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Raising the bar: Vagabund gives the BMW R nineT a lift

We’ve always admired custom motorcycle workshops that keep pushing the boundaries. Austria’s Vagabund Moto have been doing good work since day one, but they’ve never rested on their laurels. The founding duo of Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl seems to level up on every build, relentlessly experimenting with new designs, materials and processes. Their 15th build pushes the envelope to the breaking point. It’s a 2016-model BMW R nineT with hand-formed metalwork, 3D-printed parts, and bodywork t...
Tags: Facebook, Spain, Austria, Motorcycles, Pirelli, PAUL, Leatherman, CNC, Philipp, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Grundmann, Rotobox, Vagabund Moto, Vagabund


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, ...
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Speed Read: 18 October, 2020

A tasty mix this week, with an old school BMW bobber from the Bavarian forests, an absolutely mint BSA Rocket 3 on eBay, a Spanish Thruxton build with a hydraulic bodywork lift, and news of a custom build-to-order scheme from Royal Enfield. BMW R100 CS by Woidwerk Love it or loathe it, there’s a timeless quality to the classic BMW boxer engine. Which gives builders plenty of flexibility when setting the vibe of a bike. This very, very ‘old school’ build comes from Ralf Eggl of Woidwerk, w...
Tags: UK, England, London, India, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmw, Portland Oregon, Honda, Harley Davidson, Continental, Bsa, Mercedes Benz, Chennai, Ralf, Malle


A design firm used 3D printing to transform a 1991 Honda motorcycle — take a look at how they completed the 2-year project

Vagabund design studio transformed a 1991 Honda NX 650 motorcycle into a custom offroad vehicle. Many of the new elements were 3D printed, including the fuel tank. The entire project took about two years.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Vagabund design studio in Austria builds custom motorcycles, and one of their latest creations was fully updating a 29-year-old motorcycle with 3D printing.  Designers spent two years designing, prototyping, and building the Vagabund V13 u...
Tags: Trends, Austria, Honda, Leitner, Stefan Leitner, Vagabund


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


Hot stuff: A Honda CBX 750 built by a firefighter

The annals of motorcycling history are filled with ‘tweeners’—motorcycles that improved upon outgoing models, but eventually fizzled out to make way for the next generation. Just like the Honda CBX 750 F. The CBX 750 F was an update on the beloved (and indeed iconic) CB750, but it wasn’t nearly as popular, and wasn’t really sold in the US either. It was pretty cool in its own way though, with a ‘modern’ DOHC 16-valve motor and radical sport touring styling that, like most things from the 80s...
Tags: Berlin, US, Motorcycles, Honda, Chris, Yamaha, Brembo, Kellermann, Cottbus, Honda Motorcycles, DOHC, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Honda CB750, Hookie Co, SC Project


Vagabund’s R nine T custom comes with official approval

Most of us take it for granted that we can modify our bikes. As long as the VIN number is correct and the modifications are not visibly unsafe, there’s rarely a problem. But in some countries, the regulations are real tough. Several territories in Southeast Asia make it virtually impossible to register a custom bike. And in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, there’s the notorious TÜV system. TÜV requires official approval for almost every modified part fitted to a bike. The frame cannot be...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Southeast Asia, Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, PAUL, Remus, Graz, Germany Switzerland, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Rizoma, Stefan Leitner, Vagabund Moto


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


SHOULDERS OF GIANTS. Vagabund’s Next Level BMW R100R Roadster

Written by Andrew Jones Somehow in all the hype and limelight that surrounds custom bikes, the customer often gets lost. While more than a few bikes we feature on these pages are labors of love that are entirely funded, made and ridden by the builders themselves, a fair whack of them are funded by regular Joes like you or I. Joes with hard-earned money, a moto passion and the will to make something special happen. And as with most people who are footing the bill, they will want things a certa...
Tags: Facebook, Austria, Motorcycles, Michelin, Bmw, Classic, PAUL, Phil, Brat, H R Giger, Andrew Jones, LSL, Motogadget, Pipeburn, Roadster, Stefan Leitner


Diff’rent Strokes: Vagabund Moto bucks the BMW trend

BMW airhead customs are like AC/DC songs: after a while, it’s hard to tell them all apart. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the style is usually pleasing to the eye. But no one could ever accuse Vagabund Moto of following a conventional formula. Their approach is unique and their bikes buck the mainstream trend. So it’s ironic to learn that the owner of this razor-sharp R80 asked Vagabund to replicate the style of a custom R80 they finished two years ago. Not surprisingly, ...
Tags: Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, Continental, Ac, PAUL, ECE, Graz, Philipp, Graz Austria, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Motogadget, BMW R80, Grimeca


FAIR WEATHER FIEND. Vagabund’s ‘V08’ BMW R80RT Summer Brat

Written by Andrew Jones You know you’ve probably got a custom bike problem when you start ordering builds based on weather. And for Vagabund’s Paul and Phil, that’s exactly what their latest customer has gone and done. Clearly not someone who’s short of cash or indeed other bikes to ride, they were so distraught by the fact that their summer riding options didn’t include a fenderless BMW brat, they’ve gone and ordered one built to spec by Austria’s finest for those days when those damn guar...
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Ducati Hypermotard custom: ‘Hector’ by Be Unique 2.22

There’s a definite trend towards the sleek and contemporary in the custom scene right now. We see it in the smooth metallurgy of builders such as Auto Fabrica, JvB-Moto and Vagabund, and the CAD magic of guys like Paolo Tex. But this Swiss-built Ducati is a reassuring reminder that old school craft is still alive and well, and to be found in the most unexpected locations. ‘Hector’ is a Ducati Hypermotard 796, probably the last machine you would expect to get the old-school treatment. It co...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Basel, Zurich, Markus, Andy MacKay, Hector, Burt Munro, Custom Motorcycles, Ducati Hypermotard, Mercedes Benz and Auto Union, Vagabund, Magden, Switzerland Lead, Adrian Frommherz, At Be Unique


Smooth Operator: Vagabund’s sleek BMW R100R

For some people , building a minimalist motorcycle simply means stripping off as much stuff as possible. And practicality be damned. But there’s a higher path: one that uses complex solutions to achieve maximum simplicity, without sacrificing an iota of functionality. That’s the philosophy behind Vagabund Moto’s latest project: a super-sano BMW R100R with a smörgåsbord of hidden niceties. Hailing from Graz, Austria, designer Paul Brauchart and mechanical engineer Philipp Rabl have only been op...
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