Tag: Japan

  • Spirit Of The Seventies S7

    Spirit Of The Seventies S7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Somewhere, on the glorious roads of rural Scotland, this beautiful Yamaha XS750 custom is carving corners and blasting down the straights, at the command of its new owner. But it was built hundreds of miles away by Spirit of the Seventies, the English workshop that… Read more »

  • Classified Moto KT600

    Classified Moto KT600

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    John Ryland’s Classified Moto is going from strength to strength. The order book is healthy and the machines coming out of his Richmond, VA workshop are increasingly adventurous. “KT600” is the latest, and named after its donor bike and owner. The starting point was a… Read more »

  • El Solitario’s “Pop Cycles”

    El Solitario’s “Pop Cycles”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    And now for something completely different. This is a collection of three bikes far removed from anything we’ve shown before. They’re not bikes for measuring lap times or lean angles—they’re based on Honda’s humble CG 125, for starters. Instead, they’re a direct attempt to do… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 Saké Racer

    Honda CB350 Saké Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When in Paris last month, I was struck by the number of custom motorcycles being ridden around the city. Amidst the hordes of Piaggio MP3 three-wheeled scooters were a surprising number of café racers, trackers and bobbers. I don’t think I saw a bike as… Read more »

  • Lossa Honda CL350 cafe

    Lossa Honda CL350 cafe

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jay LaRossa runs Lossa Engineering of Long Beach, CA, and he builds super-clean cafe racers. Like this very sharp 1972 Honda CL350. “I wanted to do a high pipe bike,” says LaRossa, “and cross over one of the exhausts, through the spot where the battery… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z750

    Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE Like all the top custom builders, the Wrenchmonkees have a clear and consistent vision. And this, bike #45 from the Copenhagen workshop, could be their best yet. It’s a little less grungy than some of their earlier work, with glossy paint on the tank.… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 by CR351

    Yamaha XS650 by CR351

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s a textbook example of a clean, low budget Yamaha XS650 custom. A 1972 machine, it was rescued from the junkyard and built for Hugo Ramos, publisher of the Portuguese café racer magazine REV. It’s a relatively simple build as far as customs go, but… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ1000 by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki KZ1000 by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Late 70s Japanese superbikes have character by the bucketload—unlike the plasticized contemporary offerings. There’s ample performance too: a stock Kawasaki KZ1000 puts out around 90 hp, and can run the quarter mile in just over 12 seconds. Unfortunately, the dynamics of such bikes have fallen… Read more »

  • Custom Yamaha XS400

    Custom Yamaha XS400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    At first glance, I thought this was an OEM bike—perhaps a mid-80s enduro. But it’s actually a heavily modified and beautifully crafted Yamaha XS400, built by Seth Hensler. The distinctive XT350 tank dominates the look of this machine, but that was the easiest part. Seth… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 cafe racer

    Yamaha SR500 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A few weeks ago I was in Brighton, on the south coast of England. It’s a spiritual home for the English cafe racer scene, and I was pleased to see the odd custom zipping about—with many riders sporting open-face helmets and goggles. Most of these… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

    Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Yamaha Virago XV750 was Eric Meglasson’s first attempt at building a custom motorcycle. By the time he’d finished the bike, the Oregon-based architect was running a small custom motorcycle company—his own. The chain of circumstances started when Eric bought a lightly-modded but very classy… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

    Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Modern race bikes leave me cold, but vintage machinery gets my motor running. It’s mostly because you can actually see the bike with older machines, rather than a garish mish-mash of graphics fighting for your attention. This clean, sharp-looking Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker is a… Read more »

  • Deus Kawasaki W650

    Deus Kawasaki W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s the latest machine from the Australian headquarters of Deus. Called “Gicleur”, it’s one of the most stylish Kawasaki W650 customs we’ve ever seen. Gicleur is French for “jet”, and it’s a critical part of an espresso machine: the nozzle that governs the water that… Read more »

  • Santiago Chopper Kawasaki H2

    Santiago Chopper Kawasaki H2

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alain Bernard is a colorful character. Based in Florida, he runs Santiago Chopper and created the Norley Cafe Racer. Here’s his latest bike, and it’s got to be his most extreme yet—in terms of engineering, as well as the fluoro color scheme. This machine has… Read more »

  • Honda Dominator custom

    Honda Dominator custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to pick the next trend in custom bike building, it’d be a move away from cafe racers on Firestones and towards chunky, purposeful tracker-style bikes. There seems to be increasing interest in this style, from the top custom shops right down to… Read more »

  • Classified Moto XV1100

    Classified Moto XV1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Classified Moto are just turning out winner after winner. It’s hard to believe the Richmond, VA-based hotshop has only been operating for two years, but owner John Ryland now has orders for 13 bikes on the go. This is his latest, based on a 1989… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W800 by LSL

    Kawasaki W800 by LSL

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Kawasaki W800 custom is the most “British” looking build I’ve seen for a while. So it’s ironic that it was built by a German company. It’s called the “Lindy Bob” and it comes from LSL Motorradtechnik of Krefeld. In stock form, the W800 is… Read more »

  • Black Bridge Honda CB400

    Black Bridge Honda CB400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It was only a matter of time before the nascent custom motorcycle industry started to blossom in China. Here’s the most recent start-up, Black Bridge. Black Bridge is the nom de plume of Beijing-based Adrien Macera. Macera has been tinkering with motorcycles for as long… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ1000 custom

    Kawasaki KZ1000 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Early Japanese superbikes seem to get more appealing as the years go by. The Honda CB750 is still going strong, and so is Kawasaki’s KZ series. This classy, understated KZ1000 is the work of London’s Untitled Motorcycles, and it’s owned by Anthony van Someren of… Read more »

  • Suzuki DR650 by Deus Bali

    Suzuki DR650 by Deus Bali

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Motorcycles can be capricious creatures. But there are a handful that are essentially bulletproof—simple machines that are simple to fix, and cheap to run. One of those is Suzuki’s venerable DR650, which has been around for at least twenty years. The stock bike is as… Read more »

  • Yoshimura GS1000R Cooley/Crosby

    Yoshimura GS1000R Cooley/Crosby

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Japanese motorcycle culture is full of little side streets and half-hidden diversions: it probably has more depth than anywhere else in the world. And when the Japanese get into something, they really get into it. The scale model motorcycle scene is typical: it’s huge over… Read more »

  • Honda FT500C By Sideburn

    Honda FT500C By Sideburn

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Words by Gary Inman, photography by Paul Bryant. There’s a phrase, very popular in England, “You can’t polish a turd”. But, taking on their first project bike, Sideburn magazine tried. The starting point was a £370 ($600) Honda FT500C, and the magazine didn’t want to… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 by La Corona

    Yamaha XS650 by La Corona

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Spain is not an easy country to import a motorcycle into. But perseverance has paid off for the four guys at La Corona Motorcycles. After months of paperwork and weeks of wrenching, they have a sharp XS650 cafe to be proud of. It’s a classic… Read more »

  • Suzuki T500 racer

    Suzuki T500 racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Suzuki’s T500 was a rare beast: a large-capacity two-stroke road bike that sold in big numbers in the US. And it’s not hard to see why. For a late 60s motorcycle, it was light, fast, and blessed with agile handling. And more reliable than most… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago by Doc’s Chops

    Yamaha Virago by Doc’s Chops

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It seems like Greg Hageman can do no wrong at the moment. A few days ago, his retro-themed Yamaha XV1100 custom was a hit. And now his latest build, this radical XV920 Virago transformation, has just been showcased in Motorcycle Classics magazine. Hageman’s strength is… Read more »

  • Racefit Kawasaki Z1

    Racefit Kawasaki Z1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Words by Gary Inman, photography by Paul Bryant. The British firm Racefit creates beautiful titanium and carbon end cans, and full titanium exhaust systems for discerning sportsbike riders who still believe loud pipes save lives. The company is based in Derbyshire—home to some of the… Read more »

  • zecOO electric motorcycle

    zecOO electric motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Electric Motorcycles ,

    The Tokyo Motorcycle Show is always a treasure trove of custom bikes. At the most recent show, one of the stars was this extraordinary electric motorcycle, called the zecOO. Designed by Kota Nezu of Znug Design, the zecOO takes a custom aesthetic and applies it… Read more »

  • Yamaha XV1100 by Doc’s Chops

    Yamaha XV1100 by Doc’s Chops

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. And motorcycles are often about memories, as well as speed and aesthetics. The best retro throwbacks marry classic looks with modern performance, and this is a perfect example. It was built by Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops, who also built… Read more »

  • Ritmo Sereno Guzzi

    Ritmo Sereno Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Shiro Nakajima, the CEO of leading Japanese custom workshop Ritmo Sereno, is a keen vintage racer. He’s been campaigning his Moto Guzzi Ambassador for a couple of years now, and felt it was time for a refresh. In its original incarnation—which we revealed just over… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 custom

    Kawasaki W650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The bread and butter of Bike EXIF is anything but bread and butter motorcycles. It’s the cutting edge of custom and classic machinery. But for most of us, budgets are limited. Workshop space is invariably limited too, and motorcycles are often a pleasure to be… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ400 by Analog

    Kawasaki KZ400 by Analog

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tony Prust of Illinois-based Analog Motorcycles builds classy customs based on 1970s-vintage Japanese motorcycles: his Yamaha RD350 is one of the most popular machines we’ve featured this year. So here’s his latest build, commissioned by the owner of a design company based on Amelia Island,… Read more »

  • Fuller ‘Rodan’ Honda CB750

    Fuller ‘Rodan’ Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you know the name Bryan Fuller, it’s probably because he’s the co-host of the Speed TV show Two Guys Garage. Fuller is also a very adept custom bike builder, and created this machine for Cafe Racer TV. It has the most aggressive stance of… Read more »

  • Honda VF1000R by Icon

    Honda VF1000R by Icon

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The guys at Icon Motosports have a predilection for 80s Hondas. “The first VFR is arguably the pinnacle of that era,” they note. “Not pinnacle in that it’s a great bike—it most certainly is not. It’s more in relation to style … thick and saucy,… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ600 custom

    Yamaha XJ600 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha XJ600 flies under the radar in the motorcycling world. Released in 1984, it’s often dismissed as yet another Universal Japanese Motorcycle. But this machine was the first 600cc inline four—making it the granddaddy of today’s 600 super-sports. And it had mono shock rear… Read more »

  • Ryca CS-1 cafe racer

    Ryca CS-1 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For every hit custom build, there are ten misses. As most amateur builders know, it’s not easy to get the stance and the components just right. And costs can escalate surprisingly fast. That’s where the $2,795 CS-1 Café Racer kit from Los Angeles-based Ryca Motors… Read more »