Custom Motorcycles

  • The ultimate Triumph Scrambler?

    The ultimate Triumph Scrambler?

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Scrambler is one of the most-loved Triumph motorcycles of recent times. But there’s a common criticism: its off-road performance doesn’t quite match those beguiling looks. That shortfall has just been blown to smithereens by a team of five motorcycle engineers. And not just any… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ650 by Ad Hoc

    Yamaha XJ650 by Ad Hoc

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The sign of a truly skilled custom motorcycle builder is the ability to create something beautiful from inauspicious beginnings. I’m not saying that the shaft-drive Yamaha XJ650 is a sow’s ear, but it’s certainly not in the same aesthetic league as a Moto Guzzi Le… Read more »

  • BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

    BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With the BMW R-series becoming the platform du jour for custom builds, it’s getting harder to create something new—without simply being ‘different’ for the sake of it. That was the quandary faced by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro, one of Italy’s top custom builders and… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville T100 by Clutch

    Triumph Bonneville T100 by Clutch

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    As long as Triumph keep churning out modern classics, builders will be lining up to chop them. This latest example is a 2007 Bonneville T100—tastefully reworked by the crew at Clutch Custom Motorcycles. Clutch Custom operates out of Paris’ 12th arrondissement, and if I had… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Ambassador by BCR

    Moto Guzzi Ambassador by BCR

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Anyone who’s considered building a traditional café-racer has probably stumbled upon Benjie Flipprboi’s site at some point. As Benjie’s Café Racers, he produces a wide array of good looking bolt-on parts from his Corona, California base—and he builds pretty desirable bespoke motorcycles to boot. This… Read more »

  • Auto Fabrica Yamaha SR500

    Auto Fabrica Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The English workshop Auto Fabrica is fast developing a distinctive style. It’s the reduction of the motorcycle to its simplest form, finished to the highest standard with low-key paintwork. And it’s incredibly easy on the eye. If there’s a four-wheeled parallel, it’s those super-sanitary hot… Read more »

  • CMBL Yamaha SR500 ‘ZedCat’

    CMBL Yamaha SR500 ‘ZedCat’

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Surfing and custom motorcycles are two cultures that, when combined, often produce radical results. For example, the ZedCat: a delightful Yamaha SR500 with a slightly juvenile slant, from relative newcomers CMBL. CMBL (pronounce “symbol”) is the motorcycle-building side project of surfer John Eldridge. Based in… Read more »

  • Honda CB360 by Federal Moto

    Honda CB360 by Federal Moto

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I must confess, I get excited every time a “budget build” from a professional outfit lands in my inbox. The true masters are those that can do the most with the least—finding innovative ways to build bikes that are humble in price without sacrificing an… Read more »

  • Mule Triumph Café Roadster

    Mule Triumph Café Roadster

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Man does not live by street-tracker alone, tasty as that diet may be. Even Richard Pollock, acknowledged Tracker King (he’s built more than 100 to date), likes to cook up something different every now and then. The latest Triumph special to roll out of his… Read more »

  • BMW R50 by Analog Motorcycles

    BMW R50 by Analog Motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Earlier this week, we asked the builders in the Bike EXIF panel if there were any motorcycles that they wouldn’t dare customize. Answers were variations of ‘yes,’ with one panelist in particular opining that “rare vintage survivors should be left as such.” Many petrol-heads share… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

    Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many customs based on brand new motorcycles. It’s usually a good few years before the grinder is fired up and the sparks begin to fly. So this machine is something of a rarity: it’s a V7 Stone tweaked by Stefano Venier into… Read more »

  • Jan Sallings’ Honda 350

    Jan Sallings’ Honda 350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then, it’s good to go back to the blueprint. And this is as good as you’ll get. It’s a textbook resto-mod of a classic 1970s Honda, dripping with charm and style. Builder Jan Sallings has an eye for detail—and the steady hand… Read more »

  • CRD’s new boxer twins

    CRD’s new boxer twins

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A few years ago you couldn’t sneeze without hitting a custom Honda CB. But the baton has now been passed to the BMW R-series. And with good reason too—old ‘airheads’ are easy to come by and bulletproof. With a simple layout and a removable subframe,… Read more »

  • BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks

    BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks

  • Shaik Ridzwan Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Barely six months ago, Max Hazan shifted his workshop from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. But the cross-country trip barely interrupted his stride. This stark and beautiful BSA A50, the first build to come out of Max’s new LA shop, was completed in just five weeks.… Read more »

  • BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

    BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With a barrage of classic BMW boxer customs gracing our screens of late, it’s easy to overlook the legendary R80 G/S. Being such an iconic motorcycle, few builders dare customize it. Especially when dealing with the über-cool Paris Dakar model with its large capacity fuel… Read more »