Tag: Harley-Davidson

  • 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 »

  • Hide Sportster SP-20

    Hide Sportster SP-20

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t often feature modern Harley-Davidson customs, but this one is worth closer inspection. It’s the latest machine from acclaimed Japanese builder Hide Motorcycles (aka HIDEMO) and it’s based on a 2003 XL1200S. The standard Sportster, despite it’s low 28” seat height, always looked a… Read more »

  • DP Customs Gulf Bobber

    DP Customs Gulf Bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    A couple of months ago, DP Customs’ 1979 Harley café racer was a king hit with Bike EXIF readers. So here’s the latest machine from the Arizona outfit: it’s also a ’79 ironhead, but with a totally different vibe. According to DP’s Justin Del Prado,… Read more »

  • Harley Panhead by Matt Machine

    Harley Panhead by Matt Machine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Last month, I had the privilege of meeting one of Australia’s most renowned custom bike builders, Matt from Machine. This Harley Panhead is his latest creation, and it’s just made it onto the cover of Greasy Kulture magazine. Matt built this bike for his good… Read more »

  • H&R Erbacher The One

    H&R Erbacher The One

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    As regular readers will know, I’m not a fan of show bikes. But every now and then you get one that’s so over the top, it’s worth featuring just for the hell of it. This is one such bike, and its full title is “H&R… Read more »

  • Hide Night Sky Bobber

    Hide Night Sky Bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For the past few days, the center of the custom universe has been in Japan, at the the Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. Guy Bolton of Greasy Kulture magazine was asked to present an award, and this is the bike he chose. It’s long… Read more »

  • VTM SpaceSter

    VTM SpaceSter

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Sportster-based custom will be one of the few signs of genuine originality at the AMD World Championships Of Bike Building next year. Designed by Bernard ‘Buck’ Massart of the French custom motorcycle shop VTM, it’s built around a Harley-Davidson Sportster engine. The SpaceSter looks… Read more »

  • Wonder Customs Rev-2

    Wonder Customs Rev-2

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Jason Wonder will build you a bike only if you promise you’re really going to ride it. And owner Ricky Powell enjoys his Wonder Customs Rev-2 to the max. It’s a lithe concoction wrapped around a beefy V-Rod motor, and an excellent showcase for Wonder’s… Read more »

  • 7 Ages Caesar Racer

    7 Ages Caesar Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ian Solley of British custom shop 7 Ages just can’t leave his Harley-Davidson FXD alone. This is the third incarnation of his ’99 Dyna Super Glide, and his most radical customization yet. The frame is a hand-made item, powdercoated in Dupont RAL Signal Orange, and… Read more »

  • DP Customs 79 Cafe Racer

    DP Customs 79 Cafe Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles specializes in Ironheads and Evos, usually turning them into “kick ass bobbers”. So this ’79 Harley is a departure for shop owner Justin Del Prado: low-set and unpainted, it has more of a café racer look. Del Prado has detailed the… Read more »

  • Hide 883 Sportster

    Hide 883 Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Over forty years ago, there was a television commercial that asked, “Have you ever wondered how the snow plow driver gets to work?” The answer was in a VW Beetle. In the same vein, I’ve often wondered what machines custom motorcycle designers choose. Well, this… Read more »

  • 1941 Harley Knucklehead

    1941 Harley Knucklehead

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Jesse James gets a lot of flak these days. It never seems to be about the bikes any more, which is a shame, because the man knows his stuff. His customs aren’t usually to my taste, but he occasionally hits a home run. Like this… Read more »

  • Dark Star Kustoms

    Dark Star Kustoms

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Philip Van Geest runs Dark Star Kustoms in The Hague, Holland, and he’s making a name for himself with his fabricating skill and eye for good proportions. This Harley WL bike is called ‘The Merlin’, and it’s the star of the latest issue of Greasy… Read more »

  • Cro Customs BS1

    Cro Customs BS1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Conrad Leach is one of the very few motorcycle artists worth following. So when I read that he was involved in the creation of a new custom motorcycle, I pricked up my metaphorical ears. Information was hard to come by, but finally, here are the… Read more »

  • The Sturgis Top 5

    The Sturgis Top 5

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    I don’t normally pay much attention to the Sturgis Bike Week. In the past, I’ve never been able to see beyond the chrome and billet. But this year’s bike building championship seemed different, with a brace of knockout bikes winning votes in all categories. And… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson Sportster custom

    Harley-Davidson Sportster custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Rough Crafts is one of the featured builders in our new book, The Ride. The deluxe Collector’s Edition is on sale now in Europe and the USA. Of all the Asian countries, Japan has the highest profile in the custom scene, and has even exported… Read more »

  • 1915 Harley-Davidson

    1915 Harley-Davidson

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    You can do motorcycle touring the easy way, or the hard way. The easy way is to ride a modern, cushy dual-sport machine, where the toughest decision is what to pack. The hard way is the Motorcycle Cannonball, an endurance run for pre-1916 motorcycles that… Read more »

  • 1951 Harley Panhead

    1951 Harley Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Milwaukee’s current offerings rarely get my motor running, but I find it hard to resist a good Panhead. And this one is an absolute knockout. It’s owned by Troy Critchlow of the Chico Moto blog, and it’s the quintessential vintage Harley, as seen through a… Read more »

  • Ace Motorcycles Panhead

    Ace Motorcycles Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There seems to be a trend towards compact, muscular customs in Japan. And if that means fewer vintage Harleys desecrated with ape bars, peanut tanks and cheesy metalflake paint, I’m happy. This Panhead is a classic example: it didn’t grab me immediately, but the longer… Read more »

  • Harley XL 1200 custom

    Harley XL 1200 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If Harley-Davidson needs any more guidance on how to create Sportster range extensions for the future, this beautifully detailed XL 1200 custom from Nice! Motorcycles should help. Nice! MC (their exclamation mark, not mine) is headquartered 500km west of Tokyo, and a well-known name on… Read more »

  • Harley Night Train custom

    Harley Night Train custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Harley hasn’t attempted to create a modern-looking bike since the 2002 VRSCA V-Rod. And you can’t mine the past forever, even if parts of that past—the XR-750, for example—are very evocative. So I got to wondering, what should a cool, contemporary Harley muscle bike look… Read more »

  • Hard Nine D’MX

    Hard Nine D’MX

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing original in the chopper scene any more. It’s just bling and billet, and mostly pointless. But every now and then, a truly original chopper comes along—like this BMX-inspired custom from Danny Schneider of Hard Nine Choppers. They’re based in… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster bobber

    Harley Sportster bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    This bike grabbed my attention for two reasons. It’s a textbook modern Harley bobber, and it’s a textbook example of how to photograph a bike outdoors. Richard Dunn bought this Sportster as a basket case, “from a military kid who couldn’t ride it on the… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Robb Handcrafted Cycles

    Harley Sportster by Robb Handcrafted Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We rarely feature contemporary Harley customs, but when I saw these images by Australian photographer Michael Drabikowski, I had to make an exception. Because this Harley-Davidson Sportster isn’t your typical V-twin show bike; for starters, it’s an absolute featherweight. It tips the scales at a… Read more »

  • Motoshop Tonouchi

    Motoshop Tonouchi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a definite Japanese ‘look’ when it comes to Harley customs, but this one’s a little different. The XL-engined machine is a new release from Motoshop Tonouchi, and reminds me of pre-War BMWs such as the R7—with monochromatic, swooping bodywork and subtle pinstriping. To say… Read more »

  • Leroy-Thompson Salt Flat Racer

    Leroy-Thompson Salt Flat Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    One of the most interesting motorcycles at last year’s AMD World Championship was the Leroy-Thompson Salt Flat Racer, built by Scott Webster. It attracted a lot of attention, but to everyone’s surprise, it didn’t register in the top 20 results. Why? We’ll never know. But… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson Pea Shooter

    Harley-Davidson Pea Shooter

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    To my eyes, many of the most desirable Harley-Davidson vintage motorcycles are those that were built between the Wars. And not just the heavy machinery: the lightweight racing ‘Pea Shooters’ had an elegant style that has worn well over the years. These very rapid singles… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Walt Siegl

    Harley Sportster by Walt Siegl

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    After Walt Siegl moved from Austria to New York in 1985, he built motorcycles as a hobby. Three years ago, he moved his workshop and his family to an old mill town in southern New Hampshire to build motorcycles full time, and he’s quickly made… Read more »

  • 1937 Harley-Davidson bobber

    1937 Harley-Davidson bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Roper-Caldbeck doesn’t churn out bikes by the dozen. So when a new one rolls out of his Copenhagen, Denmark shop, it’s invariably worth a close look. And this lean green Harley-Davidson bobber is a curious mix of components that work well together. You’re looking… Read more »

  • Johnny Cash motorcycle

    Johnny Cash motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    We stumbled across this one on Roland Sands’ blog, and had to show it straight away—even if it means running two Harley bikes in a row. (Let us know in the comments if that’s too much.) ‘Get Rhythm‘ is based on a lowered 2004 Harley-Davidson… Read more »

  • 1931 Harley VL Bobber

    1931 Harley VL Bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the coolest bikes in the latest issue of Greasy Kulture magazine belongs to Chris ‘Simo’ Simmonds, a certified old bike nut who lives on the south coast of the UK. As well as this 1931 Harley-Davidson VL, he owns three Indians and a… Read more »