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  • BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

    BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With the BMW R-series becoming the platform du jour for custom builds, it’s getting harder to create something new—without simply being ‘different’ for the sake of it. That was the quandary faced by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro, one of Italy’s top custom builders and… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Ambassador by BCR

    Moto Guzzi Ambassador by BCR

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Anyone who’s considered building a traditional café-racer has probably stumbled upon Benjie Flipprboi’s site at some point. As Benjie’s Café Racers, he produces a wide array of good looking bolt-on parts from his Corona, California base—and he builds pretty desirable bespoke motorcycles to boot. This… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

    Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many customs based on brand new motorcycles. It’s usually a good few years before the grinder is fired up and the sparks begin to fly. So this machine is something of a rarity: it’s a V7 Stone tweaked by Stefano Venier into… Read more »

  • BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

    BMW Paris Dakar replica by Svako

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With a barrage of classic BMW boxer customs gracing our screens of late, it’s easy to overlook the legendary R80 G/S. Being such an iconic motorcycle, few builders dare customize it. Especially when dealing with the über-cool Paris Dakar model with its large capacity fuel… Read more »

  • Ducati 650 Pantah by Revival Cycles

    Ducati 650 Pantah by Revival Cycles

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By Alan Stulberg’s own admission, Revival Cycles is “the kind of shop that puts subtlety high on the list of design priorities.” It shows—Revival’s builds are typically laced with well-considered details that are easily missed at first glance. Case in point: this ’83 Ducati 650… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V12 by Radical Guzzi

    Moto Guzzi V12 by Radical Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The ‘new’ V7 is Moto Guzzi’s biggest sales hit of recent years, getting the nod from riders and road testers alike. It’s stylish, lightweight and well finished—the perfect retro roadster. (Editorial disclosure: I have one in my own garage.) If there’s a recurring criticism of… Read more »

  • Ducati Multistrada by Ad Hoc

    Ducati Multistrada by Ad Hoc

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ten years ago, the Multistrada was the odd man out in the Ducati line-up. For starters, it looked very strange indeed—and was likened by one magazine to a “wet cat with a large forehead.” As a bike to ride, though, it was pretty good. As… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS custom by Atom Bomb

    Ducati 900SS custom by Atom Bomb

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With the new-wave custom scene continually evolving and diversifying, it’s becoming progressively more difficult to classify custom motorcycles. Even the mere mention of the term “café racer” is enough to send purists into a frenzy these days. It gets even more complicated when the donors… Read more »

  • Guzzi Nevada custom scrambler

    Guzzi Nevada custom scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The big money-spinner for Moto Guzzi these days is the ‘new’ V7 range. But although the V7 has put the Mandello Del Lario factory on a secure footing, the heart of the bike is nothing new. The iconic 750cc ‘small block’ engine design can be… Read more »

  • Honda CB400N by Officine Mr. S

    Honda CB400N by Officine Mr. S

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nestled against the northwestern Sicilian coastline is a town called Alcamo. Known for its white wine and beautiful seaside, it’s also home to emerging Italian builder Isidoro Stellino. Stellino began his career at the age of 18 as a coffee roaster in his family’s shop,… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V65 cafe racer

    Moto Guzzi V65 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most evocative paint schemes in motorcycling is the red and lime green of Moto Guzzi’s iconic V7 Sport. It was a combination suggested by a Milan-based design institute, and four decades later, it’s still synonymous with the marque. Moto Guzzi itself has… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600 by Sartorie Meccaniche

    Yamaha XT600 by Sartorie Meccaniche

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The venerable Yamaha XT600 is one of those motorcycles that everyone seems to like. After almost two decades of production, this simple but rugged enduro disappeared from the showrooms in 2003—but it’s still readily available on the secondhand market. One of the XT600’s biggest fans… Read more »

  • Ducati 749 by Shed-X

    Ducati 749 by Shed-X

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Staunch Ducatistas might balk at the idea of ripping the bodywork off a 749. Neil and Jim at Shed-X don’t seem to mind too much though: turning Bologna’s finest into naked, fun-loving street machines is their forte. Based out of a small workshop in Sydney,… Read more »

  • Ducati Monster 750 by Motolady

    Ducati Monster 750 by Motolady

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m always curious to see what moto journalists ride when they’re not reporting on other people’s bikes. This hot-rodded Ducati Monster 750 belongs to Alicia Mariah Elfving—better known as the Motolady, and one of the biggest personalities in the online moto world. There’s a fair… Read more »

  • Ducati 749 by Gustavo Penna

    Ducati 749 by Gustavo Penna

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When the time comes to build a motorcycle for the next Terminator movie, it should be this one. It’s a glimpse under the skin of a Ducati 749, courtesy of Gustavo Penna—a cinematographer who shoots car commercials in Los Angeles. Gustavo is a Ducati fanatic… Read more »

  • Top 5 Ducati Monster customs

    Top 5 Ducati Monster customs

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    The Ducati Monster is one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. Since it went on sale in 1993, over 275,000 have rolled out of the Bologna factory—and they’ve kept Ducati financially stable over the past two decades. The first Monster, the M900, used… Read more »

  • Flat tracker by Lorenzo Buratti

    Flat tracker by Lorenzo Buratti

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something strangely appealing about flat tracker bikes. Maybe it’s the stripped-back look. Or the stubby proportions. Or the way the front ends always look so clean without a brake. There are a lot of good looking trackers out there, but this is the best… Read more »

  • Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

    Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably look back fondly on the Formula One cars of that era. The Marlboro McLarens, the Martini Brabhams, and best of all, the svelte John Player Special Lotuses. Axel Budde of Hamburg-based Kaffeemaschine is a fan of… Read more »

  • Guzzi V50 Monza by Revival Cycles

    Guzzi V50 Monza by Revival Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There will be many, many beautiful machines at this weekend’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Texas. But I’m prepared to bet that one of the stars will be this Moto Guzzi V50 from local heroes Revival Cycles. There’s an elegant, unforced style to the bike, which… Read more »

  • Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

    Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The custom world is rife with fads and fashions, but there are a few one-marque specialists taking the slow and steady route to win the race. On the east coast of the USA, Walt Siegl springs to mind for his high-performance Ducati builds. In Italy,… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

    Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When a Ducati 900SS rolls into a workshop for a big-budget overhaul, it usually leaves a few weeks later looking just like it did when it rolled off the production line in the 90s. But not this one: only the most eagle-eyed Ducatistas would recognize… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W800 customs by Di Ferro

    Kawasaki W800 customs by Di Ferro

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve waxed lyrical about Kawasaki’s W800 before, and how great it is as a custom platform. It’s simple, reliable and looks good straight off the showroom floor, with a gorgeous engine. For these reasons, Italian shop Di Ferro Motorcycles have selected it for their latest project—spinning… Read more »

  • Paton S1 Strada

    Paton S1 Strada

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    Gentlemen, place your orders. If you love the style of classic racebikes, but don’t like the thought of tricky maintenance, take a look at the new Paton S1 Strada. It’s a seductive mix of vintage style and modern technology, and best of all, it’s road… Read more »

  • Laverda custom motorcycle

    Wrenchmonkees Laverda 750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s one company that symbolizes the style of the new wave custom scene, it’s the Wrenchmonkees. Their motorcycles are raw, simple and pure—the legendary Danish design aesthetic applied to two wheels, and roughed up a little. An early 70s Laverda given the Wrenchmonkees treatment… Read more »

  • Ducati 999S by Venier Customs

    Ducati 999S by Venier Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is one of the fastest motorcycles we’ve ever featured—and I’d say it’s one of the best-looking too. It’s a Ducati 999S ‘Testastretta’ converted from race to road use by Stefano Venier, a New York-based builder with an immaculate eye for understated aesthetics. Venier is… Read more »

  • Adiós, Radical Ducati

    Adiós, Radical Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    News has just broken that Radical Ducati is no more. The Madrid workshop run by Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon has suddenly shut down, despite a string of high-profile customs and critical acclaim. A brief statement on Radical Ducati’s Facebook page signaled the end. “It… Read more »

  • Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

    Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With too much bodywork and an awkward looking 16” front wheel, the Le Mans IV wasn’t exactly the prettiest Moto Guzzi to roll out of Mandello del Lario. So it’s not surprising that the owner of this 1986 model turned to Texas’ Revival Cycles to… Read more »