• Kawasaki Zephyr by Ton-Up Garage

    Kawasaki Zephyr by Ton-Up Garage

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    The Kawasaki Z1 was mad, bad and dangerous to know. So in the mid-90s, Kawasaki decided to revive the legend and create a tribute bike, the Zephyr. Unfortunately the Zephyr didn’t quite have the excitement or edgy nature of the original. But it sold well… Read more »

  • Triumph TR6R by Tricana Motorcycles

    Triumph TR6R by Tricana Motorcycles

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    Minimal, elegant and beautifully finished, this is one of the best custom Triumphs we’ve seen for a long time. It comes from Tricana Motorcycles, a small workshop in Portugal that’s building a reputation for classy, slightly off-kilter café racers. Tricana is run by Jonathan Natario,… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1200 by it roCkS!bikes

    Yamaha XJR1200 by it roCkS!bikes

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    Think of a custom Yamaha, and you’d probably pick a mid-size SR or XS model. But it looks like the spotlight is now drifting towards the mighty XJR. And if that means more machines like this low-riding XJR1200 from Portugal, we’re all for it. ‘Sunburn’… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 by Maria Motorcycles

    BMW R75/6 by Maria Motorcycles

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    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, and started with an order for a seat. “Our client also had a rebuilt engine and a few other parts,”… Read more »

  • Triumph Scrambler by Ton-Up Garage

    Triumph Scrambler by Ton-Up Garage

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    Portugal’s Ton-Up Garage has a knack of building practical, stylish customs that work beautifully as daily riders. Their latest build is this 2012 Triumph Scrambler, nicknamed ‘Amazonia’ and commissioned by a client who loves off-roading. “The brief was to build a bike with off-road aesthetics,”… Read more »

  • Ton-Up Garage ‘Urban Pearl’

    Ton-Up Garage ‘Urban Pearl’

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    There must be something in the water (or the gasolina) on the Iberian Peninsula. The custom motorcycle scene in Spain is booming, and Portugal is not far behind. This is the latest build from Porto’s Ton-Up Garage; it’s a classy Triumph Bonneville T100 that could… Read more »

  • Maria Ducati 750SS

    Maria Ducati 750SS

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    Portugal, crippled by the GFC, is not a good place to conduct business at the moment. But nobody told the Lisbon-based custom workshop Maria Motorcycles, which is turning out some very sharp bikes indeed. Like this latest build, a 1994 Ducati 750SS called “Italian Sniper”.… Read more »

  • Ton Up Garage W650

    Ton Up Garage W650

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    It’s not a good time to be a bike builder in Portugal at the moment: The country is finding it much harder than most to recover from the depression. So it’s reassuring to see a quality custom build coming from the westernmost country of Europe.… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 by CR351

    Yamaha XS650 by CR351

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    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 »

  • BMW R80 “Dark Law”

    BMW R80 “Dark Law”

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    In Europe, the spotlight on new wave custom builders tends to fall in France, Spain and Italy. But Portugal is coming through the ranks quickly. We’ve already featured the Triumph Thruxton built by Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, and now we have this classy BMW R80… Read more »

  • Maria Triumph Thruxton

    Maria Triumph Thruxton

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    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 obvious custom scene. This is one of the first creations from Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, Portugal, and it’s a great… Read more »