Japan

  • Yamaha SR250 by Auto Fabrica

    Yamaha SR250 by Auto Fabrica

  • Dutch von Shed Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The SR400 has been around for a while as a popular custom donor bike, but we shouldn’t overlook its little 250cc brother, which is equally simple in construction and, as demonstrated by the UK’s new-kids-on-the-custom-block Auto Fabrica, it can make a cracking little custom street… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1A by Graeme Crosby

    Kawasaki Z1A by Graeme Crosby

  • Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

    Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s a long time since we’ve featured a Yamaha XS650. It’s a bike that has become ubiquitous: with so many customs built on the 45-year-old platform, it’s hard to impress any more. This one is a cut above the rest though, mostly because it’s a… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR400 ‘Boogie Single Racer’

    Yamaha SR400 ‘Boogie Single Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The Yamaha SR400 has been selling strongly in Japan for over three decades now, so the locals are well versed in making the venerable thumper look good. This is one of the best we’ve seen: an archetype of the classic Japanese custom style, with perfectly… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1300 ‘Yard Built’

    Yamaha XJR1300 ‘Yard Built’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The latest ‘Yard Built’ custom from Yamaha is this epic race-themed XJR1300 from Deus’ Milan workshop. Inspired by the endurance machines of the 1970s and 1980s and nicknamed ‘Eau Rouge,’ it’s a modern reinterpretation of those iconic retro racers. Deus has added a modern twist… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR400 ‘Yard Built’

    Yamaha SR400 ‘Yard Built’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The big news for the European custom scene right now is the official return of the Yamaha SR400. The icon of the Japanese ‘brat style’ scene will be available through Yamaha’s European dealers in fuel-injected form, providing a ready-made platform for pro and amateur builders… Read more »

  • Honda CB125 by Valen Zhou

    Honda CB125 by Valen Zhou

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With a population of over 1.3 billion, there are bound to be some interesting custom motorcycles being built in China. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see them. There’s the occasional Chinese builder who cultivates links to the western scene, but the majority seem to stay… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR400 by Deus

    Yamaha SR400 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The man behind the kick-ass customs coming out of Deus’ Sydney headquarters is Jeremy Tagand. Although he’s had a huge impact on the modern-day custom scene, relatively little is known about Jezza himself. So here goes—he’s from Annecy, France; he’s an avid surfer and snowboarder;… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ900 custom

    Yamaha XJ900 custom

  • Greg Williams Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Working in a small garage with a minimal collection of tools, Dimitar Kostadinov of Sofia, Bulgaria, produced this breath of fresh air. Based on a 1984 Yamaha XJ900, even Dimitar’s choice of machine defies convention. Now 42, the builder says he’s been interested in motorcycles… Read more »

  • 1973 Honda CB350 custom

    1973 Honda CB350 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Not all new wave customs are fair weather bikes. This long, low Honda CB350 K4 comes from inside the Arctic Circle—or, to be more precise, from the small city of Rovaniemi in Lapland, northern Finland. The average annual temperature is a smidge above zero °C,… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 bobber

    Honda CB750 bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you build customs in Florida or the southeastern States, chances are you’ll know Moe Colors. Based in Tampa, Moe Roberts paints bikes for big-time builders like Dime City Cycles and Greg Hageman, and he’s also in demand for work on custom guitars. This is… Read more »

  • Suzuki GSX1200 x Holographic Hammer

    Suzuki GSX1200 x Holographic Hammer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sylvain Berneron is a BMW Motorrad designer who is particularly passionné about customs. This is ‘Tzar,’ his personal Suzuki GSX1200 Inazuma—and it’s even faster than it looks. At the Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz last June, Tzar took on all-comers and won the hotly-contested… Read more »

  • Honda CB650 by Bunker Custom Cycles

    Honda CB650 by Bunker Custom Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Turkey is not the first country you’d associate with custom motorcycles, but a young company called Bunker Custom Cycles is doing its best to change that. This elegant, beautifully finished Honda comes from Istanbul and it’s the work of Mert Uzer and his engineer brother… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR250 by Moto-Mucci

    Yamaha SR250 by Moto-Mucci

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two years ago, Dave Mucci scored a king hit with his Honda CX500 custom—one of our most popular bikes of all time. And now he’s back with another build, a lithe Yamaha SR250 with clean lines, thoughtful details and a natural palette. It’s Dave’s first… Read more »

  • Doc’s Chops Yamaha Virago XV920

    Doc’s Chops Yamaha Virago XV920

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Are there any remaining doubts about the resurrection of the Yamaha Virago XV920? If so, this latest build from Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops should eradicate them. “My inspiration for this bike was an old DT360 my neighbor had when I was growing up,” Greg… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi “Suzuka 8 Hours” racer

    Moto Guzzi “Suzuka 8 Hours” racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The custom scene is awash with concepts and Photoshop renders and imagined bikes. But designer Davide Caforio, who flits between Milan and Rome, has turned an inspired idea into reality. Caforio is an accomplished Moto Guzzi builder, and well known within his native Italy. He’s… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K0 ‘Runcible Racer’

    Honda CB450 K0 ‘Runcible Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CB450 K0 has a very secure place in motorcycling history books. Nicknamed the ‘Black Bomber’ on account of the Ford Model T-style paint choice, it was the first volume-produced motorcycle powered by a DOHC engine. And it still looks good today. Australian Cliff… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1200 by it roCkS!bikes

    Yamaha XJR1200 by it roCkS!bikes

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Think of a custom Yamaha, and you’d probably pick a mid-size SR or XS model. But it looks like the spotlight is now drifting towards the mighty XJR. And if that means more machines like this low-riding XJR1200 from Portugal, we’re all for it. ‘Sunburn’… Read more »

  • Kott Honda CB750 DOHC

    Kott Honda CB750 DOHC

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Dustin Kott is what you might call a builder’s builder. From his base in California he specializes in Honda CBs, turning out low-key but beautifully finished machines. Like this 1979 Honda CB750 DOHC, called ‘The Valentino.’ Kott enjoys working on vintage Hondas: The engineering tolerances… Read more »

  • Yamaha Bolt by Chappell Customs

    Yamaha Bolt by Chappell Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yamaha has embraced the new wave custom culture by giving its new Bolt to eight builders in North America—and giving them carte blanche to rework the bike. We’ve already seen Roland Sands’ tracker-inspired Bolt, and now it’s the turn of Chappell Customs. Rob Chappell is… Read more »

  • Honda CJ360T by Digital Directiv

    Honda CJ360T by Digital Directiv

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most builders dread dealing with the electrics on a bike. But not Joe Tessitore of Portland-based Digital Directiv, a mad scientist operation focused on bringing vintage bikes up to date with modern electrical technology. “Builders don’t usually talk about upgraded electrical systems or modern convenience,… Read more »

  • Honda CB250 by OEM

    Honda CB250 by OEM

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    England’s magnificently named Old Empire Motorcycles have crossed over to the dark side. Known for their classy Royal Enfield makeovers, they’ve just finished this vintage Honda CB250—complete with a plush ‘Chesterfield’-style buttoned leather seat. OEM describe the bike as a mix of cafe, brat and… Read more »

  • Suzuki T500 Titan

    Suzuki T500 Titan

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Michigan-based Shoemaker Vintage creates beautifully finished ‘real world’ road machines—functional as well as good looking, like this 1971 Suzuki T500 Titan. Proprietor Ralph Spencer has been a gearhead from an early age. He’s spent his life designing and fabricating for the military defense industry, specializing… Read more »

  • Honda XL500 ‘Swart Gevaar’

    Honda XL500 ‘Swart Gevaar’

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tucked away in Cape Town’s quaint Bo-Kaap area lies Los Muertos Motorcycles—a relatively new custom shop with a store-front-slash-café. During my first visit I noticed a stripped down ’81 Honda XL500 lurking behind the coffee counter, with a unique twin exhaust system that immediately piqued… Read more »

  • 1980 Honda CX500 custom

    1980 Honda CX500 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CX500 is a stern test of any builder’s skills: although it’s cheap and readily available, it’s not an attractive starting point. But Santa Cruz-based Noah Blum took this as a challenge, and he’s scored a convincing win. His CX500 is one of the… Read more »

  • Honda CB400 by Classified Moto

    Honda CB400 by Classified Moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Classified Moto is one of the breakthrough builders of the past couple of years. John Ryland’s stubby, purposeful aesthetic has attracted a legion of fans (plus the media attention to match) and the order book is full. Ryland grades his bikes according to the amount… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W800 x Wrenchmonkees

    Kawasaki W800 x Wrenchmonkees

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You can find a passion for motorcycles in the unlikeliest of locations—even on a small island in SE Asia still reeling from decades of civil war. That’s where the owner of this bike lives, a man who wanted a low-key custom capable of tackling rough… Read more »