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Road Runner: A Ducati Pantah reborn in Portugal

Road Runner: A Ducati Pantah reborn in Portugal


The Pantah is one of those bikes from the 1980s that looks a little awkward today. But let’s not be too unkind: It set the template for modern Ducatis, with a trellis frame, belt-driven cams and a desmo valve system. From an engineering perspective, you could say that Fabio Taglioni’s swansong was also his finest…

Salvage Job: A BMW R100 RS rescued by Maria Motorcycles

Salvage Job: Maria Motorcycles rescues a BMW R100 RS

Most custom motorcycles start out stock—blank canvases for builders to splash their ideas onto. And if they’re old, a little restoration work usually comes first. But this 1980-model BMW R100 RS was in need of complete salvation when it landed on Maria Motorcycles‘ workbench. Before they could turn it into the handsome machine you see…

Dirt Is Good: A rough and ready scrambler Triumph

Dirt Is Good: A rough and ready scrambler Triumph

Maria Motorcycles are known for wrapping their builds in exquisite liveries. But today’s offering wears little more than the original paint on its borrowed fuel tank. It also has no turn signals, speedo, passenger pegs or front fender. That’s because it was built with one purpose in mind: to get dirty.

Colossus: A mighty Yamaha XJR1300 from Portugal.

Colossus: Maria’s mighty custom Yamaha XJR1300

The XJR1300 is hot property right now, and it’s all Yamaha’s fault. First they reissued the iconic model line, and then fed it into the prolific Yard Built program. Interest in the four-cylinder brute has never been higher. Custom XJRs of both the new and old variety are now streaming onto the interwebs. This is…

Dirty Geisha: Maria’s Yamaha XT600

Turning old dualies into retro customs is all the rage lately. We’re not complaining—done right, the results are sharp looking, easy-going bikes. The process comes…

BMW R75/6 by Maria Motorcycles

You don’t see many vintage BMWs with red frames. But to my eyes, this R75/6 strangely works. The project comes from Portugal’s Maria Riding Company,…

Maria Triumph Thruxton

It’s always good to hear about a new builder starting out, and even better when that builder is from a country that doesn’t have an…