Australia’s Gold Coast. Purpose Built teamed up with production company Electric Bubble to film an upcoming moto film, Wide of the Mark. Tom needed a ride—so he built this. With a ...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Motorcycles, Tasmania, Harley Davidson, Husqvarna, Harley, Mark, Great Ocean Road, Tom, PSI, Mitas, Custom Motorcycles, Sporty, Harley-Davidson Sportster, Tom Gilroy


Basket Case Boxer: A BMW R90S converted into an enduro

Customizing an older bike is always a risk. There’s the custom work to do, but there’s also the arduous task of fixing all the parts that have inevitably worn down or rusted out over time. And there’s no telling how extensive that restoration work will be, until you get your hands dirty. This 1976 BMW R90S was in a seriously bad way when Ralf Eggl got his hands on it: its previous owner parked it in his shed 12 years ago when it stopped running, and didn’t touch it ever again. To make matters...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Switzerland, Bmw, Bavaria, Continental, Lucas, Ralph, Ralf, Beemer, Hella, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R90, BMW scrambler, Scramblers