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  • Ducati Monster 900 custom

    Ducati Monster 900 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati Monster is one of the best-selling motorcycles of recent years. But it isn’t the easiest bike to customize. This one, a 1996 model that’ll be featured in the next issue of Italian Motor Magazine, shows what can be done: it was inspired by… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 48 Sport

    Radical Ducati 48 Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Radical Ducati is best known for its ultra-desirable transformations of contemporary superbikes. But the Spanish company occasionally turns its hand to vintage machinery, like this beautiful little ‘Sportiva’. It’s a 1962 Ducati 48 Sport—which was known as the Falcon in the US. And despite its… Read more »

  • Ducati 900 Supersport

    Ducati 900 Supersport

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you want a thoroughly modern Ducati with retro good looks, there’s an alternative to the Sport Classic range. It’s the Baines Imola, and this is the first one ever built. It’s the work of John Baines, the Silverstone-based Ducati racer and tuner. This bike… Read more »

  • Husqvarna MOAB scrambler motorcycle

    Husqvarna MOAB scrambler motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,

    Of all the motorcycles revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, this is the one that got my heart beating fastest. It’s the Husqvarna Concept MOAB, and it’s billed as a “modern re-interpretation of the scrambler”. If the colors look familiar, it’s because they replicate… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 F1

    Ducati 750 F1

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’m a sucker for the endurance racer look, especially if twin headlamps are involved. And this is one of the best examples I’ve seen for a long time. It’s owned by Gregory Rathe, and there’s an interesting history behind it. In 1985, Ducati made a… Read more »

  • Olivi Motori Triumph ‘Weslake’

    Olivi Motori Triumph ‘Weslake’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most Triumph customs tend to be firmly rooted in the past, being retro throwbacks with varying degrees of success. So it’s good to see a builder capture the sporting spirit of Triumph in a thoroughly contemporary way. ‘Weslake’ is based on a T509-spec Speed Triple… Read more »

  • Ducati Gulf Oil cafe racer

    Ducati Gulf Oil cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Johann Keyser runs CAV America, one of the leading builders of Ford GT40 replicas. He’s also the only GT40 builder with the rights to replicate the official Gulf Oil livery. Keyser is a motorcyclist too, and describes his custom Ducati as “a bike that I… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

    Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Here’s an unusual take on the classic Moto Guzzi custom. It’s called ‘Motomorphosy’, and it started life as an 850 T5 from 1984. When Alessandro (“Speedy”) bought the bike in the late 80s, he stripped it down for a more spartan but conventional custom look.… Read more »

  • Steffano-Ducati Cafe9

    Steffano-Ducati Cafe9

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Many custom motorcycles have a short shelf life. They’re a snapshot of a moment in time, or of a particular style. And a couple of years later, they look dated. But some bikes endure, and this is one of them. I missed the Steffano-Ducati Cafe9… Read more »

  • Benelli Sei

    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 »

  • Officine Rossopuro Motard One

    Officine Rossopuro Motard One

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Moto Guzzi Stelvio custom before. And this is no half-hearted attempt: the big adventure tourer from Mandello del Lario has been transformed into a pseudo-motard powerhouse. It’s not the look you generally associate with a custom from Officine… Read more »

  • 1967 Ducati SCD 350

    1967 Ducati SCD 350

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    The launch of the new Ducati Streetfighter 848 reminded me of the extraordinary longevity of the L-twin motor layout. It’s been an intrinisc part of the Bologna mystique for over forty years now. The vintage Ducati here sits at the start of that lineage: it’s… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS by Walt Siegl

    Ducati 900SS by Walt Siegl

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every few months I receive word of a new bike from the New Hampshire workshop of Walt Siegl. And it’s always a treat to behold—like this custom Ducati 900SS, nicknamed the ‘Riviera Ducati’. Walt’s been working night and day on it for four months now,… Read more »

  • Ducati 900 SS custom

    Ducati 900 SS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought that the Ducati 900 SS deserved more praise. It was a fast sports tourer with good handling—but it was also pigeonholed by critics as a lesser bike than the 996, and too expensive compared to the early Monsters. So it’s great to… Read more »

  • Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

    Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,,

    Harley-Davidson has a strange affectation for Italian motorcycle companies. It bought MV Agusta in 2008, and offloaded it just over a year later to the late Claudio Castiglioni. But way before that, in 1960, Harley bought a half share in Aermacchi, and started selling a… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Motociclone

    Officine RossoPuro Motociclone

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Moto Guzzi customs, and Officine RossoPuro builds in particular. This is the latest machine from Filippo Barbacane’s workshop in Pescara: it’s called Motociclone, which means ‘Cyclone bike’ (as you’ve probably guessed). It’s… Read more »

  • Ducati Muletto

    Ducati Muletto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Ducati is not renowned for making practical vehicles, with the possible exception of the Multistrada. But in the 1950s, the Bologna company aped its rival Piaggio by making three-wheeled utility vehicles. There was a tiny 48cc 2-stroke called the Fattorino, and then the bigger Muletto.… Read more »

  • Abnormal Cycles Union

    Abnormal Cycles Union

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is one of the more unusual motorcycles that appeared in the recent AMD Championship. Unusual because it’s perfectly rideable, and also because it was the first time a sidecar outfit has competed in Sturgis. ‘Union’ was built by Abnormal Cycles of Italy, a workshop… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster S2R

    Radical Ducati Monster S2R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a fan of the Spanish tuner Radical Ducati: their bikes are invariably well engineered and good looking. And they seem to know what to change and what to leave alone. This latest bike is nicknamed ‘Rad to Hell’, and it’s based on the Monster… Read more »

  • Moto Morini 3½

    Moto Morini 3½

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I get a lot of requests to feature certain classic motorcycles, and the same bikes tend to pop up. Top of the list, believe it or not, is the Moto Morini 3½. So it looks like the Bologna-built machines have a very solid fan base… Read more »

  • Villa V4 Replica

    Villa V4 Replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles

    If you’ve never heard of the Villa V4, it’s not surprising: this racing motorcycle never turned a wheel in anger. The lovely machine here is an immaculate replica of Francesco Villa’s planned 1969 GP racer—a bike that was killed overnight by an FIM edict limiting… Read more »

  • Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

    Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in Germany and hanker after a custom Moto Guzzi, the man to speak to is Axel Budde of Kaffeemaschine. His latest bike is this café racer, based on the T3 California—and to my eyes it looks much better than Moto Guzzi’s own… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V8

    Moto Guzzi V8

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    The Moto Guzzi V8 ‘Otto Cilindri’ is widely regarded as one of the ten greatest motorcycle designs of all time. Yet it only won three Grands Prix. So what makes it so great? Mostly the engine, which gave the bike incredible performance. In the mid… Read more »

  • FB-Mondial 250 Bialbero

    FB-Mondial 250 Bialbero

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’m always looking for an excuse to feature a racing motorcycle with a dustbin fairing. These new shots are from Australian photographer Phil Aynsley, and were taken recently in Florence. They show an exquisite 1956 FB-Mondial: the very machine that took Tarquinio Provini to second… Read more »

  • Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma

    Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t see many Suzukis here. Of the Japanese big four, Suzuki is probably the least represented in the custom motorcycle world. But this classy machine shows what can be done with a bread-and-butter model—in this case, the GSX750 ‘Inazuma’ of the late 90s. At… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Guzzi 850 T

    Wrenchmonkees Guzzi 850 T

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE The Wrenchmonkees have just released a new machine into the wild. It’s a rebuilt 1974 Moto Guzzi 850 T and the lucky owner is a Norwegian called Pål, from Oslo. When he dropped off his Guzzi at the Wrenchmonkees’ workshop in Copenhagen it was… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Black Jack

    Officine RossoPuro Black Jack

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Italian Moto Guzzi guru Filippo Barbacane has just finished a new custom, ‘Black Jack’. Simple and understated in silver and black, it’s based on the 1000 SP—a somewhat ungainly tourer built between 1977 and 1985. Barbacane has transformed the machine with his usual painstaking attention… Read more »