Harley-Davidson

  • 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 »

  • Shaw F1-XLR Harley Nightster

    Shaw F1-XLR Harley Nightster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE Harley’s evergreen Sportster is probably the world’s most commonly modified bike. So it’s hard to create anything truly original. But the AMD Championship-winning workshop Shaw Speed & Custom has pushed the boundaries once again with this Nightster-based custom, the F1-XLR. This time, inspiration comes… Read more »

  • DP Customs ‘Defensor’ Ironhead

    DP Customs ‘Defensor’ Ironhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    After several years of customizing Harley ironheads, DP Custom Cycles have got it down to a fine art. This is their latest creation, ‘Defensor’—a tribute to the late Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna. “The bike was commissioned by a customer whose favorite racing driver… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

    Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roberto Rossi is one of Italy’s best-known Harley-Davidson concessionarias. He’s also got petrol coursing through his veins. His dealership includes a museum: a showcase for a personal collection of classic motorcycles bolstered by an authentic Mille Miglia Alfa Romeo 1750 GS Zagato (once owned by… Read more »

  • Shaw x Rough Crafts Harley 48

    Shaw x Rough Crafts Harley 48

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s any doubt about the spreading influence of Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, this Harley 48 custom dispels it. It’s a collaboration with Shaw Speed, the custom workshop owned by a top UK Harley-Davidson dealer. Shaw Speed boss Steve Willis took a liking to Rough… Read more »

  • Rough Crafts x Zero Engineering

    Rough Crafts x Zero Engineering

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a wonderfully gothic, Victorian vibe to the latest machine from Taiwan’s Rough Crafts. It’s built around an S&S Harley Knucklehead motor, using a kit from legendary ‘samurai chopper’ builders Zero Engineering. Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh is a big fan of Zero. “The ‘Zero Style’… Read more »

  • Harley Panhead custom

    Harley Panhead custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Roper-Caldbeck builds some of the cleanest vintage Harleys in the business. Working from a small workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, he focuses on quality rather than quantity. But the most surprising thing about this machine—crafted around a 1964 FLH panhead motor—is that it was built… Read more »

  • Sportster custom: The Bomb Runner

    Sportster custom: The Bomb Runner

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most popular Harley customs on Bike EXIF came out of left field in 2010: the Rough Crafts “Iron Guerilla” built by Winston Yeh. It was a remarkable achievement, because the regulations around custom motorcycle building in Yeh’s native Taiwan are extremely restrictive.… Read more »

  • Deus: The American

    Deus: The American

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Deus has opened shop in L.A., on the corner of Lincoln and Venice Boulevards. And this is the first full-blown custom motorcycle to roll out of its doors: an intricately crafted machine packed with high performance parts and a healthy dose of attitude. It’s called… Read more »

  • Shaw Speed & Custom Sportster

    Shaw Speed & Custom Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    What sort of custom bike can you get for $10,000 to $15,000? I get a lot of emails asking that question. They’re usually from people who want the reliability of a low-mileage bike, but with a different look. This custom Sportster from Shaw Speed &… Read more »