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 »

Ducati 860 GT by Made In Italy Motorcycles

Ducati 860 GT by Made In Italy Motorcycles

In the sleepy English country town of Stowmarket you’ll find one of the world’s top Ducati specialists: Made In Italy Motorcycles. For thirty years John Fallon has been buying, selling and restoring Ducatis—and we’ve finally snared a set of images that show the incredible quality… Read more »

The Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2014

The Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2014

2014 was the year that customs moved into the mainstream. Nearly every major motorcycle brand has been working with independent builders: some publicly, and some privately. Yamaha and BMW are visibly throwing their weight behind the scene, while the Italians are working behind closed doors.… Read more »

Clean Maschine: Urban Motor’s rakish R80

Clean Maschine: Urban Motor’s rakish R80

Every year, 120,000 motorcycles roll off the production line in BMW’s giant Berlin factory. But some of the most interesting Beemers come from a tiny workshop just 15 kilometers to the east, on the banks of the River Spree. That’s where you’ll find Urban Motor‘s… Read more »