Germany

  • Scramblers Motorcycles’ SR500

    Scramblers Motorcycles’ SR500

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Hot on the heels of our Top 5 Yamaha SR500s feature comes this rather sharp looking example from new Swabian outfit Scramblers Motorcycles. Based in Schnaitheim, in the south of Germany, Daniel and Michael Bosch and Sven Paukner share a love of motocross, skateboarding and… Read more »

  • BMW R80G/S Dirt Tracker by Blitz

    BMW R80G/S Dirt Tracker by Blitz

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The popularity of BMW’s classic R-series shows no signs of waning. Still, it’s unusual to see a R80G/S get the custom treatment. Given the heritage of the Gelände/Strasse designation, you’re more likely to spot one in stock trim, or kitted out with parts from the… Read more »

  • XS400 by Urban Motor

    XS400 by Urban Motor

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the 1960s, VW created a famous ad for the American market, asking, “How does the snow plow driver get to work?” The answer, as you’ve probably guessed, was in a Beetle. I was reminded of that ad when I heard that Urban Motor’s Peter… Read more »

  • Metisse cafe racer kits

    Metisse cafe racer kits

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’ve got a recent-model Triumph Bonneville, Thruxton or Scrambler in your garage and want to upgrade it, you’re in luck. You’ll find a dizzying array of options to choose from, with full cafe racer kits at the top of the tree. One of the… Read more »

  • BMW R nineT by Urban Motor

    BMW R nineT by Urban Motor

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The most audacious motorcycle launch of late has been the BMW R nineT. Who’d have thought that the clinical Germans would reveal a naked boxer with built-in options for customization? Even better, Ola Stenegärd’s design team have wasted no time in delivering pre-production models to… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6

    Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some custom motorcycles are so outlandish that they grab your attention immediately, while some are so understated and classy that, once you notice them, you can’t look away. Case in point: Cafe Racer Dreams‘ #38. This stunning ’74 BMW R90/6 belongs to José Martín Espinosa,… Read more »

  • BMW R1200 by Giulio Paz Design

    BMW R1200 by Giulio Paz Design

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tucked away in a corner of one of the gigantic EICMA halls is a small booth belonging to Giulio Paz. It’s in the no-mans-land of Chinese component manufacturers, but it’s attracting a steady throng of awed visitors. In the middle of the booth is this… Read more »

  • Sprintbeemer by Lucky Cat Garage

    Sprintbeemer by Lucky Cat Garage

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The inspiration for a bike build can come from the most unlikely of sources. In the case of this most unusual BMW sprint bike, it was a vintage M&H Racemaster drag tire. The tire belonged to the amiable Séb Lorentz of the Lucky Cat Garage,… Read more »

  • BMW R60/2 by Blitz Motorcycles

    BMW R60/2 by Blitz Motorcycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Blitz Motorcycles have been enjoying a long love affair with old BMW ‘airheads.’ To date, more than a handful of unique (and often eccentric) boxer customs have rolled out of their workshop. One of their earliest builds was ‘Great Escape‘—a murdered out BMW R60/2 that… Read more »

  • 1972 BMW R75/5: a ‘Traditional Custom’

    1972 BMW R75/5: a ‘Traditional Custom’

  • Shaik Ridzwan Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something magical about a classic 70s BMW airhead: Slightly oddball lines, that remarkable engine, and the promise of fine German engineering. An off-kilter charm, if you like. This BMW R75/5, however, is not quite what it seems. It’s a subtly modified 1972 model that… Read more »

  • Sound of Single by Kingston Custom

    Sound of Single by Kingston Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The biggest cafe racer event in Europe is the Glemseck 101. It’s held in the ancient town of Leonberg in southern Germany, some ten miles west of Stuttgart. Every year, hundreds of motorcycles descend for a petrolhead celebration of speed and style. The highlight of… Read more »

  • BMW R100RT custom

    BMW R100RT custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Four years ago, Bill Costello became a big name in the classic BMW world. He’d restored a 1958 BMW R50 as a tribute to his father, and before he knew it, the bike was on the cover of three magazines. Bill was even flown to… Read more »

  • 1979 BMW R45 custom

    1979 BMW R45 custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to believe that Louis Nel is only a part-time builder. The bikes that roll out of his South African garage are a testament to his passion and keen eye for detail. Until now, most of his builds have been personal projects—this 1979 BMW… Read more »

  • JvB-Moto Ducati Monster 1100

    JvB-Moto Ducati Monster 1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ten years ago, Ducati caused a flurry of interest in the custom world with its International Design Contest. The winner was an unknown young German designer called Jens vom Brauck, with a stunning concept called ‘Flat Red.’ Jens then built Flat Red for real, and… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 by Maria Motorcycles

    BMW R75/6 by Maria Motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many vintage BMWs with red frames. But to my eyes, this R75/6 strangely works. The project comes from Portugal’s Maria Riding Company, and started with an order for a seat. “Our client also had a rebuilt engine and a few other parts,”… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

    Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are three brands I always associate with the glory days of motorcycling in the 1970s: Honda, Triumph and Moto Guzzi. Four decades on, their bikes still have an enduring appeal for custom builders. Honda may have lost its way in the charisma stakes of… Read more »

  • BMW R65 + surfboard

    BMW R65 + surfboard

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    A bike has to be pretty special to stand out at the annual Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz: it’s the motorcycling equivalent of a beach full of French supermodels. But this lovely 1979 BMW R65 with a surfboard rack stopped passers-by in their tracks… Read more »

  • BMW R75/7 by Clutch Custom

    BMW R75/7 by Clutch Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Building a custom motorcycle is about judgment: knowing what to change, what to leave alone, and when to stop. It’s about proportions, lines and shapes. The balance between color and leather, paint and metal, gloss and matte. It’s a fiendishly difficult mix to get right,… Read more »

  • BMW R1200R by Lazareth

    BMW R1200R by Lazareth

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ludovic Lazareth has made a name for himself in France with extreme car and motorcycle customs. How about a Mini pickup powered by a 3.5-liter Range Rover engine? A trike with a Ferrari V8 under the hood? Or a custom Yamaha FZR1000 with Tron-style bodywork… Read more »

  • BMW R100 by Kevils Speed Shop

    BMW R100 by Kevils Speed Shop

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most prolific BMW customizers in Europe is Kevin Hill. Based in the picturesque county of Devon, England, he’s been turning out a steady stream of BMW customs for nearly five years now. The reputation of Kevil’s Speed Shop has spread far and… Read more »

  • BMW R80 custom by 7 Ages

    BMW R80 custom by 7 Ages

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most custom BMWs are resto-mods or café racer conversions. But Ian Solley of 7 Ages in the UK likes to take the strasse less travelled. On this BMW R80 custom, virtually every part has been modified: the frame has been converted to a hardtail, and… Read more »

  • BMW K100 by Robrock

    BMW K100 by Robrock

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    This raw and brutal BMW K100 was built, very aptly, by a master blacksmith and metalworker. Faced with a long German winter, Marc Robrock decided to enliven his evenings and weekends and build himself a bike. “After 25 years of riding bikes, I felt I… Read more »

  • BMW R90/6 by Untitled

    BMW R90/6 by Untitled

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You know you’re doing something right when you’re based in London and get a commission from a German enthusiast to build a BMW. The compliment was paid to Untitled Motorcycles and this is the result: a very classy 1975 BMW R90/6 custom. Untitled built the… Read more »

  • Blitz BMW R100RT ‘La Parisienne’

    Blitz BMW R100RT ‘La Parisienne’

  • BMW R80ST by Fuel

    BMW R80ST by Fuel

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles is not the most prolific of Spain’s custom workshops, but their creations are always worth keeping an eye out for. This is the latest, based on a 1984 BMW R80ST. Called the Fuel R80 STrial, it’s inspired by ISDT bikes—the Triumphs, BSAs… Read more »

  • BMW R100S by Deus

    BMW R100S by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many 1970s BMW R-series customs in the USA. But this very sharp R100S cafe racer should prompt a few searches for old airheads on eBay. It’s set for launch at The One Motorcycle Show in Austin this weekend, and was built by… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 by Kingston Custom

    BMW R75/6 by Kingston Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Custom motorcycle builders in the USA and UK have relatively few restrictions on what they can and cannot do. Then you have countries like Taiwan and Germany, which force builders to abide by draconian regulations. German bikes require approval from the TÜV authority—which ensures a… Read more »