Italy

  • 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 »

  • Laverda SF2 resto-mod

    Laverda SF2 resto-mod

  • Shaik Ridzwan Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Ah, Laverda. The great, lost name of motorcycling. KTM now has a mortgage on vibrant orange motorcycles, but in the 70s the color was synonymous with the Breganze factory in northern Italy. Few builders get the chance to work on Laverdas these days, but Takashi… Read more »

  • Ducati custom by Corse Motorcycles

    Ducati custom by Corse Motorcycles

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Anthony Warnock is an ex-WSBK/MotoGP mechanic and now runs Corse Motorcycles in Perth, Australia. His specialty is late model Ducatis, having worked in Europe on the racing scene for 12 years, and for the factory itself in 2003. When he returned back to his home… Read more »

  • Red Max Speed Shop Ducati Monster

    Red Max Speed Shop Ducati Monster

  • Dutch von Shed Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ducati used to build simple air-cooled V-twins in pretty trellis frames that people wanted to customize. In the 1970s, the Bologna marque established an almost definitive look: Long, contoured tanks and deeply sculpted race seats. But then Ducati changed tack. The visual flat line running… Read more »

  • Bimota DB3 by Analog Motorcycles

    Bimota DB3 by Analog Motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Amidst the beauty parade of BMWs, Hondas and Triumphs, it’s good to see a more obscure marque getting a custom makeover. And before you recoil in horror at the thought of a Bimota going under the knife, rest assured that the donor bike was probably… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro ‘Eroica’

    Officine RossoPuro ‘Eroica’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Most of the leading custom builders work on commission—they get a brief from a client, a direction is agreed upon, and a motorcycle starts to take shape. Compromise is inevitable, whether it’s around budget or aesthetic direction. But every now and then, as you can… Read more »

  • BMW R1200 by Giulio Paz Design

    BMW R1200 by Giulio Paz Design

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tucked away in a corner of one of the gigantic EICMA halls is a small booth belonging to Giulio Paz. It’s in the no-mans-land of Chinese component manufacturers, but it’s attracting a steady throng of awed visitors. In the middle of the booth is this… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1300 ‘Yard Built’

    Yamaha XJR1300 ‘Yard Built’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The latest ‘Yard Built’ custom from Yamaha is this epic race-themed XJR1300 from Deus’ Milan workshop. Inspired by the endurance machines of the 1970s and 1980s and nicknamed ‘Eau Rouge,’ it’s a modern reinterpretation of those iconic retro racers. Deus has added a modern twist… Read more »

  • Cagiva Ala Azzurra by Venier

    Cagiva Ala Azzurra by Venier

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s always a certain style, a certain luxe look to Stefano Venier’s builds. He’s best known for his immaculately finished Moto Guzzis, but his latest machine is a less recognizable beast. Although the engine is stamped with the Ducati logo, the bike is a mid-80s… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl x Puma Ducati 900 SS

    Walt Siegl x Puma Ducati 900 SS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a big fan of keeping it simple when it comes to color schemes. Orange for a Laverda, black for a Vincent, yellow for a Yamaha. But this funky Ducati 900 SS from Walt Siegl is an absolute treat. Siegl is quite rightly getting noticed… Read more »

  • Ducati SportClassic by Revival

    Ducati SportClassic by Revival

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati SportClassic was a bike ahead of its time—a machine that married retro café-style looks with thoroughly modern performance. It’s now in hot demand on the secondhand market, and a favorite with custom builders looking for a rock-solid platform with ‘good bones.’ This SportClassic… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Nevada Scrambler

    Moto Guzzi Nevada Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    A super-stylish Guzzi custom from Italy, the kind you just want to throw a leg over and ride? That must be an Officine Rossopuro bike, right? Well, kind of. This very appealing scrambler built on the Moto Guzzi Nevada platform does indeed come from the… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    Moto Guzzi V7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic in my garage right now, so when I heard that Cafe Racer Dreams were starting work on a new V7 Stone, my ears pricked up. There’s no shortage of Triumph Bonneville customs, but despite the sales success of Mandello… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi “Suzuka 8 Hours” racer

    Moto Guzzi “Suzuka 8 Hours” racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The custom scene is awash with concepts and Photoshop renders and imagined bikes. But designer Davide Caforio, who flits between Milan and Rome, has turned an inspired idea into reality. Caforio is an accomplished Moto Guzzi builder, and well known within his native Italy. He’s… Read more »

  • JvB-Moto Ducati Monster 1100

    JvB-Moto Ducati Monster 1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ten years ago, Ducati caused a flurry of interest in the custom world with its International Design Contest. The winner was an unknown young German designer called Jens vom Brauck, with a stunning concept called ‘Flat Red.’ Jens then built Flat Red for real, and… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster M900

    Radical Ducati Monster M900

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    No one does that raw, retro racer look as well as Radical Ducati. The Madrid workshop channels a very appealing vintage aesthetic—and then backs it up with serious performance upgrades. Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon build Ducatis that go as fast as they look. This… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Ducati cafe racer

    Walt Siegl Ducati cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a steady demand for Walt Siegl’s Leggero café racers. And looking at these images of his latest build, it’s not hard to see why: timeless lines, well-chosen components, and immaculate build quality. Siegl is a keen racer too, so these bikes can hold their… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

    Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are three brands I always associate with the glory days of motorcycling in the 1970s: Honda, Triumph and Moto Guzzi. Four decades on, their bikes still have an enduring appeal for custom builders. Honda may have lost its way in the charisma stakes of… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi Bellagio

    Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi Bellagio

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It’s quite common to see manufacturers getting into bed with custom builders these days. We’ve seen BMW hooking up with Roland Sands for the Concept 90, and Yamaha has joined forces with the Wrenchmonkees and Deus Ex Machina for a series of ‘Yard Built Specials’.… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi NTX by Venier Customs

    Moto Guzzi NTX by Venier Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Back in the 90s, Moto Guzzi built a polizia version of its NTX 750 dual sport bike. Tall and imposing, it struck fear into the hordes of Italian teenagers tearing around without a license on mopeds and dirtbikes. One of those kids was Stefano Venier,… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

    Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The paint is still wet on the walls of Deus’ new Italian workshop, but the Italian boys have been dropped in the deep end already. They were commissioned by Yamaha Europe to revamp an XJR1300 as part of the ‘Yard Built Specials’ project—which you may… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

    Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Lying forgotten in the corner of a garage in Italy, this 1988 Yamaha XT600Z was on life support before Christian Moretti of Plan B Motorcycles decided to apply the defibrillators. Not that he wasn’t up for the challenge. According to Christian, Plan B was born… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans by 4h10

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans by 4h10

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are a staggering number of motorcycles in Paris. Sit at any café for half an hour, and you’ll probably see more bikes pass by than anywhere else in the western world: from 1980s roadsters to Piaggio three-wheelers to rumbling Harleys. As you might expect,… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Leggero racer

    Walt Siegl Leggero racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    When he’s not building the world’s most desirable Ducati road bikes, Walt Siegl likes to head for the racetrack on his 916 or 1098. But he’s a hard rider, and his two regular mounts are now looking a little battered. So Walt’s built himself this… Read more »