It’s not a Zündapp, it’s a Honda CB550

Custom Honda CB550 by Chris Dekker of Holland's Tin Can Customs.
Hidden in a backstreet in the busy Port of Amsterdam is a small fabrication shop called Tin Can Customs. Amidst the clatter and clanging of ships unloading their cargo, Chris Dekker gets on with building motorcycles, furniture, and anything else he feels like.

Being smack-dab in the middle of a huge seaport may explain the somewhat industrial look of this Honda CB550, which sports a battered tank from a German Zündapp. Either that, or whiffs of something strong from a nearby coffeeshop have been drifting across Meneer Dekker’s workbench. Read more »

The Kustom Kommune’s Harley Sportster 48

Harley Sportster 48 motorcycle built by Australia’s first communal motorcycle workshop, The Kustom Kommune.
What could be more fun than having your own well-stocked workshop, with all the tools and space you need to wrench on your bike? In the company of like-minded folks, who also enjoy throwing the occasional party?

That’s the thinking behind The Kustom Kommune, Australia’s first communal motorcycle workshop. Based in Melbourne, it’s part of a growing global trend towards DIY custom building and general bike maintenance.

To get the word out and attract new members, the Kommune founders decided to build a show quality, street ready shop bike. And the good folks at Harley-Davidson made it possible by donating a 1200cc Sportster 48. Read more »

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Buell X1 by Sartorie Meccaniche

Buell X1 by Sartorie Meccaniche

I’ve always loved Buell’s streetfighter models for their combative stance and no-nonsense ergonomics. In stock form they’re bare-bones, purpose built machines—devoid of any superfluous add-ons and powered by 1203cc of Milwaukee muscle. They’re an acquired taste though, and some—like the X1 Lightning—are beginning to look… Read more »

Husqvarna 510 by Velomacchi

Husqvarna 510 by Velomacchi

Kevin Murray is a petrolhead with a very interesting day job: he runs a company designing high performance gear for clients like The North Face, Nike, Mammut and Navy SEAL teams. He’s now set up shop with his own brand, Velomacchi, producing “Everyday Carry for… Read more »

Roland Sands x Indian: “Track Chief”

Roland Sands x Indian: “Track Chief”

The Indian Chieftain is a big motorcycle, designed to soak up the miles on the smooth highways of ‘Murica. The star of the show is the new Thunder Stroke engine, a mighty 111 cubic inch (1811cc) monster pumping out 119 ft-lbs of torque. It’s a… Read more »

Renard Speed Shop’s Ducati cafe racer

Renard Speed Shop’s Ducati cafe racer

The custom world is dominated by studiously cool and monochrome bikes, so this bright and breezy little Ducati café is a welcome splash of color. It’s the work of the Estonian boutique manufacturer Renard—makers of the mighty Grand Tourer sport cruiser. Renard’s Andres Uibomae also… Read more »

Yamaha SR500 by ExesoR Motorcycles

Yamaha SR500 by ExesoR Motorcycles

Venturing into the left field is risky business for any builder. Go too far, and you could end up with a garish and impractical machine. But ride the line between quirky and classy just right, and you’ll have a hit on your hands. Christian Schwarzenlander’s… Read more »

Rough Crafts’ Harley Dyna “Urban Cavalry”

Rough Crafts’ Harley Dyna “Urban Cavalry”

Is there any remaining doubt that Rough Crafts is one of the world’s top custom Harley builders? On the evidence of this new Dyna, I don’t think so. ‘Urban Cavalry’ is not your typical Harley build. For starters, it’s an official commission—a gift to the… Read more »