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  • 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 FT500 By Sideburn

    Honda FT500 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

  • Gary Inman Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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 best and most heavily policed riding country England… 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 »

  • Triumph cafe racer custom by CRD

    Triumph cafe racer custom by CRD

  • 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 »

  • 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 Ten Best 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 »

  • Triumph Scrambler by Spirit of the Seventies

    Triumph Scrambler by Spirit of the Seventies

  • 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 »