Yamaha SR500 by Bunker of Istanbul

Yamaha SR500 customized by Bunker Custom Motorcycles of Istanbul
If you’ve been to Istanbul, you’ll know that it’s riot of color. The bazaars and basilicas are an assault on the retinas, in the best possible way.

So it’s surprising to discover that this cool and understated Yamaha SR500 comes from the city formerly known as Constantinople. It’s the work of brothers Mert and Can Uzer of Bunker Custom Motorcycles, and was commissioned by a kite boarder. Read more »

R nine T Custom Project: the builders

BMW R nineT custom motorcycle builders
It’s not often that we get an insight into the minds and work processes of Japan’s custom motorcycle builders. The language barrier is simply too much. So we’re wrapping up our coverage of BMW’s R nineT Custom Project by interviewing the four builders involved.

Although they’re at the top of their game—and undoubtedly some of the most proficient builders in the world—customizing the R nineT presented unusual challenges. After all, there’s a big difference between a modern motorcycle packed with electronics and a vintage Harley or Yamaha SR. Read more »

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BMW R Nine T Custom Project

BMW R Nine T Custom Project

For six months, four of Japan’s top custom workshops have been tearing down and rebuilding BMW’s R nineT roadster. The names will be familiar to most readers—Shiro Nakajima, Brat Style, Hidemo and Cherry’s Company—but until now, the R nineT Custom Project bikes have been hidden… Read more »

The $185,000 Midual Type 1

The $185,000 Midual Type 1

The problem with most exotic motorcycles is that they are too damn fast. We drool over equipment from the likes of NCR and Vyrus—but unless you spend your spare time testing for a MotoGP team, their performance is mostly academic. Carmakers have got this sussed… Read more »

BMW Tracker by Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

BMW Tracker by Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles

Karles Vives builds motorcycles with a purpose. When he’s not beavering away in his Barcelona workshop, he’s organizing Scram Africa, an exhilarating blast through the desert for owners of classic and custom bikes. Karles’ own BMW builds are designed to handle the rough stuff, but… Read more »

Honda XR650L by Digital Directiv

Honda XR650L by Digital Directiv

The Honda XR650L is one of those big, bulletproof dual sport bikes that never seem to change. It’s tough and simple to fix, just like its evergreen competitors—the Suzuki DR650 and the Kawasaki KLR650. With a 21-inch front wheel and a 37-inch seat height, the… Read more »

Indian Scout by Analog Motorcycles

Indian Scout by Analog Motorcycles

With all eyes on Indian Motorcycle’s relaunch of the iconic Scout, it’s refreshing to see vintage examples vying for attention too. And this eye-catching 1949 Scout from Analog Motorcycles should have no trouble stealing a little limelight. Analog’s Tony Prust stumbled upon the bike while… Read more »

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

The riding season is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, and that means a steady flow of cool new motorcycle gear hitting the shops and online stores. This month we’re looking at a hooded jacket from ICON 1000, Kevlar tailoring for your favorite jeans,… Read more »