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Haters Gonna Hate: El Solitario’s Harley Sportster

If you’re a regular here, you’re probably familiar with El Solitario MC. The controversial customs from this Spanish workshop have driven some readers to unprecedented heights of apoplexy—and others to delight. ‘Impostor’ is arguably their most infamous release—a BMW R nineT encased in a skeletal structure. Comments ranged from “It embodies everything wrong with the…

Big Bad Wolf: Yard Built Yamaha XJR1300 by El Solitario MC

Big Bad Wolf: El Solitario’s Yard Built XJR1300

It takes a brave man to commission a bike from El Solitario: founder David Loner Borras is famed for his wayward, mischievous intelligence. And his small crew of Galician ‘cannibals,’ as they describe themselves, build bikes that incite controversy. Two years ago, El Solitario wrapped a BMW R nineT in stainless steel rods, creating the…

Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

When a Ducati 900SS rolls into a workshop for a big-budget overhaul, it usually leaves a few weeks later looking just like it did when…

Moto Guzzi V65 by El Solitario

For a pursuit that is all about freedom and individuality, the world of custom motorcycles can be a strangely serious business. Are those tires good…

El Solitario’s art deco BMW R75/5

Custom motorcycles are a mix of art and engineering—and there’s a tension in that mix. Trends develop, and quickly become cliché. But occasionally a builder…

El Solitario ‘Winning Loser’

It’s stating the obvious, but some bikes are easier to customize than others. If you’ve got a Ducati SportClassic or Harley Sportster sitting in your…

El Solitario Triumph T120R

Love them or hate them, Spanish builders El Solitario MC have an eye for a good paintjob: their 1969 Triumph T120R sports paint by the…