Urban Scrambler: Caiman’s Honda CX500

Urban Scrambler: a Honda CX500 built for the streets of Johannesburg.

South Africa is a motorcycling nirvana—especially for dual-sport riders. From the winelands in the Western Cape, all the way across to the Midlands in KwaZulu Natal, great riding and idyllic scenery abound.

Commuting in Johannesburg is a far cry from traversing the countryside though. Jozi has it all: congestion, potholes, traffic lights that don’t always work and lawless minibus taxis. Read more »

Backyard build: Dave Lehl’s Honda CB550

Photographer Dave Lehl spent two years meticulously building up this Honda CB550—and it shows.
We get quite a few emails from readers asking why we focus so much on pro customs, and not backyard builds from talented amateurs. It’s partly because pro builders push the envelope more often, but it’s also because it’s much harder for amateurs to hit the sweet spot—which is a well-crafted build and fantastic photography.

This Honda CB550 from Colorado-based Dave Lehl ticks both boxes. It helps that Dave is a photographer by trade, but he’s also got unusually good taste—knowing what to change, and what to leave alone. Read more »

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The return of Speedy Working Motors

The return of Speedy Working Motors

How can you not love a motorcycle brand called Speedy Working Motors? It might sound like a slogan on a Japanese t-shirt, but SWM is actually an Italian marque with a solid history going back to 1971. SWM went bust in 1984, but the company… Read more »

Exclusive: Win a Pagnol M1 jacket

Exclusive: Win a Pagnol M1 jacket

Today we’ve got an exciting giveaway for Bike EXIF readers: the chance to win a beautiful Pagnol M1 motorcycle jacket worth a cool $649. The M1 is one of the best jackets we’ve ever seen—as you’d expect from a company with a background in MotoGP… Read more »

Shop Visit: For The Love Of Motorcycles

Shop Visit: For The Love Of Motorcycles

Four months ago, two of the most highly respected builders in California joined forces and opened a store on Los Angeles’ famed Melrose Avenue. Called For The Love Of Motorcycles, it’s quickly become a haven for anyone who … do we need to spell it… Read more »

A different kind of Ducati Scrambler

A different kind of Ducati Scrambler

In the motorcycling world, all eyes are on Ducati at the moment, with the new Scrambler going on sale in January 2015. So we perked up when we heard about another Ducati Scrambler—from Speedtractor, one of our favorite Japanese builders. It’s based on a 1988… Read more »

Recall: A BMW R75 dressed to kill

Recall: A BMW R75 dressed to kill

As classic BMWs go, the “slash-5s” are pretty sought after. They’re packed with little styling details that eventually fell away on later models—like the rounded air box, ‘peanut’ engine covers and the ‘toaster’ tank. Add those details to a luscious old-school paint job, and you’ve… Read more »

Playing Hookie: Nico Mueller’s killer CB750

Playing Hookie: Nico Mueller’s killer CB750

It takes more than a run-of-the-mill Honda CB750 to get our attention these days, but this low-slung speziall from Germany is very special indeed. The stance is spot on, the lines flow with purpose, and the finish is stark and beautiful. It’s the sixth build… Read more »