The new Icon 1000 Collection
After half a century in storage, master craftsman John Harrison has resurrected this 1933 Motoconfort C23.

International Rescue: Rebuilding A 1933 Motoconfort

What’s the best part about the exploding interest in older bikes? For us, it’s not just about the finished product and the photographic eye candy. It’s also seeing traditional skills staying alive: Lathes whirring, English wheels spinning, and planishing hammers hitting metal. And it doesn’t get more authentic than this ancient French resto-mod, brought back…

Salvage Job: A BMW R100 RS rescued by Maria Motorcycles

Salvage Job: Maria Motorcycles rescues a BMW R100 RS

Most custom motorcycles start out stock—blank canvases for builders to splash their ideas onto. And if they’re old, a little restoration work usually comes first. But this 1980-model BMW R100 RS was in need of complete salvation when it landed on Maria Motorcycles‘ workbench. Before they could turn it into the handsome machine you see…

Yamaha XT500 restored by North East Custom

Not So Mellow Yellow: North East’s XT500 resto-mod

The Yamaha XT500 is widely considered as the Grand-pappy of the modern dual-sport. This late 70s enduro marked the point when scramblers went from being modded street bikes to purpose-built machines. (A few Paris-Dakar wins didn’t hurt its icon status either.) These days, most XT500s are immaculately restored trailer queens, or display decades of abuse.…