Harley-Davidson

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Sundance QuickSilver XR1200

    Sundance QuickSilver XR1200

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sundance is one of the top Japanese custom motorcycle builders, but it’s a name unknown to a surprising number of westerners. Zak Shibazaki’s company focuses on performance as much as looks, with a range of high-tech, go-fast goodies designed to eke more horsepower out of… Read more »

  • 1943 Harley WLC flathead

    1943 Harley WLC flathead

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    James Roper-Caldbeck runs Customs From Jamesville, a small Harley workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark. We’ve featured his flatheads before, but none can top the story attached to this army-spec WLC 750, the latest machine to roll out of his shop. “In the 1940s, this WLC was… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Speed Glide

    Walt Siegl Speed Glide

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Walt Siegl is one of those increasingly rare guys who can build a motorcycle from scratch. He was born in Austria but now lives in idyllic rural New Hampshire, USA. And when word gets out that Walt’s built a new bike, I’m all ears. Walt’s… Read more »

  • SS&C Nascafe Racer

    SS&C Nascafe Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In six months, this could be most famous custom Harley-Davidson in the world. It’s yet another winner built by the English workshop Shaw Speed & Custom, and this one has a very defined target: to defend SS&C’s world championship title at the AMD event in… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster XLST3 by Shaw Speed & Custom

    Harley Sportster XLST3 by Shaw Speed & Custom

  • Harley-Davidson Sprint

    Harley-Davidson Sprint

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,,

    It’s almost impossible to quantify the proportions of a motorcycle. Sure, there are relationships between wheel sizes, fuel tank and seat unit, and of course the engine and frame. But some machines have that indefinable ‘something’, a quirk of aesthetics that catches your eye. For… Read more »