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  • 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 »

  • Yamaha Bolt by Roland Sands

    Yamaha Bolt by Roland Sands

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Harley’s evergreen Sportster has some serious competition these days. And the biggest threat is the new Yamaha Bolt. It weighs less, handles better and has much improved ergonomics—with dirt track-style bars and mid-mounted footpegs. The stock Yamaha Bolt has pleasingly minimal looks, with hints of… Read more »

  • Kawasaki H1 by Valtoron

    Kawasaki H1 by Valtoron

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Valtoron is one of the most unusual custom builders in Europe. It’s a foundry in a tiny hamlet in Spain, run by two brothers who live to ride. When they’re not creating sculptures they like to build bikes, and they let their imaginations run wild.… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1000 by Santiago Chopper

    Kawasaki Z1000 by Santiago Chopper

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Santiago Chopper’s Alain Bernard is a vintage Kawasaki fan from way back. And when he’s not building trikes, he likes to have a little fun with streetfighter-ish Z1000 customs. You might recognize the engine, but the frame is harder to spot. It’s a Georges Martin… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 by Max Power

    Kawasaki W650 by Max Power

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s a while since we’ve featured a Kawasaki W650. So it was a pleasure to receive details of this beautifully proportioned build from Bertrand Bussillet, editor of the French magazine Cafe Racer. The W650 belongs to a Parisian actor, David. He’s a long-time fan of… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 by Gasser Customs

    Honda CB350 by Gasser Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Gasser is a custom and vintage bike shop in Southern California that we haven’t come across before. But it’s a name to watch: the Honda CB350 shown here has just taken first place in the ‘Classic Metric’ class at the L.A. Calendar Bike show in… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

    Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The paint is still wet on the walls of Deus’ new Italian workshop, but the Italian boys have been dropped in the deep end already. They were commissioned by Yamaha Europe to revamp an XJR1300 as part of the ‘Yard Built Specials’ project—which you may… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

    Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Lying forgotten in the corner of a garage in Italy, this 1988 Yamaha XT600Z was on life support before Christian Moretti of Plan B Motorcycles decided to apply the defibrillators. Not that he wasn’t up for the challenge. According to Christian, Plan B was born… Read more »

  • Honda CB900F custom

    Honda CB900F custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Brothers Rob and Chris Chappell have a slightly unusual approach to running their company Chappell Customs: Rob lives near Toronto in Canada, and Chris lives over 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles. It hasn’t stopped them building some sweet customs though, like the Yamaha XS650… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Meyerbuilt

    Honda CB550 by Meyerbuilt

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Cliff Meyer is a pediatric ICU nurse during the day and builds motorcycles during his spare time. Inspired by watching motorcycle reality shows, Cliff taught himself how to weld and fabricate metal. From there he worked part time at a a small racing and fabrication… Read more »

  • Suzuki GN400 custom

    Suzuki GN400 custom

  • James McBride Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This 1981 Suzuki GN400 is one of those increasingly rare custom motorcycles that was built for under $1,000—without actually looking like it was built for under $1,000. The donor bike was an old GN400 thumper that old friends Chris Errecart and Adam Bendig found on… Read more »

  • Suzuki GS550 custom

    Suzuki GS550 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    New Zealand has a remarkably strong motorcycle culture, as befits an island blessed with wonderful country roads and a strong do-it-yourself nature. But the focus is usually on classic rather than custom motorcycles: you’ll see a lot of old British iron at moto events, but… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K1 resto-mod

    Honda CB450 K1 resto-mod

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    What, another Honda CB ‘cafe racer’? Rest assured this one is different. Apart from a nut-and-bolt mechanical overhaul, it’s sporting subtle upgrades that will drastically increase its performance. Santa Fe-based Charles Burkhardt found this Honda CB450 K1 on Craigslist, and it looked like it hadn’t… Read more »

  • Honda CB750K7 by Wrenchmonkees

    Honda CB750K7 by Wrenchmonkees

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This brutal, slammed Honda CB750K7 is Monkee #54, the latest machine to roll out of the legendary Danish workshop. It’s got even more of an apocalyptic feel than most Wrenchmonkees builds, and was commissioned by Timothée, a rider from Paris. “Timothée wanted a custom that… Read more »

  • Honda CB900F by CRD

    Honda CB900F by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CB900F was never the prettiest of bikes. But with a solid 95 bhp on tap, it offered a big performance jump over the CB750. It was mostly aimed at the European market, where it was known as the Bol D’Or—after the famous endurance… Read more »

  • Kawasaki GPz900R by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki GPz900R by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    There’s a small list of landmark motorcycles: those that moved the game forward, upsetting expectations and changing the market for ever. In the 1980s, one of those bikes was the Kawasaki GPz900R. This immaculate resto-mod from Tokyo’s AC Sanctuary is a reminder of how good… Read more »

  • Suzuki ST400 by Speedtractor

    Suzuki ST400 by Speedtractor

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Tokyo has one of the world’s most vibrant custom motorcycle scenes. It’s dominated by names like An-Bu, Ritmo Sereno, Sanctuary and Sundance. But here’s a new entrant worth keeping an eye on—Speedtractor. This Suzuki ST400 Tempter is one of Speedtractor’s first builds, and it’s a… Read more »

  • Honda CL400 by Urban Rider

    Honda CL400 by Urban Rider

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s not often we get to show a custom that has been built with practicality in mind. But this Honda CL400 has been tweaked for London streets, offering easy commuting with a strong dash of style. The man behind the project is Will Starritt of… Read more »

  • 1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

    1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Anvil Motociclette is the kind of shop that is catching the attention of younger riders in mainland Europe. Their designs are raw and uncompromising, and guaranteed to stop the traffic. This 1979 Honda CB500 custom is typical: It’s low and rakish, stripped to the basics… Read more »