Germany

  • 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 »

  • Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

    Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in Germany and hanker after a custom Moto Guzzi, the man to speak to is Axel Budde of Kaffeemaschine. His latest bike is this café racer, based on the T3 California—and to my eyes it looks much better than Moto Guzzi’s own… Read more »

  • Untitled BMW R80 G/S

    Untitled BMW R80 G/S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to pick an older bike to take me on a tour of Europe, I’d choose a BMW R80 G/S. It’s a bona fide classic, but unlike most of that ilk, it’s also reliable, relatively simple on the mechanical front, and still has… Read more »

  • BMW S1000RR custom

    BMW S1000RR custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yes, you’re looking at a BMW S1000RR. The asymmetrical bodywork has gone, along with the oddball headlights and spindly mirrors. It’s an audacious dismantling of BMW’s superbike, and the perpetrator is Steve Culp of Shreveport, Louisiana. Culp spends his spare time designing not only custom… Read more »

  • BMW R100 cafe racer

    BMW R100 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Urban Motor is a CR&S dealer in Berlin, Germany, but it doesn’t just sell new motorcycles. The company has put together a lovely classic BMW cafe racer, using a 1983 R80 G/S as the base. ‘Earl Grey’ has been upgraded with a R100RS front fork,… Read more »

  • SE Service Slugger

    SE Service Slugger

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sweden’s Stellan Egeland is one of the world’s most innovative custom motorcycle builders. Like Belgian maestro Fred Krugger, Egeland is prepared to push the limits of styling and use as much modern technology as possible. His approach resulted in a podium finish at the 2009… Read more »

  • DKW racing motorcycle

    DKW racing motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Here’s an interesting old ’un coming up for auction in a few days in England. It’s not an original DKW, but a replica of the pre-1930 racers, assembled from period parts and rebuilt four years ago. It might be a mongrel, but its pedigree is… Read more »

  • Custom Ducati 860 GTS

    Custom Ducati 860 GTS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The 860 series is one of the most maligned of all Ducatis. Styled by auto designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, it was ahead of its time and sales were poor. But it’s also one of those bikes that has aged gracefully, and 35 years later, this lightly… Read more »

  • BMW R1200C custom

    BMW R1200C custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Back in 1997, BMW took a tilt at the Harley-Davidson market with the R1200C. It was big and relatively underpowered, with just 61bhp—but Teutonic engineering and smart suspension design made up for that. Robert Levinson, however, has transformed his R1200C into a completely different machine.… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 custom

    BMW R75/5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then a bike pops up that completely flouts the established vernacular of custom building. This is one of them. It was built by Revival Cycles, a shop run by three committed motorcycle enthusiasts in Austin, Texas. Founder Alan Stulberg tells the story:… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 Imola replica

    Ducati 750 Imola replica

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Perhaps the most famous racing Ducati of all time is the 750 that took Englishman Paul Smart to victory in the 1972 Imola 200 race. And with a machine as iconic as that, you’re going to get people wanting to copy it. One such man… Read more »

  • German Motorcycle Authority

    German Motorcycle Authority

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s an odd name for a custom motorcycle builder, and one I haven’t heard before. But the Cologne-based German Motorcycle Authority has created some interesting machines, including this Revtech-powered ‘Billy Bob’. It was one of the classier bikes to take home a trophy at the… Read more »

  • Untitled Motorcycles BMW R80

    Untitled Motorcycles BMW R80

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Untitled Motorcycles are three guys working out of a workshop in Camden, London, building “motorcycles for everyday use with great individual styling and quality mechanics.” They’re on a mission to ressurect old and unloved motorcycles—and in a way, recycle them into classics. Untitled started in… Read more »

  • Mansory Zapico

    Mansory Zapico

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I was in two minds about posting this bike, and I’m sure you can guess why. But it’s making the news on the auto blogs—and allows us to appreciate our regular fare a little more. The Zapico is the first custom motorcycle from Mansory, a… Read more »

  • NSU Sportmax

    NSU Sportmax

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    If there was ever a piece of classic motorcycling sculpture, this is it. The unfaired NSU Sportmax was not a looker, but add the period ‘dustbin’ fairing and it’s transformed into a thing of beauty. This bike started life as a regular Max bought off… Read more »

  • 1973 BMW R60/5 Custom

    1973 BMW R60/5 Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    BMW’s classic Boxer engine is one of those powerplants you either love or hate. It looks like no other, and invariably dominates the appearance of a bike. I have to admit I love the look of this motor, and so does Terry Whitehurst. He started… Read more »

  • JvB-MOTO SR500 D-Track

    JvB-MOTO SR500 D-Track

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jens vom Brauck and Kedo, the German tuning and parts specialists, have taken an everyday Yamaha SR500 and gone back to the roots. The bike looks lean, mean and low—a mutant cross between a 60s desert racer and Kenny Robert’s flat track bike. It has… Read more »

  • BMW R100 Scrambler

    BMW R100 Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    BMW’s R series is seriously challenging the Honda CB as the custom platform of choice; over the past few months, a remarkable number of stylish 70s BMW customs have been popping up in the Bike EXIF inbox. This one was built by Karles Vives of… Read more »