Japan

  • Kawasaki cafe racer by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki cafe racer by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The economics of the custom business in Japan are very different to what we usually see in the west. Most of the top builders have a loose formula that they’ve constantly refined over the years, using a small number of high-quality parts suppliers. It means… Read more »

  • Top 5 Honda NX650

    Top 5 Honda NX650

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    Take a look at a stock Honda NX650 Dominator, and it’s hard to believe how popular it’s become with custom builders. Lurking under all that bodywork is a pretty cool motorcycle though—a great all-rounder with legendary Honda reliability and loads of potential. Honda produced the… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

    Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Charlie Trelogan’s insightful piece on café racer design emphasized the importance of good lines. No one understands this concept more than Poland’s Eastern Spirit Garage: They helped build the Honda CX500 that Charlie used to illustrate his point. Now they’ve turned their keen eye to… Read more »

  • Herr Funk’s Yamaha TW125

    Herr Funk’s Yamaha TW125

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some motorcycles just scream fun. Before the Honda Grom there was the Yamaha TW125: A low-riding dual-sport bike that can’t decide if it belongs on the beach or the farm. With low gearing and big tires, it’s also at home on potholed city streets—as Maximilian… Read more »

  • NX650 custom motorcycle

    Honda NX650 custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Many builders cite similar reasons for taking up their craft, one of them being a growing dissatisfaction with modern motorcycle design. This, and an over-active imagination, led Simon Garcia to tear into his 1989 Honda NX650—and inject a little style and charm of his own.… Read more »

  • 2015 Yamaha SR400 by Palhegyi Design

    2015 Yamaha SR400 by Palhegyi Design

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Is any confirmation needed that a large sector of the motorcycle-buying public is bored with anodyne, plastic-clad offerings? This is it: The venerable Yamaha SR400 goes on sale in the USA in June, following its relaunch in Europe. Yes, we’re talking about a simple mid-capacity… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z 750 by HB Custom

    Kawasaki Z 750 by HB Custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the things I love most about the new wave custom scene is the healthy mix of professional and garage builders. While some use their craft to put food on the table, others hold down day jobs—slogging away at projects in their spare time.… Read more »

  • Kawasaki ‘Kamikaze’ cafe racer

    Kawasaki ‘Kamikaze’ cafe racer

  • Yamaha SR250 ‘AG HOC’

    Yamaha SR250 ‘AG HOC’

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve used the term ‘low-key’ to describe Ad Hoc’s David Gonzalez before. His latest release—an audacious Yamaha SR250—is anything but. This cheeky-looking scrambler was built to appeal to the urban and extreme sports sensibilities of its young owner. “The first thing that came to mind… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 ‘Mezzomille’

    Yamaha SR500 ‘Mezzomille’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live on mainland Europe and have a penchant for Yamaha café racers, then you probably know Kedo. The German company is one of the largest SR500 specialists outside Japan, supplying everything from bodywork to engine parts. Kedo’s Daniel Doritz has a history of… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W800 customs by Di Ferro

    Kawasaki W800 customs by Di Ferro

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve waxed lyrical about Kawasaki’s W800 before, and how great it is as a custom platform. It’s simple, reliable and looks good straight off the showroom floor, with a gorgeous engine. For these reasons, Italian shop Di Ferro Motorcycles have selected it for their latest project—spinning… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 bobber

    Yamaha XS650 bobber

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roughly a year ago we featured a slammed 1982 Yamaha XS650, resplendent in an intricate gold paintjob. It was built by Taipei-based Mark Huang, who still has it and rides it regularly. He’s since built another XS650 in the same Japanese street-bobber style—and it looks… Read more »

  • Suzuki Stinger by Air-Tech

    Suzuki Stinger by Air-Tech

  • Wesley Reyneke Classic Motorcycles ,,

    You’ve probably admired Kent Riches’ work before without knowing it. That’s because his company, Air-Tech Streamlining, has been producing high quality bodywork since the ’80s—for everyone from garage builders to factory race teams. Kent is a prolific racer himself—with fourteen world records to his name—and… Read more »

  • Honda CJ360 by Kingdom of Kicks

    Honda CJ360 by Kingdom of Kicks

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Kingdom of Kicks is typical of the small, up-and-coming workshops that are lighting the fires under the European custom scene. It’s run by James Jordan, who started out building bikes in a small apartment—and now enjoys marginally larger premises in Hackney Wick, an east London… Read more »

  • Suzuki Katana by Motohangar

    Suzuki Katana by Motohangar

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When we heard that Motohangar had ripped the bodywork off a Suzuki Katana, we were dismayed. After all, the Katana is one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made. But then we found out that Patrick Jones and crew were revitalizing a 2006 Suzuki Katana,… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

    Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Chris Chappell’s last SR500 was a show-stopper. It was well received when we initially featured it, and went on to earn a spot among our Top Five Yamaha SR500s. As it turns out, he already had another one in the pipeline—with a very different spin.… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ750 by Chad Hodge

    Kawasaki KZ750 by Chad Hodge

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The name Chad Hodge should sound familiar. He designed the sensational Bullitt helmet concept a few years ago—a retro, full-face design that’s since been picked up by Bell and is about to go on sale. Originally from Louisville, Chad works as industrial designer out of… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ750 by Ad Hoc

    Yamaha XJ750 by Ad Hoc

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    David Gonzalez is one of those low-key, under-the-radar builders, slowly creating a portfolio of stylish and slightly unusual bikes. Ten months ago we covered his classy Moto Morini 350; it’s now a pleasure to show his latest build, this angular 1983 Yamaha XJ750. The XJ750… Read more »

  • Scramblers Motorcycles’ SR500

    Scramblers Motorcycles’ SR500

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Hot on the heels of our Top 5 Yamaha SR500s feature comes this rather sharp looking example from new Swabian outfit Scramblers Motorcycles. Based in Schnaitheim, in the south of Germany, Daniel and Michael Bosch and Sven Paukner share a love of motocross, skateboarding and… Read more »

  • RD350 Streak by Brew Bikes

    RD350 Streak by Brew Bikes

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you like two-wheelers of the pedal-powered kind, you probably know about Reynolds 853 tubing. It’s a seamless, air-hardened and heat-treated steel tube with a high strength-to-weight ratio. It’s not something you often see pressed into service on a motorcycle frame, and this 1974 Yamaha… Read more »

  • XS400 by Urban Motor

    XS400 by Urban Motor

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the 1960s, VW created a famous ad for the American market, asking, “How does the snow plow driver get to work?” The answer, as you’ve probably guessed, was in a Beetle. I was reminded of that ad when I heard that Urban Motor’s Peter… Read more »

  • 1969 Honda CB350 by Roc City

    1969 Honda CB350 by Roc City

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The terms ‘hand crafted’ and ‘bespoke’ get thrown around a lot these days—but in the case of this wonderfully understated 1969 Honda CB350, they’re particularly apt. Virtually every part you see here has been hand made by Sean Pelletier of Roc City Cafe Racers. At… Read more »

  • Deus Ex Machina: Sibling Rivalry

    Deus Ex Machina: Sibling Rivalry

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two new Deus Ex Machina motorcycles have just rolled out of the Venice, California workshop. Affectionately called Sibling Rivalry, these custom Hondas are high-performance variations on the same theme: turning a street-legal enduro bike into a badass ‘super single.’ ‘Boodaak’ (above and below) and ‘Dakdaak’… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 by CRD

    Kawasaki W650 by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Kawasaki W650 is a motorcycle just begging to be customized. Production ended in 2008, but it’s easy to find one on the secondhand market, prices are reasonable, and custom parts are plentiful. There are a lot of top-dollar W650 builds out there, yet this… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago 535 by OEM

    Yamaha Virago 535 by OEM

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Not many custom builders have been invited to display their bikes in Harrods and the Saatchi Gallery. But then again, England’s magnificently named Old Empire Motorcycles is not your run-of-the-mill custom shop. They’ve only been operating for a couple of years, but Alec Sharp and… Read more »

  • Honda Nighthawk by Classified Moto

    Honda Nighthawk by Classified Moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a builder entitled to look back on 2013 with a quiet sense of satisfaction, it’s John Ryland of Classified Moto. He’s enjoyed both critical and commercial success, with so many commissions he’s had to close the order book on more than one occasion.… Read more »

  • Honda NX650 ‘Dos’ by Kiddo Motors

    Honda NX650 ‘Dos’ by Kiddo Motors

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sergio Armet burst onto the custom scene a couple of years ago with a brilliant Honda NX650 custom, ‘Kiddo Uno.’ He’s been busy in his Barcelona workshop ever since, and he’s now returned to his roots with a second NX650, ‘Dos.’ ‘Dos’ is a short,… Read more »