Clean Maschine: Urban Motor’s rakish R80

Custom BMW R80 monolever built by Urban Motor of Berlin.

Every year, 120,000 motorcycles roll off the production line in BMW’s giant Berlin factory. But some of the most interesting Beemers come from a tiny workshop just 15 kilometers to the east, on the banks of the River Spree.

That’s where you’ll find Urban Motor‘s Peter Dannenberg, a man who tweaks the lines and details of BMWs and turns them into something extra speziell. Read more »

New York cafe: 1979 Moto Guzzi LeMans

Sheer perfection: Moto Borgotaro's 1979 Guzzi LeMans cafe racer.
If you live in New York and love vintage European machinery, we have a name for you: Peter Boggia. He’s the man behind Moto Borgotaro, a Brooklyn-based shop that handles everything from regular maintenance to full restorations and café racer builds.

Boggia is one of those guys who can take a factory bike and elevate it to a whole new level. His latest build is this 1979 Moto Guzzi LeMans, and it’s absolutely faultless. It’s been torn down to the crank, media blasted, and then hand-polished with oil, #0000 grade steel wool and hours of elbow grease. Read more »

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That ’70s Show: new Bonneville, vintage style

That ’70s Show: new Bonneville, vintage style

Most builders rhapsodize about their bikes, scattering superlatives like autumn leaves on a country road. Kev Taggart describes his Triumph Bonneville T100 as “Small, squat, and tough as old boots.” Kev can afford to be blunt. He’s one half of the English workshop Spirit of… Read more »

Stealthy: Renard’s custom Harley 1200

Stealthy: Renard’s custom Harley 1200

Unless you’ve been living under a lump of naturally occurring solid aggregate, you’ll know that scramblers are all the rage right now. And by ‘scramblers’ we loosely mean bikes with a go-anywhere attitude, upright ergonomics and retro-cool looks. A Harley 1200 is not the obvious… Read more »

Enter Sandman: French Atelier’s Yamaha TW125

Enter Sandman: French Atelier’s Yamaha TW125

The Yamaha TW125 is one of the oddities of the motorcycling world. It’s short, high-ridin’ and underpowered. It doesn’t sound promising—but over the past 15 years, the TW125 has built up a strong fan base. And if you’ve ridden a fat-tired TW over the sand… Read more »

Hot Picks: Women’s Motorcycle Gear

Hot Picks: Women’s Motorcycle Gear

Many of our female readers have asked for a roundup of the best motorcycle gear for women. So here it is, written by one of our favorite motojournalists, the Motolady. Even with the growth of the women’s population within the motorcycle industry, the general consensus… Read more »

Upgrading the Triumph Scrambler, Swedish Style

Upgrading the Triumph Scrambler, Swedish Style

The Triumph Scrambler looks pretty good straight out of the box. But a few well-judged tweaks can lift it to a whole new level. As much as we love radically modified Triumphs, it’s subtle custom jobs like this Gothenburg-based machine that really get our motors… Read more »

Back To The Future: custom Honda Nighthawk

Back To The Future: custom Honda Nighthawk

Some custom shops like to breathe new life into old motorcycles. Others put a vintage spin on modern machinery. Tito and Jose of Spain’s Macco Motors have gone for the vintage approach with this CB750, and it works a treat. You’d never guess at first… Read more »