Roland Sands x Indian: “Track Chief”

Roland Sands' Indian Chieftain-powered boardtracker custom motorcycle.
The Indian Chieftain is a big motorcycle, designed to soak up the miles on the smooth highways of ‘Murica. The star of the show is the new Thunder Stroke engine, a mighty 111 cubic inch (1811cc) monster pumping out 119 ft-lbs of torque.

It’s a remarkably good-looking motor, and it caught the eye of Roland Sands, the man who can do no wrong when it comes to creating genre-bending customs. Sands has now tapped into Indian’s rich motorsport heritage, and slotted the Thunder Stroke into a vintage-style, boardtracker-inspired build: the Indian Track Chief. Read more »

Renard Speed Shop’s Ducati cafe racer

Ducati cafe racer by Renard Speed Shop of Estonia.
The custom world is dominated by studiously cool and monochrome bikes, so this bright and breezy little Ducati café is a welcome splash of color.

It’s the work of the Estonian boutique manufacturer Renard—makers of the mighty Grand Tourer sport cruiser. Renard’s Andres Uibomae also operates a custom workshop from a barn in Southern Germany, and that’s where this lovely Vento 350 was born. Read more »

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Yamaha SR500 by ExesoR Motorcycles

Yamaha SR500 by ExesoR Motorcycles

Venturing into the left field is risky business for any builder. Go too far, and you could end up with a garish and impractical machine. But ride the line between quirky and classy just right, and you’ll have a hit on your hands. Christian Schwarzenlander’s… Read more »

Rough Crafts’ Harley Dyna “Urban Cavalry”

Rough Crafts’ Harley Dyna “Urban Cavalry”

Is there any remaining doubt that Rough Crafts is one of the world’s top custom Harley builders? On the evidence of this new Dyna, I don’t think so. ‘Urban Cavalry’ is not your typical Harley build. For starters, it’s an official commission—a gift to the… Read more »

BMW R65 by Ed Turner

BMW R65 by Ed Turner

Ed Turner is the nom de guerre of French custom builder Karl Renoult. It’s meant to echo “head turner”—a theme that’s central to Karl’s design philosophy. His latest creation is certainly loaded with character and attitude. It’s built on a 1979 BMW R65—but the only… Read more »

1971 Harley FLH by Jamesville

1971 Harley FLH by Jamesville

James Roper-Caldbeck builds some of the coolest vintage Harleys around. And he’s a long way from Milwaukee—four thousand miles away, to be precise, in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. James’ specialty is traditional bobbers: clean, low-slung machines with an appealing retro vibe. He’s finally getting… Read more »

Das Traumwerk’s “The Crunch”

Das Traumwerk’s “The Crunch”

Most bike builders try to make their machines as squeaky clean as possible. If a build looks ‘factory fresh,’ it’s a job well done. But Alex Ahrer and Herwig Prammer beg to differ. They buried the tank of this replica boardtracker on a sheep farm… Read more »

Wes’ Kawasaki W650 “SC Rambler”

Wes’ Kawasaki W650 “SC Rambler”

I think it was a Deus Ex Machina tracker that first piqued my interest in the Kawasaki W650. But, down here in Cape Town, South Africa—a country where the W650 was never officially imported—they’re extremely hard to come by. So when one suddenly came up… Read more »