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+.

  • 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 »

  • Bonneville T100 by Maccomotors

    Bonneville T100 by Maccomotors

  • Top 5 Triumph vintage hardtails

    Top 5 Triumph vintage hardtails

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    If there’s one style of custom motorcycle that’s always been popular, it’s the mighty hardtail. Reminiscent of the board and dirt trackers of old, the distinct profile of a hardtail, coupled with the simplicity (or impracticality) that comes with a lack of rear suspension, holds… Read more »

  • Revival Cycles Harley Sportster 883

    Revival Cycles Harley Sportster 883

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,

    Revival Cycles are known mostly for their show-stopping Moto Guzzi customs. So it should feel strange to see a Harley roll out of the Texas workshop. But somehow, it doesn’t: this Sportster 883 is exactly what you’d expect from Alan Stulberg and crew when it… Read more »

  • Top 5 Triton motorcycles

    Top 5 Triton motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    The idea was simple: take the best engine and the best frame of the time, and combine them. In the 60s, that was considered to be Triumph’s Bonneville engine and Norton’s Featherbed frame. And so the Triton was born. The Featherbed frame was applauded at… Read more »

  • West America’s adventure motorcycles

    West America’s adventure motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Motorcycle VacationsSpecial Features

    With all the marketing hype around ‘adventure riding’ these days, many motorcyclists won’t dare go off the beaten track without a large capacity dual-sport, an array of aftermarket parts and a support vehicle. It’s easy to forget that there was a time when this wasn’t… Read more »

  • Bonneville T100 by Renard

    Bonneville T100 by Renard

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Renard is famous for its limited edition, $96,000 Grand Tourer—a high-end sport cruiser with a carbon fiber chassis and a Moto Guzzi power plant. It’s a spectacular showcase for the company’s design and engineering skills. So we did a double take when we heard that… Read more »