New and noted: motorcycle gear

New and noted: motorcycle gear

It’s time for one of our irregular round-ups of cool new moto gear, and this time we’ve got stuff to sniff as well as stuff to wear. Plus a revolutionary new iPad app that could sharpen your eyesight and make you a better (and safer)… Read more »

Harley 48 Sportster by RSD

Harley 48 Sportster by RSD

It takes a pretty special Harley to stop me in my tracks, but this Sportster 48 from Roland Sands Design hits all the right notes. It’s a street tracker with a strong vintage vibe—plus enough performance upgrades to make it an entertaining ride without compromising… Read more »

New Icon 1000 Gear

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Wrenchmonkees Laverda 750

Wrenchmonkees Laverda 750

If there’s one company that symbolizes the style of the new wave custom scene, it’s the Wrenchmonkees. Their motorcycles are raw, simple and pure—the legendary Danish design aesthetic applied to two wheels, and roughed up a little. An early 70s Laverda given the Wrenchmonkees treatment… Read more »

Top 5 Honda CX500s

Top 5 Honda CX500s

Let’s be honest—Honda’s CX500 is not going to win any beauty contests. With a short wheelbase, high front end, awkward looking subframe and unflattering plastics, it earned nicknames such as ‘plastic maggot’ and güllepumpe (the German word for a pump used to shift liquid manure)… Read more »

Yamaha XS650 bobber

Yamaha XS650 bobber

Roughly a year ago we featured a slammed 1982 Yamaha XS650, resplendent in an intricate gold paintjob. It was built by Taipei-based Mark Huang, who still has it and rides it regularly. He’s since built another XS650 in the same Japanese street-bobber style—and it looks… Read more »

BMW R100 by Untitled Motorcycles

BMW R100 by Untitled Motorcycles

The BMW airhead revival continues apace. This stripped-back R100 RT comes from London’s Untitled Motorcycles and it just oozes vintage charm. It’s a classic barn find story. The BMW had been rotting away in a garage for years before Christian Smith saw it, bought it,… Read more »

Suzuki Stinger by Air-Tech

Suzuki Stinger by Air-Tech

You’ve probably admired Kent Riches’ work before without knowing it. That’s because his company, Air-Tech Streamlining, has been producing high quality bodywork since the ’80s—for everyone from garage builders to factory race teams. Kent is a prolific racer himself—with fourteen world records to his name—and… Read more »

Honda CJ360 by Kingdom of Kicks

Honda CJ360 by Kingdom of Kicks

Kingdom of Kicks is typical of the small, up-and-coming workshops that are lighting the fires under the European custom scene. It’s run by James Jordan, who started out building bikes in a small apartment—and now enjoys marginally larger premises in Hackney Wick, an east London… Read more »