Tag: England

  • Untitled BMW R80 G/S

    Untitled BMW R80 G/S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to pick an older bike to take me on a tour of Europe, I’d choose a BMW R80 G/S. It’s a bona fide classic, but unlike most of that ilk, it’s also reliable, relatively simple on the mechanical front, and still has… Read more »

  • Norton International motorcycle

    Norton International motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    In the pantheon of Norton history, the International tends to be overshadowed by the Manx. Which is a shame, because this classic British motorcycle has a strong and enduring charm of its own. At the time of its launch, in the early 30s, the International… Read more »

  • Impoz Speed Racer

    Impoz Speed Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Triumph Speed Triple is a terrific bike straight out of the box, and it’s been a huge sales success for Triumph. Ample power comes from a 1050cc DOHC, three-cylinder, fuel injected engine and the styling is unusually distinctive—thanks to those ‘bug-eyed’ twin headlamps. But… Read more »

  • 1963 Triton

    1963 Triton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,

    The Triton is the stereotypical café racer—especially when painted in the iconic silver and black colors. So it’s getting harder to find one that impresses. This lovely machine fits the bill, though. It hails from France, and is owned by photographer Vincent Michel. The engine… Read more »

  • 1953 Triumph Thunderbird

    1953 Triumph Thunderbird

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The other day, a hefty and quite remarkable book arrived in the mail. It’s called Modern Motorcycle Mechanics, and it’s the seventh edition of a guide that first appeared in 1942. If you own a pre-70s bike, be it an Ariel or a BSA or… Read more »

  • Honda CD250U custom

    Honda CD250U custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are some custom motorcycles that are almost too scary to ride—either from rarity value, or the number of hours a skilled builder has put into them. So there’s something to be said for rat bikes and ‘beaters’ that have a charm of their own.… Read more »

  • MV Agusta 750S

    MV Agusta 750S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There are maybe ten bikes in my dream garage, and the MV Agusta 750S is one of them. Like the Ducati 750SS we featured two weeks ago, this one is owned by English motorcycle enthusiast Peter Bullard. It’s one of the very early models, built… Read more »

  • Streetmaster Brighton cafe racer

    Streetmaster Brighton cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    How’s this for a mission statement: “We wanted the style and panache of what the Rockers and Ton-Up Boys used to ride back in England, but with the power, reliability and push-button starting of a modern motorcycle. We think we’ve struck the perfect balance between… Read more »

  • Black Falcon

    Black Falcon

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve been waiting to see this bike for a long, long time. It’s the Black Falcon, the third in a planned run of ten concept bikes from Falcon Motorcycles. And like its predecessors, the Bullet and the Kestrel, it blurs the boundaries between motorcycling, industrial… Read more »

  • So-Cal Miler

    So-Cal Miler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Unveiled today at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in California was this tasty limited-edition Triumph street-tracker from a famous car-building shop. Best known for its traditional hot-rods, the So-Cal Speed Shop is adding motorcycles to its considerable repertoire with the “Miler,” a stripped-down special based around… Read more »

  • Ducati 750SS

    Ducati 750SS

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If you had to make a list of the most desirable sporting motorcycles of the 1970s, the Ducati 750SS would be near the top. It was built by Ducati’s racing department to mark its victory in the 1972 Imola 200, and the accepted knowledge is… Read more »

  • Triton T140

    Triton T140

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s not quite a barn find, but not far off. When photographer Damian McFadden was shooting the Buell RR1000 in the UK for Bike EXIF last month, he spotted this Triton lurking in a shed. Built in 1998, it’s a beauty. And like the Buell,… Read more »

  • Spirit of the Seventies XS750

    Spirit of the Seventies XS750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a new kid on the custom block. It’s an English outfit called Spirit of the Seventies, and it’s bucking the current European trend for all things raw and grungy. The company was started by Tim Rogers and graphic designer Kev Taggart, friends who share… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville by CRD

    Triumph Bonneville by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A lot of custom motorcycles are capricious creatures: pretty but impractical. Others are bikes that you can jump on and ride to the shops, and this Triumph Bonneville is one of them. It’s the latest build from the Spanish workshop CRD, and follows the current… Read more »

  • Motorcycle wallpaper #3

    Motorcycle wallpaper #3

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Wallpaper ,,

    Conrad Leach is one of our leading contemporary motorcycle artists, with a wonderfully spare and elegant style. It’s a look that’s won him commissions from art collectors and motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. (You might also know him from his design work on the Cro… Read more »

  • Triumph Thruxton by Mr Martini

    Triumph Thruxton by Mr Martini

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nicola Martini is Italy’s foremost custom Triumph specialist, and he’s not afraid to throw a curve ball into the mix now and then. “T-Type” is based on a Triumph Thruxton, and has a characteristically experimental look. It’s no show pony though; the motor is fitted… Read more »

  • Triumph T120 Triton

    Triumph T120 Triton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ask most people to visualize a ‘classic motorcycle’ and the image that springs to mind will probably be a Triton. It’s a simple and elegant style, and although dozens have been submitted to Bike EXIF over the years, they still catch my eye. This one… Read more »

  • The Peril Speed Equipe

    The Peril Speed Equipe

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Bonhams can usually be relied on to supply some oddball motorcycles in their auctions—but I haven’t seen the likes of these Triumph sprint bikes before. They pre-date George Brown’s Super Nero and Alf Hagon’s designs, and they’ll be going under the hammer on 24 April… Read more »

  • Atom Bomb ‘Velvet Underground’

    Atom Bomb ‘Velvet Underground’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Clay Rathburn of Atom Bomb Customs is an old-school craftsman, and the creator of one of my all-time favorite bikes, ‘Doctor Who’. When Clay builds a bike, very little work is farmed out—an admirable approach in this age of off-the-shelf parts. This lovely 1966 Triumph… Read more »

  • Son Of A Gun BSA

    Son Of A Gun BSA

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Larry Houghton of Lamb Engineering in the UK keeps a low profile on the custom motorcycle scene. But he’s got an unerring eye when it comes to building show winners: his latest BSA motorcycle took the top trophy at Custom Chrome’s recent European Bike Show.… Read more »

  • Lowbrow Customs Triumph

    Lowbrow Customs Triumph

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Early last year, Lowbrow Customs’ Tyler Malinky was working at Four Aces Cycle—the shop owned by his friend Wes White—building the Salt Ghost. “As we lived, ate, slept, talked and breathed motorcycles, my mind started drifting to the pre-unit Triumph chopper I had back home,”… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 flat tracker

    Yamaha XS650 flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Drogo Michie wanted a bike for the streets of London, and chose a stock 1978 Yamaha XS650 as his starting point. “There’s no reinventing the wheel here, nor a huge amount of bespoke fabrication,” he says. “My three lovely children’s habit of eating most of… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville Trackmaster

    Triumph Bonneville Trackmaster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When your job description entails riding virtually every new motorcycle made in the last 25 years, your personal collection of motorcycles can run toward the weird and wonderful. We’ve shown several of former Cycle World magazine boss David Edwards’ customs over the past few months,… Read more »

  • Untitled Motorcycles BMW R80

    Untitled Motorcycles BMW R80

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Untitled Motorcycles are three guys working out of a workshop in Camden, London, building “motorcycles for everyday use with great individual styling and quality mechanics.” They’re on a mission to ressurect old and unloved motorcycles—and in a way, recycle them into classics. Untitled started in… Read more »

  • Matchless Rickman Metisse G50

    Matchless Rickman Metisse G50

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Matchless (and AJS) motorcycles. And if I had a spare US$40,000 kicking around, I’d pop over to New Zealand and bid for this one in the Webb’s Auction of Classic Motorcycles. It’s a G50, a 500cc development of… Read more »

  • SS&C Nascafe Racer

    SS&C Nascafe Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In six months, this could be most famous custom Harley-Davidson in the world. It’s yet another winner built by the English workshop Shaw Speed & Custom, and this one has a very defined target: to defend SS&C’s world championship title at the AMD event in… Read more »

  • The ‘new’ Brough Superiors

    The ‘new’ Brough Superiors

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If you follow the classic motorcycling scene, you’ll know that the Brough Superior name has been revived by Austrian-based businessman and motorcycling enthusiast Mark Upham. These bikes are meticulous recreations of the originals, and built to the same Rolls-Royce quality standard as George Brough’s own… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster XLST3 by Shaw Speed & Custom

    Harley Sportster XLST3 by Shaw Speed & Custom

  • Triumph Bonneville flat tracker

    Triumph Bonneville flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Italy seems to be full of workshops making stylish, rideable customs, but Ggarage is one I haven’t heard of before. The company specializes in bikes from the 1970s onwards, and operates just outside Rome. This is their latest build, a simple but very effective flat… Read more »

  • 1965 BSA Lightning

    1965 BSA Lightning

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jesse Bassett is the owner of The GasBox, a vintage motorcycle shop in Lakewood, Ohio. It’s a new name to me, but I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more about Jesse’s company in the future: his BSA just won the Freestyle Class at the… Read more »

  • Ron Peck Triumph 650

    Ron Peck Triumph 650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Quality over quantity today: just two images, but of the highest order. If you were at the 2008 Legend of The Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance, you may remember Californian Ron Peck’s show-stopping 1972 Triumph Rickman café racer. This is Peck’s latest creation, and it’s just knocked… Read more »

  • Mr Martini Shorty

    Mr Martini Shorty

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of Italy’s most prolific custom builders is Verona-based Nicola Martini, better known as Mr Martini. He specializes in Triumph customs, and his Super Cooper—which we featured two years ago—is one of my favorite bikes of all time. ‘Shorty’ is the latest machine from the… Read more »

  • Interview: Mark Wilsmore

    Interview: Mark Wilsmore

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    The Ace Cafe in northwest London is one of the most iconic biker hangouts in history—and the spiritual home of the original ‘cafe racer’ motorcycle. When the Ace closed its doors in 1969, it looked like this slice of motorcycling history was gone forever—until new… Read more »

  • Norton Commando Fastback

    Norton Commando Fastback

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Australian vintage guitar specialist Neil Rote has an enviable stable of motorcycles. We featured his lovely BMW R100/7 nearly a year ago, so it’s now time to show the Norton Commando Fastback. The Commando was the swansong of the British parallel twins, but by all… Read more »

  • 1967 Triumph Tiger custom

    1967 Triumph Tiger custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Eric Henderson’s motorcycle is almost as interesting as his job. He’s an underwater welder in New York City, and when he’s not working below sea level, he’s riding a 1967 Triumph TR6R Tiger custom that took two years to build. Eric’s owned this single-carb bike… Read more »