Dan Mantyla’s Honda CL

Vintage Honda CL motorcycle
After acquiring a 1974 Honda CL 200, unspoiled yet barely running, Dan Mantyla was faced with a decision: restore or customize?

Dan is a guy who understands the connection between art and engineering. He’s a shed-builder by night and a web developer by day. “I wanted to build a bike that to the untrained eye looks stock,” Dan tells us. “But what they’re doing in Japan with Bratstyle bikes and in Europe with scramblers is just too inspiring. When you get to design your own cockpit, you don’t pass that up.” Read more »

The ultimate Triumph Scrambler?

The Triumph Tramontana custom Scrambler
The Scrambler is one of the most-loved Triumph motorcycles of recent times. But there’s a common criticism: its off-road performance doesn’t quite match those beguiling looks.

That shortfall has just been blown to smithereens by a team of five motorcycle engineers. And not just any engineers: they’re all part of Triumph’s own chassis development team, based in Spain and led by brothers David and Felipe Lopez. Read more »

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet
Yamaha XJ650 by Ad Hoc

Yamaha XJ650 by Ad Hoc

The sign of a truly skilled custom motorcycle builder is the ability to create something beautiful from inauspicious beginnings. I’m not saying that the shaft-drive Yamaha XJ650 is a sow’s ear, but it’s certainly not in the same aesthetic league as a Moto Guzzi Le… Read more »

BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

With the BMW R-series becoming the platform du jour for custom builds, it’s getting harder to create something new—without simply being ‘different’ for the sake of it. That was the quandary faced by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro, one of Italy’s top custom builders and… Read more »

Triumph Bonneville T100 by Clutch Custom

Triumph Bonneville T100 by Clutch Custom

As long as Triumph keep churning out modern classics, builders will be lining up to chop them. This latest example is a 2007 Bonneville T100—tastefully reworked by the crew at Clutch Custom Motorcycles. Clutch Custom operates out of Paris’ 12th arrondissement, and if I had… Read more »

The Wall of Death Indian Scout

The Wall of Death Indian Scout

The launch of the new Scout in Sturgis had to be more than a silly sheet-pull. So Indian Motorcycle looked to history for inspiration. Revealing the bike on a Wall of Death was the answer—with the task of creating a one-off machine falling to Indian’s… Read more »

Moto Guzzi Ambassador by BCR

Moto Guzzi Ambassador by BCR

Anyone who’s considered building a traditional café-racer has probably stumbled upon Benjie Flipprboi’s site at some point. As Benjie’s Café Racers, he produces a wide array of good looking bolt-on parts from his Corona, California base—and he builds pretty desirable bespoke motorcycles to boot. This… Read more »

Auto Fabrica Yamaha SR500

Auto Fabrica Yamaha SR500

The English workshop Auto Fabrica is fast developing a distinctive style. It’s the reduction of the motorcycle to its simplest form, finished to the highest standard with low-key paintwork. And it’s incredibly easy on the eye. If there’s a four-wheeled parallel, it’s those super-sanitary hot… Read more »