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Classified Moto's Suzuki GSXR streetfighter: A 190 mph urban assault bike

Classified’s Suzuki GSXR: A 190 mph urban assault bike

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Blistering performance is not usually at the top of the wishlist for a custom build. But this Suzuki from Classified Moto is capable of destroying pretty much anything that crosses its path. Technically speaking, it’s a streetfighter—but you won’t find any shiny anodized bolts or Day-Glo farkles here. Just a heavy dose of Classified’s signature…

Looking for a donor? Here's how to buy a motorcycle for your custom project.

Feature: How To Buy A Motorcycle

Adapted from the new book The Build: How the Masters Design Custom Motorcycles by Robert Hoekman Jr., including interviews with some of the most notable builders in the USA. When we talk about how to buy a motorcycle, we really mean “how to find a donor bike.” It’s a nice term, “donor bike”—all full of…

John Ryland's wild Honda XR650L is a big, fat middle finger to critics of the modern-day custom scene.

The big ‘F— You’: Classified Moto’s Honda XR650L

When John Ryland of Classified Moto sent through images of this heavily customized Honda XR650L, our jaws hit the floor. So we asked him to explain his thinking. His replies, reproduced verbatim below, are gold dust—and food for thought. AS REWARDING AS creating custom motorcycles can be, there’s a degree of frustration that goes along…

Star Struck: A NASA-inspired Honda CB 750 cafe racer.

Star Struck: Classified’s Honda CB 750 cafe racer

We hear bike builders citing a lot of influences, but here’s a new one: vintage spacecraft. John Ryland of Classified Moto is a fan of the golden age of space travel, and there’s a distinct Interstellar vibe to this Honda CB 750. Ryland started this project four years ago in rather odd circumstances. “We had…

How to build motorcycles for a living

“Wouldn’t it be great to build motorcycles for a living?” I’m guessing the thought has crossed your mind while working on your own bike. It’s…

Honda Nighthawk by Classified Moto

If there’s a builder entitled to look back on 2013 with a quiet sense of satisfaction, it’s John Ryland of Classified Moto. He’s enjoyed both…

Honda CB400 by Classified Moto

Classified Moto is one of the breakthrough builders of the past couple of years. John Ryland’s stubby, purposeful aesthetic has attracted a legion of fans…

Honda CB cafe racer

Some custom bike builds are completed in days. Others take weeks or months. But this new build from Classified Moto, a postmodern take on the…

Classified Moto XV920 2.0

Two years ago, John Ryland finished his first customer build—a groundbreaking Yamaha XV920 that effectively launched Classified Moto onto the custom scene. The bike was…