• Suzuki DR650 by Extemporae

    Suzuki DR650 by Extemporae

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the fastest-growing custom workshops in Italy is Extemporae, based in the Varese region that’s also home to MV Agusta and Husqvarna. The company’s first two builds, a Yamaha TT600 and a XT550, were published in the influential Italian magazine Riders in 2011—and from… Read more »

  • Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

    Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alain Bernard is one of the most unpredictable builders in the US: You can never guess what he’ll come up with next. The bread-and-butter of Santiago Chopper’s business is trike conversions, but Bernard also turns out traffic-stopping customs on a regular basis. This is his… Read more »

  • Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

    Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Hammarhead needs no introduction here. One of the USA’s most thoughtful bike builders, he’s the creator of the Jack Pine—one of the most sought-after and usable custom bikes of recent years. This custom Moto Guzzi V7, nicknamed ‘Wayward,’ is Hammarhead’s latest creation: A one-off… Read more »

  • Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

    Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati Paul Smart is one of the all-time greats—a high performance machine with equal appeal to fans of both modern and vintage machinery. But it’s not quite perfect … so Texas-based Revival Cycles leapt at the opportunity to thoroughly upgrade this 2006 model. “We… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

    Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in mainland Europe and ride a motorcycle, you’ve probably bought parts or accessories from a company called Louis. The Hamburg-based company is Europe’s largest moto retailer, and it’s just celebrated its 75th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Louis commissioned Marcus Walz to… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

    Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The market for high-end, bespoke custom motorcycles is tiny. To move beyond bolt-on parts takes hours of craftsmanship, and true artisans don’t come cheap. Walt Siegl is one of those rare craftsmen, and he’s also keenly aware of the dilemma: His bikes, lusted after by… Read more »

  • Maria Ducati 750SS

    Maria Ducati 750SS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Portugal, crippled by the GFC, is not a good place to conduct business at the moment. But nobody told the Lisbon-based custom workshop Maria Motorcycles, which is turning out some very sharp bikes indeed. Like this latest build, a 1994 Ducati 750SS called “Italian Sniper”.… Read more »

  • 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 custom

    SCM 1.0 Ducati Monster custom

  • 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 »