Japan

  • 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 »

  • Honda Ruckus custom

    Honda Ruckus custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I used to think that 1970s CBs were the most heavily customized Hondas. Until I discovered the extraordinary subculture that has grown up around the Honda Ruckus. Yes, it’s a scooter and it’s got a meager 49cc. But it’s a distinctive looking machine, with wide… Read more »

  • Honda CB cafe racer

    Honda CB cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some custom bike builds are completed in days. Others take weeks or months. But this new build from Classified Moto, a postmodern take on the classic Honda CB cafe racer, took well over two years. You might have seen sneak previews on the Classified Moto… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ750 by Valtoron

    Kawasaki KZ750 by Valtoron

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Valdetorres del Jarama is a small village in Spain, half an hour from the center of Madrid. It’s also home to a sculptor’s foundry called Valtoron, named after the local river. The foundry is run by two brothers with a passion for traditional metalwork. In… Read more »

  • Honda CG125 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    Honda CG125 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’ve spent any time in Spain, you’ll have noticed the hordes of small-capacity bikes and scooters that swarm the streets. Ridden with verve—and in some cases, abandon—they’re a noisy affirmation of the Iberian love affair with motorcycles. In the western world, most custom motorcycles… Read more »

  • Honda CL450 by Lossa Engineering

    Honda CL450 by Lossa Engineering

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m quite partial to adventure tourers spruced up with gear from the likes of Touratech. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, a 40-year-old motorcycle is probably not the best choice of transportation. But Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering begs to differ, and he’s built… Read more »

  • Honda CB550F by KDI Cycles

    Honda CB550F by KDI Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For a one-man band, Kevin Dinsmoor has had remarkable success. Based in the small town of Colchester in Connecticut, USA, he’s carved out a reputation as a builder of finely crafted vintage customs—like this Honda CB550F. “The concept was hatched a couple of years ago,”… Read more »

  • Kott Honda CB750F Super Sport

    Kott Honda CB750F Super Sport

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’re a fan of the Honda CB750, you probably know Kott Motorcycles. Dustin Kott is one of the best CB builders in the USA, sending out a steady stream of sleek, upgraded customs from his workshop in Newhall, California. And it’s more than just… Read more »

  • 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 »