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Remaking The BMW R nineT, Paris Style

The BMW R nineT ranks as one of our favorite modern motorcycles. But although it’s classy, it’s also laden with components all vying for attention. This new build from Paris’ Clutch Custom Motorcycles is less fussy, and more chic. It’s as though the BMW’s ready-to-wear outfit has been swapped for an elegant haute couture suit.

Going With The Flow: an immaculate Kawasaki W650 custom from Paris-based Clutch Motorcycles.

Going With The Flow: Kawasaki W650 by Clutch

Before the ‘new’ Triumph Bonneville came along, there was the Kawasaki W650. And some would argue that it captured the spirit of the Meriden original even better than the later Hinckley-built Bonnie. Willie Knoll of Paris-based Clutch Custom Motorcycles is a fan. His Bonneville T100 from last year is one of our all-time favorites, so…

Low flyer: a cafe-styled XS650 from Clutch Customs of Paris.

Low flyer: Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

We’ve probably used every superlative in the book to describe the Clutch Custom style by now. Propriétaire Willie Knoll builds bikes that we just can’t tear our eyes away from. As we’ve come to expect from the Paris-based builder, this XS650 is low-key and refined. But it’s stacked with hand-made bits and pieces—details that M.…

Here's the best-looking Kawasaki KZ650 we've seen for a long time, courtesy of the Paris-based workshop Clutch Customs.

Clutch Customs’ sublime Kawasaki KZ650

Kawasaki KZ650s don’t come across our desks too often. So we were intrigued to see this one from Monsieur Willie Knoll at Paris’ Clutch Custom Motorcycles. Willie has an obsession with lines and details, and a knack for nipping and tucking a bike until everything sits just right. Equally impressive is his eye for finishes—Clutch…

Triumph Bonneville T100 by Clutch

As long as Triumph keep churning out modern classics, builders will be lining up to chop them. This latest example is a 2007 Bonneville T100—tastefully…

Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

It’s a long time since we’ve featured a Yamaha XS650. It’s a bike that has become ubiquitous: with so many customs built on the 45-year-old…

BMW R75/7 by Clutch Custom

Building a custom motorcycle is about judgment: knowing what to change, what to leave alone, and when to stop. It’s about proportions, lines and shapes.…