• Top 5 Harley Panheads

    Top 5 Harley Panheads

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    Is Harley-Davidson’s venerable Panhead the best looking motorcycle engine of all time? It’s certainly up there with the Triumph and Moto Guzzi twins. It’s nearly half a century since the last Panhead rolled off the production line, but its appeal has never waned. It’s a… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Triumph Thruxton

    Wrenchmonkees Triumph Thruxton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom bike building is a long game. It’s easy to make a short-term splash, but difficult to keep the momentum going over several years. In Europe, there are a handful of companies with the requisite grit and vision, and the Wrenchmonkees are one of them.… Read more »

  • Guzzi V50 Monza by Revival Cycles

    Guzzi V50 Monza by Revival Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There will be many, many beautiful machines at this weekend’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Texas. But I’m prepared to bet that one of the stars will be this Moto Guzzi V50 from local heroes Revival Cycles. There’s an elegant, unforced style to the bike, which… Read more »

  • Kawasaki cafe racer by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki cafe racer by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The economics of the custom business in Japan are very different to what we usually see in the west. Most of the top builders have a loose formula that they’ve constantly refined over the years, using a small number of high-quality parts suppliers. It means… Read more »

  • Herr Funk’s Yamaha TW125

    Herr Funk’s Yamaha TW125

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some motorcycles just scream fun. Before the Honda Grom there was the Yamaha TW125: A low-riding dual-sport bike that can’t decide if it belongs on the beach or the farm. With low gearing and big tires, it’s also at home on potholed city streets—as Maximilian… Read more »

  • Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

    Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The custom world is rife with fads and fashions, but there are a few one-marque specialists taking the slow and steady route to win the race. On the east coast of the USA, Walt Siegl springs to mind for his high-performance Ducati builds. In Italy,… Read more »

  • HCV’s old school bobber

    HCV’s old school bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For a workshop you’ve probably never heard of, Halls Custom Vintage is pretty famous. Jake and Rob Hall are the go-to guys for British bike enthusiasts in the States, and they usually have five machines up on their lifts at any one time. Most of… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Impostor’ BMW R nineT

    El Solitario ‘Impostor’ BMW R nineT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Europe, there are two manufacturers backing the custom scene hard: Yamaha and BMW. They’re supplying bikes to leading builders, and taking a leap of faith and giving them free rein. We’ve covered Yamaha’s ‘Yard Built’ bikes already, and now it’s the turn of BMW.… Read more »

  • BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The R1200S saw the debut of BMW’s most powerful-ever boxer motor, with over 120 horsepower going to the back wheel. It was that rare breed, a sportbike with a shaft drive, and retained the classic Paralever single-sided swingarm. Not what you might consider to be… Read more »

  • Harley Softail Slim by Rough Crafts

    Harley Softail Slim by Rough Crafts

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Harley Softail Slim has two points in its favor: it’s a simple bobber-style bike with a vintage vibe, and it has a super-low seat height of less than 24 inches. It’s basically a Fat Boy with the fat trimmed off, and there’s ample grunt… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

    Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When a Ducati 900SS rolls into a workshop for a big-budget overhaul, it usually leaves a few weeks later looking just like it did when it rolled off the production line in the 90s. But not this one: only the most eagle-eyed Ducatistas would recognize… Read more »

  • Triumph Scrambler by Fgmotoworks

    Triumph Scrambler by Fgmotoworks

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Francesc Galindo has a job most of us would kill for: he’s a MotoGP mechanic who flies around the world wrenching on bikes for the Pramac Racing Ducati team. In his spare time, he likes to work on customs. He runs Fgmotoworks, a small workshop… Read more »