Oxblood: Urban Rider’s BMW street scrambler

Oxblood: a classy BMW R80 street scrambler from the London shop Urban Rider.
It’s not often that a color inspires a bike build—and certainly not a color such as ‘oxblood.’ But that’s how this BMW police bike came back to life.

After an engine rebuild in the mid-90s, it was decommissioned and put into storage for 18 years. Then Will Starritt of the London motorcycle gear store Urban Rider spotted it—and decided to press the BMW back into service. Read more »

Snow Go: Northern Lights’ Yamaha HL500

Northern Lights Optics' incredible Yamaha HL500 snow motorcycle.

Snow bikes are a great recipe for unbridled hooliganism. Take a dirt bike, fit it with a ski and a track, and hold on tight. But most are built using modern motocross machinery—and that doesn’t appeal to Orion Anthony.

Orion lives just north of Whistler in the alpine region of British Columbia, Canada—and spends a great deal of his time exploring the area by snowmobile. He’s also just launched Northern Lights Optics, a luxury eyewear collection that takes cues from early-days mountaineering and motorcycling. Read more »

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Action! Vimeo launches The Greasy Hands Preachers

Action! Vimeo launches The Greasy Hands Preachers

This weekend, the definitive film about the new wave custom scene is released to the public. Following its premiere at the San Sebastian film festival, The Greasy Hands Preachers is going global with Vimeo. From Sunday you can stream and download the 90-minute documentary—and you… Read more »

The Black Douglas: A Two-Wheeled Morgan

The Black Douglas: A Two-Wheeled Morgan

Fabio Cardoni is a man after our own hearts. “Steel is more beautiful than plastic, and simplicity is more appealing than complexity,” he says. Sig. Cardoni runs The Black Douglas Motorcycle Company, which makes the vintage-styled machine you see here. Called the Sterling, it’s the… Read more »

The Hunter: A Scrambler With Extra Firepower

The Hunter: A Scrambler With Extra Firepower

The Triumph Scrambler’s biggest selling point is its looks. It might not be the strongest contender in the performance department, but it has a nostalgic appeal that few others can match. And it’s easy to upgrade. This stunning Triumph Scrambler was built by Erne’s Euromotos—a… Read more »

BMW K 1600 GTL Project: The Builders

BMW K 1600 GTL Project: The Builders

Harley-Davidson dominates the heavyweight custom scene in Japan: many of the top builders work on no other marque. But BMW has just disrupted that paradigm with its ‘Ignite Straight 6’ project: it’s given its luxury K 1600 GTL tourer to two of Japan’s most esteemed… Read more »

BMW K1600 GTL Custom Project

BMW K1600 GTL Custom Project

At the Osaka Motorcycle Show, BMW Japan has just thrown the wraps off two extreme customs based on the K1600 GTL. That’s the range-topping luxury tourer, a road-going spaceship powered by a 1649cc inline six—and probably packed with more electronics than any other motorcycle on… Read more »

Red Alert: Down & Out’s Triumph Bonneville SE

Red Alert: Down & Out’s Triumph Bonneville SE

Down & Out probably isn’t the most auspicious name for a business. But Shaun Walker sleeps easy at night: business at his Sheffield, England workshop is booming. For the past 15 years, Shaun has been building very tidy, sharp-looking customs. He works mostly on older… Read more »