Tag: England

  • 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 »

  • Triumph Bonneville Speed Twin

    Triumph Bonneville Speed Twin

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE Here’s the most exciting new motorcycle concept we’ve seen in a while—and it doesn’t come from an in-house design studio. It’s the work of two young English designers, Roy Norton and Tom Kasher, in a collaboration with Triumph Motorcycles and Barbour Outdoor Clothing. The… Read more »

  • Harley cafe racer: the Harleyton 45

    Harley cafe racer: the Harleyton 45

  • Interview: Charley Boorman

    Interview: Charley Boorman

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,

    As one of the stars of Long Way Round and Long Way Down, Charley Boorman has become a popular ambassador for motorcycling. Although he was born in England, he grew up in Ireland; his father is John Boorman, director of Deliverance and Point Blank. Charley’s… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville by CRD

    Triumph Bonneville by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is the latest build from Spanish shop Café Racer Dreams, which is starting to look like the southern European counterpart to the well-established Wrenchmonkees of Copenhagen. CRD #10 is called “Night Track”, and it’s a 2007 Triumph Bonneville. The mods are well-chosen, tightening up… Read more »

  • The 2011 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

    The 2011 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,

    It’s time for our annual Christmas Day roundup: the ten most popular bikes from the past six months on Bike EXIF, the world’s biggest custom motorcycle site. This time Triumph is the winning marque, with three machines in our Top Ten. Honda and Moto Guzzi… Read more »

  • Spirit of the Seventies S6

    Spirit of the Seventies S6

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Spirit of the Seventies is the complete package when it comes to custom motorcycle builders: strong technical skills, a good network of suppliers to supplement those skills, and an instinctive understanding of what makes a great-looking bike. This is the S6 “Dirt Twin”, a commission… Read more »

  • Ducati Monster 900 custom

    Ducati Monster 900 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati Monster is one of the best-selling motorcycles of recent years. But it isn’t the easiest bike to customize. This one, a 1996 model that’ll be featured in the next issue of Italian Motor Magazine, shows what can be done: it was inspired by… Read more »

  • 1974 Norton Commando

    1974 Norton Commando

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    By most accounts, owning a vintage Norton Commando can be a quixotic experience. For many, it’s the romantic ideal of a classic motorcycle—but you’re likely to need good spanner skills to keep the bike going. The alternative is to locate a Commando that has been… Read more »

  • Seeley Norton 750

    Seeley Norton 750

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    When function defines form, the results are often spectacular. And so it is with this lovely vintage racebike, one of the stars of Cafe Racer TV. Built by four-time AHRMA National Champion Kenny Cummings of NYC Norton for Dan Rose, the bike is a modern… Read more »

  • Speed Triple 1050 drift bike

    Speed Triple 1050 drift bike

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most eye-catching motorcycle videos of 2011 was a very unusual one: High Plains Drifters, a high-voltage clip that pitted a Kawasaki ZX-10R against a hot-rodded Mazda RX-7 drift car. It was the work of apparel brand Icon; the machine we have here… Read more »

  • Ducati 900 Supersport

    Ducati 900 Supersport

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you want a thoroughly modern Ducati with retro good looks, there’s an alternative to the Sport Classic range. It’s the Baines Imola, and this is the first one ever built. It’s the work of John Baines, the Silverstone-based Ducati racer and tuner. This bike… Read more »

  • Kamome Sprinter Harley Softail

    Kamome Sprinter Harley Softail

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t feature many contemporary Harley customs. But the detailing on this Softail Cross Bones caught my eye. It was built by Charlie Stockwell, of the London Harley-Davidson dealer Warr’s, and it’s a collaboration with the Japanese denim label Evisu—a pioneer of intricate, small-scale selvedge… Read more »

  • Interview: Kevin Ash

    Interview: Kevin Ash

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    Update: Kevin Ash died on January 22, 2013, after an accident during a motorcycle press launch in South Africa. This interview was published in November 2011. Kevin Ash is one of the world’s leading motorcycle journalists. His writing is syndicated to magazines all over the… Read more »

  • Sirkegian Triumph Thunderbird

    Sirkegian Triumph Thunderbird

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    As a kid, Bobby Sirkegian had better “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” stories than the rest of his school chums. Already making a name for himself in early Southern California drag racing, running and winning against full grown men, 13-year-old Bobby traveled with… Read more »

  • El Solitario Triumph T120

    El Solitario Triumph T120

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The bike-building scene in Spain is absolutely booming, and I’ve no idea why. We have the specialists—like Radical Ducati—and the new wave custom shops, like Café Racer Dreams. Now we have El Solitario MC, based in the Galician town of Gondomar and run by vintage… Read more »

  • Olivi Motori Triumph ‘Weslake’

    Olivi Motori Triumph ‘Weslake’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most Triumph customs tend to be firmly rooted in the past, being retro throwbacks with varying degrees of success. So it’s good to see a builder capture the sporting spirit of Triumph in a thoroughly contemporary way. ‘Weslake’ is based on a T509-spec Speed Triple… Read more »

  • Ace 675CR Street Triple Special

    Ace 675CR Street Triple Special

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    London’s Ace Cafe will forever be associated with greasy rockers, old Brit iron and the post-War “Ton-Up Boys”. But this venerable institution has now put its name to a very contemporary café racer—based on the Triumph Street Triple R. A short run of ten 675CR… Read more »

  • Interview: Guy Martin

    Interview: Guy Martin

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,

    One of the best motorcycle movies of recent years is TT3D: Closer To The Edge. It’s a documentary about the Isle of Man TT, and it more than lives up to its billing as a “heart-stopping joy ride for anyone with a pulse”. Much of… Read more »

  • Helrich Custom Cycles Triumph

    Helrich Custom Cycles Triumph

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You could call this style ‘retro streetfighter’, and it’s the signature look of Tempe, Arizona based Helrich Custom Cycles. The shop is run by Dave Helrich and Jennifer Maa, and according to Maa, “We aim to keep things as simple and clean as possible. Our… Read more »

  • RSD Triumph Scrambler

    RSD Triumph Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most of the bikes we show here don’t reflect the truth of mainstream motorcycle customizing. They’re bikes to aspire to, or be inspired by. The reality is that most people who customize their bikes do it in a piecemeal fashion: changing a part here and… Read more »

  • Interview: Hugo Wilson

    Interview: Hugo Wilson

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    Hugo Wilson is the editor of Classic Bike, the world’s biggest selling classic motorcycle magazine. He lives in the north east of England, rather than London, as you might expect, and presides over a well-written and beautifully designed monthly. When not exercising his formidable editorial… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS400 tracker

    Yamaha XS400 tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s usually Yamaha’s XS650 that gets the custom treatment, so it’s nice to see a smaller capacity XS get a workover. This tracker-style machine has a Yamaha XS400 motor squeezed into an XS250 frame, and it was built over a couple of years by Drew… Read more »

  • 1971 BSA Lightning

    1971 BSA Lightning

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s nothing radical or flashy about this early 70s BSA, but it has a low-key charm that I find very compelling. The beautiful photography helps, of course. It’s by the owner of the bike, Adam Green, taken in his hometown of Margate City, New Jersey… Read more »

  • Sucker Punch Sally’s Triumph

    Sucker Punch Sally’s Triumph

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    On Friday, Christian Clayton of Sucker Punch Sally’s passed away in his sleep, at the age of 40. His Arizona-based company was relatively young too: founded in 2002, it was renowned for building stripped-down, stylish bobbers and choppers. This Triumph Thruxton cafe racer was a… Read more »

  • Shaw Speed ‘Flatliner’

    Shaw Speed ‘Flatliner’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I think of a custom Heritage Softail, I think of a bike that has lost its way. You know the type: big bars, pointy grips and flames on the tank. But Steve Willis sees what he calls “the beauty trapped within”. Willis runs the… Read more »

  • 1957 Triumph Thunderbird

    1957 Triumph Thunderbird

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Clay Rathburn of Atom Bomb specializes in low-key customs, the kind that have a charm that grows on you. This is his latest bike, a 1957 Triumph Thunderbird built for Corey Theuerkauf. ‘Corey’s dad Tim started gathering parts to build himself a Triumph twenty years… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Triumph Thruxton

    Wrenchmonkees Triumph Thruxton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The latest bike to roll out of the Wrenchmonkees‘ Copenhagen workshop is this deliciously raw, no-frills Triumph Thruxton. It’s owned by Peter from Holland, but was originally a UK bike—delivered in mint condition, and almost original. ‘Peter wanted a no-nonsense bike,’ says Per of the… Read more »

  • 1967 BSA Lightning custom

    1967 BSA Lightning custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Union Motorcycle Classics is a bunch of like-minded friends operating out of an old red dairy barn in Idaho. Mike Watanabe and Co. are churning out a steady stream of delectable customs, and the latest is this 1967 BSA A65 Lightning. The boys bought the… Read more »

  • Streetmaster Triumph prototype

    Streetmaster Triumph prototype

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Three months ago, Richard Pollock sent us shots of a new bike he was working on. It was destined to become the prototype for the well-received Streetmaster Brighton café racer and So-Cal Miler tracker, and we’ve now got our hands on proper studio shots. As… Read more »

  • Interview: Nick Clements of Men’s File

    Interview: Nick Clements of Men’s File

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    Nick Clements is a man of many talents. He’s a top-flight fashion photographer, a menswear designer, and thankfully for us, a dyed-in-the-wool motorcycle fanatic. In the motorcycling world, Clements is best known as the publisher of the magazine Men’s File, a moto-themed style rag with… Read more »

  • Thierry’s Tribsa

    Thierry’s Tribsa

  • Yamaha XS650 street tracker

    Yamaha XS650 street tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes it’s the relatively simple custom jobs that are the most effective. And this street tracker from London-based Spirit of The Seventies illustrates the point. Spirit III is based on a 1978 Yamaha XS650, and once again, SOTS have got the paintjob exactly right, with… Read more »

  • Suzuki GSX-R1100 streetfighter

    Suzuki GSX-R1100 streetfighter

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For most of the bikes we feature here, performance is relative. (There’s even the odd replica Grimeca drum brake.) There’s no true answer to ‘how much is too much’, but in the streetfighter world, you can never have too much. Most streetfighters leave me cold,… Read more »

  • Norley cafe racer

    Norley cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you haven’t already guessed, a Norley is a cross between a Norton and a Harley. In this case, we’re looking at a 1200cc Sportster motor shoehorned into a Norton-style frame. This cafe racer was built for charity, and it’s more interesting than most machines… Read more »