France

  • Triumph bobber by Southsiders

    Triumph bobber by Southsiders

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    These days, you don’t often see hardtails getting thrashed around dirt tracks. But this Triumph T120-based machine is not only a daily rider, but also throws up rooster tails on a regular basis.

  • Velocette MSS 500

    Velocette MSS 500

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    It seems so strange now, but before the 1960s, dirt bikes usually had the same chassis as their road-going counterparts. And if you wanted a bike to race, you could order a basic engine and frame from the factory, and then finish the machine to… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Honda CB350 Saké Racer

    Honda CB350 Saké Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When in Paris last month, I was struck by the number of custom motorcycles being ridden around the city. Amidst the hordes of Piaggio MP3 three-wheeled scooters were a surprising number of café racers, trackers and bobbers. I don’t think I saw a bike as… Read more »

  • Motorcycle wallpaper #8

    Motorcycle wallpaper #8

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Wallpaper

    The French designer Pierrick Jégou has created a stylish range of images to promote the Montée Historique du Montaigu, a classic motorcycle event in France. We love the mix of 70s and Bauhaus style, so we asked Jégou to produce a set of wallpapers for… 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 »

  • Custom BMW R100/7

    Custom BMW R100/7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The French have an interesting phrase for an unconventionally attractive woman: jolie laide. The English equivalent would be “pretty ugly,” but the ambiguity of the French meaning is lost in the translation. The phrase sprung to my mind when I first saw this BMW, a… Read more »

  • Freddie Cooper Triton

    Freddie Cooper Triton

  • Jérôme Pierre’s Kawasaki W650

    Jérôme Pierre’s Kawasaki W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The bread and butter of Bike EXIF is anything but bread and butter motorcycles. It’s the cutting edge of custom and classic machinery. But for most of us, budgets are limited. Workshop space is invariably limited too, and motorcycles are often a pleasure to be… Read more »

  • BMW R100 cafe racer

    BMW R100 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Frank McGoldrick is one of those people who seem to have a talent for everything they turn their hand to. An accomplished welder and fabricator, he graduated to designing and building bars, shops and restaurants throughout the UK. After selling his business five years ago,… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ600 custom

    Yamaha XJ600 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha XJ600 flies under the radar in the motorcycling world. Released in 1984, it’s often dismissed as yet another Universal Japanese Motorcycle. But this machine was the first 600cc inline four—making it the granddaddy of today’s 600 super-sports. And it had mono shock rear… Read more »

  • Blitz Motorcycles “BSW”

    Blitz Motorcycles “BSW”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,

    Fred and Hugo of Blitz Motorcycles describe their latest creation as “A gentleman’s bike for a gentleman rider”. But it’s not a conservative, retro throwback. “BSW” is decidedly unconventional, like all of Blitz’s builds so far. The motorcycle was built for an English customer called… 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 »

  • Custom Yamaha XS650

    Custom Yamaha XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you follow Ze Last Chance Garage, you’ll know that Paris-based “Sonic Seb” has immaculate taste. This gorgeous Yamaha XS650 is his personal ride, beautifully captured by the photographer Dimitri Coste for Sideburn magazine. Seb works for a major European motorcycle manufacturer, and he’s a… 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 »

  • Yamaha V-Max Hyper Modified

    Yamaha V-Max Hyper Modified

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yamaha has dipped a tentative toe into the custom waters: it’s commissioned three top builders to work their magic on the venerable V-Max ‘power cruiser’. The V-Max has been around since 1985, so it’s due for a fillip—and that’s exactly what Roland Sands (USA), Marcus… Read more »

  • Thierry’s Tribsa

    Thierry’s Tribsa

  • Blitz Kawasaki W650

    Blitz Kawasaki W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m posting this bike in the knowledge that it’s going to polarize opinion. Blitz’s first appearance on Bike EXIF was just under a year ago, with a blacked-out BMW R60/2 that attracted tens of thousands of hits. The R60/2 also enraged many commenters: ‘This is… 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 »

  • Interview: Marco Raymondin

    Interview: Marco Raymondin

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    Marco Raymondin is well known in the French classic motorcycling scene, but little known outside it. In the 70s he started Brooklands Motors, a Triumph dealer near Paris. Brooklands later switched to selling Ducati, but Marco has now gone back to his first love: dealing… Read more »

  • Blitz Kawasaki Z650

    Blitz Kawasaki Z650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Over the last six months, one of the fastest risers on the custom scene has been the French workshop Blitz. The buzz started right here on Bike EXIF with their extraordinary BMW R60/2, so we’re pleased to get exclusive pictures of Blitz’s latest build, a… Read more »

  • Gnome et Rhône

    Gnome et Rhône

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Gnome et Rhône is a familiar name in vintage aviation circles. But few people know that the French company also built motorcycles, from 1920 until the early 1950s. This lovely machine is one of around 3,000 manufactured under license from the British firm ABC Motorcycles—a… Read more »

  • The original Ducati (350) Scrambler

    The original Ducati (350) Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    The ‘scrambler’ look is getting more and more popular by the day, with high pipes and heavily treaded tires becoming de rigeur for many custom motorcycle builders, especially in Europe. I’ve always attributed the look to vintage British bikes, but the appearance of this Ducati… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 GT

    Ducati 750 GT

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought the early 70s Ducati 750 GT was a looker. That silver frame, the flat seat, the hint of metalflake in the paint and the upswept exhausts: it’s the archetype of the classic retro style so popular today. The ‘round case’ GT was… Read more »

  • Lamborghini Design

    Lamborghini Design

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    In the 1980s, the troubled supercar maker Lamborghini was taken over by the French Mimran brothers. Patrick Mimran discovered he could sell engines to powerboat makers, so he decided to try his luck further—and put Kawasaki engines into Lamborghini-branded motorbikes. The result was the Lamborghini… Read more »

  • VTM SpaceSter

    VTM SpaceSter

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Sportster-based custom will be one of the few signs of genuine originality at the AMD World Championships Of Bike Building next year. Designed by Bernard ‘Buck’ Massart of the French custom motorcycle shop VTM, it’s built around a Harley-Davidson Sportster engine. The SpaceSter looks… Read more »