• A textbook 'Brat cafe' custom on a surprising base—a Yamaha XS750.

    Dutch Treat: Jules Brans’ Yamaha XS750

  • This Ducati Darmah was built from scratch in 2015 by the Dutch workshop Back To Classics, using original parts.

    The ‘brand new’ Ducati Darmah

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If this Ducati Darmah looks as good as new, that’s because it almost is. It’s a ground-up build from the Dutch restoration wizards at Back To Classics, one of Europe’s top Ducati specialists. There’s a story behind this bike, and one we can all relate… Read more »

  • The Ducati 900SS 'Evoluzione': a thoroughly modern cafe racer with a hint of retro style.

    What if Ducati made a new Hailwood replica?

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The hype around the launch of the new Ducati Scrambler has got us thinking about other ways to mine the rich history of the Italian marque. Some 35 years ago, Ducati’s official Mike Hailwood replica was a smash hit—so what would an updated version look… Read more »

  • It’s not a Zündapp, it’s a Honda CB550

    It’s not a Zündapp, it’s a Honda CB550

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Hidden in a backstreet in the busy Port of Amsterdam is a small fabrication shop called Tin Can Customs. Amidst the clatter and clanging of ships unloading their cargo, Chris Dekker gets on with building motorcycles, furniture, and anything else he feels like. Being smack-dab… Read more »

  • Super Motor Company Lucky Punk

    Super Motor Company Lucky Punk

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    We hear a lot about the rise of the Chinese-built motorcycle, and how it’s going to change the industry in the western world. Well, this is the story of a westerner trying to beat the Chinese at their own game. And yes, it’s messy. The… Read more »

  • Honda Cub: Dirty Donkey

    Honda Cub: Dirty Donkey

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda Super Cub is the best-selling two-wheeler on the planet. Since 1958, it’s sold more than 60 million units. So, as you can imagine, there are some pretty cool custom Cubs around — but few are as cool as the machines being turned out… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 Super Sport

    Ducati 750 Super Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s nothing like a barn find to get the motorcycling juices flowing, and this Ducati 750 Super Sport is one of the best. The bike was discovered in Belgium in 2009, after sitting in a shed for 15 years. It’s now been resurrected by Harné… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50 by Rno Cycles

    Moto Guzzi V50 by Rno Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Think of a custom Moto Guzzi, and it’s invariably built in the ‘classic’ style: Timeless café racer lines, muted colors and bare metal. I’m a fan of that look, but it’s also refreshing to see someone take a completely different approach—and pull it off spectacularly.… Read more »

  • Kreidler RMC

    Kreidler RMC

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a beauty in the stripped-down aesthetics of a pure racing motorcycle. Especially one hewn from metal, and unadorned with dayglo sponsor logos. This circa-1980 Kreidler RMC belongs to Dutchman Edwin Sweers, who bought it when he turned 16 years old in 1985. It now… Read more »

  • Honda Super Cub

    Honda Super Cub

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Think of Bonneville salt flat racers, and images of snarling Vincents or twin-engined Triumphs probably spring to mind. You probably don’t picture the anemic Honda Super Cub, the world’s most popular motorcycle. Which makes this little racer from Holland’s Super Motor Company all the more… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

    Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The mainstream of Japanese custom bike building has a very specific look—largely created by the hugely influential Tokyo builder Brat Style. And the bikes themselves tend to be quite specific too, mostly based on Yamaha SRs and XS650s, the Kawasaki W650, and Harley-Davidson Sportsters. So… Read more »

  • Joop Berghorst’s race-ready Benelli Sei

    Joop Berghorst’s race-ready Benelli Sei

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Of all the recent motorcycling anniversaries, one seems to have passed unnoticed. This year marks the centenary of the illustrious Italian marque Benelli—and according to my calculations, that makes it the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in (more or less) continuous operation. Today the Chinese motor… Read more »

  • BMW R80 cafe racer

    BMW R80 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’re into BMW café racers, you probably know the BMW Café blog, run by Dutchman Michiel de Molenaar. This BMW R80 is the bike that originally got Michiel hooked on building and riding old motorcycles, and shows what can be done with a small… Read more »

  • Orphiro Electric Motorcycle

    Orphiro Electric Motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Electric Motorcycles ,

    I’m ambivalent about most electric motorcycles, but this new design from a Dutch company ticks the box for me. In fact, it’s the first electric moto I’ve seen since the Hammarhead Volta that I like. It’s called the Orphiro, and it’s described as a ‘wide-body… Read more »

  • Sommer 462 diesel motorcycle

    Sommer 462 diesel motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Electric isn’t the only alternative to traditional petrol-powered bikes. There are a few diesel motorcycles around, and one of my favorites is the Sommer 462. This one is owned by Lars-Hendrik Schneider, a German living near Salzburg in Austria. Since last summer, he’s been riding… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi motorcycle with supercharger

    Moto Guzzi motorcycle with supercharger

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Words and images by Ian Considine for Italian Motor Magazine. It took Leo de Hollander from The Netherlands five years to gradually complete this magnificent supercharged motorcycle. On the 18th of July 2009, after 34 kicks and a wounded right leg, she finally coughed. Ten… Read more »

  • Montesa Cota

    Montesa Cota

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a customized trials motorcycle before. And they don’t come with a much better pedigree than the Montesa Cota, the machine that won the 1968 Championship in trials-mad Spain. The bike in the images is a 1974 Cota 247 model,… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 cafe racer

    Honda CB750 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The motorcycles that grace these pages are usually big-ticket items that have cost thousands of dollars to build, whether in parts or labor. So it’s good to occasionally feature a sharp-looking custom that was built for a pittance—like this 1972 Honda CB750, owned by Dutch… 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 »

  • Yamaha Virago custom

    Yamaha Virago custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most underrated custom platforms has got to be Yamaha’s Virago. It first appeared as the XV750 in 1981, and made an immediate impact—to the point where it was one of the bikes that prompted a US tariff on imported motorcycles over 700… Read more »

  • Mavizen TTX02

    Mavizen TTX02

  • Chris Hunter Electric Motorcycles ,,

    Take a KTM RC8 superbike. Whip out the powertrain and replace it with a battery pack and web-connected electronics. What have you got? The Mavizen TTX02 racer. This English-built motorcycle can be configured like a PC, with hot-swappable battery packs—plus a system bus that allows… Read more »

  • 1968 Jamathi 50 racer

    1968 Jamathi 50 racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    There’s something strangely compelling about small-capacity vintage racing motorcycles. They’re stripped to the bone, minimalist and elegant, with not a component or gram out of place. It’s a triumph of function over form, yet the resulting form is invariably pleasing to the eye. This rare… Read more »

  • Van Veen OCR 1000

    Van Veen OCR 1000

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    In the late 1970s, this was one of the most exotic motorcycles of all—the rotary-engined Van Veen. It was created by Henk van Veen, the Dutch importer of Kreidler motorcycles. When Kreidler hit the wall, van Veen switched his attention to building the ultimate superbike,… Read more »

  • DBBP BMW Bobber

    DBBP BMW Bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    You don’t see many of these around. It’s a vintage BMW motorbike given the classic bobber treatment by Mark van der Kwaak of DBBP-Design in the Netherlands, with help from his friend Aad Heemskerk. The engine is from a 1976 BMW R90/S, with Stromberg carbs… Read more »

  • Honda CB500 cafe racer

    Honda CB500 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Holland has a thriving cafe racer scene, with Hondas featuring prominently. This stunning machine was created by Dutch motorcycle forum member Marco, who ditched the rather garish standard color scheme of red and white for a monochrome, matt black effect. It’s carried right down to… Read more »

  • Track T-800 CDI diesel motorcycle

    Track T-800 CDI diesel motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles

    This was the very first studio shot of the turbo-diesel motorcycle from Dutch company Track. CEO Erik Vegt was surprised when we hassled him for for it: “Isn’t your website a bit too ‘classic’ for the T-800CDI?” he asked. Maybe, but we’re big fans of… Read more »

  • Kreidler Van Veen 50 GP

    Kreidler Van Veen 50 GP

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesRacing Motorcycles ,,

    The elegant GP racers from German maker Kreidler had huge success in the 1970s, especially with Dutch riders. The bikes were extremely light, and could be easily picked up by one person. This particular bike was one of the 75 iconic motorcycles displayed at the… Read more »