Germany

  • 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 »

  • Neander motorcycle

    Neander motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles

    Ever heard of Neander? Me neither, until Legend of The Motorcycle founder Jared Zaugg mentioned the German marque in a recent Bike EXIF Interview. This drop-dead gorgeous machine is a 1929 Neander P3 1, which surfaced at a Bonhams sale in the UK a couple… Read more »

  • BMW R45 cafe racer

    BMW R45 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something about the compact, muscular stance of 70s-vintage BMWs that makes them prime candidates for customization. This cafe racer comes from leading glass artist Francesco Pagnin of Treviso in Italy, who calls his motorcycle workshop ‘Franz Garage’. It’s based on a BMW R45, the… Read more »

  • 1986 HPN BMW Paris Dakar

    1986 HPN BMW Paris Dakar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Right now, the 2011 Dakar Rally racers are somewhere near Córdoba in Argentina. These days the motorcycle class is dominated by KTM, but in the 80s it was BMW all the way. The bike you’re looking at here is one of BMW’s three entries from… Read more »

  • Ducati 350 cafe racer

    Ducati 350 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Christian Klein is a skilled lathe operator and a craftsman engineer. He’s also a Ducati fan, and rides a red 900 GTS. In the cold German evenings, he drifts towards his workshop, inhabiting what he calls his ‘parallel world’. And it was in here, a… Read more »

  • BMW R69S

    BMW R69S

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When this R69S rolled into the workshop of Tokyo resto-mod specialists Ritmo Sereno, it was a slightly gawky custom with mismatched curves and a shapeless silver tank. With their usual attention to detail, Ritmo reworked it into a beautiful cafe racer with more conventional BMW… Read more »

  • BMW R60/5 custom

    BMW R60/5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always had a soft spot for 1970s BMWs, but I haven’t seen anything quite like this slash-five before. It’s owned by Frenchman Gaëtan Pillaud, and he calls it a ‘Clubber’—a mix between a clubman and a bobber. The bike started life as a 1973… Read more »

  • URS Racing Sidecar

    URS Racing Sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the greatest sidecar racers of all time was the German Helmut Fath. And this machine carried him to the sweetest victory of all. It’s called a URS, and it was sold by the Bonhams auction house last weekend for an extraordinary £102,700—a cool… Read more »

  • Wunderlich Curarê

    Wunderlich Curarê

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Wunderlich has always struck me as the motorcycling equivalent of Jägermeister: undoubtedly potent, but an acquired taste. And so it is with the German company’s latest creation, based on BMW’s S 1000 RR sportbike. It’s been built to celebrate Wunderlich’s 25th anniversary and in the… Read more »

  • LSL Clubman Kawasaki W800

    LSL Clubman Kawasaki W800

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Just two hours after Kawasaki took the wraps off its new W 800 at INTERMOT, German tuner LSL-Motorradtechnik revealed the bike that Kawasaki should have built in the first place. LSL boss Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler used to be a Kawasaki dealer, so he managed to get… Read more »

  • BMW R1200 custom

    BMW R1200 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most motorcycle marques can point to a single early model that set the tone for those that followed and established the brand. In BMW’s case it’s the R32. It was unveiled at the Berlin motor show in 1923, and it was a good fifty years… Read more »

  • Blitz BMW R60/2

    Blitz BMW R60/2

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the car world, you often see “murdered out” vehicles, painted completely black for a sleek and sinister look. You occasionally see it in the motorcycling world—Steve Jones’ Ducati being an example—but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fifty-year-old classic motorcycle given the “murder”… Read more »

  • BMW R100T custom

    BMW R100T custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I first saw this BMW, I struggled to put a date to it. Was it an older bike freshened up, or a relatively new bike that had taken a trip back in time? It turned out to be an R100T resto-mod, customized to make… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Axel Budde is an interesting guy. He’s a ‘precision driver’ for the film and TV industry: a guy who can take the exact same line in a car or truck, time after time, at high speed, until the cameraman gets The Shot. And when Axel… Read more »

  • BMW R60/5 cafe racer

    BMW R60/5 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most images that we receive fall into one of two categories: average photographs of a very interesting motorcycle, or beautiful photographs of a fairly common motorcycle. So when you happen across a photographer who is also a vintage bike nut, it’s a marriage made in… Read more »

  • BMW R100 race replica

    BMW R100 race replica

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Three years ago, Ritmo Sereno of Tokyo produced a stunning orange BMW R80 track bike—the highly successful ‘Nakajima’ racer. Now a Ritmo customer has commissioned a road-going version—and this is it. It’s based on a 1991 R100 RS, but many of the other details are… Read more »

  • BMW Baja 1000 Racer

    BMW Baja 1000 Racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    If you need to fettle your BMW enduro for hardcore long-distance racing, the company to speak to is HPN. The German outfit has an illustrious history, largely built on preparing the motorcycles that took BMW to four Dakar Rally victories in the 1980s. HPN built… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR 1200 custom

    Yamaha XJR 1200 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the mid 90s, the XJR 1200 was Yamaha’s foray into the increasingly popular ‘naked’ bike market. And it was no slouch, with a reported top speed of 220kph (136mph). Fast forward a decade, and here’s an even faster XJR 1200—built in 2006 by German… Read more »