The Scrambler that BMW should have made?

Max Hazan and The Mighty Motor joined forces to transform a 1991 BMW R100 into the Scrambler that could have been.
BMW’s off-road heritage is peerless. The R80G/S was the forerunner of modern-day adventure bikes, and in the 1980s, the Bavarians scored four hard-won Paris-Dakar trophies.

So why hasn’t BMW ever built a classic scrambler? A few years ago, the Germans dipped their toes into the enduro market with the G450X—but they’ve never created a bike to challenge the Triumph Scrambler. And more’s the pity. Read more »

Royal Enfield 350: the bike that time forgot

Chris Chappell's meticulously restored Royal Enfield Bullet 350.

For most pro builders, personal projects usually draw the short straw—relegated to the back of the shop by a steady stream of client work. Just like the “rusted out junk pile” that Californian Chris Chappell picked up a few years ago.

It’s a Royal Enfield Bullet 350, and it did a stint in Chappell Customs‘ front lobby before Chris finally tore into it. But when he did, it was a project free of deadlines, briefs or budgets. “The original plan was to build a radical bobber,” he says. “But with the little 350cc engine, it made more sense to keep it as an upright, fun-to-ride city bike.” Read more »

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Krugger hits the BMW K1600 for six

Krugger hits the BMW K1600 for six

The BMW K1600 is a touring machine par excellence. It has six cylinders, seven computers, multiple drive modes and adaptive headlights. It’s the kind of machine that sends journalists into raptures, and wins Motorcycle Of The Year awards. It is not, however, a bike that… Read more »

The 2015 Motorcycle Calendar

The 2015 Motorcycle Calendar

The world’s most prestigious motorcycle calendar is back on sale. The 2015 edition of the famous Bike EXIF wall calendar showcases 13 of the world’s best bikes, including the Wrenchmonkees’ Laverda, Classified Moto’s SuperStrada and Cafe Racer Dreams’ brutal BMW R 1200 S. And this… Read more »

Orange Crush: Plan B’s Yamaha XV 750

Orange Crush: Plan B’s Yamaha XV 750

The Benelli Mojave is an endangered species. In the 1960s, it was virtually disposable, and sold by a chain of department stores. But today it’s prized by the motorcycling equivalent of big game hunters. They’re after one vital component: the Mojave’s immaculately proportioned, café racer-style… Read more »

It’s not a Zündapp, it’s a Honda CB550

It’s not a Zündapp, it’s a Honda CB550

Hidden in a backstreet in the busy Port of Amsterdam is a small fabrication shop called Tin Can Customs. Amidst the clatter and clanging of ships unloading their cargo, Chris Dekker gets on with building motorcycles, furniture, and anything else he feels like. Being smack-dab… Read more »

Kustom Kommune Harley Sportster 48

Kustom Kommune Harley Sportster 48

What could be more fun than having your own well-stocked workshop, with all the tools and space you need to wrench on your bike? In the company of like-minded folks, who also enjoy throwing the occasional party? That’s the thinking behind The Kustom Kommune, Australia’s… Read more »

Buell X1 by Sartorie Meccaniche

Buell X1 by Sartorie Meccaniche

I’ve always loved Buell’s streetfighter models for their combative stance and no-nonsense ergonomics. In stock form they’re bare-bones, purpose built machines—devoid of any superfluous add-ons and powered by 1203cc of Milwaukee muscle. They’re an acquired taste though, and some—like the X1 Lightning—are beginning to look… Read more »