A KTM we’d ride on any Sunday

No, it's not a vintage dirtbike: It's a KTM 450 SX-F cleverly customized by Roland Sands Design.
Call me old-fashioned, but I reckon dirt bikes have lost the plot in the styling stakes: give me an Elsinore over a CRF any day. And we could devote acres of pixels to the beautiful machines coming out of Spain in the 60s and 70s.

So wouldn’t it be great if you could match the performance and reliability of a modern-day motocross weapon with the elegant, desert sled styling of yore? That’s the thinking behind this latest build from Roland Sands—a KTM 450 SX-F with the aesthetics of a long-gone bomb runner. Read more »

A Cheeky W650 from Gentlemen’s Factory

A custom Kawasaki W650 with a dash of Gallic style, courtesy of the French moto apparel brand Gentlemen's Factory.

Motorcycling and fashion have been holding hands for quite some time now. Fashion houses are commissioning builds and using motorcycles in their marketing. And conversely, custom shops are turning to merchandise to help grow their brands.

Somewhere in the middle you’ll find Gentlemen’s Factory. Based in an old factory in Lille, France, it’s an apparel and dry goods producer now applying its aesthetic to bikes. And judging by this Kawasaki W650, they’re doing it right. Read more »

Brougham: A Cadillac-inspired Softail

Brougham: A Cadillac-inspired Softail

In the Hollywood of the late 1950s, if your name was Clark or Frank and you wanted to make a splash, you bought a Cadillac Eldorado. And not just any Eldorado: it had to be the exclusive, hand-built Brougham. From the quad headlights to the… Read more »

Cabin Fever: Daniel Peter’s XR650

Cabin Fever: Daniel Peter’s XR650

Daniel Peter is a photographer with petrol running through his veins. When he’s not shooting, he’s riding—and his ride is worth a close-up of its own. ‘Cabin Fever’ is based on a Honda XR650, although you’d be hard pressed to tell. Like its CX500 stable… Read more »

ER Voltron: A BMW R69S for the future

ER Voltron: A BMW R69S for the future

It’s not easy to pick out Slovenia on a map. It’s a tiny, picture-postcard country just to the east of Italy, full of mountains and forests and rivers, and home to some of Europe’s best driving roads. Slovenia is also home to ER Motorcycles, one… Read more »

What if Ducati made a new Hailwood replica?

What if Ducati made a new Hailwood replica?

The hype around the launch of the new Ducati Scrambler has got us thinking about other ways to mine the rich history of the Italian marque. Some 35 years ago, Ducati’s official Mike Hailwood replica was a smash hit—so what would an updated version look… Read more »

50 Not Out: Cafe Racer Dreams’ BMW R69S

50 Not Out: Cafe Racer Dreams’ BMW R69S

Cafe Racer Dreams is one of the most prolific outfits on the custom motorcycle circuit. An incredible fifty builds have already rolled out the Spanish workshop’s doors—each one as stylish as the next. For CRD #50, Pedro García and Efraon Triana pulled out all the… Read more »

Unkillable: Ginger McCabe’s XS400

Unkillable: Ginger McCabe’s XS400

If you’re a motorcycle builder in the States and you need a custom seat, you know who to call: Ginger McCabe. Ginger runs Portland, Oregon-based New Church Moto. She’s the go-to girl for workshops like Revival Cycles and Crowe Customs, plus top-flight restorers like New… Read more »