Custom Motorcycles

  • Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

    Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably look back fondly on the Formula One cars of that era. The Marlboro McLarens, the Martini Brabhams, and best of all, the svelte John Player Special Lotuses. Axel Budde of Hamburg-based Kaffeemaschine is a fan of… Read more »

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    BMW R100/7 by Boyle Custom Moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Kim Boyle has lived a life on two wheels. He started out in BMX, working for GT Bicycles, Airwalk, Vans and DC Shoes—and then got hooked on motorcycles. Over the past six years he’s made a name for himself with a series of super-clean builds,… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Triumph Thruxton

    Wrenchmonkees Triumph Thruxton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom bike building is a long game. It’s easy to make a short-term splash, but difficult to keep the momentum going over several years. In Europe, there are a handful of companies with the requisite grit and vision, and the Wrenchmonkees are one of them.… Read more »

  • Guzzi V50 Monza by Revival Cycles

    Guzzi V50 Monza by Revival Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There will be many, many beautiful machines at this weekend’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Texas. But I’m prepared to bet that one of the stars will be this Moto Guzzi V50 from local heroes Revival Cycles. There’s an elegant, unforced style to the bike, which… Read more »

  • Kawasaki cafe racer by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki cafe racer by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The economics of the custom business in Japan are very different to what we usually see in the west. Most of the top builders have a loose formula that they’ve constantly refined over the years, using a small number of high-quality parts suppliers. It means… Read more »

  • Top 5 Honda NX650

    Top 5 Honda NX650

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,

    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 »

  • Herr Funk’s Yamaha TW125

    Herr Funk’s Yamaha TW125

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some motorcycles just scream fun. Before the Honda Grom there was the Yamaha TW125: A low-riding dual-sport bike that can’t decide if it belongs on the beach or the farm. With low gearing and big tires, it’s also at home on potholed city streets—as Maximilian… Read more »

  • Sideburn Royal Enfield Bullet

    Sideburn Royal Enfield Bullet

  • Gary Inman Custom Motorcycles ,,

    After 50 years of production in India, Royal Enfield had worked hard to update their range, first with a unit construction engine, then fuel injection and after all that the only thing on Sideburn magazine’s mind was making the 2009 Bullet Classic look like a… 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 »

  • Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

    Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The custom world is rife with fads and fashions, but there are a few one-marque specialists taking the slow and steady route to win the race. On the east coast of the USA, Walt Siegl springs to mind for his high-performance Ducati builds. In Italy,… Read more »

  • HCV’s old school bobber

    HCV’s old school bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For a workshop you’ve probably never heard of, Halls Custom Vintage is pretty famous. Jake and Rob Hall are the go-to guys for British bike enthusiasts in the States, and they usually have five machines up on their lifts at any one time. Most of… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Impostor’ BMW R nineT

    El Solitario ‘Impostor’ BMW R nineT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Europe, there are two manufacturers backing the custom scene hard: Yamaha and BMW. They’re supplying bikes to leading builders, and taking a leap of faith and giving them free rein. We’ve covered Yamaha’s ‘Yard Built’ bikes already, and now it’s the turn of BMW.… Read more »

  • BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The R1200S saw the debut of BMW’s most powerful-ever boxer motor, with over 120 horsepower going to the back wheel. It was that rare breed, a sportbike with a shaft drive, and retained the classic Paralever single-sided swingarm. Not what you might consider to be… 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 »