Germany

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Tridays Triumph Scrambler

    Tridays Triumph Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Triumph Scrambler must be one of the hardest bikes to customize. Along with Moto Guzzi’s current V7 and the Kawasaki W800, it’s one of the few production machines that have a retro-slash-custom feel right from the start. This hasn’t deterred the Triumph Tridays team… Read more »

  • ZPsport 449 enduro

    ZPsport 449 enduro

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    The small German town of Zschopau is famous for its motorcycling heritage. It was home to DKW and MZ, marques whose luminosity has dimmed in recent decades. But there’s now a chance that Zschopau could return to its motorcycling glory days. This is a prototype… Read more »

  • 1928 Windhoff motorcycle

    1928 Windhoff motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Bonhams’ high-profile auctions usually throw up some surprises. But few are as big as this one. Most vintage motorcycles worth more than $100,000 are pretty well known, but have you ever heard of the German brand Windhoff? Me neither. Yet this restored 1928 example, fresh… 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 »

  • BMW R100 RS custom

    BMW R100 RS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most interesting new European custom builders is Karles Vives of Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles. He’s based in Barcelona, Spain, and is entirely self-taught. He’s also got an excellent eye for aesthetics. This is the second BMW R100-based build from Fuel. (Here’s the first.)… Read more »

  • 1988 BMW K1

    1988 BMW K1

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    When I hit my twenties, the BMW K1 was impossibly glamorous. It was the poster bike for motorcycling. As a casual observer, I didn’t realise it was BMW’s attempt to appeal to younger riders, seduced by Japanese sportsbikes such as the Suzuki GSX-R1100. And I… Read more »

  • Urban Motor R100RS

    Urban Motor R100RS

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Some motorcycles are so “right” from the start that it’s almost impossible to customize them. And one such machine is BMW’s R100RS. This beautiful resto-mod comes from Urban Motor of Berlin; it’s called “Werkstattrenner” and it’s a 1977 model bike, which was the first year… 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 »

  • Wrenchmonkees BMW R100RT

    Wrenchmonkees BMW R100RT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most custom motorcycles live relatively sedate lives, secured in warm garages and released at weekends. But not this one: it’s been built by the Wrenchmonkees to handle the rough roads of the Maghreb. “It started with a request from a Frenchman living in Mauritania,” says… Read more »

  • Motorcycle wallpaper #7

    Motorcycle wallpaper #7

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Wallpaper

    Hermann Köpf is a German photographer with a particular penchant for classic motorcycles—and an uncanny ability to capture the magic of vintage machinery. He’s just released a photobook centred around an annual motorcycle hillclimb race in Alsace, and that’s the subject of our latest wallpaper… Read more »

  • Horex VR6 Roadster

    Horex VR6 Roadster

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that we rarely feature production motorcycles. But this new bike is more interesting than most. It’s the return of the venerable German marque Horex (est. 1920) with a VR6-powered Roadster due to start production in a few weeks’… Read more »

  • BMW R45: ‘The Gonzo’

    BMW R45: ‘The Gonzo’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the more original builders working today is David Borras, a Spanish vintage motorcycle racer who runs El Solitario (“the loner”) MC. He’s got an idiosyncratic style, and his disregard for contemporary fashions has won him a lot of attention. This is Borras’ latest… Read more »

  • Interview: Ola Stenegärd

    Interview: Ola Stenegärd

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,,

    I’ve always imagined BMW Motorrad designers to be technicians in white lab coats. So I was surprised to discover that the leader of BMW’s motorcycle design team is a freewheelin’ Swede with a passion for old-school choppers. Ola Stenegärd studied Industrial Design in Stockholm and… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1300 custom

    Yamaha XJR1300 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’re a fan of 1980s superbikes, the closest thing you can buy today is the Yamaha XJR1300. It’s a throwback muscle bike, with an air-cooled DOHC parallel four motor that pumps out a smidge under 100 hp and a whopping 108 Nm of torque.… Read more »

  • Ritmo Sereno BMW R100RS

    Ritmo Sereno BMW R100RS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the mid-70s, the BMW R100RS was the most radical motorcycle you could buy. It was BMW’s answer to the relentless threat of large-capacity Japanese motorcycles, and it came with a seven-part fairing—a new style of bodywork that reportedly reduced side wind deflection by 60%… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 custom

    BMW R75/5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    During the austere and oppressive reign of General Franco—a remarkable 36 years from 1939 to 1975—foreign motorcycles were a rarity in Spain. So this BMW R75/5 must be a novelty on Iberian roads. It’s owned by Juan Ramón Ortega, a Madrileño with a longstanding passion… Read more »

  • BMW R80 cafe racer

    BMW R80 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’re into BMW café racers, you probably know the BMW Café blog, run by Dutchman Michiel de Molenaar. This BMW R80 is the bike that originally got Michiel hooked on building and riding old motorcycles, and shows what can be done with a small… Read more »

  • Harley V-Rod custom

    Harley V-Rod custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t get to see many custom motorcycles from Germany. Modified BMWs are becoming more common, especially R-series scramblers or café bikes. And we’re big fans of LSL-Motorradtechnik creations too. But this is something completely different, and completely over the top: a Harley V-Rod cafe… Read more »