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DOPE DIRIGIBLE. Kacerwagen’s ‘Zeppelina V72’ Board Tracker

Written by Martin Hodgson They were the original kings of the race track, but you won’t ever find a replica of one hanging out at your local cafe bike meet. However over recent years with TV shows like Harley and the Davidsons and Sons of Speed, along with the input of America’s best builders like Billy Lane and Rick Petko, the board tracker is back with a vengeance. But what do you do when you live in a country where finding a ’20s Indian in a barn is as likely as finding the fabled pot of g...
Tags: America, Spain, Motorcycles, Classic, Harley Davidson, Harley, Yamaha, Atlantic Coast, TIG, Zeppelina, Davidsons, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Rick Petko, Shinko, Morini


KESSEL COFFEE RUN. Ironwood’s ‘Latte Stormtrooper’ BMW R80 Bobber

Written by Andrew Jones Since 2012, Dutch shop Ironwood Motorcycles have pretty much dominated the classic BMW custom market in Western Europe. So much so, that their style has pretty much become shorthand for an entire genre of custom Beemers. And while many may have copied, it’s their ability to break the mould and think outside the square of their own fame that proves they’ve still got what it takes. Like this ‘85 BMW R80 bobber, for instance. Just like a old-school southern haircut, it’s ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Bmw, Classic, Western Europe, PAUL, Rocky Balboa, Marcel, Kessel, Kellermann, Andrew Jones, Ironwood, Arjan, Bobber


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


Huge Moto x Zero: An electrifying new design language?

The One Moto Show is a cornucopia of analog delights, gleaming with metalflake and raw, hand-beaten bodywork. But there was an interloper lurking amongst the chrome and carburetors: this futuristic Zero from Huge Moto of San Francisco. As soon as the Zero was revealed, it starting popping up everywhere on social media. So we dropped a line to Huge Moto’s boss, Bill Webb, to get the story on this surprise hit—and the very 21st century design process. “Zero reached out to us a couple years ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Portland, Bill, Bruce Lee, Cad, Husqvarna, Moto, Electric Motorcycle, Honda CBR, Shinko, Zero HQ, Huge Moto, Huge Moto of San Francisco, Bill Webb, Brian Wismann Zero


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


BOL’D OVER. Recast Moto’s Stunning Honda CB900F Roadster

Written by Marlon Slack Some motorcycles perfectly reflect a time in history. And the early Honda Bol D’or is a prime example of it. All hard lines and pressed steel wheels, there’s something about it that screams late 70’s optimism and chest hair. But Belarus’ Recast Moto changed that, cutting, shutting and kicking it into a dark, modern . And it all happened by chance. “We visited our friends who bring bikes over from the Netherlands,” Recast’s Latiz Lemark recalls. “In a large hangar w...
Tags: Motorcycles, Netherlands, Belarus, Honda, Classic, Minsk, Kawasaki Ninja, Yoshimura, Racer, Café Racer, Recast Moto, Shinko, Dmitry Homich, CB900F, Latiz Lemark, Latiz


DIRTY MIND. Fabtech’s Obsessive Harley Sportster Hooligan

Written by Martin Hodgson Hooligan racing is – as the name suggests – a hell of a lot of fun and when an Aussie caught a glimpse of the action he wanted in, bad. The machines are road-based; a mix of street tracker and dirt bike that rip it up on the flat track. For Australian metal fabricator extraordinaire Jamie Portelli of Fabtech Creations, a trip to the USA had him hooked and he started planning the build before he’d even boarded the QANTAS flight home. The end result is this rampaging 1...
Tags: Usa, Minneapolis, Australia, Motorcycles, Brisbane, Qantas, Harley Davidson, Nz, Jamie, Harley, Andrew Jones, Pro Circuit, Martin Hodgson, Shinko, Fabtech, Portelli


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


Cohn Racers’ Harley XR1200X is ready to play dirty

If you love the wall of torque delivered by a Harley V-twin but not the laidback handling, the Sportster XR1200X is the bike you need. The XR1200X was the sportiest of Sportsters, with over 90 hp on tap from a high-compression engine, and supple Showa ‘big piston’ forks. At the start of this decade, it was sold in Europe for a couple of years—then filtered through to the US, where it won plaudits from road testers and owners alike. The rarity of the XR1200X means we don’t see many in cust...
Tags: Apple, Europe, US, Motorcycles, Melbourne, Harley, Alcantara, Miami Florida, Brembo, Harley-davidson, Cohn, Suzuki, Custom Motorcycles, Dyna, Harley-Davidson Sportster, Shinko


KNOCK ON WOOD. Kromwork’s ‘The 29’ S&S Boardtracker

Written by Martin Hodgson In the past year custom bikes from Indonesia have exploded onto the global scene and it seems the love of two wheels goes all the way to the top. President Jokowi himself owns a Royal Enfield powered bobber and a number of his ministers ride tricked out builds from Indonesia‘s Cleveland CycleWerks. 12 months ago CCW commissioned Kromworks to build them a board tracker powered by one of their single cylinder engines, now they’re doing it again with a thumping twin. Wi...
Tags: Indonesia, Motorcycles, Honda, Cleveland, Jokowi, Classic, Andi, Martin Hodgson, Royal Enfield, Bobber, Poço, Shinko, Board Tracker, Kromworks, Andika Pratama, S&S


IRON AWE. Kromwork’s ‘Precious Metal’ ’47 Harley Boardtracker

Written by Martin Hodgson For the best part of a century the custom motorcycle scene has been a counterculture that has traversed the globe and become a universal language for those with a love of modifying their two wheels. But with the corporate conservatives at the major manufacturers now heavily involved and a growing crowd of conformers; that intrinsic free will has come under threat. Never fear, for as long as men like Andika Pratama live and breathe then true innovation and artistic ex...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Indonesia, Motorcycles, Cleveland, Classic, Harley Davidson, Harley, Andi, Andika, WL, Boardtracker, Martin Hodgson, Bobber, Shinko, Kustomfest


PITCH PERFECT. Hookie’s ‘Black Swan’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson Hookie Co. in Dresden sure do live up to the hype about precision German engineering, but what they add along the way is a sense of fun and relaxation many wouldn’t necessarily expect. Their garage features a small coffee shop, with a comfy place to sit and enjoy free wifi, but it’s little wonder that surrounded by so much motorcycle goodness, many can’t help but place a more substantial order than a flat white. One such customer requested a 1981 Honda CB750 in Hooki...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Motorcycles, Honda, Dresden, Classic, Nico, Alcantara, Café Racer, CB750, Motogadget, Comstar, Shinko, Hookie Co, Nico Mueller, Kustom Tech


Double Vision: Two Yamaha XS650 cafe racers from Hookie

The correct answer to ‘How many bikes?’ is always ‘one more.’ And these two dapper Yamaha XS650s from German wunderkind Nico Mueller and Hookie Co. illustrate the point beautifully. The Dresden-based outfit landed the build commissions from two different sources. But since the briefs came in at almost the same time, and were so similar, the guys decided to tackle them as a pair. “Both clients wanted a classic cafe racer,” says Nico. “A parallel twin with clean lines and some modern electro...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Dresden, Bengali, Nico, Yamaha, Alcantara, Bates, Bengel, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Biltwell Inc, Shinko, Yamaha XS650


PONIES FROM HEAVEN. Rusty Factory’s Beautiful ‘White Angel’ BMW R75

Written by Marlon Slack With some custom bikes, it’s easy to see where stock ends and the custom work starts. And there’s no begrudging this style of build – we love a bike that can masquerade as a factory motorcycle. But sometimes we like balls-to-the-wall insanity. Bikes that scream bespoke parts and hundreds of man hours. And there’s no better example than this, a blindingly good-looking 1975 BMW R75/6 produced by Malaysia’s Rusty Factory. An award-winning, retro-futuristic board tracker. ...
Tags: Malaysia, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Classic, Muhammad, Rusty, Muhammad He, Bobber, Pipeburn, Shinko, Maxwell Hazan, Rusty Factory, R75, Marlon Slack With, Rusty Muhammad Khalid Musa


KISSING ASS. Federal Moto’s ‘Bottom Feeder’ Yamaha XS650 Chopper

Written by Andrew Jones Please spare a thought for the poor old chopper. King of the custom scene for almost 40 years, the resurgence of the bobber and cafe look in the first decade of the Noughties has, in some eyes, relegated it to uncool school ever since. Of course, custom bike tastes wax and wane like Australian Prime Ministers; in one day and out the next. Or as some would argue, maybe choppers never went out of style at all? What we do know is that Chicago’s Federal Moto were looking f...
Tags: Japan, Chicago, Motorcycles, Avon, Classic, Chris, Moto, Shizuoka, Midwest, Frank, Federal, Yamaha, Mike, Pete, Custom, Hugh


Travel Photo – Minato Mirai 21 Of Yokohama Skyline At Night By iPhone X

It’s been a while since I last shared my travel photos here. Over a thousand photos I shot on my last vacation trip to Japan, there are still quite some interesting photos I found I should share out. This is one of them. I captured the Minato Mirai 21 skyline at night from the bridge crossing Shinko district which forms a magnificent photo of Yokohama of Japan. The above Photo is captured with iPhone X. Photographed with iPhone X back dual camera, with Shutter speed 1/4 sec. Aperture f1.8. Fo...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Skyline, Travel Snapshot, Pacifico, Yokohama, Kamakura, Chūō, Shinko, iPhone X, Pan Pacific Hotel, Minato Mirai, Top Travel Photos, Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama Skyline, Minato Mirai Chuo


Ride and win: Ironwood’s Honda CB750 is up for grabs

Bike giveaways are nothing new, but we haven’t seen one quite like this before. This terrific Honda CB750 comes from Ironwood in The Netherlands, and if you hire it for a day, you’re in with a . The people behind this unusual competition are Motoshare, a local bike rental company (think AirBNB for motorcycles) and the huge European parts supplier CMS, who mostly specialize in components for Japanese machines. Tickets to ride (and win) cost 99 EUR, which is about US$115. And if you live ou...
Tags: Europe, US, Cms, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, Honda, The Netherlands, CNC, Monza, Ironwood, Arjan, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Keihin, Honda CB750


Going out with a bang: Jamesville’s last custom Harley

I’ve always had a soft spot for the machines built by James Roper-Caldbeck. Back in 2009, when Bike EXIF was only a few months old and still a casual side project, we started featuring Jamesville bikes—which were a breath of fresh air compared to the blinged-out choppers that still dominated the western Harley scene at the time. James and I have kept in touch over the years. So I had mixed feelings when he dropped me a line the other day to say he was closing the custom side of his business, ...
Tags: Europe, Milwaukee, Motorcycles, Poland, Denmark, Copenhagen, James, Exif, Harley, Harley-davidson, Custom Motorcycles, Bobber, Shinko, Jamesville, Restomod, Harley bobber


Evolution of the Species: Hookie Co.’s ‘Wolf’ Honda CB750

Hookie Co. are one of the most exciting new custom shops to have emerged in recent times. On the surface they’re a laid back and fun-loving crew—but deep down, they take their craft extremely seriously. Their latest work pays testament to their progression as designers and builders. It’s based on the popular Honda CB750 K7, of the 1978 variety. And while it cuts a similar silhouette to previous Hookie CB cafe racers, there’s actually a lot of interesting stuff going on. “This is a project ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Motorcycles, Honda, Wolf, Nico, Parma Italy, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Nissin, Motogadget, Honda CB750, Shinko, Hookie Co, Adrian Flor


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 22 April, 2018

A spectacular Ducati designed to celebrate Alpinestars’ 55th anniversary, a Kawasaki GPX 600 R built by a lecturer in economics, an electric dragster from Alta, and a cafe racer … rocking horse from Germany. Kawasaki GPX 600 R by Jordi Soldevila The Golden Ratio is a mathematically driven design technique that, when applied properly, should render appealing, natural looking creations. It’s some pretty high-level stuff, which typically takes industry pros years of practice to get right. And...
Tags: San Francisco, Motorcycles, Ducati, Michelin, Warp, Husqvarna, Alta, Brembo, Ducs, Alpinestars, Nicky Hayden, Akrapovic, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Jordi, Airtech


Hot Rod Alice: A Honda CB750K ten years in the making

Custom builders often cringe at the sight of their first project. But not Craig Marleau of California’s Kick Start Garage. He still has a soft spot for the CB750 he built over ten years ago, and decided to update it for the future. “My first custom bike was that Honda. I built it for myself and other people liked it. Ratrod culture was on the rise, and I’d always liked that look, so my build was very ratrod-like. It was pretty rude.” With more than a decade of distance between now and his ...
Tags: California, France, Los Angeles, Motorcycles, Honda, Firestone, Craig, Alice, Myles, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Motogadget, Honda CB750, Craig Marleau, Shinko


Ironwood’s new BMW Boxer goes with the grain

There’s a trend that’s picked up speed amazingly fast this year: wood on motorcycles. It’s tricky to pull off, but when it’s executed tastefully the results can be spectacular. After all, some of the world’s most desirable cars and yachts feature exquisite wooden highlights. And that’s where Arjan van den Boom of Ironwood Motorcycles found inspiration for his latest build—cars such as Aston Martins, and classic Riva boats. Dubbed ‘The Savage,’ this 1978 BMW R75 is a blend of both materials...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Amsterdam, Bmw, Scrambler, Harley Davidson, Boxer, PAUL, Brembo, Cote, Monza, Marcel, Arjan, Aston Martins, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles


New Bike, Old School Charm: Kingston Custom’s Thruxton

Custom builders must breathe a sigh of relief when a customer drops off a brand new bike. Sure, old motorcycles are simpler to work on, but with fresh metal there’s no shady past to worry about—and no fear of gremlins lurking under the surface. It’s a great time to be buying modern retros too. Just look at all the goodness that poured out of EICMA this year. The big brands are filling showrooms with modern classics that don’t just look pretty, but actually perform really well too—like the new g...
Tags: Germany, Motorcycles, Yamaha, Alcantara, Dirk, Rhine Ruhr, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Thruxton, Shinko, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Thruxton, Hattech, Kingston Custom, Dirk Oehlerking


X-Wing: Rodsmith Gets Carried Away With a Honda Gold Wing

Craig Rodsmith is one of the elite few that truly deserves to have an ego…but doesn’t. According to photographer Grant Schwingle, the Australian metal-shaping guru has a tendency to sell himself short, and had to be pried for details on this stunning Honda Gold Wing. Based in Illinois, USA, Craig calls this the ‘X-Wing,’ and casually dismisses it as a ‘quick’ build. “It started off as a bone stock 1980 Honda GL 1100 that had been sitting in my shop gathering dust for a year or two,” he says. ...
Tags: Porsche, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Grant, Craig, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Honda Gold Wing, Cone Engineering, Comstar, Shinko, Craig Rodsmith, Rodsmith Motorcycles, Grant Schwingle


Sports Tourer to Street Tracker: Deep Creek’s Ducati ST2

Kris Reniers clearly has a way with Ducatis. The last bike we featured from his Deep Creek Cycleworks shop was a Ducati 750SS bitsa of the highest order, and now he’s turned his attention to the Ducati ST2. Except he hasn’t transformed the 944cc L-twin sport bike into a classy cafe or endurance racer. He’s come from way out the left field… and built a street tracker. “The customer is a close friend of mine,” says Kris. “He’s a good rider who used to do dirt track and enduro bikes for fun. He...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Tracker, Yamaha, Alcantara, Kris, Earle, Deep Creek, Heidenau, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Deep Creek Cycleworks, Kris Reniers, Shinko, Deepenbeek Belgium Step, Alex Earle


Cool As: Customizing a 63-year-old Ural in Siberia

You find custom builders in the most unlikely of places. A month ago, we featured a bike from Hong Kong for the first time; today, we’re showing our first custom from Siberia. It’s a little different to our usual fare, but bear with us. This rather stylish little bobber-flavored Ural chop comes from the home workshop of Roman Molchanov, who lives in Novosibirsk—the third biggest city in Russia. It’s about 900 miles (1,500 km) east of Irbit, where Ural motorcycles have been made since 1941. R...
Tags: Hong Kong, Russia, Motorcycles, Siberia, Bmw, Exif, Ural, Novosibirsk, Ohlins, DENSO, Custom Motorcycles, Bobber, Molchanov, Shinko, Ural motorcycles, Irbit


Dual-Sport Dynamite: The Moto Mucci Husqy570

Dave Mucci popped up on our radar five years ago with his first build, a slinky CX500 that revealed the potential of Honda’s much-maligned V-twin. By his own admission, it was a “low-budget, quick turnaround build”—but it was a hit, and anyone who’s built a CX500 since has undoubtedly pinned it to their inspiration board. The secret to this success lies in Dave’s background; he’s a trained industrial designer, with a sensational eye. Since building the CX, space in the Moto Mucci studio has bee...
Tags: Montana, Kung Fu, ASV, Chicago, Dave, Motorcycles, Portland, Dell, Portland Oregon, Honda, Husqvarna, Mark, Kawasaki, Custom, Kawasaki Ninja, Golan


Dual-Sport Dynamite: Moto Mucci’s Husqvarna TE 570

Dave Mucci popped up on our radar five years ago with his first build, a slinky CX500 that revealed the potential of Honda’s much-maligned V-twin. By his own admission, it was a “low-budget, quick turnaround build”—but it was a hit, and anyone who’s built a CX500 since has undoubtedly pinned it to their inspiration board. The secret to this success lies in Dave’s background; he’s a trained industrial designer, with a sensational eye. Since building the CX, space in the Moto Mucci studio has bee...
Tags: Montana, Kung Fu, ASV, Chicago, Dave, Motorcycles, Portland, Dell, Portland Oregon, Honda, Husqvarna, Mark, Kawasaki, Custom, Kawasaki Ninja, Golan


Thrive just built the coolest Enfield we’ve ever seen

Most of the customs that cross our desks come from Europe and the States, but there’s some really interesting stuff happening further afield. We visited Kustomfest in Indonesia a couple of years back, and were floored by the ingenuity of the local talent. Based in Jakarta, Thrive Motorcycle are one of the shining lights of the Indo scene. And looking at this rowdy little number, dubbed ‘Moltar,’ it’s easy to see why. Granted, it’s not the most extreme transformation we’ve seen from Thrive. P...
Tags: Europe, Indonesia, Motorcycles, States, Scrambler, Jakarta, Daytona, Enfield, Custom Motorcycles, Royal Enfield, Shinko, Royal Enfield Bullet, Kustomfest, Moltar, Royal Enfield Indonesia, Indra Pratama


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 11 December, 2016

A drop-dead gorgeous racer-style BMW R100R from XTR Pepo, a new motorcycle manufacturer based in New York City, and a rare Diamond Atelier build up for sale. The top end of the market has been busy this week. Suzuki DR650 by Diamond Atelier This stretched and slammed Suzuki DR650 should look a little familiar to you. We featured the bike when Diamond Atelier originally released it late last year, and after time on the road as a showcase for Tom and his Munich-based crew, it’s now up for sale...
Tags: NYC, New York City, Munich, Brooklyn, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Nova Scotia, Bmw, Honda, Exif, Yamaha, Tom, Vanguard, Brembo, Suzuki