Motorcycle restoration: seat and tank

Motorcycle restoration: seat and tank

If you like to tinker with your bike at weekends, we’ve got a treat for you here. The latest clip in our Saturday Sessions YouTube series shows our Honda CB550 coming together with a freshly restored tank and seat unit … and it’s enticingly close… Read more »

Auto Fabrica Type 4 Yamaha SR250

Auto Fabrica Type 4 Yamaha SR250

For the past few weeks, I’ve had a KTM Freeride 350 in my garage—a press bike on loan. The most striking thing about the KTM is its weight, which is a smidge under 100 kg (220 lbs). My own Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is no… Read more »

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet
Honda CB 350 AHRMA racer

Honda CB 350 AHRMA racer

The term ‘café racer’ is bandied about so much these days, it’s virtually lost all meaning. But this sleek Honda CB 350 is one of the few modern customs that live up to the moniker. Even better, it’s fresh out of the workshop and ready… Read more »

Honda GL1000 by ER Motorcycles

Honda GL1000 by ER Motorcycles

When I hear that a shop has torn into a Honda Gold Wing, my curiosity is immediately piqued. As clichéd as it is, “less is more” is a maxim for many builders—and Honda’s legendary tourer is the exact opposite. Thankfully the bike in question is… Read more »

Classified Triumph 675 ‘Doomsdaytona’

Classified Triumph 675 ‘Doomsdaytona’

John Ryland is one of the standout custom bike builders from the past few years. He’s dazzled us with a succession of Honda CBs and Yamaha Viragos, each one bearing that unmistakable Classified Moto style: cool metallic hues and uprated gold forks. The latest bike… Read more »

Paul d’Orléans: Instafamous, Instabroke

Paul d’Orléans: Instafamous, Instabroke

Moto-journalist Paul d’Orléans writes for the magazine Classic Bike Guide, and stirred up the hornets’ nest with this recent column. It’s a perceptive and thought-provoking commentary on today’s custom motorcycle scene. I’ve been mucking around with old motorcycles since the 1980s, and like many, financed… Read more »

Yamaha Virago XV750 by Greg Hageman

Yamaha Virago XV750 by Greg Hageman

When it comes to old motorcycles in need of resurrection, owners often face a dilemma: restore to original spec, or rebuild as a custom? The temptation to perform a nuts-and-bolts resto is massive when there’s a ’60s model BSA or Triumph in the garage, but… Read more »

Motorcycle resto: starting the engine

Motorcycle resto: starting the engine

In every motorcycle build there’s a moment of truth. It’s usually when you start up the engine up for the first time. In this week’s Saturday Sessions, you can see E3 Motorcycles jolt our Honda CB550 back to life. “We’d already put the harness, ignition,… Read more »