Tag: France

  • Laverda SFC Replica

    Laverda SFC Replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the great tragedies of modern motorcycling is the demise of Laverda. The rights to the name are owned by Piaggio, which acquired the dormant brand when it took over the Aprilia Group in 2004. Piaggio is not short of a bob or two,… Read more »

  • Alain Ghetti’s Hartere

    Alain Ghetti’s Hartere

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesCustom Motorcycles ,

    The French Southsiders MC crew have a remarkably eclectic range of motorcycles in their stable, and this one is no exception. Alain Ghetti wanted to build a racer based on a Harley WL, but found the price of vintage parts a little too much. So… Read more »

  • Vicente Design

    Vicente Design

  • Chris Hunter Custom MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,

    You may know Jean-François Vicente. He used to run a French retro custom outfit, VD Classic, that we’ve featured before. J-F has a new company now, called Vicente Design—and he’s pursuing a more eclectic style of bike building. “One day I woke up thinking twenty… Read more »

  • Matchless G80 special

    Matchless G80 special

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    This lovely Matchless G80CS from the early 1950s belongs to Sylvain Coste in France. It doesn’t actually exist any more—the engine has been transplanted into a Seeley Mk III frame, and the rest of the motorcycle has been dismantled. The engine is a 680 cc… Read more »

  • Mecatwin Rocketeer

    Mecatwin Rocketeer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of our all-time favourite cafe racers is Mecatwin’s stunning Triumph 800 Racer. The French workshop specializes in Triumph and Harley customs, and has recently released the Rocketeer, a custom version of the Rocket III. The Rocket is already somewhat extreme, having a 2.3-liter inline… Read more »

  • Harley XR1200 ‘Jewel Racer’

    Harley XR1200 ‘Jewel Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’ve got a stock Harley XR1200 and you want to give it the look of the classic late-seventies XLCR, this French-made body kit will take you there. It includes a quarter fairing and screen, ‘drag’ handlebars in matt silver, a fuel tank cover and… Read more »

  • Boxer SSR

    Boxer SSR

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Here’s an interesting idea: two bikes in one. It’s called the Boxer SSR, and it comes with a bodywork kit that transforms the naked roadster into a fully-faired sportsbike. Boxer Design is one of those tiny but occasionally interesting small-scale European marques. The French outfit… Read more »

  • Krugger Overmile

    Krugger Overmile

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Celebrated Belgian bike builder Fred Krugger has taken the wraps off his latest custom. ‘Overmile’ is a tribute to Krugger’s favorite motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson XR-750, and it’s just arrived in Sturgis for the World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The finish on this machine is… Read more »

  • Chanel motorcycle

    Chanel motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The fashion websites were buzzing yesterday with news of a Chanel shoot on Rue Royale in Paris: It’s apparently for the press kit of Chanel’s next collection. Karl Lagerfeld was there, and so was this custom motorcycle. According to WWD Fashion, the bike was built… Read more »

  • Aprilia Moto 6.5

    Aprilia Moto 6.5

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    Yesterday I was looking again at some pictures of the Brammo Enertia electric bike. It felt like I’d seen this motorcycle before, a long time ago. And then it came to me: it looks uncannily like the Philippe Starck-designed Aprilia Moto 6.5 of 1995. The… Read more »

  • Dub Performance Bob’ster

    Dub Performance Bob’ster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This neat and pared-back Harley bobber is the work of Fred Duban, one of the top French custom motorcycle builders. The Sportster engine is cradled in a frame from Zodiac of Holland, makers of the mighty Bikers Book motorcycle parts catalog. The frame is hooked… Read more »

  • Yamaha FZR1000 custom by Lazareth

    Yamaha FZR1000 custom by Lazareth

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Frenchman Ludovic Lazareth has a factory in Annecy-le-Vieux, near the Swiss border, and turns out an extraordinary variety of vehicles. These include cars as well as motorcycles, and eye-popping quad bikes and snowmobiles. Lazareth’s extreme style makes him popular with action movie-makers, and his bikes… Read more »

  • Terrot racer

    Terrot racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Jean-Claude Barrois took two delicious motorcycles to the Coupes Motos Légende in Dijon last weekend: a 1927 Rudge Whitworth, and the lovely Terrot shown above. Terrot started making motorcycles at the end of the nineteenth century, and just over twenty years later, introduced four-stroke, 350cc… Read more »

  • Fior 500

    Fior 500

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles

    One of the unsung geniuses of motorcycle design is the Frenchman Claude Fior. This 300km/h race bike is typically unusual: check out the front suspension, a wishbone-style arrangement with a Koni shock absorber. The engine was also French, designed and built by JPX of Le… Read more »

  • Norton 99 Dominator

    Norton 99 Dominator

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    When Laurent Tomas of the Coyote Racing Team bought this Norton five years ago, it was in a sorry state of repair. Laurent has now completed a beautiful restoration, and runs the bike at classic race meets—such as the amazing Ton Up at Magny-Cours. Under… Read more »

  • ELF R motorcycle

    ELF R motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    The French oil company ELF bankrolled Renault’s turbocharged race cars of the 1970s. So when one of Renault’s designers turned his eye to motorcycles, ELF stepped in again. Andre de Cortanze’s ELFe endurance racer appeared at the 1981 Bol d’Or with a factory Honda 1000cc… Read more »

  • Norton Ala’Verda 850

    Norton Ala’Verda 850

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This delicately beautiful cafe racer uses a Laverda trellis frame and a late-production, modified Commando 850 engine. It was built by French violin-maker Daniel Delfour, one of a group of enthusiasts that runs a classic racing festival. The festival is at Circuit Paul Armagnac in… Read more »

  • MV Agusta Bestiale

    MV Agusta Bestiale

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    Just over a year ago, rumors swirled that MV Agusta were going to build the Bestiale, an aggressive-looking bike based on the Brutale. The styling of the prototype (above) showed promise, helped by LED lighting that gave the designer more flexibility. Alas, the bike is… Read more »

  • Riding the Côte d’Azur

    Riding the Côte d’Azur

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Frenk Palm, a Dutch sound technician, has created an evocative three-minute film that perfectly captures the joy of motorcycling. Called Easy Rider, it was shot during a five-day trip with friends in the south of France. Hit Play: your daydream starts here. Canon HX-A1 and… Read more »

  • Wakan Roadster 1 Hundred

    Wakan Roadster 1 Hundred

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles

    This French beauty is from Joel Domergue’s Wakan Motorcycles. It’s not a custom bike, but a well-engineered production motorcycle made in small batches for riders who appreciate high quality engineering and premium components. Ceriani fully adjustable forks and Marchesini forged aluminium wheels set off the… Read more »

  • VD Classic SR500 Tracker

    VD Classic SR500 Tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jean François Vicente has been creating custom parts and designing whole bikes since 1991. His VD Classic workshop is in the Alsace town of Fegersheim, near the eastern border of France, and specialises in SR500, XT500, W650, Bonneville and Sportster conversions. We especially like the… Read more »

  • Mecatwin Triumph 800 Racer

    Mecatwin Triumph 800 Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    From its atelier in Montargis, an hour’s brisk ride south-east of Paris, Mecatwin produces some of Europe’s most beautiful Triumph and Harley customs. Its Triumph 800 Racer is a work of art and produced only on request. Carbon and kevlar are used to keep weight… Read more »