So you want to build custom bikes?

The world's top custom motorcycle builders

For the second edition of The Bike EXIF Panel, we’re picking the brains of seven of the world’s top custom builders. The topic: what’s it like building custom motorcycles for a living?

From the USA we have Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, Alan Stulberg of Revival Cycles and Greg Hageman of Hageman Motorcycles.

Across the pond are Tim Rogers of Spirit of the Seventies in the UK, Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts in Taiwan, and the legendary Wrenchmonkees crew in Copenhagen: Nicholas Bech and Per Nielsen. Read more »

Jan Sallings’ Honda 350

Jan Sallings' beautiful Honda 350 cafe racer.
Every now and then, it’s good to go back to the blueprint. And this is as good as you’ll get. It’s a textbook resto-mod of a classic 1970s Honda, dripping with charm and style.

Builder Jan Sallings has an eye for detail—and the steady hand required for quality work. The mods he’s made to his 1973 Honda 350 are a great guide for anyone who wants to give their vintage bike a dose of café racer flair. Read more »

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet
CRD’s new boxer twins

CRD’s new boxer twins

A few years ago you couldn’t sneeze without hitting a custom Honda CB. But the baton has now been passed to the BMW R-series. And with good reason too—old ‘airheads’ are easy to come by and bulletproof. With a simple layout and a removable subframe,… Read more »

BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks

BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks

Barely six months ago, Max Hazan shifted his workshop from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. But the cross-country trip barely interrupted his stride. This stark and beautiful BSA A50, the first build to come out of Max’s new LA shop, was completed in just five weeks.… Read more »

BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

With a barrage of classic BMW boxer customs gracing our screens of late, it’s easy to overlook the legendary R80 G/S. Being such an iconic motorcycle, few builders dare customize it. Especially when dealing with the über-cool Paris Dakar model with its large capacity fuel… Read more »

The 2014 Bike EXIF Awards, Part I

The 2014 Bike EXIF Awards, Part I

It’s time for our biannual roundup of the most popular motorcycles on Bike EXIF: the best of the best, as chosen by our hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world. After aggregating traffic stats and social media likes and shares, we’ve uncovered the… Read more »

Motorcycle restoration: the test ride

Motorcycle restoration: the test ride

After weeks of wrenching and filming, our Honda CB550F is back together. The hard work at E3 Motorcycles has paid off—and it’s time for that critical first test ride. At 6am on Thursday morning, E3’s David Browning was joined by videographer Eric Altbush to capture… Read more »

Ducati 650 Pantah by Revival Cycles

Ducati 650 Pantah by Revival Cycles

By Alan Stulberg’s own admission, Revival Cycles is “the kind of shop that puts subtlety high on the list of design priorities.” It shows—Revival’s builds are typically laced with well-considered details that are easily missed at first glance. Case in point: this ’83 Ducati 650… Read more »