Mule Triumph Café Roadster

Triumph cafe bike built by Mule Motorcycles.

Man does not live by street-tracker alone, tasty as that diet may be. Even Richard Pollock, acknowledged Tracker King (he’s built more than 100 to date), likes to cook up something different every now and then. The latest Triumph special to roll out of his Mule Motorcycles shop, for instance, is more of a café roadster.

Most obvious difference is wheel/tire choice. Gone are the 19-inch Morris lookalike mags Pollock prefers for his trackers, replaced by Mule hub kits laced to a wide 17-inch Sun alloy rear rim and an 18-inch front, both ends wearing sticky sportbike rubber. That change alone gives the bike a more aggressive, hunkered-down stance, even if the 5.25-inch rear rim was so wide it required fabrication of an offset countershaft sprocket to gain proper chain/tire clearance. Read more »

BMW R50 by Analog Motorcycles

BMW R50 customized by Analog Motorcycles.

Earlier this week, we asked the builders in the Bike EXIF panel if there were any motorcycles that they wouldn’t dare customize. Answers were variations of ‘yes,’ with one panelist in particular opining that “rare vintage survivors should be left as such.”

Many petrol-heads share that view, and most would probably consider a 1958 BMW R50 one such motorcycle. Tony Prust confesses to “loving the challenges of older, more rare motorcycles” though. So, when owner Alex Pearsall asked him if he’d be willing to customize his R50, Tony was all ears. Read more »

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet
Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

You don’t see many customs based on brand new motorcycles. It’s usually a good few years before the grinder is fired up and the sparks begin to fly. So this machine is something of a rarity: it’s a V7 Stone tweaked by Stefano Venier into… Read more »

So you want to build custom bikes?

So you want to build custom bikes?

For the second edition of The Bike EXIF Panel, we’re picking the brains of seven of the world’s top custom builders. The topic: what’s it like building custom motorcycles for a living? From the USA we have Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, Alan Stulberg of… Read more »

Jan Sallings’ Honda 350

Jan Sallings’ Honda 350

Every now and then, it’s good to go back to the blueprint. And this is as good as you’ll get. It’s a textbook resto-mod of a classic 1970s Honda, dripping with charm and style. Builder Jan Sallings has an eye for detail—and the steady hand… Read more »

CRD’s new boxer twins

CRD’s new boxer twins

A few years ago you couldn’t sneeze without hitting a custom Honda CB. But the baton has now been passed to the BMW R-series. And with good reason too—old ‘airheads’ are easy to come by and bulletproof. With a simple layout and a removable subframe,… Read more »

BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks

BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks

Barely six months ago, Max Hazan shifted his workshop from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. But the cross-country trip barely interrupted his stride. This stark and beautiful BSA A50, the first build to come out of Max’s new LA shop, was completed in just five weeks.… Read more »

BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

With a barrage of classic BMW boxer customs gracing our screens of late, it’s easy to overlook the legendary R80 G/S. Being such an iconic motorcycle, few builders dare customize it. Especially when dealing with the über-cool Paris Dakar model with its large capacity fuel… Read more »