Australia

  • 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 »

  • BMW R100/7

    BMW R100/7

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Most of the machines we feature on Bike EXIF are one-offs, or limited editions, or customized in some way. But if I was planning a long, leisurely trip cross-country, I’d be looking for a classy, relaxed tourer. And with a pair of authentic Krauser panniers… Read more »

  • The Golden Motorcycle

    The Golden Motorcycle

  • Scott Artists

    By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn. Firstly, Merry Christmas! I guess you’re wondering why a painting is being featured on Bike EXIF, and what the link to Christmas is. The painting is by Reg Mombassa and it’s called ‘Australian Jesus and the Golden Motorcycle’. Mombassa… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville concept

    Triumph Bonneville concept

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    Dan Anderson is an Australian industrial designer who, in his own words, is “nuts about bikes”. His Voltra electric sportsbike concept has been attracting attention on the interwebs, but this latest concept is the one we’d rather have in the Bike EXIF garage. It’s a… Read more »

  • MV Agusta 250S

    MV Agusta 250S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Tucked away under the arches of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, is the Classic Throttle Shop. This amazing vintage car emporium is also home to CTS Auctions, and on Saturday 5 December a very rare motorcycle will be going under the hammer. It’s a… Read more »

  • Deus 1200 V-Twin café racer

    Deus 1200 V-Twin café racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Deus has put the 562 lb Harley-Davidson Nightster onto a weight-loss programme and created a motorcycle with looks that could kill. The new Deus 1200 V-Twin is one of the best bikes yet to come out of the Australian custom emporium, and it’s left us… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z900

    Kawasaki Z900

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Most people will say the Honda CB750 was the first true superbike. But a few will point to the Kawasaki Z1 Series 900 of 1972. The four-cylinder, DOHC ‘Zed’ could hit 120 mph, and if you’ve got one in your garage today, it’ll be worth… Read more »

  • Bladerod

    Bladerod

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Owner Mark Boxer calls Bladerod “Australia’s toughest CBR900”. I don’t know how many Fireblades there are down under, but it is a pretty mean looking machine. Boxer is a journalist and stunt rider—interesting combo—and apparently built this bike in just 34 days. It’s a ’98… Read more »

  • 1948 Harley Panhead

    1948 Harley Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Machine is an Australian custom shop that caught our eye last month with a delicious Norton Atlas custom. And now the owner of Machine, Matt, has just put his 1948 Harley EL up for sale. It’s one of the earliest 61ci Panheads, with the new… Read more »

  • Norton Atlas bobber

    Norton Atlas bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Norton Atlas tends to get overshadowed by the Commando, which superseded it in 1968. Which is somewhat unfortunate: the Atlas had sweet handling, courtesy of a featherbed frame and Roadholder forks, and its 750 cc parallel twin had ample grunt. (It was far more… Read more »

  • BSA B31 hardtail

    BSA B31 hardtail

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesCustom Motorcycles ,,

    The Second World War had barely finished when the Birmingham Small Arms Company introduced the iconic B31. A 350 cc four-stroke thumper propelled the bike to a top speed of around 70 mph, and although it was based on a pre-war design, the B31 remained… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 K2 cafe racer

    Honda CB750 K2 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Honda’s CB750 appeared in 1969, Olaf Tiemann rode his BMW R26 to the nearest big German city to have a look at it. Forty years later, he’s finally got a CB750 K2 of his own in Australia, and he’s turned it into a lovely… Read more »

  • Deus SR500 street tracker

    Deus SR500 street tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most Yamaha SR-based customs hark back to the golden age of cafe racers. But the Australian specialist Deus has taken a jump into the future with its tough-looking SR542, nicknamed “The Mono.” This particular machine started life as a 1978 SR500, but you’d never know:… Read more »

  • BevelTech Ducati Desmo

    BevelTech Ducati Desmo

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It’s difficult to improve on the aesthetics of a 1970s Ducati bike. But Australian specialist Tony Hannagan of BevelTech has done it. The engine on his latest creation is from a 900SS: it’s been rebuilt with Cosworth pistons, polished rods, ported heads and magnesium valve… Read more »

  • 1969 Benelli 250

    1969 Benelli 250

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The motorcycle in front in this wonderful image is Benelli’s glorious 1969 250cc four racer. It was a remarkably advanced machine for its day, with an eight-speed gearbox and a 16-valve cylinder head that boosted power to 64bhp at 14,500rpm. If that figure is correct—it’s… Read more »

  • Yamaha TW200

    Yamaha TW200

  • Chris Hunter Custom MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,

    When James Kellas left England for Australia, he had to leave his drag-racing hobby at home. So he ordered a TW200 to use as a commuter bike, and tore it apart. He installed a fuel tank from an RD250 and added clip-ons, new wheels and… Read more »

  • Dustin Humphrey

    Dustin Humphrey

  • Chris Hunter Photographers ,

    Most fashion photography featuring motorcycles is a clichéd rehash of the whole biker chick thing. But this ad campaign, shot in Bali for Australian clothing label Insight, is genuinely creative. The man behind the camera is star surf photographer Dustin Humphrey: he’s conjured up a… Read more »

  • Laverda 1200

    Laverda 1200

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesPhotographersProduction Motorcycles ,,

    Tony Starr, a photographer from Melbourne, spotted this motorcycle in the street and squeezed off a quick shot. I’d say it’s a Laverda 1200 from 1978 or thereabouts, a big inline triple weighing almost 250kg. Tony has a real eye for color and the signature… Read more »

  • Norton Manx 30M

    Norton Manx 30M

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,,,

    I’ve just had a lovely email from Marian Simms in New Zealand. She’s the editor and publisher of the fashion glossy Karen, and daughter of Australian racer John Simms. “He has more bikes than is socially acceptable,” she says, “and is currently rebuilding a Manx… Read more »