• 1966 Aermacchi Sprint

    1966 Aermacchi Sprint

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Aermacchi was a fabricator of aircraft for Italy’s war machine during the Second World War. After the defeat of the Axis powers, the company turned its efforts to the production of motorcycles and bikes. In collaboration with Harley-Davidson, many Aermacchi motorcycles found their way to… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Griso “Ipothesys”

    Moto Guzzi Griso “Ipothesys”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE Here’s a first look at the latest bike designed by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro. He’s best known for his classic Moto Guzzi cafe racers, so this Griso, the debut build from a new boutique brand called Ipothesys, is something of a departure for… Read more »

  • 1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa

    1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Carlo Saltarelli has Ducati blood in his veins. He’s a former racer, test rider and dealership owner, and over the years, he’s built up a 100-bike collection of classic Ducatis. In May, this collection goes under the hammer in Monaco. For us, the highlight is… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati’s custom Yamaha XT600

    Radical Ducati’s custom Yamaha XT600

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha XT600 is one of those iconic enduro bikes that refuses to die—in more ways than one. The virtually bulletproof 595cc single was first released in 1983 and was the first “Ténéré” model, capitalizing on Yamaha’s profile in desert rallies. The early XT600s are… Read more »

  • Magni Arturo 1000

    Magni Arturo 1000

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Arturo Magni is best known for his racing exploits with MV Agusta. While managing MV’s racing department, the team won a remarkable 75 world championships and over 3,000 races in several classes. After MV retired from racing in the late 70s, Magni and his sons… Read more »

  • Zaeta 530 DT

    Zaeta 530 DT

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    One of the most exciting limited production bikes is the Zaeta 530 DT from Italy. So far, it’s been confined to the dirt track—but it will soon be available in road-legal scrambler and café racer configurations. Powered by a DOHC single built by TM, the… Read more »

  • Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

    Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If Ducati has NCR, Moto Guzzi has Ghezzi Brian. Based in the lakes region of northern Italy, the company builds small runs of Guzzi-based sport bikes and created the MGS-01 superbike for the Mandello factory. (The odd name, in case you’re wondering, refers to the… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

    Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The mainstream of Japanese custom bike building has a very specific look—largely created by the hugely influential Tokyo builder Brat Style. And the bikes themselves tend to be quite specific too, mostly based on Yamaha SRs and XS650s, the Kawasaki W650, and Harley-Davidson Sportsters. So… Read more »

  • The 2011 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

    The 2011 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

  • Chris Hunter Ten Best Motorcycles ,,,

    It’s time for our annual Christmas Day roundup: the ten most popular bikes from the past six months on Bike EXIF, the world’s biggest custom motorcycle site. This time Triumph is the winning marque, with three machines in our Top Ten. Honda and Moto Guzzi… Read more »

  • Mr Martini Ducati 1098R

    Mr Martini Ducati 1098R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Nicola Martini describes his workshop as a “laboratory of ideas”. And right now, the Verona-based builder is pushing the visual envelope harder than almost anyone else on the custom scene. This is his latest bike, “Flash Back”—a fearless reworking of the Ducati 1098R. To some… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Joop Berghorst’s race-ready Benelli Sei

    Joop Berghorst’s race-ready 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 »

  • Radical Ducati’s killer 900 SS custom

    Radical Ducati’s killer 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 »