Spirit of Zeller: a BMW R nineT homage

Spirit of Zeller: a BMW R nineT homage by Officine Sbrannetti

Thanks to BMW Motorrad’s aggressive (and slightly genius) marketing strategy, custom R nineTs were popping up before the bike had even hit showroom floors. And now that the furor has died down, local distributors are having a go too.

BMW Italy recently invited dealers to participate in an R nineT build-off and one dealer turned to Officine Sbrannetti to build their entry. This is it, and as far as we’re concerned, it’s a shoo-in. Read more »

The Business of Customizing Old Motorcycles

Adam Kay of Untitled Motorcycles on old school customs and starting a bike-building business.
Untitled builds interesting and usable old school motorcycles in a small workshop under the railway arches in north London. And they’re doing a very good job of it too. So when we read an interview with Untitled’s co-founder Adam Kay in Classic Bike Guide, we jumped on it. It’s a great counterpoint to John Ryland’s piece on building custom motorcycles for a living.

“I do this because I love it,” says Untitled’s Adam Kay. “A few years ago I bought a BMW from Rex Martin, who was running Victory Motorcycles in Kentish Town. I asked him to help me rebuild it into a very basic custom, with a shorter seat and different mudguards.” Read more »

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New and noted: Motorcycle gear

New and noted: Motorcycle gear

This month we’re looking at new vintage gear from Italy, a retro helmet with modern technology, a new urban moto jacket, and an incredible deal on selvedge denim riding jeans. Hide that credit card.

Urban Scrambler: Caiman’s Honda CX500

Urban Scrambler: Caiman’s Honda CX500

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… Read more »

Backyard build: Dave Lehl’s Honda CB550

Backyard build: Dave Lehl’s Honda CB550

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… Read more »

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 »