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I’ll Be Blown: This BMW R100 is packing a Porsche turbo

I’ll Be Blown: This BMW R100 is packing a Porsche turbo

There’s always been a small but vocal clique of motorcyclists who want nothing but absolute power and speed. So why haven’t we seen more turbocharged customs? All four Japanese makers dabbled with turbo motorcycles in the early 1980s, but custom builders have remained shy. In the US, notable exceptions are the Del Prado brothers—and Icon…

Triumph Scrambler 900 built by the German workshop Kingston Custom

Triumph Scrambler by Kingston Custom

The Triumph Tridays is one of the biggest motorcycle festivals in Europe. Every June, the Austrian town of Neukirchen is overrun by British bikes, and the highlight of the event is a 400-meter grass sprint known as the ‘Rumble.’ A one-off custom is invariably revealed to celebrate the race. And here’s this year’s bike, ‘Il…

Porsche-engined motorcycle

Sound of Single by Kingston Custom

The biggest cafe racer event in Europe is the Glemseck 101. It’s held in the ancient town of Leonberg in southern Germany, some ten miles west of Stuttgart. Every year, hundreds of motorcycles descend for a petrolhead celebration of speed and style. The highlight of Glemseck is the informal but hotly contested sprint series, which…

BMW R75/6 by Kingston Custom

Custom motorcycle builders in the USA and UK have relatively few restrictions on what they can and cannot do. Then you have countries like Taiwan…