Tag: England

  • Bonneville T100 custom

    Bonneville T100 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In France earlier this year, I was struck by the popularity of the Triumph Bonneville. Many were lightly customized, but none were as smart of this Bonneville T100. It’s owned by Patrick Crépelle, and shows how Triumph’s ‘modern classic’ can be transformed by an amateur… Read more »

  • Mule Triumph Bonneville

    Mule Triumph Bonneville

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes even a man of the cloth needs a little earthly diversion. So it was with Father Dave Reinhart, a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, recently returned from a posting in Iraq. He contacted Richard Pollock at Mule Motorcycles about modifying his 2006 Triumph… Read more »

  • El Solitario Triumph T120R

    El Solitario Triumph T120R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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 East London signwriter Ornamental Conifer (Nicolai Sclater) and Corpses From Hell (Maxwell Paternoster).

  • Spirit Of The Seventies S7

    Spirit Of The Seventies S7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Somewhere, on the glorious roads of rural Scotland, this beautiful Yamaha XS750 custom is carving corners and blasting down the straights, at the command of its new owner. But it was built hundreds of miles away by Spirit of the Seventies, the English workshop that… Read more »

  • Triumph Scrambler by JvB-moto

    Triumph Scrambler by JvB-moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you were taken with the Triumph Tridays “Rumbler”—and it was one of the most popular bikes we’ve shown so far this year—then this is the bike for you. Cologne-based JvB-moto has remodeled the Rumbler for small-scale production, priced it at 15,000 euros (around $18,500)… Read more »

  • The 2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part I

    The 2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part I

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s time to look back at the biggest hits of 2012 so far—the bikes that have attracted the most attention from our worldwide camaraderie of readers. We’ve selected these machines mostly on the basis of website traffic—but we’ve also taken Facebook likes and general positive… Read more »

  • Bonneville Speedweek Triton

    Bonneville Speedweek Triton

  • Loaded Gun cafe racer

    Loaded Gun cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a dominant custom trend today, it’s dark and minimal. Bikes are being stripped of chrome and artifice, and generally look the better for it. But there’s always an exception, and in this case, it’s the “72 Mono Racer” from Loaded Gun Customs. If… Read more »

  • Motorcycle wallpaper #9

    Motorcycle wallpaper #9

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Wallpaper ,

    James Hammarhead is one of the top custom motorcycle builders in the USA. In June 2011, he returned to the small Pennsylvania farm where he grew up, visiting his childhood refuge for the first time in 30 years. He took three Hammarhead bikes with him—the… Read more »

  • CRD #15 Bonneville

    CRD #15 Bonneville

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live near Madrid and you want to add a custom touch to your Bonneville, you’re in luck. Cafe Racer Dreams have made a name for themselves with tweaked Triumphs and Honda CBs, and this is #15, their latest build. It’s a 2007-model bike,… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 cafe racer

    Yamaha SR500 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A few weeks ago I was in Brighton, on the south coast of England. It’s a spiritual home for the English cafe racer scene, and I was pleased to see the odd custom zipping about—with many riders sporting open-face helmets and goggles. Most of these… Read more »

  • Shaw F1-XLR Nightster

    Shaw F1-XLR Nightster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE Harley’s evergreen Sportster is probably the world’s most commonly modified bike. So it’s hard to create anything truly original. But the AMD Championship-winning workshop Shaw Speed & Custom has pushed the boundaries once again with this Nightster-based custom, the F1-XLR. This time, inspiration comes… Read more »

  • Norton Commando Mk III

    Norton Commando Mk III

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to improve on the Norton Commando. But Bill Becker, creator of the lovely Aermacchi Sprint we featured a little while ago, has taken the iconic British motorcycle to a new level. Bill bought the Commando on eBay as a project bike with a… Read more »

  • Honda Dominator custom

    Honda Dominator custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to pick the next trend in custom bike building, it’d be a move away from cafe racers on Firestones and towards chunky, purposeful tracker-style bikes. There seems to be increasing interest in this style, from the top custom shops right down to… Read more »

  • Maria Triumph Thruxton

    Maria Triumph Thruxton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always good to hear about a new builder starting out, and even better when that builder is from a country that doesn’t have an obvious custom scene. This is one of the first creations from Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, Portugal, and it’s a great… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville T100 by Mule

    Triumph Bonneville T100 by Mule

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Richard Pollock is having good problems. Demand for his Mule street-trackers is running ahead of supply, so much so that customers are now buying his personal motorcycles out from underneath him! Actually, even Pollock’s own bikes are work-related. This 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 that he… Read more »

  • 1973 Norton Commando

    1973 Norton Commando

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    A friend of mine ascribes the recent decline in the number of young motorcyclists to the relentless marketing of Japanese sportbikes in the 1980s. These machines, unlike most that preceded them, had no room for a pillion. The father—or uncle, or grandfather—could not take the… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ1000 custom

    Kawasaki KZ1000 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Early Japanese superbikes seem to get more appealing as the years go by. The Honda CB750 is still going strong, and so is Kawasaki’s KZ series. This classy, understated KZ1000 is the work of London’s Untitled Motorcycles, and it’s owned by Anthony van Someren of… Read more »

  • Tridays Triumph Scrambler

    Tridays Triumph Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Triumph Scrambler must be one of the hardest bikes to customize. Along with Moto Guzzi’s current V7 and the Kawasaki W800, it’s one of the few production machines that have a retro-slash-custom feel right from the start. This hasn’t deterred the Triumph Tridays team… Read more »

  • Vincent Black Lightning by Jeff Decker

    Vincent Black Lightning by Jeff Decker

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    For someone who doesn’t like stock Vincents, Jeff Decker builds a mighty fine Black Lightning. He’s a sculptor as well as a bike builder, and his eye for a line is evident with this beautiful salt racer. As these exclusive Horst Roesler shots reveal, Decker… Read more »

  • CMP Project #5 Triumph Bonneville

    CMP Project #5 Triumph Bonneville

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a surefire way to improve the looks of the average motorcycle, it’s by tidying up the back end. And this Triumph Bonneville, from the Argentinian builder CMP Project, is a textbook example. Careful fabrication and a custom-fitted seat have given Triumph’s mainstay roadster… Read more »

  • Honda FT500C By Sideburn

    Honda FT500C By Sideburn

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Words by Gary Inman, photography by Paul Bryant. There’s a phrase, very popular in England, “You can’t polish a turd”. But, taking on their first project bike, Sideburn magazine tried. The starting point was a £370 ($600) Honda FT500C, and the magazine didn’t want to… Read more »

  • Racefit Kawasaki Z1

    Racefit Kawasaki Z1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Words by Gary Inman, photography by Paul Bryant. The British firm Racefit creates beautiful titanium and carbon end cans, and full titanium exhaust systems for discerning sportsbike riders who still believe loud pipes save lives. The company is based in Derbyshire—home to some of the… Read more »

  • British Customs Thruxton

    British Customs Thruxton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Today, Cafe Racer TV releases its entire Season 2 on DVD, which is a good excuse to look back at the featured bikes. With the benefit of hindsight, one of my favorites is a low-key build: a Triumph Thruxton from British Customs. It’s a “real… Read more »

  • Shaw x Rough Crafts Harley 48

    Shaw x Rough Crafts Harley 48

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s any doubt about the spreading influence of Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, this Harley 48 custom dispels it. It’s a collaboration with Shaw Speed, the custom workshop owned by a top UK Harley-Davidson dealer. Shaw Speed boss Steve Willis took a liking to Rough… Read more »

  • Co-Built flat track racer

    Co-Built flat track racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Co-Built is one of those companies quietly bubbling under, deserving of a higher profile. They’re three guys based in Oxford in England, and they build motorcycles for both road and track. This flat track racer is their latest creation, and it’s sporting a frame and… Read more »

  • Triumph Scrambler custom

    Triumph Scrambler custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought that the stock Triumph Scrambler has lots of potential for an edgier vibe. And Jim Good of Ohio was obviously thinking along the same lines when he set to work on his 2008 model bike. He’s given the 865cc engine a power… Read more »

  • Interview: James May

    Interview: James May

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    You probably know James May as the genial co-host of the most popular auto show in the world, Top Gear. But May is also a certified motorcycle nut, with a delectable stable of machines including two Moto Guzzis, and he regularly features in the excellent… Read more »

  • Vintage dirt bike by Atom Bomb

    Vintage dirt bike by Atom Bomb

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always good to see an established builder move out of their comfort zone, and even better to see them land a king hit at the same time. I’d never have guessed this vintage dirt bike was from Clay Rathburn of Atom Bomb Custom, but… Read more »

  • CRD Triumph “Silver Eyes”

    CRD Triumph “Silver Eyes”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    So you’ve got a recent-model Triumph Bonneville. A great base bike, but how do you give it a different look without breaking the bank or compromising its reliability? The twelfth build from CRD of Spain shows how: it’s a 2009 Triumph Bonneville with a strong… Read more »

  • Vintage Sunbeam motorcycle

    Vintage Sunbeam motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Some motorcycles age better than others. Like fine wine, they seem to improve with age, and gain more admirers as the years pass by. The Sunbeam S7 and S8 are two such machines: originally built between 1946 and 1956, they did not sell in huge… Read more »

  • Shaw Speed & Custom Sportster

    Shaw Speed & Custom Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    What sort of custom bike can you get for $10,000 to $15,000? I get a lot of emails asking that question. They’re usually from people who want the reliability of a low-mileage bike, but with a different look. This custom Sportster from Shaw Speed &… Read more »

  • Triumph TR6 Trophy custom

    Triumph TR6 Trophy custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I love it when a killer bike comes through from a builder I’ve never heard of. This stunning 1969 Triumph TR6 Trophy is the work of Raccia Motorcycles, a low-key outfit based in a century-old bottling factory just north of Los Angeles. The lines and… Read more »

  • Cleveland CycleWerks BSA

    Cleveland CycleWerks BSA

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Scott Colosimo runs Cleveland CycleWerks, a company making cool, affordable custom-style bikes that cost as little as $3195. This bike isn’t on a CCW dealer floor though: it’s Scott’s personal ride, a 1954 BSA M21 that he built himself. Scott wanted a hardtail, cut down… Read more »

  • Vintage Norton Lowboy hybrid

    Vintage Norton Lowboy hybrid

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Norton is famed for its featherbed frames, which carried the Manx single to spectacular racing victories in the 1950s. But in the 1960s, Norton wanted to establish its Dominator twin as a race machine. The newer bike was outclassed by the Manx, so engineer Doug… Read more »