That ’70s Show: new Bonneville, vintage style

A custom Triumph Bonneville T100 built by the English workshop Spirit Of The 70s.
Most builders rhapsodize about their bikes, scattering superlatives like autumn leaves on a country road. Kev Taggart describes his Triumph Bonneville T100 as “Small, squat, and tough as old boots.”

Kev can afford to be blunt. He’s one half of the English workshop Spirit of The Seventies, and a man with nothing left to prove. If there’s a phrase to sum up Spirit bikes, it’s “iron fist in a velvet glove”—and this T100 continues that fine philosophy. Read more »

Stealthy: Renard’s custom Harley 1200

Stealthy: a Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 custom built by Renard Speed Shop.

Unless you’ve been living under a lump of naturally occurring solid aggregate, you’ll know that scramblers are all the rage right now. And by ‘scramblers’ we loosely mean bikes with a go-anywhere attitude, upright ergonomics and retro-cool looks.

A Harley 1200 is not the obvious platform for this style. But some stellar Sporty-based examples have rolled out of garages lately, and this is one of the best. It’s from Renard Speed Shop, and it’s the Estonian outift’s first Harley build.
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Enter Sandman: French Atelier’s Yamaha TW125

Enter Sandman: French Atelier’s Yamaha TW125

The Yamaha TW125 is one of the oddities of the motorcycling world. It’s short, high-ridin’ and underpowered. It doesn’t sound promising—but over the past 15 years, the TW125 has built up a strong fan base. And if you’ve ridden a fat-tired TW over the sand… Read more »

Hot Picks: Women’s Motorcycle Gear

Hot Picks: Women’s Motorcycle Gear

Many of our female readers have asked for a roundup of the best motorcycle gear for women. So here it is, written by one of our favorite motojournalists, the Motolady. Even with the growth of the women’s population within the motorcycle industry, the general consensus… Read more »

Upgrading the Triumph Scrambler, Swedish Style

Upgrading the Triumph Scrambler, Swedish Style

The Triumph Scrambler looks pretty good straight out of the box. But a few well-judged tweaks can lift it to a whole new level. As much as we love radically modified Triumphs, it’s subtle custom jobs like this Gothenburg-based machine that really get our motors… Read more »

Back To The Future: custom Honda Nighthawk

Back To The Future: custom Honda Nighthawk

Some custom shops like to breathe new life into old motorcycles. Others put a vintage spin on modern machinery. Tito and Jose of Spain’s Macco Motors have gone for the vintage approach with this CB750, and it works a treat. You’d never guess at first… Read more »

Momoto SR500: blueprint for a budget cafe

Momoto SR500: blueprint for a budget cafe

Half a century ago, a café racer was a bike stripped to the essentials. Tuned for maximum performance over the short haul, it was usually a secondhand bike that didn’t break the bank—and was tweaked on a budget. These days, the true modern café racer… Read more »

Shop visit: Urban Rider, London

Shop visit: Urban Rider, London

If you live in London, the place to shop for motorcycle gear is Urban Rider. It’s where you’ll find all the big-name brands, and they build damn cool bikes too—like the BMW R80 below. Urban Rider is a destination for many motorcyclists in the capital,… Read more »