Yamaha SR400 Yard Built by Benders

Yamaha SR400 Yard Built by Benders

Brothers Christian and Raphael Bender had the kind of childhood most of us dream about. They started out messing around on dirt bikes near Germany’s picturesque Black Forest, and began rebuilding bikes to finance far-flung adventures in the dunes of the Sahara desert. After a… Read more »

Guzzi Nevada custom scrambler

Guzzi Nevada custom scrambler

The big money-spinner for Moto Guzzi these days is the ‘new’ V7 range. But although the V7 has put the Mandello Del Lario factory on a secure footing, the heart of the bike is nothing new. The iconic 750cc ‘small block’ engine design can be… Read more »

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet
The new Hesketh motorcycle

The new Hesketh motorcycle

Received wisdom says that starting up a new restaurant carries more risk than any other type of business venture: Apparently some 60% of eateries close within five years. But I suspect that received wisdom is wrong. I reckon it’s even more difficult to launch a… Read more »

Top 5 Kawasaki Z1 and Z1000 customs

Top 5 Kawasaki Z1 and Z1000 customs

In the early 1970s, two Japanese superbikes ruled the roost: the Honda CB750 and the Kawasaki Z1. The Z1 was originally going to be a 750, but when Kawasaki got wind of the CB750 in the late 60s, they decided to up the ante by… Read more »

Motorcycle resto: the engine install

Motorcycle resto: the engine install

If you like to tinker with your bike at the weekend, check out this week’s YouTube Saturday Sessions clip. The Honda CB550 owned by New York agency Woods Witt Dealy & Sons is starting to come together as we install the engine into the frame,… Read more »

Honda CB400N by Officine Mr. S

Honda CB400N by Officine Mr. S

Nestled against the northwestern Sicilian coastline is a town called Alcamo. Known for its white wine and beautiful seaside, it’s also home to emerging Italian builder Isidoro Stellino. Stellino began his career at the age of 18 as a coffee roaster in his family’s shop,… Read more »

Moto Guzzi V65 cafe racer

Moto Guzzi V65 cafe racer

One of the most evocative paint schemes in motorcycling is the red and lime green of Moto Guzzi’s iconic V7 Sport. It was a combination suggested by a Milan-based design institute, and four decades later, it’s still synonymous with the marque. Moto Guzzi itself has… Read more »

Yamaha XT600 by Sartorie Meccaniche

Yamaha XT600 by Sartorie Meccaniche

The venerable Yamaha XT600 is one of those motorcycles that everyone seems to like. After almost two decades of production, this simple but rugged enduro disappeared from the showrooms in 2003—but it’s still readily available on the secondhand market. One of the XT600’s biggest fans… Read more »