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  • Top 5 Honda CX500s

    Top 5 Honda CX500s

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    Let’s be honest—Honda’s CX500 is not going to win any beauty contests. With a short wheelbase, high front end, awkward looking subframe and unflattering plastics, it earned nicknames such as ‘plastic maggot’ and güllepumpe (the German word for a pump used to shift liquid manure)… Read more »

  • Top 5 Ducati SportClassics

    Top 5 Ducati SportClassics

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5

    For a motorcycle that only sold in small numbers and was produced for just five years, the Ducati SportClassic generates a remarkable amount of press. It’s virtually impossible to find a good condition example on the secondhand market, and if you do find one, you’ll… Read more »

  • Top 5 Triumph Thruxtons

    Top 5 Triumph Thruxtons

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    Not too long ago we featured our favorite Triumph Scramblers. Today we turn our attention to the Scrambler’s café racer-styled sibling, the Triumph Thruxton. Named after the British Thruxton racing circuit, it was added to Triumph’s modern classics line in 2004. Like the Scrambler, it’s… Read more »

  • Top 5 Yamaha SR500s

    Top 5 Yamaha SR500s

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    Everyone loves a thumper—and few thumpers are as loved as Yamaha’s popular SR500. Manufactured for just over 20 years, from 1978 to 1999, it shared the same single-cylinder, air-cooled 499cc engine as the XT500 and TT500. Looks-wise it was styled to resemble its big brother,… Read more »

  • Top 5 BMW R-Series, Part Two

    Top 5 BMW R-Series, Part Two

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    Our first BMW R-series Top 5 received mixed reactions. Some of you loved our selection, while others wondered why their favorites didn’t make the list. The truth is, narrowing down a selection of one’s favorite customs of a particular marque to just five is pretty… Read more »

  • Top 5 Yamaha XS650 customs

    Top 5 Yamaha XS650 customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    It feels like the Yamaha XS650 has been around forever, and that’s not far from the truth: it was offered in various guises from 1968 until 1985. But the air-cooled, parallel-twin engine has an even longer history—it was based on a 500cc German Horex copied… Read more »

  • Top 5 Harley Sportster customs

    Top 5 Harley Sportster customs

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5

    Love it or hate it, the Harley Sportster has been an American motorcycling icon since 1957. Around 50,000 are built every year, taking up a fifth of the Milwaukee factory’s production capacity. Not surprisingly, quite a few XLs—to use the official designation—have found their way… Read more »

  • Top 5 Triumph Scrambler customs

    Top 5 Triumph Scrambler customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    Triumph’s Bonneville-based ‘modern classics’ range has been a hit with riders and builders since its launch in 2001. Initially released as a carbureted 790cc parallel twin, Triumph later upped the capacity to 865cc and switched to fuel injection. Keeping the Bonneville platform as a basis,… Read more »

  • Top 5 BMW R-Series customs

    Top 5 BMW R-Series customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    The BMW R-series has a rich heritage spanning 90 years—all the way back to the launch of BMW’s first motorcycle, the R32, in 1923. Since then the air-cooled, horizontally opposed flat-twin (or ‘boxer’) engine has continually evolved, and its reliability and availability make it a… Read more »

  • Top 5 Kawasaki W650/W800 customs

    Top 5 Kawasaki W650/W800 customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    We’re starting a new series on our favorite custom bike platforms. To kick it off we’ve chosen Kawasaki’s W650, a popular choice among builders since it launched in 1999. Inspired by Kawasaki’s own W1, W2 and W3 models of the 60s and 70s, the W650… Read more »

  • The Sturgis Top 5

    The Sturgis Top 5

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    I don’t normally pay much attention to the Sturgis Bike Week. In the past, I’ve never been able to see beyond the chrome and billet. But this year’s bike building championship seemed different, with a brace of knockout bikes winning votes in all categories. And… Read more »