Wesley Reyneke

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Wesley Reyneke is the guy behind Rather Be Riding, a blog dedicated to the love of motorcycles and motorcycling.

Despite the fact that his father raced amateur off-road in the early 80s, Wes only started riding motorcycles in earnest 6 years ago (not counting the Honda Express he used to ride to class when he was 19)—and has been making up for lost time ever since. Starting out with a Vespa ET4, he quickly moved over to a BMW F650GS Dakar, clocking miles all over his native South Africa. A couple of dual-sport bikes later, and his love for customs, classics and “retros” developed. His current daily runner is a slightly modified ’84 BMW R100RT, and there’s a partially dismantled ’99 Kawasaki W650 in his garage, awaiting a makeover.

When he’s not busy trying to avoid his day job, he spends his free time running Rather Be Riding, riding his motorcycle, writing articles for Tread Magazine (a South African mountain biking publication), riding his mountain bike, playing with his kids or smacking his drum kit. And no, he’s nowhere near as serious as his mugshot would imply.

Rather Be Riding is currently experiencing a short hiatus. Until it relaunches, follow it on Facebook or Google+.

  • Top 5 Kawasaki KZ750s

    Top 5 Kawasaki KZ750s

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    I’ll admit it, I didn’t know that Kawasaki made a twin-cylinder ‘Z’ until I came across the bikes we’ve selected below. It seems illogical that Kawasaki would release a twin when they had a great four-cylinder engine in their line-up, but they wanted a piece… Read more »

  • Top 5 Honda NX650

    Top 5 Honda NX650

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    Take a look at a stock Honda NX650 Dominator, and it’s hard to believe how popular it’s become with custom builders. Lurking under all that bodywork is a pretty cool motorcycle though—a great all-rounder with legendary Honda reliability and loads of potential. Honda produced the… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

    Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Charlie Trelogan’s insightful piece on café racer design emphasized the importance of good lines. No one understands this concept more than Poland’s Eastern Spirit Garage: They helped build the Honda CX500 that Charlie used to illustrate his point. Now they’ve turned their keen eye to… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville T100 by Bunker

    Triumph Bonneville T100 by Bunker

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Our most recent Top 5 feature showed just how versatile Triumph’s Bonneville is as a custom platform. The venerable Bonny makes for as good a flat tracker as it does a café-racer–so it’s easy to forget what a fine looking motorcycle it actually is in… Read more »

  • Top 5 Triumph Bonneville customs

    Top 5 Triumph Bonneville customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    We’ve already rounded up our favorite Triumph Scramblers and Thruxtons, but today we’re tackling the base model in Triumph’s modern classics line—the Bonneville. Styled after the Bonnies of the 60s and 70s, the ‘new’ Bonneville was released in 2001 and went on to form the… Read more »

  • NX650 custom motorcycle

    Honda NX650 custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Many builders cite similar reasons for taking up their craft, one of them being a growing dissatisfaction with modern motorcycle design. This, and an over-active imagination, led Simon Garcia to tear into his 1989 Honda NX650—and inject a little style and charm of his own.… Read more »

  • The new 2014 BMW R90S

    The new 2014 BMW R90S

  • Wesley Reyneke Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s no denying that BMW’s classic R-series models are enjoying the limelight at the moment. While they’re a popular choice as donors for custom projects, many are also left in original condition or restored to period-correct perfection. Thankfully for Airhead owners, BMW Group Classic has… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z 750 by HB Custom

    Kawasaki Z 750 by HB Custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the things I love most about the new wave custom scene is the healthy mix of professional and garage builders. While some use their craft to put food on the table, others hold down day jobs—slogging away at projects in their spare time.… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR250 ‘AG HOC’

    Yamaha SR250 ‘AG HOC’

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve used the term ‘low-key’ to describe Ad Hoc’s David Gonzalez before. His latest release—an audacious Yamaha SR250—is anything but. This cheeky-looking scrambler was built to appeal to the urban and extreme sports sensibilities of its young owner. “The first thing that came to mind… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W800 customs by Di Ferro

    Kawasaki W800 customs by Di Ferro

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve waxed lyrical about Kawasaki’s W800 before, and how great it is as a custom platform. It’s simple, reliable and looks good straight off the showroom floor, with a gorgeous engine. For these reasons, Italian shop Di Ferro Motorcycles have selected it for their latest project—spinning… Read more »

  • Top 5 Honda CX500s

    Top 5 Honda CX500s

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    Let’s be honest—Honda’s CX500 is not going to win any beauty contests. With a short wheelbase, high front end, awkward looking subframe and unflattering plastics, it earned nicknames such as ‘plastic maggot’ and güllepumpe (the German word for a pump used to shift liquid manure)… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 bobber

    Yamaha XS650 bobber

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roughly a year ago we featured a slammed 1982 Yamaha XS650, resplendent in an intricate gold paintjob. It was built by Taipei-based Mark Huang, who still has it and rides it regularly. He’s since built another XS650 in the same Japanese street-bobber style—and it looks… Read more »