Tag: Australia

  • Honda GB250 by Ellaspede

    Honda GB250 by Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda GB250 is one of those small bikes with a big heart—in this case, an air-cooled single that pumps out a healthy 30 bhp in stock form. The GB250 tips the scales at less than 130 kg (280 lbs), and thanks to low gearing,… Read more »

  • Ducati 749 by Shed-X

    Ducati 749 by Shed-X

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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 »

  • NX650 custom motorcycle

    Honda NX650 custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Many builders cite similar reasons for taking up their craft, one of them being a growing dissatisfaction with modern motorcycle design. This, and an over-active imagination, led Simon Garcia to tear into his 1989 Honda NX650—and inject a little style and charm of his own.… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR400 by Ellaspede

    Yamaha XJR400 by Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Let’s say you’re a relatively new convert to motorcycling. And you want a custom bike, something a little smaller and cheaper than an 883 Sportster, Triumph Bonneville or Moto Guzzi V7. The obvious option is the Yamaha SR400. Or maybe one of the more compact… Read more »

  • Ducati custom by Corse Motorcycles

    Ducati custom by Corse Motorcycles

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Anthony Warnock is an ex-WSBK/MotoGP mechanic and now runs Corse Motorcycles in Perth, Australia. His specialty is late model Ducatis, having worked in Europe on the racing scene for 12 years, and for the factory itself in 2003. When he returned back to his home… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville by MeanMachines

    Triumph Bonneville by MeanMachines

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some motorcycles are just brimming with purpose, like this custom Triumph Bonneville on steroids. It looks like it’s poised to shred rubber, even when it’s standing still. It’s the work of MeanMachines, an Australian shop very familiar to local owners of Bonnevilles and Thruxtons. Builder… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR400 by Deus

    Yamaha SR400 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The man behind the kick-ass customs coming out of Deus’ Sydney headquarters is Jeremy Tagand. Although he’s had a huge impact on the modern-day custom scene, relatively little is known about Jezza himself. So here goes—he’s from Annecy, France; he’s an avid surfer and snowboarder;… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K0 ‘Runcible Racer’

    Honda CB450 K0 ‘Runcible Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CB450 K0 has a very secure place in motorcycling history books. Nicknamed the ‘Black Bomber’ on account of the Ford Model T-style paint choice, it was the first volume-produced motorcycle powered by a DOHC engine. And it still looks good today. Australian Cliff… Read more »

  • Sportster 48 by Rampant x Ellaspede

    Sportster 48 by Rampant x Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Warwick Lyon started work on this Sportster 48, he wanted to build a modern interpretation of a café racer with elements of a streetfighter. Lyon runs an Australian workshop called Rampant Motorcycles, and his forte is mechanics. So he called up Ellaspede—another Brisbane-based builder,… Read more »

  • Custom Norton Commando

    Custom Norton Commando

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We first happened across this amazing Norton Commando eight months ago. It’s now gracing the pages of Tank Moto, a super-stylish new quarterly from the publishers of Fuel Magazine. When I first saw this 1969 Norton, I’d have bet big money that it was from… Read more »

  • Ducati 860SS replica

    Ducati 860SS replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the strangest episodes in Ducati racing history took place in Australia in 1975. At the time, production racing Down Under was dominated by Kawasaki Z1s. So Ducati’s Australian importer created an ‘860SS,’ a machine custom-built to win at Bathurst, Australia’s most famous racetrack.… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K1 by Ellaspede

    Honda CB450 K1 by Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Brisbane is Australia’s third biggest city. It’s the capital of Queensland, the unfeasibly huge ‘sunshine state.’ Queensland is also an idyllic environment for motorcycles, so let’s turn our attention to the brightest star on the local custom scene: Ellaspede. Ellaspede’s latest build is this 1968… Read more »

  • Modern Motor Cycle Company XS650

    Modern Motor Cycle Company XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a lot to be said for low-key aesthetics. And this back-to-basics Yamaha XS650 is as subtle as they come. It’s the fifth build from the Modern Motor Cycle Company, based in Melbourne, Australia. Owner Andrew Cook wanted a custom that was simple and clean,… Read more »

  • Mid Life Cycles Honda CB77

    Mid Life Cycles Honda CB77

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Australia has a relatively small population—around 23 million, a little less than Texas. Despite this, the custom scene is thriving, with a remarkable number of skilled builders and a nationwide taste for cafe racers and classics. Deus is probably the best-known builder, but there are… Read more »

  • Deus Kawasaki W650

    Deus Kawasaki W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s the latest machine from the Australian headquarters of Deus. Called “Gicleur”, it’s one of the most stylish Kawasaki W650 customs we’ve ever seen. Gicleur is French for “jet”, and it’s a critical part of an espresso machine: the nozzle that governs the water that… Read more »

  • Deus: The American

    Deus: The American

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Deus has opened shop in L.A., on the corner of Lincoln and Venice Boulevards. And this is the first full-blown custom motorcycle to roll out of its doors: an intricately crafted machine packed with high performance parts and a healthy dose of attitude. It’s called… Read more »

  • Deus Yamaha Scorpio

    Deus Yamaha Scorpio

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Sydney’s congested traffic, scooters and smaller motorcycles reign supreme. It’s good news for younger (or learner) riders but there’s a downside: most small-capacity motorcycles are somewhat lacking in the looks department. Unless you choose a road-legal dirt bike, you’re stuck with bland “commuter bike”… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Deus

    Harley Sportster by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Australian custom motorcycle builder Deus is best known for its SR and W650 customs, but its occasional forays into Harley-Davidson territory have been equally successful. Here’s the latest, based on a 2007-model Harley Sportster. Dubbed the Bald Terrier—no, I don’t know why—it’s essentially a… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 by Deus

    Kawasaki W650 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The French MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet has been spending a fair bit of time in Australia lately. So when he needed a bike to get around Sydney, he gave Deus a call. “Randy’s design brief was for a middleweight, 2-up twin,” says Deus creative… Read more »

  • 1972 Honda CB350: ‘The Brat’

    1972 Honda CB350: ‘The Brat’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most custom motorcycles have an interesting story behind them, but the tale behind this 1972 Honda CB350 is more interesting than most. I’m not being entirely impartial here, though—this bike was inspired by the often-heated comments on Bike EXIF. ‘The Brat’ was built by reader… Read more »

  • Deus Oddjob Yamaha SR500

    Deus Oddjob Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you had to list the builders at the top of today’s custom scene, most observers would put Deus in the top five. A lot of this reputation comes from transforming Yamaha’s SR series—a machine that’s not officially sold in Australia, but is well-suited to… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS racer

    Ducati 900SS racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In Australia, Tony Hannagan of BevelTech is the man to call if you need help with a classic Ducati. And this sleek black-and-red beauty is his latest build. ‘Vern R‘ is a Ducati 900SS-based racer designed for the BEARS series—meaning “British, European, American Racing and… Read more »

  • Halfway There XJ900

    Halfway There XJ900

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Carlo Romanin is a bike builder from Melbourne, Australia, and he’s taken this ‘86 XJ900 to a different level. “In many ways, the XJ900 is like your typical Aussie man,” he says. “Simple, unfussy and gets the job done. What better base for a custom?”… Read more »

  • Machine: Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Machine: Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Matt at Machine is one of Australia’s top custom motorcycle builders. So when a new bike rolls out of his workshop in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, it’s an event. For his latest bike, Matt wanted a “reliable, fast Italian cafe racer suitable… Read more »

  • Triumph T120 Triton

    Triumph T120 Triton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ask most people to visualize a ‘classic motorcycle’ and the image that springs to mind will probably be a Triton. It’s a simple and elegant style, and although dozens have been submitted to Bike EXIF over the years, they still catch my eye. This one… Read more »

  • MV Agusta Grand Prix Replica

    MV Agusta Grand Prix Replica

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Specials don’t come any more special than this lovely MV Agusta. And it has an immaculate pedigree, too—it was built by Primo Felotti, the stylist and bodywork fabricator employed by MV Agusta from the 1950s onwards. The bike is based on a 1977 Ipotesi, a… Read more »

  • Norton Commando Fastback

    Norton Commando Fastback

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Australian vintage guitar specialist Neil Rote has an enviable stable of motorcycles. We featured his lovely BMW R100/7 nearly a year ago, so it’s now time to show the Norton Commando Fastback. The Commando was the swansong of the British parallel twins, but by all… Read more »

  • Harley Panhead by Matt Machine

    Harley Panhead by Matt Machine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Last month, I had the privilege of meeting one of Australia’s most renowned custom bike builders, Matt from Machine. This Harley Panhead is his latest creation, and it’s just made it onto the cover of Greasy Kulture magazine. Matt built this bike for his good… Read more »

  • Honda CB250 custom

    Honda CB250 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I spent most of last Saturday at Australia’s top custom shop, Deus Ex Machina, as one of the judges of the inaugural “Boundless Enthusiasm Bike Build-Off.” There were over thirty bikes in the yard, with chrome and paintwork glinting under the unseasonably hot sun. Before… Read more »

  • Honda VTR1000 custom

    Honda VTR1000 custom

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    Most people accessorize their bikes from aftermarket catalogs. But when Australian Shawn Zammit got a Honda VTR1000 Firestorm in 2002, he decided to stick to the Honda production parts bin. And in the process, discovered the constraints that often face the designers employed by motorcycle… Read more »

  • Yamaha TX650 custom

    Yamaha TX650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yamaha’s XS650 has become one of the ubiquitous custom platforms. With a production run of around 13 years from 1970 onwards, there are still plenty around. This custom is the second project from a new Australian outfit called the Modern Motor Cycle Company; it isn’t… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600 cafe racer

    Yamaha XT600 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This sharp-looking custom started life as a 1992 Yamaha XT600E, of all things. It’s owned by Australian Mark Wotherspoon, who wanted a fun bike for his daily commute and weekend blasts around the hinterland backroads. His objectives were to reduce weight, increase horsepower and improve… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville by Deus

    Triumph Bonneville by Deus

  • Harley Sportster by Robb Handcrafted Cycles

    Harley Sportster by Robb Handcrafted Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We rarely feature contemporary Harley customs, but when I saw these images by Australian photographer Michael Drabikowski, I had to make an exception. Because this Harley-Davidson Sportster isn’t your typical V-twin show bike; for starters, it’s an absolute featherweight. It tips the scales at a… Read more »

  • Speedweek: Brett Destoop

    Speedweek: Brett Destoop

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Brett Destoop is an interesting guy. He doesn’t own a road-registered bike, but a few days ago, he became the first man in Australia to go faster than 230 mph (370 kph) on a sit-down motorcycle. At the Lake Gairdner Speedweek meet, he rode his… Read more »