BMW K1600 GTL Custom Project

BMW K1600 GTL Custom Project

At the Osaka Motorcycle Show, BMW Japan has just thrown the wraps off two extreme customs based on the K1600 GTL. That’s the range-topping luxury tourer, a road-going spaceship powered by a 1649cc inline six—and probably packed with more electronics than any other motorcycle on… Read more »

Red Alert: Down & Out’s Triumph Bonneville SE

Red Alert: Down & Out’s Triumph Bonneville SE

Down & Out probably isn’t the most auspicious name for a business. But Shaun Walker sleeps easy at night: business at his Sheffield, England workshop is booming. For the past 15 years, Shaun has been building very tidy, sharp-looking customs. He works mostly on older… Read more »

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Running Lean: Fuel Motorcycles’ sleek R65

Running Lean: Fuel Motorcycles’ sleek R65

‘Svelte’ is not a word that sits comfortably in the BMW design language. These days, the machines that roll out of BMW Motorradwerk in Berlin are best described as imposing—or in the case of the sportbikes, angular. It wasn’t always that way, though. The R65… Read more »

The Walking Dead: The Daryl Dixon Motorcycle

The Walking Dead: The Daryl Dixon Motorcycle

EXCLUSIVE If you have a television in your house, you probably know AMC’s The Walking Dead. If you’re blessed with a strong constitution, you may even be watching it. It’s a post-apocalyptic drama series that scores millions of viewers for every episode. And unlike most… Read more »

Absolute Gem: Diamond Atelier’s BMW R100R

Absolute Gem: Diamond Atelier’s BMW R100R

We’re calling it: the custom boxer movement has reached critical mass. More BMWs are rolling off workbenches than ever before, so builders have to look at Bavaria’s sweetheart with fresh eyes to get noticed. This neo-noir BMW R100R from Diamond Atelier is more of a… Read more »

Boxing Clever: Deus Customs’ Gentleman Jim

Boxing Clever: Deus Customs’ Gentleman Jim

Boxing aficionados will know the name Gentleman Jim Corbett. He was a man of taste and manners, who trod the boards of theatres in San Francisco and New York. He also entered the ring 24 times between 1886 and 1903—including one bout that extended to… Read more »

Thunderhawk: A New Angle On The Honda CB77

Thunderhawk: A New Angle On The Honda CB77

With most Honda CB customs packing 400cc or more, we were a little curious when a CB77 Super Hawk hit our inbox. After all, this was the bike that launched Honda in the USA—and the bike that Robert M. Pirsig rode on his trip in… Read more »

Slate Hammer: Rough Crafts’ custom Sportster

Slate Hammer: Rough Crafts’ custom Sportster

EXCLUSIVE The Harley Sportster is probably the most customized bike on the planet. But there are surprisingly few examples that butter our toast. It’s the café racer look that seems to be the most troublesome: giving the portly Sportster a sleek and pared-back style is… Read more »