Norton 850 Commando by Federal Moto

Norton 850 Commando by Federal Moto

There’s a new name to look out for on the custom scene: Federal Moto. It’s a startup workshop from Canada, and this remarkable Norton 850 Commando resto-mod is the company’s first build. The guys behind Federal are friends Shaun Brandt, Randy Venhuis, and Justin Benson.… Read more »

Ducati 749 by Shed-X

Ducati 749 by Shed-X

Staunch Ducatistas might balk at the idea of ripping the bodywork off a 749. Neil and Jim at Shed-X don’t seem to mind too much though: turning Bologna’s finest into naked, fun-loving street machines is their forte. Based out of a small workshop in Sydney,… Read more »

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet

The New Icon 1000 Airmada Chantilly helmet
Yamaha dirt tracker by Jeff Palhegyi

Yamaha dirt tracker by Jeff Palhegyi

Is there any racing livery more evocative than Yamaha’s classic ‘speed block’ pattern? Put it on a dirt tracker, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Jeff Palhegyi’s uncompromising XS650 was one of the stars of the recent Quail Gathering, but Jeff refused all… Read more »

Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

It’s a widely held opinion that contemporary motorcycle design isn’t quite what it used to be. The sense of nostalgia that fuels the custom scene is often associated with the belief that motorcycling’s golden age preceded 1980. Bikes looked better, had more class and were… Read more »

Dustin Kott’s CB550 cafe racer

Dustin Kott’s CB550 cafe racer

When Dustin Kott turns his hand to a CB, you can be sure it’s going to come out special. The Californian builder has favored Hondas since he first popped up on the scene—and to call him a specialist would now be something of an understatement.… Read more »

Motorcycle restoration: wheels

Motorcycle restoration: wheels

Anyone who’s taken on a large-scale motorcycle restoration runs into an “Aw—f*ck” moment at some point. The best-laid plans can unravel, or get held up by a single seized bolt or incorrect parts order. And this week, that’s what’s happened with our featured CB550, owned… Read more »

Urban Motor Brat Bob

Urban Motor Brat Bob

Whether it’s a classic resto-mod or a R nineT café-tracker, Urban Motor’s Peter Dannenberg sure knows how to tweak a BMW to perfection. Every build that rolls out of his Berlin workshop is über-clean and cohesive—even when he’s been asked to inject a little Brat… Read more »

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

With interest in motorcycles on the rise in the western world, there’s never been so much gear to choose from. Which is making it harder and harder to pick out noteworthy items for our occasional round-ups.  This time, we’ve got a helmet with a darkly… Read more »