Looking for a donor? Here's how to buy a motorcycle for your custom project.

Feature: How To Buy A Motorcycle

Adapted from the new book The Build: How the Masters Design Custom Motorcycles by Robert Hoekman Jr., including interviews with some of the most notable builders in the USA. When we talk about how to buy a motorcycle, we really mean “how to find a donor bike.” It’s a nice term, “donor bike”—all full of…

After restoring our vintage Honda CB550F motorcycle, it's time for that all-important first test ride.

Motorcycle restoration: the test ride

After weeks of wrenching and filming, our Honda CB550F is back together. The hard work at E3 Motorcycles has paid off—and it’s time for that critical first test ride. At 6am on Thursday morning, E3’s David Browning was joined by videographer Eric Altbush to capture the moment. “We set out early to beat NYC traffic…

Motorcycle wiring: the regulator/rectifier.

Motorcycle Wiring 101

Joe Tessitore is a strange guy. Most motorcycle builders hate working with motorcycle wiring, but not Joe. It’s his favorite part of the build, and the source of most of his business. So we’ve asked Joe to demystify electrical systems, and provide an easy guide to sparking your bike back into life. The most overlooked,…

Motorcycle restoration: The engine

A motorcycle engine is a thing of beauty: A compact mechanical symphony, engineered with precision. And one of the most satisfying jobs during a motorcycle…

Motorcycle restoration: wheels

Anyone who’s taken on a large-scale motorcycle restoration runs into an “Aw—f*ck” moment at some point. The best-laid plans can unravel, or get held up…

Motorcycle restoration: the frame

In last week’s Saturday Sessions episode David Browning and E3 Motorcycles got their hands dirty with breaking down and reconditioning the Honda CB550. The first…

How to build a Harley cafe racer

A few weeks ago our article How To Build a Cafe Racer struck a chord with many readers. The response was overwhelmingly positive and it…

How to build motorcycles for a living

“Wouldn’t it be great to build motorcycles for a living?” I’m guessing the thought has crossed your mind while working on your own bike. It’s…

How To Build A Scrambler

You’ve searched the web, watched the moody videos, and discovered that your street tires don’t like wet grass. You’ve decided you need a scrambler—but how…

Motorcycle Photography, Part II

I once shot a billboard for Ducati with a penlight—and I was paid with a Hypermotard. That got your attention didn’t it? Being a photographer…

Motorcycle Photography 101

I’m a photographer of many things. I shoot live music, portraits and fashion, but my favorite subjects have wheels—and more specifically, two wheels. There are…