'Take Five': A BMW R100 cafe racer from Federal Moto's new Chicago workshop.

Sibling Rivalry: A BMW R100 cafe racer from Federal

7 MONTHS AGO / NO COMMENTS / CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES

From the moment their first build hit the airwaves, we’ve followed Federal Moto’s career. The Canadian crew has produced one killer bike after another. So when director Shaun Brandt told us that Federal was opening an outpost in Chicago, we were curious. Would the Americans deliver the same quality as their brethren over the border?…

A pukka scrambler: custom Honda XR650L by Federal Moto.

A Pukka Scrambler: Federal Moto’s Honda XR650L

8 MONTHS AGO / NO COMMENTS / CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES

Is ‘scrambler‘ the most overused description in the custom scene vernacular? Probably. It’s been allocated to everything from street bikes with upright ergonomics and knobby tires to true do-it-all machines. We dig them all, but we’re suckers for the real deal. So this machine from Federal Moto has us giddy—a fully-functional dual sport given a…

Sunshine State Of Mind: a custom 1978 Yamaha SR500 by Powder Monkees and Federal Moto.

Sunshine State Of Mind: An SR500 for the Streets of Miami

Federal Moto’s Shaun Brandt is one of the rising stars of the custom scene, and he’s wowed us with several of his builds already. But when he wanted a bike for himself, he turned elsewhere—to Mike Muller of Chicago’s Powder Monkees. It’s an odd collaboration, but it’s worked out beautifully. Shaun’s now got himself a…

Due South: Federal Moto’s Yamaha XS400

For such a solitary pursuit, it’s surprising how motorcycles bring like-minded souls together. But this Yamaha XS400 goes one step further: it helped start one…

Honda CB360 by Federal Moto

I must confess, I get excited every time a ‘budget build’ from a professional outfit lands in my inbox. The true masters are those that…

Norton 850 Commando by Federal Moto

There’s a new name to look out for on the custom scene: Federal Moto. It’s a startup workshop from Canada, and this remarkable Norton 850…