Special Features

  • Editorial: Authenticity

    Editorial: Authenticity

  • Jason Cormier Special Features

    A few days ago, motojournalist Jason Cormier published a hard-hitting critique of the current custom motorcycle scene. At 4,000 words it’s a long piece, but also a very interesting read. With Jason’s permission, we’re republishing it here. The whole concept of authenticity (and what is… Read more »

  • Motorcycle Wiring 101

    Motorcycle Wiring 101

  • Joe Tessitore Bike EXIF GuidesSpecial Features

    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… Read more »

  • Paul d’Orléans: Instafamous, Instabroke

    Paul d’Orléans: Instafamous, Instabroke

  • Chris Hunter Special Features

    Moto-journalist Paul d’Orléans writes for the magazine Classic Bike Guide, and stirred up the hornets’ nest with this recent column. It’s a perceptive and thought-provoking commentary on today’s custom motorcycle scene. I’ve been mucking around with old motorcycles since the 1980s, and like many, financed… Read more »

  • Top 5 2-stroke motorcycles

    Top 5 2-stroke motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    There’s nothing quite like the smell of two-stroke oil. Or the sound of a swarm of two-strokes hurtling down the track at full tilt. Then there’s that power band—a trait that earned some larger-capacity bikes the title of ‘widow maker’. Whatever the reason, there’s a… Read more »

  • Top 5 Kawasaki Z1 and Z1000 customs

    Top 5 Kawasaki Z1 and Z1000 customs

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5

    In the early 1970s, two Japanese superbikes ruled the roost: the Honda CB750 and the Kawasaki Z1. The Z1 was originally going to be a 750, but when Kawasaki got wind of the CB750 in the late 60s, they decided to up the ante by… Read more »

  • Top 5 Modern Motorcycles Part II

    Top 5 Modern Motorcycles Part II

  • Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

    Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

  • Top 5 Concept Motorcycles

    Top 5 Concept Motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Concept MotorcyclesSpecial FeaturesTop 5 ,

    Car manufacturers occasionally dip a toe into the world of two wheels. It’s usually in the form of an expensive bicycle designed to be strapped to the back of a giant SUV, and bought by middle-aged businessmen. But that hasn’t stopped petrolhead designers from daydreaming… Read more »

  • Top 5 Yamaha SR400

    Top 5 Yamaha SR400

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    It’s one thing to talk about the ‘enduring appeal’ of a motorcycle. It’s quite another for that appeal to translate into solid showroom sales, year after year. There are a handful of bikes that have stayed in production for decades, essentially unchanged—Royal Enfields and Urals… Read more »

  • How to build a Harley cafe racer

    How to build a Harley cafe racer

  • Charlie Trelogan Bike EXIF GuidesSpecial Features

    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 sounds like many of you are now using the article as a guide when modifying your own bikes. However, that… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Top 5 Ducati Monster customs

    Top 5 Ducati Monster customs

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    The Ducati Monster is one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. Since it went on sale in 1993, over 275,000 have rolled out of the Bologna factory—and they’ve kept Ducati financially stable over the past two decades. The first Monster, the M900, used… 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 »

  • Top 5 Kawasaki KZ750s

    Top 5 Kawasaki KZ750s

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    I’ll admit it, I didn’t know that Kawasaki made a twin-cylinder ‘Z’ until I came across the bikes we’ve selected below. It seems illogical that Kawasaki would release a twin when they had a great four-cylinder engine in their line-up, but they wanted a piece… Read more »