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Janesville gives a shovelhead Harley the cafe racer treatment—with incredible results.

Jamesville’s Harley shovelhead cafe racer is just perfect

James Roper-Caldbeck is one of our favorite Harley builders. Mostly because his creations are a million miles away from the metalflake baggers that populate the mainstream magazines. James is famous for his clean, stripped-back bobbers, but that might change soon. “Last year, I got a rather sheepish email asking if I would ever build a…

All Class: Heiwa’s stunning custom Shovelhead

All Class: Heiwa’s stunning custom Shovelhead

It’s hard to describe the Japanese style of custom building. But it’s easy to spot: the bikes usually have a timeless and elegant feel, with everything in its place. Trends and fashions are noticeably less important than in the West. In the pantheon of Japanese bike building, Kengo Kimura of Heiwa Motorcycles is royalty. No…

This Harley Shovelhead by Noise Cycles Drips With 70s Style

Noise Cycles’ Harley Shovelhead Drips With 70s Style

Harley-Davidson styling has always been deliberately behind the times. Even in the 70s, the Shovelheads had more of an early 60s vibe. But what if a little early superbike magic had rubbed off on the Big Twins? You’d get something like this stunning machine—a 1979 FL from master builder Scott ‘T-Bone’ Jones of Noise Cycles.

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Walt Siegl’s Harley FLH Shovelhead

Most custom motorcycles fit within a particular genre. And that genre will have its own conventions, as well as its fans and detractors. But occasionally you see a bike that is utterly timeless, almost beyond ‘classic’. And this is one of them, from the New Hampshire workshop of Walt Siegl. “I was hoping to create…

Kraus Motor Co. “Achuma” Shovelhead

Named after a South American cactus known for its hallucinogenic properties, “Achuma” is part old Harley and part motocrosser, a Shovelhead-powered streetfighter that’s got a…

Hide Night Sky Bobber shovelhead

For the past few days, the center of the custom universe has been in Japan, at the the Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. Guy…