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  • Kaffeemaschine Le Mans Mk III

    Kaffeemaschine Le Mans Mk III

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every few months, a freshly-customized Moto Guzzi rolls out of Axel Budde’s Hamburg workshop. And you know what to expect: it will be stripped back, elegant, immaculately finished and powerful. Axel has hit a groove, and it’s a wonderful one. This Le Mans, his seventh… Read more »

  • Ducati S4R custom

    Ducati S4R custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Italian automotive designer Paolo Tesio has reworked Ducati’s iconic Monster into an even more desirable machine, transforming its looks with remarkably few modifications. This custom is based on a Ducati S4R, which was sold between 2003 and 2008 in most markets. It was the top… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Equestrians have a term for the ideal proportions of a horse: conformation. The conformation of a draft horse is obviously different to that of a Kentucky Derby winner, but there is an ideal for both. And so it is with motorcycles. It’s what we all… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva

    Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fully-faired sportbikes don’t really get my motor running, no matter how exotic. But if I had to put an Italian stallion in my garage, it’d be one of Ducati’s mid-displacement models. So I like the way Radical Ducati are thinking. Their latest build, the 7½… Read more »

  • Ducati TT3 Difazio 900 SS

    Ducati TT3 Difazio 900 SS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With literally hundreds of machines dropping into my inbox every week, it takes something truly special to stop me in my tracks. This is one such machine, a remarkable Ducati 900 SS modified beyond recognition—and with great skill. The builder, Bernard Mont, calls the bike… Read more »

  • Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

    Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Alan Stulberg of Texas-based Revival Cycles bought this 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mark I, it was an unfinished restoration project. “The owner literally kissed it and bid it farewell when I handed him the cash,” says Stulberg. “It was sort of emotional …”… Read more »

  • Custom Ducati 1098

    Custom Ducati 1098

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    How do you improve on perfection? Most custom motorcycles address the shortcomings of a stock bike—be they aesthetic, propulsive or dynamic. But the Ducati 1098 scores pretty highly in all those departments. This custom ‘café fighter’ is owned by Alonzo Bodden, who used the original… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro ‘Big Red’

    Officine RossoPuro ‘Big Red’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m surprised we don’t see more Buell X1-powered customs. The motor has a lot in common with the Sportster 1200 V-twin but pushes out around 95 hp, mostly due to Erik Buell’s high performance ‘Thunderstorm’ heads. Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro is a fan, though.… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V1100 custom

    Moto Guzzi V1100 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I think of a Moto Guzzi custom, I think of a Le Mans. It’s one of the all-time great custom platforms, along with the Honda CB750, Triumph Bonneville, Yamaha SR series and Kawasaki W650. This classic-looking Guzzi cafe racer, however, is based on a… Read more »

  • Spirit Of The Seventies Ducati

    Spirit Of The Seventies Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A stern test for established custom builders is how they handle the ‘budget’ job. Can they capture the flavor of the mega-buck builds at half the cost? The English workshop Spirit of The Seventies has just taken this test, and passed with flying colors. Tim… Read more »

  • SWM 320TL trials

    SWM 320TL trials

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    One of the delights of running Bike EXIF is the occasional stumble across obscure vintage motorcycle brands. Like this machine: it’s an SWM, an Italian factory that built trials, enduro and motocross bikes from the early 70s to the mid 80s. This is a 320TL… Read more »

  • Ghezzi-Brian Motard V-Twin

    Ghezzi-Brian Motard V-Twin

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The Moto Guzzi Griso is one of the most distinctive motorcycles on the road today, with styling that polarizes opinions. And now the tuners Ghezzi-Brian, long associated with the Mandello del Lario factory, have created a kit for the Griso that’s just as controversial. It… Read more »

  • JvB-moto Ducati Pantah

    JvB-moto Ducati Pantah

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always fascinating to see the personal rides of well-known custom motorcycle builders. Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, for example, rides a tiny PGO 125cc scooter. This Ducati Pantah belongs to JvB-moto‘s Jens vom Brauck, and prowls the roads around Cologne in Germany.

  • 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

    1973 Ducati 750 Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Every now and then, it’s good to go back to square one. To revisit the baseline, if you like. And for me, that’s an immaculate classic motorcycle captured by a skilled photographer. Like this matching-numbers 1973 Ducati 750 Sport. It’s just been restored by Harné… Read more »

  • SCM 1.0 Ducati Monster

    SCM 1.0 Ducati Monster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    I’m not quite sure what to make of this bike, but it’s certainly thought-provoking. Months ago, Simone Conti of Italy sent through some blurry, tentative snaps. And now the bike has just been professionally shot for an Italian magazine. This is 24-year-old Conti’s first custom… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster 1100

    Radical Ducati Monster 1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Spain is a hotbed of custom motorcycle building at the moment, and Radical Ducati is at the forefront of the performance-oriented scene. Wildcat is the latest creation from Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon. It’s built around a blueprinted Monster 1100 Evo engine with a carbon… Read more »

  • Custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Last month’s Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz was a barometer of custom motorcycle taste in Europe. I was struck by the amount of attention attracted by older Moto Guzzis, especially those with a raw cafe racer look. This bike wasn’t at the festival, but… Read more »

  • Bimota DB1R works racer

    Bimota DB1R works racer

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycles For Sale ,,

    There are few motorcycles more exotic than a Bimota. And this machine, which has just gone up for sale, is one of the most covetable Bimotas of all—the 1986 DB1R racer. Built in conjunction with Ducati, it’s one of the four factory bikes campaigned by… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

    Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Axel Budde builds the cleanest, coolest Moto Guzzi cafe racers around. This is his sixth build and the best yet, fresh out of his workshop in Hamburg. Kaffeemaschine #6 is based on a 1980 Le Mans frame and was commissioned by the British motorcycle racer… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

    Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Modern race bikes leave me cold, but vintage machinery gets my motor running. It’s mostly because you can actually see the bike with older machines, rather than a garish mish-mash of graphics fighting for your attention. This clean, sharp-looking Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker is a… Read more »

  • Moto Morini Settebello

    Moto Morini Settebello

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    In Italian, “Settebello” is idiom for “seven of diamonds”. And this little 175cc Moto Morini is a real diamond, packing a surprising punch from its four-stroke single motor. This was during happier days for Moto Morini, when it enjoyed huge competition success after WWII.

  • Interview: Massimo Bordi

    Interview: Massimo Bordi

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    Massimo Bordi is one of the most illustrious engineers in motorcycling history. He developed the 4-valve Ducati Desmo engine in the mid-80s, designed the Ducati 851, worked with Tamburini on the 916, and created the racing department Ducati Corse. After a stint as CEO of… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

    Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a sweet spot in custom motorcycle building—a point where performance and beautiful aesthetics collide. Spain’s Radical Ducati hit this spot time after time, and they’ve done it again with ‘Pantahstica’. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a Ducati Pantah, given the color scheme,… Read more »

  • Ducati Road 350

    Ducati Road 350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Building motorcycles is an art as well as a science. While some builders take it very seriously, others have a sense of irreverence. The lighter touch often seems to come from mainland Europe; the French outfit Blitz springs to mind, and another is Spain’s El… Read more »

  • Ducati Multistrada “Biuta”

    Ducati Multistrada “Biuta”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The first incarnation of the Multistrada was an awkward machine. But this unusual custom has transformed Ducati’s ugly duckling into a swan. It’s called “Biuta” and it was created by Carlo Roscio of Pavi, a town in Lombardy some 35 kilometers south of Milan. With… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster 1200 custom: “Stellalpina”

    Harley Sportster 1200 custom: “Stellalpina”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roberto Rossi is one of Italy’s best-known Harley-Davidson concessionarias. He’s also got petrol coursing through his veins. His dealership includes a museum: a showcase for a personal collection of classic motorcycles bolstered by an authentic Mille Miglia Alfa Romeo 1750 GS Zagato (once owned by… Read more »

  • Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

    Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,,

    Miguel Galluzzi is the man who created the Ducati Monster, a bike that started life as a “parts bin special”. It’s now one of the biggest sales hits of the past twenty years. Galluzzi’s signature is also on the Aprilia RSV4 and several Husqvarna bikes,… Read more »