Germany

  • 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 »

  • Ton-Up Garage’s classy BMW R80 “Dark Law”

    Ton-Up Garage’s classy BMW R80 “Dark Law”

  • 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 »