Germany

  • Blitz BMW R75/6 ‘GSky’

    Blitz BMW R75/6 ‘GSky’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It was only three years ago that Fred Jourden and Hugo Jezegabel started Blitz Motorcycles. But the Paris-based workshop is now one of the biggest names on the European new wave custom scene, thanks to a string of unconventional ‘old timer’ customs. This is Blitz’… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 by Clutch Custom

    BMW R75/6 by Clutch Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the 12th arrondissement of Paris, home to the Bastille opera house, is a small workshop called Clutch Custom. It’s one of those places where you can buy old components, get a custom part machined up, and occasionally buy a complete motorcycle. This is the… Read more »

  • Ehinger Kraftrad ‘Snow Racer’

    Ehinger Kraftrad ‘Snow Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Ehinger Kraftrad is a small German workshop based in Hamburg that builds intriguing vintage Harley-Davidsons. Run by Uwe Ehinger and Katrin Oeding, it’s called
 ‘Kraftrad’ rather than the usual ‘Motorrad’—because Motorrad generally means mass-produced goods. Whereas Ehinger Kraftrad specializes in very limited scale, high quality… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Baula’ BMW

    El Solitario ‘Baula’ BMW

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom motorcycles are a mix of art and engineering—and there’s a tension in that mix. Trends develop, and quickly become cliché. But occasionally a builder bucks the trend so hard that it literally stops people in their tracks. That’s what happened six months ago at… Read more »

  • 2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

    2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

  • Chris Hunter Ten Best Motorcycles ,,

    Twice a year, we compile a list of the most popular motorcycles on Bike EXIF. It’s the global barometer of public taste, with bikes selected on the basis of web traffic and their popularity across our social media channels—including Facebook, Stumbleupon and our exploding Pinterest… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

    Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in mainland Europe and ride a motorcycle, you’ve probably bought parts or accessories from a company called Louis. The Hamburg-based company is Europe’s largest moto retailer, and it’s just celebrated its 75th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Louis commissioned Marcus Walz to… Read more »

  • Interview: Edgar Heinrich

    Interview: Edgar Heinrich

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,

    The man in charge of motorcycle design at BMW Motorrad right now is Edgar Heinrich. He’s the new boss of the company’s Design Studio, after working his way up through the ranks (with one break) since 1986. Heinrich’s personal creations include the R1100 and K1200… Read more »

  • Kreidler RMC

    Kreidler RMC

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a beauty in the stripped-down aesthetics of a pure racing motorcycle. Especially one hewn from metal, and unadorned with dayglo sponsor logos. This circa-1980 Kreidler RMC belongs to Dutchman Edwin Sweers, who bought it when he turned 16 years old in 1985. It now… Read more »

  • Kaffeemaschine Le Mans Mk III

    Kaffeemaschine Le Mans Mk III

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every few months, a freshly-customized Moto Guzzi rolls out of Axel Budde’s Hamburg workshop. And you know what to expect: it will be stripped back, elegant, immaculately finished and powerful. Axel has hit a groove, and it’s a wonderful one. This Le Mans, his seventh… Read more »

  • Custom BMW R80/7

    Custom BMW R80/7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    BMW Motorrad has a gap in its product range large enough to drive a Bundeswehr Unimog through: it doesn’t have a retro roadster to compete with the hugely popular Triumph Bonneville or the expanding Moto Guzzi V7 fleet. Which is strange, given the remarkable popularity… Read more »

  • Custom BMW R75/6

    Custom BMW R75/6

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a sucker for a tastefully updated classic BMW. And this mid-70s airhead is as good as it gets. The bike started out as a stock R75/6, but it’s now way beyond factory spec—thanks to California-based BMW specialists Boxer Metal. According to builder Chris Canterbury,… Read more »

  • 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead

    1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Thunderbike are making big waves on the custom scene at the moment. Granted, some of their builds are at the fluoro chopper end of the scale: German Harley-Davidson specialists are not renowned for their moderation. But the Hamminkeln workshop’s “PainTTless” won the last AMD Championship,… Read more »

  • LSL Kawasaki W800

    LSL Kawasaki W800

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some workshops customize motorcycles so well, it’s hard to tell whether or not they are ‘factory’ customs. Most of these outfits are in Japan, but one of the top European builders in this style is LSL-Motorradtechnik. LSL usually focuses on the ‘modern classic’ Triumphs. But… Read more »

  • BMW R100RT by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R100RT by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two months ago, CRD hit the ball out of the park with an elegant vintage BMW R75. They’ve now revisited the Teutonic theme, this time with a muscular and purposeful R 100RT. ‘Ruby Ring’ was commissioned by an Austrian fan of the Spanish custom builders.… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson FXS custom

    Harley-Davidson FXS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Bernhard Elflein is a guy who had a dream: to build an old motorcycle that would clock 200 kph. So he signed up to study motorcycle mechanics, an essential qualification if you want to run a workshop in Germany. After searching around for a donor… Read more »

  • JvB-moto Ducati Pantah

    JvB-moto Ducati Pantah

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always fascinating to see the personal rides of well-known custom motorcycle builders. Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, for example, rides a tiny PGO 125cc scooter. This Ducati Pantah belongs to JvB-moto‘s Jens vom Brauck, and prowls the roads around Cologne in Germany.

  • Crowe Customs BMW R80/7

    Crowe Customs BMW R80/7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom motorcycles are often about sacrifice. As looks improve, functionality suffers. And most of the time, it doesn’t matter, especially if a bike is only ridden for short blasts, or down to a local watering hole. But it’s good to see the occasional long-haul machine… Read more »

  • Triumph Scrambler by JvB-moto

    Triumph Scrambler by JvB-moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you were taken with the Triumph Tridays “Rumbler”—and it was one of the most popular bikes we’ve shown so far this year—then this is the bike for you. Cologne-based JvB-moto has remodeled the Rumbler for small-scale production, priced it at 15,000 euros (around $18,500)… Read more »

  • Thunderbike “PainTTless”

    Thunderbike “PainTTless”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s AMD World Championship time. The annual freak show held at the Sturgis motorcycle rally reveals the best and worst of the traditional custom world, including many sphincter-tightening lapses of taste. There are signs of sanity amongst the Big Hair and leather vests though. And… Read more »

  • Buchholz Custom Buell X1

    Buchholz Custom Buell X1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t often see Buell-based customs, and when you do, they’re invariably of the streetfighter genre. So it’s good to see someone trying something different with a Buell-powered bike. This machine has just been finished by the German company Buchholz Custom, and it’s based on… Read more »

  • Vintage BMW by CRD

    Vintage BMW by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For its latest build, Cafe Racer Dreams has taken a break from Triumph Bonnevilles. The Spanish workshop has turned its attention to the vintage BMW R-series—namely, the 749 cc R75/5 boxer. Now owned by Valéry from Paris, this 1971 model is a thorough resto-mod in… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer BMW R100

    Cafe Racer BMW R100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For custom builders, older BMW airheads are starting to approach Honda CB and Triumph Bonneville levels of popularity. This one was built by Aric Russom, an artist and photographer from Western Massachusetts. He’s owned the BMW for 13 years, and in that time, has given… Read more »

  • Custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Last month’s Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz was a barometer of custom motorcycle taste in Europe. I was struck by the amount of attention attracted by older Moto Guzzis, especially those with a raw cafe racer look. This bike wasn’t at the festival, but… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 cafe racer

    BMW R75/6 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    1970s-era BMW airheads respond well to the cafe racer treatment. But you don’t often see one with a mono-shock conversion. This cafe racer is a 1976 R75/6 owned by graphic designer Casey Wilkinson of the motorcycle-mad Wilkinson Brothers, and he spotted it at the AMA… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

    Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Axel Budde builds the cleanest, coolest Moto Guzzi cafe racers around. This is his sixth build and the best yet, fresh out of his workshop in Hamburg. Kaffeemaschine #6 is based on a 1980 Le Mans frame and was commissioned by the British motorcycle racer… Read more »

  • BMW R80 “Dark Law”

    BMW R80 “Dark Law”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Europe, the spotlight on new wave custom builders tends to fall in France, Spain and Italy. But Portugal is coming through the ranks quickly. We’ve already featured the Triumph Thruxton built by Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, and now we have this classy BMW R80… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W800 by LSL

    Kawasaki W800 by LSL

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Kawasaki W800 custom is the most “British” looking build I’ve seen for a while. So it’s ironic that it was built by a German company. It’s called the “Lindy Bob” and it comes from LSL Motorradtechnik of Krefeld. In stock form, the W800 is… Read more »