For those of you lucky enough to live in the northern hemisphere, the riding season is well underway. And that means lots of fresh new product from the motorcycle gear makers. Here’s a roundup of new gear that has caught our eye, from brands both big and small. Read more
If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably look back fondly on the Formula One cars of that era. The Marlboro McLarens, the Martini Brabhams, and best of all, the svelte John Player Special Lotuses.
Axel Budde of Hamburg-based Kaffeemaschine is a fan of those glory days, and so is his client Arnd Rohrlapper. So they concocted the idea of a 1970s-style cafe racer in the iconic JPS black-and-gold livery. Here’s the finished bike, based on a Guzzi Le Mans Mk III, and it sure looks good. Read more »
Is Harley-Davidson’s venerable Panhead the best looking motorcycle engine of all time? It’s certainly up there with the Triumph and Moto Guzzi twins. It’s nearly half a century since the last Panhead rolled off the production line, but its appeal has never waned. It’s a… Read more »
“Wouldn’t it be great to build motorcycles for a living?” I’m guessing the thought has crossed your mind while working on your own bike. It’s kind of like saying, “Wouldn’t it be great to climb Mount Everest?” Of course it would, depending on your tolerance… Read more »
There will be many, many beautiful machines at this weekend’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Texas. But I’m prepared to bet that one of the stars will be this Moto Guzzi V50 from local heroes Revival Cycles. There’s an elegant, unforced style to the bike, which… Read more »
The economics of the custom business in Japan are very different to what we usually see in the west. Most of the top builders have a loose formula that they’ve constantly refined over the years, using a small number of high-quality parts suppliers. It means… Read more »