Low rider: Classified Moto’s Kawasaki Zephyr

Low rider: Classified Moto’s Kawasaki Zephyr

The Zephyr ZR750 is one of the best secondhand buys around. Twenty years ago, it left road testers lukewarm—but today, owners love them. And you can get an absolutely mint early 90s example for around $2,000. That’s when the economics of the custom motorcycle business… Read more »

Bolts From The Blue: Yamaha Garage Challenge

Bolts From The Blue: Yamaha Garage Challenge

After decades of enjoying the middleweight V-twin market to itself, the Harley Sportster is facing serious challenges. The two biggest contenders? The postmodern Indian Scout and the retro bobber-styled Star Bolt, which is known to Europeans as the Yamaha XV950. In the USA, Yamaha’s already… Read more »

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In Rust We Trust: CRD’s corrosive BMW R 100

In Rust We Trust: CRD’s corrosive BMW R 100

Custom motorcycles often get accused of looking good, but not riding worth a damn. So it’s great when a builder devotes as much attention to a bike’s performance as its looks. Take this BMW R 100 from Madrid-based Café Racer Dreams. It has the subtlety… Read more »

The Bison: Revival’s custom BMW R nineT

The Bison: Revival’s custom BMW R nineT

Right now, I’m betting there’s an air of quiet satisfaction in the design department of BMW Motorrad. The R nineT, a long shot on the part of Ola Stenegard and Edgar Heinrich, has been an extraordinary success. Thirteen months ago, the first R nineT rolled… Read more »

The Player: DP Customs’ Racy 1200 Sportster

The Player: DP Customs’ Racy 1200 Sportster

Harley-Davidson customs have changed for good. The raked-out, built-for-TV monstrosities are a dying breed, and the baton has passed to a new wave of crisp, sporty builds that we’d happily ride all day. Workshops like DP Custom Cycles are leading the charge. Brothers Jarrod and… Read more »

Due South: Federal Moto’s Yamaha XS400

Due South: Federal Moto’s Yamaha XS400

For such a solitary pursuit, it’s surprising how motorcycles bring like-minded souls together. But this Yamaha XS400 goes one step further: it helped start one of western Canada’s leading custom workshops. The bike is called Due South and there’s a story behind the name. “A… Read more »

World first: Harley Street by Rajputana Customs

World first: Harley Street by Rajputana Customs

Outside the States, the new Street is widely regarded as the most important motorcycle in Harley-Davidson’s line-up. So the bike we’re looking at here is something of An Event: it’s the first officially sanctioned Street custom from an independent builder. That builder is Rajputana Customs… Read more »

Low flyer: Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

Low flyer: Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

We’ve probably used every superlative in the book to describe the Clutch Custom style by now. Propriétaire Willie Knoll builds bikes that we just can’t tear our eyes away from. As we’ve come to expect from the Paris-based builder, this XS650 is low-key and refined.… Read more »