• 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 »

  • Harley Shovelhead by Walt Siegl

    Harley Shovelhead by Walt Siegl

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    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 »

  • Harley-Davidson Softail “Nascafe Racer”

    Harley-Davidson Softail “Nascafe Racer”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In six months, this could be most famous custom Harley-Davidson Softail 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… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster XLST3 by Shaw Speed & Custom

    Harley Sportster XLST3 by Shaw Speed & Custom

  • Harley-Davidson Sprint

    Harley-Davidson Sprint

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 shovelhead

    Hide Night Sky Bobber shovelhead

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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 »

  • Rough Crafts’ Harley-Davidson Sportster

    Rough Crafts’ Harley-Davidson Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Of all the Asian countries, Japan has the highest profile in the custom scene, and has even exported the whole genre of SR400 modifications. But other countries are getting more press now, with Australian shop Deus moving into Bali and the whole Indonesian scene gaining… 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 »