• 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

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    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

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    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

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    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’s Harley FLH

    Walt Siegl’s Harley FLH

  • 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” Shovelhead

    Kraus Motor Co. “Achuma” Shovelhead

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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 look too hard at… Read more »

  • DP Custom “American Graffiti”

    DP Custom “American Graffiti”

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    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 »

  • Evisu’s “Kamome Sprinter” custom Softail

    Evisu’s “Kamome Sprinter” custom Softail

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t feature many contemporary V-twin customs. But the detailing on this Harley 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… 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

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    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 »

  • Norley cafe racer

    Norley cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you haven’t already guessed, a Norley is a cross between a Norton and a Harley. In this case, we’re looking at a 1200cc Sportster motor shoehorned into a Norton-style frame. This cafe racer was built for charity, and it’s more interesting than most machines… Read more »

  • Rough Crafts Sportster custom

    Rough Crafts Sportster custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a huge admirer of Rough Crafts motorcycles. ‘Shattered Pearl’ is the latest build from Winston Yeh, and once again he’s circumvented Taiwan’s tight regulatory restrictions to create a classy yet eye-catching machine. ‘The owner gave me one guideline and nothing else,’ says Yeh. ‘”I… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster bobber

    Harley Sportster bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A blog that’s caught my eye recently is GasCap, run by Spaniard Alex Ramon. Alex has now sent in details of his Sportster bobber, built by Lluís Ibañez Casabon of L.A. Motorcycles in Barcelona. I’d never have guessed, but this machine is based on a… Read more »

  • Hide SP-26 Sportster

    Hide SP-26 Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Japan holds Harley’s Sportster range in higher regard than probably any other country in the world. The Sportster custom subculture is huge, and somewhere near the top of this very large tree is Hide Motorcycles (aka HIDEMO). This is the SP-26, the latest custom to… Read more »

  • DP Customs Harley Ironhead

    DP Customs Harley Ironhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles is making a name for itself with classy Ironhead Harleys. The latest build from the Del Prado brothers is this very clean 1985 XL. It’s one of the last of the Ironheads, so the motor is 1000cc in capacity, and mounted… Read more »