Dirty Geisha: Maria Motorcycles XT600

A funky, high-steppin' Yamaha XT600 custom from Portugal's Maria Motorcycles.

Turning old dualies into retro customs is all the rage lately. We’re not complaining—done right, the results are sharp looking, easy-going bikes.

The process comes with challenges: Most thumpers built in the ’80s and ’90s celebrated function over form. They’re delightfully utilitarian, but that means builders have to contend with clumsy bodywork and awkward lines. Read more »

Clutch Customs’ sublime Kawasaki KZ650

Here's the best-looking Kawasaki KZ650 we've seen for a long time, courtesy of the Paris-based workshop Clutch Customs.

Kawasaki KZ650s don’t come across our desks too often. So we were intrigued to see this one from Monsieur Willie Knoll at Paris’ Clutch Custom Motorcycles.

Willie has an obsession with lines and details, and a knack for nipping and tucking a bike until everything sits just right. Equally impressive is his eye for finishes—Clutch bikes are delightfully grungy, but never looked slapped together.
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Ayrton Senna tribute by Marcus Walz

Ayrton Senna tribute by Marcus Walz

It’s a common sight to see Formula One drivers zooming up and down the pit lane on scooters. But many of these hardcore racers have more serious motorcycles secreted away in their personal garages. Guys like Lewis Hamilton, Jensen Button, Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher… Read more »

Renard’s Retro-Futuristic BMW scrambler

Renard’s Retro-Futuristic BMW scrambler

In a sea of identikit BMW customs, we’re always on the hunt for a fresh take on Bavaria’s finest. And this sharply-styled scrambler hits the mark effortlessly. It’s from Estonia’s Renard Speed Shop, and it’s based on one of the more modern boxers—a 2006-model R1200S.… Read more »

The ‘brand new’ Ducati Darmah

The ‘brand new’ Ducati Darmah

If this Ducati Darmah looks as good as new, that’s because it almost is. It’s a ground-up build from the Dutch restoration wizards at Back To Classics, one of Europe’s top Ducati specialists. There’s a story behind this bike, and one we can all relate… Read more »

How to turn a Royal Enfield into a racebike

How to turn a Royal Enfield into a racebike

With just 29 horses on tap, the Royal Enfield Continental GT is not the most likely of racebikes. But what it lacks in power, it makes up for in old-school charm. Fresh from the factory, the GT is a dead ringer for the home-built cafe… Read more »

A KTM we’d ride on any Sunday

A KTM we’d ride on any Sunday

Call me old-fashioned, but I reckon dirt bikes have lost the plot in the styling stakes: give me an Elsinore over a CRF any day. And we could devote acres of pixels to the beautiful machines coming out of Spain in the 60s and 70s.… Read more »

A Cheeky W650 from Gentlemen’s Factory

A Cheeky W650 from Gentlemen’s Factory

Motorcycling and fashion have been holding hands for quite some time now. Fashion houses are commissioning builds and using motorcycles in their marketing. And conversely, custom shops are turning to merchandise to help grow their brands. Somewhere in the middle you’ll find Gentlemen’s Factory. Based… Read more »