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Q&A: A manufacturer’s view of the custom scene, with Yamaha’s Cristian Barelli

Q&A: A manufacturer’s view of the custom scene

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Over the past couple of years, no manufacturer has commissioned more custom bikes than Yamaha Motor Europe. The Yard Built program has given us plenty of eye candy, and Yamaha was the first OEM to invite Bike EXIF to a new model launch—that of the XSR700. The XSR700 (and its big brother the XSR900, which…

BMW K 1600 GTL Custom Project: Builder Interviews

BMW K 1600 GTL Project: The Builders

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Harley-Davidson dominates the heavyweight custom scene in Japan: many of the top builders work on no other marque. But BMW has just disrupted that paradigm with its ‘Ignite Straight 6’ project: it’s given its luxury K 1600 GTL tourer to two of Japan’s most esteemed motorcycle craftsmen. Keiji Kawakita (Hot Dock Custom Cycles) and Kenji…

BMW R nineT custom motorcycle builders

R nine T Custom Project: the builders

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It’s not often that we get an insight into the minds and work processes of Japan’s custom motorcycle builders. The language barrier is simply too much. So we’re wrapping up our coverage of BMW’s R nineT Custom Project by interviewing the four builders involved. Although they’re at the top of their game—and undoubtedly some of…

Interview: Kevin Ash

Update: Kevin Ash died on January 22, 2013, after an accident during a motorcycle press launch in South Africa. This interview was…