Dutch Treat: Jules Brans’ Yamaha XS750

A textbook 'Brat cafe' custom on a surprising base—a Yamaha XS750.
The Yamaha XS750 triple is one of the most underrated motorcycles of the 1970s. It never achieved the cachet of the Honda CB750, and these days, its smaller SR400 and SR500 brethren are more popular with custom shops.

That makes the XS750 affordable on the secondhand market, and this super-sanitary build from Holland shows what can be done. It’s the work of 33-year-old Jules Brans, who works for an Amsterdam record company. Read more »

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 »

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The Business of Customizing Old Motorcycles

The Business of Customizing Old Motorcycles

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… Read more »

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 »