Tag: Harley-Davidson

  • 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 »

  • Mule “Stealth” Street-Tracker

    Mule “Stealth” Street-Tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    By David Edwards—Here’s the latest street-tracker from Richard Pollock at Mule Motorcycles, a 1200 Harley nicknamed “Stealth” due to its black and dark-gray color scheme. Bound for the concrete canyons of New York City, its new owner is Brooklyn avant-garde sculptor Matthew Day Jackson. While… Read more »

  • Icon Roach Harley Sportster

    Icon Roach Harley Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Icon Motosports has always been a brand apart—mixing street style with high performance, and customizing bikes to match. The Roach is the latest in the company’s long history of offbeat customs, with post-apocalyptic styling that harks back to the motorcycle gangs in Mad Max. But… Read more »

  • Cro Customs Panhead

    Cro Customs Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Caleb Owens of Cro Customs is known for building “functional” motorcycles, designed to be ridden long and hard. But a couple of years ago he attracted a huge amount of attention with the amazing BS1, a boardtracker-influenced Harley Sportster with 23-inch wheels. Owens has now… Read more »

  • Harley cafe racer: the Harleyton 45

    Harley cafe racer: the Harleyton 45

  • Harley Sportster by Deus

    Harley Sportster by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Australian custom motorcycle builder Deus is best known for its SR and W650 customs, but its occasional forays into Harley-Davidson territory have been equally successful. Here’s the latest, based on a 2007-model Harley Sportster. Dubbed the Bald Terrier—no, I don’t know why—it’s essentially a… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl FX Roadster

    Walt Siegl FX Roadster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Most custom motorcycles fit within a particular genre. And that genre will have its own conventions, as well as its fans and detractors. But occasionally you see a bike that is utterly timeless, almost beyond ‘classic’. And this is one of them, from the New… Read more »

  • Kraus Motor Co. “Achuma”

    Kraus Motor Co. “Achuma”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By David Edwards — Named after a South American cactus known for its hallucinogenic properties, “Achuma” is part old Harley and part motocrosser, a Shovelhead-powered streetfighter that’s got a style all its own. There’s even a built-in skidplate for inner-city curb jumping! “Yeah, I don’t… Read more »

  • DP Custom “American Graffiti”

    DP Custom “American Graffiti”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Motor racing has traditionally been the biggest influence on DP Custom bikes: their previous builds have sported the colors of Formula 1 and NASCAR cars. But this time, the Arizona company has turned to classic movies for inspiration. “We’ve enjoyed films like Two-Lane Blacktop and… Read more »

  • Kamome Sprinter Harley Softail

    Kamome Sprinter Harley Softail

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t feature many contemporary Harley customs. But the detailing on this Softail Cross Bones caught my eye. It was built by Charlie Stockwell, of the London Harley-Davidson dealer Warr’s, and it’s a collaboration with the Japanese denim label Evisu—a pioneer of intricate, small-scale selvedge… Read more »

  • DP Customs “Top Fuel II”

    DP Customs “Top Fuel II”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    If there’s a specialist in custom Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportsters, it’s Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles. Their bikes are classy and well-finished, and invariably have a strong graphic look. And best of all, they’re priced to sell: DP’s motto is “Built by the workin’ man, for the… 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 »

  • Shaw Speed ‘Flatliner’

    Shaw Speed ‘Flatliner’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I think of a custom Heritage Softail, I think of a bike that has lost its way. You know the type: big bars, pointy grips and flames on the tank. But Steve Willis sees what he calls “the beauty trapped within”. Willis runs the… Read more »

  • Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

    Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,,

    Harley-Davidson has a strange affectation for Italian motorcycle companies. It bought MV Agusta in 2008, and offloaded it just over a year later to the late Claudio Castiglioni. But way before that, in 1960, Harley bought a half share in Aermacchi, and started selling a… Read more »

  • Mule Motorcycles Punisher

    Mule Motorcycles Punisher

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    By Mark Hoyer, editor of Cycle World. It’s awesome when a bike just comes together, when every part of your project seems like it was made to fall into place as if by some grand, cosmic plan. This is not one of those bikes. No,… Read more »

  • Abnormal Cycles Union

    Abnormal Cycles Union

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is one of the more unusual motorcycles that appeared in the recent AMD Championship. Unusual because it’s perfectly rideable, and also because it was the first time a sidecar outfit has competed in Sturgis. ‘Union’ was built by Abnormal Cycles of Italy, a workshop… Read more »

  • Wonder Bikes XR1200

    Wonder Bikes XR1200

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Jason Wonder’s Rev-2 was one of my favorite Harley customs last year. It was also a big hit with Chris Ronan of design company RD2, so Chris commissioned Jason to build a sequel. And here it is, but this time based on an XR1200 rather… Read more »

  • 1959 Harley Panhead custom

    1959 Harley Panhead custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Matt Whitlock runs Wrecked Metals, a hotrod and chopper shop in Boise, Idaho. And when he’s not building slammed Fords and Chevys, he’s riding this super-clean 1959 Harley. His Panhead has an effortless beauty about it, but the build was a mission for Matt. He’d… Read more »

  • DP Customs ‘Naked Cafe’

    DP Customs ‘Naked Cafe’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    DP Customs are on a roll right now, and according to owner Justin Del Prado, this is their fastest and best-handling bike yet. It’s a café racer based on DP’s favorite platform, the Harley Sportster ironhead. According to Del Prado, ‘We started with a 1980… Read more »

  • 1926 Harley-Davidson racer

    1926 Harley-Davidson racer

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Today’s bike comes from Buzz Kanter, the Editor-in-Chief of American Iron Magazine. Over to you, Buzz. I bought this bike in full street trim a few months before the Motorcycle Cannonball, but left it parked in secure storage. (I had to focus all my spare… Read more »

  • DP Customs ‘Look Right’

    DP Customs ‘Look Right’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    DP Custom Cycles of New River, Arizona, is a relatively new shop, but one going from strength to strength. Their latest bike is ‘Look Right’, and it’s certainly a sharp looker—with styling cues taken from one of Jacques Villeneuve’s BAR Honda F1 racing cars. In… Read more »