Wesley Reyneke

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Wesley Reyneke is the guy behind Rather Be Riding—a blog celebrating alternative motorcycle culture.

Despite the fact that his father raced amateur off-road in the early 80s, Wes only started riding motorcycles in earnest in his late 20s (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 classics and new wave customs developed. His current daily runners are a custom Kawasaki W650 street scrambler, and a slightly modified ’84 BMW R100RT that doesn’t actually belong to him.

When he’s not busy trying to avoid his day job, he spends his time writing for various publications, updating Rather Be Riding, riding his motorcycles and mountain bike, playing with his kids or beating his drum kit. He also has an epic beard, wears flannel shirts and enjoys craft beer—just don’t call him a hipster.

Rather Be Riding is currently experiencing an extended hiatus. Until it relaunches, follow it on Facebook, Instagram or Google+.

  • Shed-built 1973 BMW R75/5

    Shed-built 1973 BMW R75/5

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The notion of building one’s own custom motorcycle is romantic—but not without its pitfalls. Some shed-builders run out of budget. Others struggle to create something truly unique, or lack the obsessiveness required for the tiny details. But some home-brewed bikes stand head and shoulders above… Read more »

  • Honda GL1000 by ER Motorcycles

    Honda GL1000 by ER Motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I hear that a shop has torn into a Honda Gold Wing, my curiosity is immediately piqued. As clichéd as it is, “less is more” is a maxim for many builders—and Honda’s legendary tourer is the exact opposite. Thankfully the bike in question is… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago XV750 by Greg Hageman

    Yamaha Virago XV750 by Greg Hageman

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When it comes to old motorcycles in need of resurrection, owners often face a dilemma: restore to original spec, or rebuild as a custom? The temptation to perform a nuts-and-bolts resto is massive when there’s a ’60s model BSA or Triumph in the garage, but… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS custom by Atom Bomb

    Ducati 900SS custom by Atom Bomb

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With the new-wave custom scene continually evolving and diversifying, it’s becoming progressively more difficult to classify custom motorcycles. Even the mere mention of the term “café racer” is enough to send purists into a frenzy these days. It gets even more complicated when the donors… Read more »

  • Top 5 2-stroke motorcycles

    Top 5 2-stroke motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    There’s nothing quite like the smell of two-stroke oil. Or the sound of a swarm of two-strokes hurtling down the track at full tilt. Then there’s that power band—a trait that earned some larger-capacity bikes the title of ‘widow maker’. Whatever the reason, there’s a… Read more »

  • Honda CB400N by Officine Mr. S

    Honda CB400N by Officine Mr. S

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nestled against the northwestern Sicilian coastline is a town called Alcamo. Known for its white wine and beautiful seaside, it’s also home to emerging Italian builder Isidoro Stellino. Stellino began his career at the age of 18 as a coffee roaster in his family’s shop,… Read more »

  • Top 5 Modern Motorcycles Part II

    Top 5 Modern Motorcycles Part II

  • Ducati 749 by Shed-X

    Ducati 749 by Shed-X

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Staunch Ducatistas might balk at the idea of ripping the bodywork off a 749. Neil and Jim at Shed-X don’t seem to mind too much though: turning Bologna’s finest into naked, fun-loving street machines is their forte. Based out of a small workshop in Sydney,… Read more »

  • Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

    Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

  • Dustin Kott’s CB550 cafe racer

    Dustin Kott’s CB550 cafe racer

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Dustin Kott turns his hand to a CB, you can be sure it’s going to come out special. The Californian builder has favored Hondas since he first popped up on the scene—and to call him a specialist would now be something of an understatement.… Read more »

  • Urban Motor Brat Bob

    Urban Motor Brat Bob

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,

    Whether it’s a classic resto-mod or a R nineT café-tracker, Urban Motor’s Peter Dannenberg sure knows how to tweak a BMW to perfection. Every build that rolls out of his Berlin workshop is über-clean and cohesive—even when he’s been asked to inject a little Brat… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RS

    Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RS

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sensible isn’t a word you’d normally use to describe a custom motorcycle. But as this BMW R100RS from Cafe Racer Dreams proves, sensible doesn’t have to mean stale. It can also come with a hefty dose of style and desirability. CRD #49 was commissioned by… Read more »