Tag: Harley-Davidson

  • 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 »

  • Hide custom Sportster

    Hide custom Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the few Japanese custom shops with an English-language translation website is Hide Motorcycle, also known as Hidemo. Since 2001, Hide has specialised in Harley custom motorcycles, and its latest venture is a range of Sportster conversions. (So new, in fact, that the product… Read more »

  • Harley Super Glide custom

    Harley Super Glide custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the leading lights of the French custom motorcycle scene is Millery-based Fred Duban of Dub Performance, and this tracker-ish creation is his latest bike. It’s based on a 2003 Harley Dyna Super Glide, of all things, but you’d be hard pushed to tell.… Read more »

  • Harley XRTT Cafe Racer

    Harley XRTT Cafe Racer

  • Scott Custom Motorcycles ,

    By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn. To build a superb cafe racer like this you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, but it helps. The builder of the XRTT Harley-Davidson cafe racer is Bill Nigro, and he holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from… Read more »

  • Lucien Frelin Sportster custom

    Lucien Frelin Sportster custom

  • Scott Custom Motorcycles ,

    By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn. Lucien Frelin is a talented young bike builder, graphic designer and photographer from Norfolk, Virginia. Not only did he build this amazing looking 2003 Sportster 883R in his garage, but he also took this beautiful moody looking photograph of… Read more »

  • RSD Harley Cafe Sportster

    RSD Harley Cafe Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE Top US custom builder Roland Sands Design has taken a long, hard look at the evergreen Harley Sportster, and put together a very sexy package of modifications. Here are the very first pictures of the RSD Café kit that will be on sale soon—a… Read more »

  • 1948 Harley WL custom

    1948 Harley WL custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This lovely 1948 Harley WL from Belgium has been completely rebuilt, right down to the transmission. Owner Patrick Heselmans gave the bike a new top end, with the intake manifold and cylinder heads spending time on the flowbench in the search for more power. Heselmans… Read more »

  • Boneshaker Choppers

    Boneshaker Choppers

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The small but perfectly formed vintage v-twin scene in the UK has thrown up another gem. This time it’s the work of Benny Thomas, who runs Boneshaker Choppers in the Midlands. Benny built this bike to customer order; the understated, monochrome look is nicely set… Read more »

  • Harley WLC custom

    Harley WLC custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Copenhagen-based James Roper-Caldbeck has a real eye for building (rebirthing?) vintage Harley flatheads. His lovely 1200 U caught our attention six months ago, and has just picked up a trophy at the Scandinavian Custom Show for Best Old School. But this one is just as… Read more »

  • Deus 1200 V-Twin café racer

    Deus 1200 V-Twin café racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Deus has put the 562 lb Harley-Davidson Nightster onto a weight-loss programme and created a motorcycle with looks that could kill. The new Deus 1200 V-Twin is one of the best bikes yet to come out of the Australian custom emporium, and it’s left us… Read more »

  • 7 Ages Hamlet Tracker

    7 Ages Hamlet Tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t see many British custom motorcycles in the American style. Most builders focus on local iron such as Triumphs and Nortons. But a few take the road less travelled, and one such man is Ian Solley of 7 Ages. His Hamlet Tracker is based… Read more »

  • Grand National First Edition

    Grand National First Edition

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It’s not hard to build a flat tracker that performs well and looks good. But it’s tricky to make one that’s street legal too. SHR has shown the way with its Grand National Replica, a rip-roarin’ tribute to the Harley XR750. The spec sheet looks… Read more »

  • 1948 Harley Panhead

    1948 Harley Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Machine is an Australian custom shop that caught our eye last month with a delicious Norton Atlas custom. And now the owner of Machine, Matt, has just put his 1948 Harley EL up for sale. It’s one of the earliest 61ci Panheads, with the new… Read more »

  • Alain Ghetti’s Hartere

    Alain Ghetti’s Hartere

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesCustom Motorcycles ,

    The French Southsiders MC crew have a remarkably eclectic range of motorcycles in their stable, and this one is no exception. Alain Ghetti wanted to build a racer based on a Harley WL, but found the price of vintage parts a little too much. So… Read more »

  • Harley V-Rod Racing Sidecar

    Harley V-Rod Racing Sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I didn’t realise this machine was a Harley when I first spotted it. It’s the extraordinary creation of Hog Wild Racing, regular winners at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The custom chassis was originally built to fit a Suzuki TL1000R, but upgraded to accommodate a… Read more »

  • Kraus Snatch

    Kraus Snatch

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    At the recent AMD World Championship, this brutal, stripped-down motorcycle came fifth in the tough Freestyle section—right behind two other Bike EXIF favorites, the Krugger Overmile and the SE Service Harrier from Sweden. It’s called Snatch and it’s built by Satya Kraus of Kraus Motor… Read more »

  • Harley V-Rod sidecar by Mobec

    Harley V-Rod sidecar by Mobec

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    It’s time we featured a sidecar again and this one from southern Germany is certainly an oddity. It’s a design study from the Uhingen-based sidecar specialist Mobec, based on the Harley-Davidson V-Rod. The body of the 3-Rod is crafted from carbon fiber composite, and underneath… Read more »

  • Harley XR1200 ‘Jewel Racer’

    Harley XR1200 ‘Jewel Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’ve got a stock Harley XR1200 and you want to give it the look of the classic late-seventies XLCR, this French-made body kit will take you there. It includes a quarter fairing and screen, ‘drag’ handlebars in matt silver, a fuel tank cover and… Read more »

  • Speed Shop Special #6

    Speed Shop Special #6

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Seattle-based Chris Flechtner marries off-center design with meticulous craftsmanship. And his approach got a big tick from the judges at last month’s Calendar Bike Building Championship in Long Beach: “#6” walked off with the Pro Builder trophy. The bike was three years in the making… Read more »

  • Wonder Customs

    Wonder Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The guy with the best name on the custom scene is Jason Wonder of Texan outfit Wonder Customs. He’s a newcomer to the industry, but his bikes fortunately live up to the moniker. This one is Revolution-1, the first in a planned series of ten.… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson “XLHR 1200″

    Harley-Davidson “XLHR 1200″

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Milwaukee reader Rob Jensen has sent in details of his daily driver, a just-completed Harley custom. It’s based on a 1990 XLH Sportster, the last of the rigid-mount 4-speeds. The frame is stock, but the rest has been heavily modified with (mostly) Harley parts and… Read more »

  • The Other End of The Road

    The Other End of The Road

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesMotorcycle Vacations ,,

    One of the top European Harley specialists is W&W Cycles, based in the old Michelin warehouse in Würzburg, Germany. These Bavarians have a real sense of adventure, and decided to ride a 1948 Panhead and a customized 2005-model Shovel up the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk,… Read more »

  • Dub Performance Bob’ster

    Dub Performance Bob’ster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This neat and pared-back Harley bobber is the work of Fred Duban, one of the top French custom motorcycle builders. The Sportster engine is cradled in a frame from Zodiac of Holland, makers of the mighty Bikers Book motorcycle parts catalog. The frame is hooked… Read more »

  • Garage Company

    Garage Company

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    We spotted this lovely 1956 Harley FLE Panhead bobber on the Italian blog Motorimessa Ambulante “Il FerroVecchio”, and had to find out more. The trail led us to the workshop of Garage Company on Washington Blvd in LA, where proprietor Yoshinobu Kosaka took the order… Read more »

  • Mule Web Surfer

    Mule Web Surfer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Richard Pollock of Mule has a knack for building classy, beautifully balanced custom motorcycles. Everything is in proportion, from the looks to the mechanical components chosen. Pollock’s background as a surfer probably has something to do with this: his recent ‘Web Surfer’ creation is a… Read more »

  • 1949 Harley-Davidson Bobber

    1949 Harley-Davidson Bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Panhead bobber took artist Cay Brøndum over 200 hours to build. He started with a bare frame and then collected parts from all over the world: from eBay, flea markets and friends. The engine is a mix of early Shovel and 1963-65 Panhead. At… Read more »

  • Jamesville Harley 1200 ‘U’

    Jamesville Harley 1200 ‘U’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    James Roper-Caldbeck is an Englishman who rebuilds old Harleys in Denmark. This bike is a 1947 Flathead, and over 62 years it has been though many transformations. When James bought it, he realized the frame, engine, gearbox and oil tank were original. “It came with… Read more »

  • Shinya Kimura and Spike

    Shinya Kimura and Spike

  • Chris Hunter Custom MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,,,

    It’s one thing to build an avant-garde custom bike. It’s entirely another to take said bike to the heat of El Mirage, and run it in the world’s fastest automotive speed trials. But that’s what Chabott Engineering founder Shinya Kimura (left, above) just did. He… Read more »

  • Exile Cycles Streetfighter

    Exile Cycles Streetfighter

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Is this the bargain of the year? The Streetfighter is the bike Exile designed for Discovery’s Biker Build Off show in 2006. It caused a storm at the time, and with good reason: apart from the muscular looks, it’s a technological tour de force. (Check… Read more »

  • Cay Brøndum: Harley Lamp

    Cay Brøndum: Harley Lamp

  • Chris Hunter ArtistsCustom Motorcycles ,,,

    The world is full of tacky motorcycle-themed nick-nacks, but this surreal lamp sculpture appeals to our sense of humor. The designer is Cay Brøndum, a Danish artist and occasional Wrenchmonkees collaborator. It’s the front end of a Harley-Davidson, and could grace the living room of… Read more »