Tag: Harley-Davidson

  • Top 5 Harley Panheads

    Top 5 Harley Panheads

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    Is Harley-Davidson’s venerable Panhead the best looking motorcycle engine of all time? It’s certainly up there with the Triumph and Moto Guzzi twins. It’s nearly half a century since the last Panhead rolled off the production line, but its appeal has never waned. It’s a… Read more »

  • Harley Softail Slim by Rough Crafts

    Harley Softail Slim by Rough Crafts

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Harley Softail Slim has two points in its favor: it’s a simple bobber-style bike with a vintage vibe, and it has a super-low seat height of less than 24 inches. It’s basically a Fat Boy with the fat trimmed off, and there’s ample grunt… Read more »

  • Harley 48 Sportster by RSD

    Harley 48 Sportster by RSD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It takes a pretty special Harley to stop me in my tracks, but this Sportster 48 from Roland Sands Design hits all the right notes. It’s a street tracker with a strong vintage vibe—plus enough performance upgrades to make it an entertaining ride without compromising… Read more »

  • DP Customs Turbo Destroyer

    DP Customs Turbo Destroyer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    DP Customs are famous for their clean, motorsport-influenced Ironhead customs. They’ve now taken the racing concept to the extreme, with a 154 hp street-legal drag bike. “The idea for the Turbo Destroyer came up when we were delivering a build to a race car driver… Read more »

  • Top 5 Harley Sportster customs

    Top 5 Harley Sportster customs

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5

    Love it or hate it, the Harley Sportster has been an American motorcycling icon since 1957. Around 50,000 are built every year, taking up a fifth of the Milwaukee factory’s production capacity. Not surprisingly, quite a few XLs—to use the official designation—have found their way… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Headcase Kustom

    Harley Sportster by Headcase Kustom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Right now, the Harley Sportster is challenging for position on the café racer scene. (Before purists complain, I’m using the term ‘café racer’ very loosely—meaning the opposite of cruiser custom style.) This sleek and agressive build comes from Casey Johnson, who runs Headcase Kustom Art… Read more »

  • Icon 1000 ‘Iron Lung’ Sportster

    Icon 1000 ‘Iron Lung’ Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Icon’s design director Kurt Walter is one of the most inspired bike builders operating in the USA today. Working with a tight-knit crew in the company’s Portland headquarters, he creates machines that are bombastic, aggressive and refreshingly unorthodox. Like this 1991 Harley Sportster roadracer, nicknamed… Read more »

  • Jamesville’s 1948 Harley Panhead

    Jamesville’s 1948 Harley Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Roper-Caldbeck is English, lives in Denmark, and builds custom Harley-Davidsons. It sounds like a League of Nations recipe for disaster, but fear not—James has an amazingly good eye for stance and proportions. This long, low Panhead is James’ latest creation, a ground-up build for… Read more »

  • Rough Crafts ‘Stealth Bullet’ Sportster

    Rough Crafts ‘Stealth Bullet’ Sportster

  • Hazan Motorworks Harley Ironhead

    Hazan Motorworks Harley Ironhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Max Hazan is one of a handful of builders who operate at the intersection of motorcycles and art. It’s a rarefied field: the best-known protagonist is probably Ian Barry of Falcon Motorcycles. But Barry now has some serious competition. Brooklyn-based Hazan is a former boat-builder,… Read more »

  • Harley Panhead by Noise Cycles

    Harley Panhead by Noise Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It’s a little embarrassing to realize that we have not featured the work of Scott Jones before. Scott is the man behind California-based Noise Cycles, and he’s one of the most talented custom builders in the USA—if not the world. This 1952 Harley Panhead won… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Bull Cycles

    Harley Sportster by Bull Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Regular readers will know that we don’t feature many Harley Sportster customs. It’s not often that one makes me jump out of my seat, but just take a look at this XL1200 from Illinois-based Bull Cycles. ‘Zephyr’ is one of the more successful café conversions,… Read more »

  • Harley XL883R by Shaw Speed

    Harley XL883R by Shaw Speed

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Like Gulf Oil, Martini is a brand inextricably associated with speed. The blue and red stripes are one of the most distinctive liveries in motorsport, and forever associated with the Martini Racing Porsches from the 1970s. Martini hits its 150th anniversary in 2013, and the… Read more »

  • Sportster 48 by Rampant x Ellaspede

    Sportster 48 by Rampant x Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Warwick Lyon started work on this Sportster 48, he wanted to build a modern interpretation of a café racer with elements of a streetfighter. Lyon runs an Australian workshop called Rampant Motorcycles, and his forte is mechanics. So he called up Ellaspede—another Brisbane-based builder,… Read more »

  • Harley dual sport motorcycle

    Harley dual sport motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Jim Carducci is an engineer with a passion for dual sport motorcycles and the Harley Sportster motor. So he’s put the two together and created the Carducci Dual Sport SC3 Adventure. It’s not quite as improbable as it sounds, and the amount of engineering on… Read more »

  • Sportster cafe racer

    Sportster cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, is not where you’d expect to find a 1960s-style cafe racer. But this Sportster-powered machine would look right at home in the parking lot of London’s Ace Cafe. It belongs to enthusiast Faizal Yusop, who’s crammed a modified 1969 Ironhead… Read more »

  • Harley Cross Bones by Warr’s

    Harley Cross Bones by Warr’s

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The latest build from Charlie Stockwell of London-based Warr’s Customs is this Harley-Davidson Cross Bones built at the behest of a former Formula 1 champion. It’s decked in the trademark red-and-white livery of the McLaren F1 team that became famous during the era of Ayrton… Read more »

  • Sportster 1200 by Atom Bomb

    Sportster 1200 by Atom Bomb

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Atom Bomb’s Clay Rathburn is known for his beautifully crafted custom Triumphs. But the latest bike to roll out of his Richmond, Virginia workshop is this Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. It’s not our usual fare, but the style and detailing on this build is hard to… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson WR racer

    Harley-Davidson WR racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Racing motorcycles often have perfect proportions; they’re almost like the bikes you’d doodle in the corner of a schoolbook as a child. This 1946 Harley-Davidson is one of those machines, with an immaculate stance, perfectly symmetrical wheels and a beautiful economy of line. It’s a… Read more »

  • Burly Brand Scrambler

    Burly Brand Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Think of a scrambler motorcycle, and most folks will picture a modern Triumph or a vintage BSA. But David Zemla, who runs Burly Brand, decided to take a different tack. Could a Harley-Davidson Sportster be reconfigured for bombing down fire roads? After a lot of… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Asterisk

    Harley Sportster by Asterisk

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There may be better cures for jetlag…then again, maybe not. Hideki Hoshikawa had flown over from Japan with his latest build in the airplane’s cargo bay, clearing customs in Los Angeles just in time for the big L.A. Calendar Bike Show, where the Sportster-based “Avanzare”… 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 »

  • Harley XL1200 by CRD

    Harley XL1200 by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Cafe Racer Dreams have made a name for themselves with classy Triumph and Honda customs. They’ve resisted the lure of Milwaukee so far, but as with most builders, there comes a time when you need to look at the Harley-Davidson Sportster. The Harley brand is… Read more »

  • Rough Crafts Shadow Rocket

    Rough Crafts Shadow Rocket

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Winston Yeh has only been running Rough Crafts for three years. But in that short time, he’s become one of the world’s hottest custom Harley builders—despite being based in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and thousands of miles away from Milwaukee. This is the latest… Read more »

  • Harley XL883N by Roland Sands

    Harley XL883N by Roland Sands

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    ‘Theme’ bikes have a bad rep these days, and rightly so. Most are little more than a train smash of disparate elements glued together by marketing departments with more money than sense. But occasionally you see a brand collaboration that works, with well-integrated design elements… Read more »

  • Customs From Jamesville Evo

    Customs From Jamesville Evo

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Just round the corner from the Wrenchmonkees’ workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of Europe’s top independent Harley builders. James Roper-Caldbeck builds sweet, clean vintage bikes under the Customs From Jamesville banner, and this Sportster-based machine is his latest creation. There’s a story behind this… Read more »

  • Shinya Kimura’s Cafe Sportster

    Shinya Kimura’s Cafe Sportster

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a certain blacksmith shop feel to Shinya Kimura’s motorcycles, and I mean that in a good way. Looking at the bare aluminum bodywork of his latest creation, this cafe Harley Sportster, you get a sense of the heat and noise and sweat—the sheer effort… 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 »

  • Harley-Davidson XR750TT

    Harley-Davidson XR750TT

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the top European concours d’elégance shows is the Salon Privé. It’s held on the manicured lawns of Syon Park, just outside London, and is more than a petrolhead paradise—it’s also one of the top events on the English social calendar. Last year, motorcycles… 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 »

  • DP Customs Black & White

    DP Customs Black & White

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    DP Custom Cycles have built their reputation with classy Ironhead-based customs. But for their latest build, they’ve jumped forward in time—with a 2000-model Harley Sportster 1200. ‘Black & White’ has a stripped-back, minimal look, and is all the better for it. “The customer for this… Read more »

  • Roland Sands Design “Race-ster”

    Roland Sands Design “Race-ster”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Roland Sands is one of the more eclectic custom motorcycle builders in the USA. He’s built countless bikes in many different styles, and is never afraid to try new ideas. This is his latest creation, the ‘Race-ster’, and it’s the first time he’s put a… Read more »

  • 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

    1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Two years ago Buzz Kanter, Editor-in-Chief of American Iron Magazine, rode his 1915 Harley-Davidson across most of the United States in the first Motorcycle Cannonball endurance ride. And now he’s about to do it again on this very rare 1929 Harley JDH. That’s 3,956 miles… 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 »

  • Biltwell EZXL Sportster

    Biltwell EZXL Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    A few weeks ago, I stumbled across some murky shots of this Harley Sportster in a workshop. It was one of the cleanest, classiest Sportsters I’ve ever seen, with beautiful paint and a perfect stance. I found out that it was owned by Bill Bryant,… Read more »