Tag: Japan

  • Kawasaki W650 scrambler

    Kawasaki W650 scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Occasionally a bike comes along that stops me dead in my tracks. It’s usually a motorcycle that’s a little ‘different’: perhaps not 100% perfect, but with charm and style. And with that indefinable quality of begging to be ridden. This Kawasaki W650 is one of… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS400 by Spin Cycle

    Yamaha XS400 by Spin Cycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many Yamaha XS400 customs around: The compact, air-cooled twin is often overshadowed by its XS650 larger brother. But the light and nimble XS400 is perfect for zipping around town or commuting, and with a curb weight of around 400 lbs, it’s an… Read more »

  • Suzuki Thunder 125 custom

    Suzuki Thunder 125 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In 2012, just over seven million new motorcycles were sold in Indonesia. To put that into perspective, it’s around fifteen times as many bikes sold in the USA. But Indonesia’s 240 million inhabitants are still poor by Western standards: most earn less than US$2 a… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 custom by An-Bu

    Yamaha XS650 custom by An-Bu

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Where to next for the custom motorcycle scene? Over the past ten years, raked-out choppers have faded away and ‘Brat Style’ bikes have dominated. The genre is named after the Tokyo-based workshop run by ‘Go’ Takamine, one of a handful of Japanese builders who took… Read more »

  • Honda flat track racer

    Honda flat track racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The flat tracker look is a style that’s really starting to catch on in custom circles at the moment: The bobbed back-end, flat-bottomed tank and fender-less front wheel are all trademarks of the pared-down half-miler. But this custom-built flat track racer from the UK, featured… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Raccia

    Honda CB550 by Raccia

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Let’s face it: A 1970s Honda CB is a pretty easy bike to customize. It looks good straight out of the box, and custom parts are a dime-a-dozen. This CB550 from California-based Raccia Motorcycles is something special though. Raccia builds are inspired by the production… Read more »

  • Honda CX500 custom

    Honda CX500 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CX500 is not the prettiest of motorcycles. Launched in 1978 and produced for just five years, it attracted a wide range of uncomplimentary nicknames. Like ‘plastic pig’ or ‘flying maggot.’ But the CX500 was a tough and reliable bike—popular with couriers—and today, secondhand… Read more »

  • 1982 Yamaha XS650

    1982 Yamaha XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ever since I saw the Yamaha built by Frenchman Sonic Seb, I’ve had a thing for slammed XS650s. Granted, they’re not the most practical of customs, but sheesh—they look good. This one comes from Taiwan, the country best known for giving us Rough Crafts. Builder… Read more »

  • Analog Yamaha SR500

    Analog Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles has built his reputation with a raft of elegant, mid-capacity customs: the perfect bikes for barhopping and cruising around town. This 1979 Yamaha SR500 has more of a raw edge though, and a name to match—‘Bruto.’ It was commissioned by… Read more »

  • Honda CB550F Super Sport

    Honda CB550F Super Sport

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nelspruit is a remote town in South Africa’s former Eastern Transvaal, surrounded by citrus groves and miles from anywhere. There’s no custom motorcycle scene to speak of, but on the up side, Nelspruit is surrounded by some of the country’s best motorcycling roads. And on… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K1 by Ellaspede

    Honda CB450 K1 by Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Brisbane is Australia’s third biggest city. It’s the capital of Queensland, the unfeasibly huge ‘sunshine state.’ Queensland is also an idyllic environment for motorcycles, so let’s turn our attention to the brightest star on the local custom scene: Ellaspede. Ellaspede’s latest build is this 1968… Read more »

  • Honda CRF250R cafe racer

    Honda CRF250R cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Californian Darrell Schneider is known in the classic car community for his high-quality fiberglass skills. He’s also a keen motorcyclist, and has transformed his personal 2004 Honda CRF250R dirtbike into this eye-catching café racer. Schneider namechecks Roland Sands, Richard Pollock and Ron Wood as the… Read more »

  • Classified Moto XV920 2.0

    Classified Moto XV920 2.0

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two years ago, John Ryland finished his first customer build—a groundbreaking Yamaha XV920 that effectively launched Classified Moto onto the custom scene. The bike was a huge hit, and prompted a flood of requests from customers for similar builds. One of those requests was from… Read more »

  • Modern Motor Cycle Company XS650

    Modern Motor Cycle Company XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a lot to be said for low-key aesthetics. And this back-to-basics Yamaha XS650 is as subtle as they come. It’s the fifth build from the Modern Motor Cycle Company, based in Melbourne, Australia. Owner Andrew Cook wanted a custom that was simple and clean,… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Asterisk

    Harley Sportster by Asterisk

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There may be better cures for jetlag…then again, maybe not. Hideki Hoshikawa had flown over from Japan with his latest build in the airplane’s cargo bay, clearing customs in Los Angeles just in time for the big L.A. Calendar Bike Show, where the Sportster-based “Avanzare”… Read more »

  • Mid Life Cycles Honda CB77

    Mid Life Cycles Honda CB77

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Australia has a relatively small population—around 23 million, a little less than Texas. Despite this, the custom scene is thriving, with a remarkable number of skilled builders and a nationwide taste for cafe racers and classics. Deus is probably the best-known builder, but there are… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer Dreams NX650

    Cafe Racer Dreams NX650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m starting to wonder if the NX650 is set to replace the CB750 as the favorite Honda platform for custom builders. In Europe, a Dominator is easy to find: it was the ubiquitous inner-city dispatch bike. Tough, reliable and comfortable on the dirt as well… Read more »

  • Motohangar Yamaha SR500

    Motohangar Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then, a bike comes along that captures the state of the neo-custom scene right at this moment in time. This is one of those bikes, from the Virginia-based workshop Motohangar. It’s not a big-budget build and it’s not a fire-breathing monster, but… Read more »

  • M&M Customs Honda CB550

    M&M Customs Honda CB550

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s getting harder and harder to impress with a Honda CB custom these days. But this very sharp 1974 CB550, from the Kentucky shop M&M Customs, proves there’s still life in the old dog. M&M (not to be confused with the Japanese shop with a… Read more »

  • Extemporae Suzuki DR650

    Extemporae Suzuki DR650

  • 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 »

  • Kawasaki Z1 by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki Z1 by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Many of the most successful motorcycle builders—the ones running a solid, profitable business—hit on a formula. It’s usually a combination of looks, components and fabrication that works well, and can be endlessly tweaked. That’s the approach taken by AC Sanctuary, one of Japan’s most renowned… Read more »

  • Reborn Yamaha SR250

    Reborn Yamaha SR250

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This slim and agile Yamaha SR250 street tracker is the first product from a new Barcelona workshop called Reborn Motors. Light and maneuverable, it’s perfect for tight city streets and gravel tracks further afield. Reborn Motors has an impeccable pedigree. The workshop is run by… Read more »

  • Steel Bent Customs CB750

    Steel Bent Customs CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Michael Mundy’s Steel Bent Customs is now well established as one of the leading custom shops in Florida, if not the whole south east of the USA. Fifteen bikes rolled out of the Tampa workshop last year, and production is now booked out to April… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 cafe racer

    Honda CB550 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a great story behind this Honda, owned by 33-year-old Chris Booth of Vancouver BC. Until he was 28, Chris swore that he’d never ride a motorcycle: “They’re far too dangerous.” Then he went on a road trip to Speed Week at Bonneville with three… Read more »

  • Analog Honda CB350

    Analog Honda CB350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always imagined that the frontman of a metal band would ride something like a V-Rod with open pipes. But Mike Hranica of Devil Wears Prada has a taste for classic machinery. Like this elegant and deceptively simple Honda CB350. He chose Tony Prust of… Read more »

  • CRD# 23 “Coyote”

    CRD# 23 “Coyote”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes it’s the unlikeliest motorcycles that become popular with custom builders. The Yamaha Virago is one, and the Honda Dominator another. This is CRD’s take on Honda’s venerable NX650 dual-sport thumper: they’ve stripped off the clunky plastics and added a strong dash of Spanish style.

  • Analog ‘The Messenger’ XS400

    Analog ‘The Messenger’ XS400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you detect a feminine influence on this elegant Yamaha XS400, well spotted. It’s the latest from Analog’s Tony Prust, built for a customer’s wife, and he’s taken his signature clean finish to a new level. The customer was Mike Tomasian, who contacted Prust after… Read more »

  • Ed Haazer Kawasaki Z1

    Ed Haazer Kawasaki Z1

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The American Federation of Motorcyclists is the USA’s oldest motorcycle road racing organization. One of the fastest riders in its race series is Edwin Haazer, who’s famous for wrestling this 1975 Kawasaki Z1 to improbable speeds.

  • Mule Yamaha XS Street Tracker

    Mule Yamaha XS Street Tracker

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By David Edwards—So this is what happens when two old surf dudes get together. Richard Pollock, our favorite street-tracker builder, was a semi-pro surfer in his youth. Motocross was a way to pass time when the waves were flat, which led to a gig as… Read more »

  • Custom Yamaha SR500

    Custom Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Amongst all the slick pro builds, the edgy new-wave customs and the oddball art-moto machines, it’s good to show a clean home build now and then—the kind of bike built over several weekends in a backstreet garage. This neat Yamaha SR500 is one such build,… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Winning Loser’

    El Solitario ‘Winning Loser’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s stating the obvious, but some bikes are easier to customize than others. If you’ve got a Ducati SportClassic or Harley Sportster sitting in your garage, you’ve got a head start. But what about the real bread-and-butter bikes, the unloved small-capacity Japanese machines with gawky… Read more »

  • Suzuki GN: The Cariblanco

    Suzuki GN: The Cariblanco

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then, I’ll be catching up with a friend who’s just returned from a vacation in a developing country. And there’s a recurring theme to the conversation: they hired a bike, “nothing special” and had a blast on it. The bike is invariably… Read more »

  • Spirit of The Seventies W800

    Spirit of The Seventies W800

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always good to see the major manufacturers commissioning bikes from new-wave custom builders. Ural got into the game early, hooking up with Hammarhead, and we’ve recently seen Yamaha get into bed with the Wrenchmonkees. Now Kawasaki has aligned itself with the English workshop Spirit… Read more »

  • Honda XR600 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    Honda XR600 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s the latest custom to roll out of the Madrid workshop of Cafe Racer Dreams. Once again, there’s an off-road influence—but this time, the Spanish workshop has taken a dirt bike and realigned it for road use, rather than the other way round. CRD #19… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Yamaha XJR1300

    Wrenchmonkees Yamaha XJR1300

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always liked the Yamaha XJR1300. It’s an uncomplicated bruiser of a bike, an unassuming retro-style naked powered by a air-cooled motor with a lineage over a quarter of a century long. Yamaha knows that if it ain’t broke, you don’t fix it. But the… Read more »