Tag: Spain

  • Ducati Multistrada by Ad Hoc

    Ducati Multistrada by Ad Hoc

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ten years ago, the Multistrada was the odd man out in the Ducati line-up. For starters, it looked very strange indeed—and was likened by one magazine to a “wet cat with a large forehead.” As a bike to ride, though, it was pretty good. As… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Marrajo’ Sportster 1200

    El Solitario ‘Marrajo’ Sportster 1200

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    El Solitario is something of a phenomenon in the custom world. The Spanish workshop inspires both passion and rage from observers, and this latest build is likely to be no different. It’s called ‘Marrajo’—the Spanish word for a mako shark—and is based on a 1998… Read more »

  • Honda 750 Nighthawk by Ad Hoc

    Honda 750 Nighthawk by Ad Hoc

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Right now, the epicenter of the European custom scene is Spain. The Iberian Peninsula is already famous for its petrolhead culture, which has spawned legions of MotoGP stars—and we’re now seeing a growing number of workshops transforming older bikes into drop-dead gorgeous traffic stoppers. Shops… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RS

    Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RS

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sensible isn’t a word you’d normally use to describe a custom motorcycle. But as this BMW R100RS from Cafe Racer Dreams proves, sensible doesn’t have to mean stale. It can also come with a hefty dose of style and desirability. CRD #49 was commissioned by… Read more »

  • Bonneville T100 by Maccomotors

    Bonneville T100 by Maccomotors

  • El Solitario ‘Impostor’ BMW R nineT

    El Solitario ‘Impostor’ BMW R nineT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Europe, there are two manufacturers backing the custom scene hard: Yamaha and BMW. They’re supplying bikes to leading builders, and taking a leap of faith and giving them free rein. We’ve covered Yamaha’s ‘Yard Built’ bikes already, and now it’s the turn of BMW.… Read more »

  • BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The R1200S saw the debut of BMW’s most powerful-ever boxer motor, with over 120 horsepower going to the back wheel. It was that rare breed, a sportbike with a shaft drive, and retained the classic Paralever single-sided swingarm. Not what you might consider to be… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

    Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When a Ducati 900SS rolls into a workshop for a big-budget overhaul, it usually leaves a few weeks later looking just like it did when it rolled off the production line in the 90s. But not this one: only the most eagle-eyed Ducatistas would recognize… Read more »

  • Custom Triumph Scrambler

    Custom Triumph Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Francesc Galindo has a job most of us would kill for: he’s a MotoGP mechanic who flies around the world wrenching on bikes for the Pramac Racing Ducati team. In his spare time, he likes to work on customs. He runs Fgmotoworks, a small workshop… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR250 ‘AG HOC’

    Yamaha SR250 ‘AG HOC’

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve used the term ‘low-key’ to describe Ad Hoc’s David Gonzalez before. His latest release—an audacious Yamaha SR250—is anything but. This cheeky-looking scrambler was built to appeal to the urban and extreme sports sensibilities of its young owner. “The first thing that came to mind… Read more »

  • BMW R1100GS by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R1100GS by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’re planning a trip to North Africa, you need a bike that is absolutely bulletproof. Cafe Racer Dreams know how to take a motorcycle apart and rebuild it, and have made their name transforming everything from vintage Honda CBs to modern Triumph Scramblers. But… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ750 by Ad Hoc

    Yamaha XJ750 by Ad Hoc

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    David Gonzalez is one of those low-key, under-the-radar builders, slowly creating a portfolio of stylish and slightly unusual bikes. Ten months ago we covered his classy Moto Morini 350; it’s now a pleasure to show his latest build, this angular 1983 Yamaha XJ750. The XJ750… Read more »

  • Adiós, Radical Ducati

    Adiós, Radical Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    News has just broken that Radical Ducati is no more. The Madrid workshop run by Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon has suddenly shut down, despite a string of high-profile customs and critical acclaim. A brief statement on Radical Ducati’s Facebook page signaled the end. “It… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 by CRD

    Kawasaki W650 by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Kawasaki W650 is a motorcycle just begging to be customized. Production ended in 2008, but it’s easy to find one on the secondhand market, prices are reasonable, and custom parts are plentiful. There are a lot of top-dollar W650 builds out there, yet this… Read more »

  • Honda NX650 ‘Dos’ by Kiddo Motors

    Honda NX650 ‘Dos’ by Kiddo Motors

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sergio Armet burst onto the custom scene a couple of years ago with a brilliant Honda NX650 custom, ‘Kiddo Uno.’ He’s been busy in his Barcelona workshop ever since, and he’s now returned to his roots with a second NX650, ‘Dos.’ ‘Dos’ is a short,… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6

    Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some custom motorcycles are so outlandish that they grab your attention immediately, while some are so understated and classy that, once you notice them, you can’t look away. Case in point: Cafe Racer Dreams‘ #38. This stunning ’74 BMW R90/6 belongs to José Martín Espinosa,… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    Moto Guzzi V7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic in my garage right now, so when I heard that Cafe Racer Dreams were starting work on a new V7 Stone, my ears pricked up. There’s no shortage of Triumph Bonneville customs, but despite the sales success of Mandello… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster M900

    Radical Ducati Monster M900

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    No one does that raw, retro racer look as well as Radical Ducati. The Madrid workshop channels a very appealing vintage aesthetic—and then backs it up with serious performance upgrades. Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon build Ducatis that go as fast as they look. This… Read more »

  • Honda CG125 x Zündapp DB200

    Honda CG125 x Zündapp DB200

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CG125 is not one of the world’s most desirable motorcycles. But it’s compact, cheap to run and staggeringly reliable. Since the mid-70s, tens of thousands have been used as commuter bikes in Europe—and most of them are probably still on the road. You… Read more »

  • Kawasaki H1 by Valtoron

    Kawasaki H1 by Valtoron

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Valtoron is one of the most unusual custom builders in Europe. It’s a foundry in a tiny hamlet in Spain, run by two brothers who live to ride. When they’re not creating sculptures they like to build bikes, and they let their imaginations run wild.… Read more »

  • Honda CB900F by CRD

    Honda CB900F by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CB900F was never the prettiest of bikes. But with a solid 95 bhp on tap, it offered a big performance jump over the CB750. It was mostly aimed at the European market, where it was known as the Bol D’Or—after the famous endurance… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V65 by El Solitario

    Moto Guzzi V65 by El Solitario

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For a pursuit that is all about freedom and individuality, the world of custom motorcycles can be a strangely serious business. Are those tires good enough? It’s a hardtail, it can’t possibly handle. What, only 50 bhp pulling 200 kilos? Like audiophiles who’ve become so… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ750 by Valtoron

    Kawasaki KZ750 by Valtoron

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Valdetorres del Jarama is a small village in Spain, half an hour from the center of Madrid. It’s also home to a sculptor’s foundry called Valtoron, named after the local river. The foundry is run by two brothers with a passion for traditional metalwork. In… Read more »

  • Honda CG125 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    Honda CG125 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’ve spent any time in Spain, you’ll have noticed the hordes of small-capacity bikes and scooters that swarm the streets. Ridden with verve—and in some cases, abandon—they’re a noisy affirmation of the Iberian love affair with motorcycles. In the western world, most custom motorcycles… Read more »

  • BMW R80ST by Fuel

    BMW R80ST by Fuel

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles is not the most prolific of Spain’s custom workshops, but their creations are always worth keeping an eye out for. This is the latest, based on a 1984 BMW R80ST. Called the Fuel R80 STrial, it’s inspired by ISDT bikes—the Triumphs, BSAs… Read more »

  • Moto Morini 350 by Ad Hoc

    Moto Morini 350 by Ad Hoc

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Just outside Barcelona is a small workshop called Ad Hoc Cafe Racers with a story we can all relate to. It’s run by David, a man with a keen sense of priorities. “I started Ad Hoc as a project about a year go,” he says.… Read more »

  • BMW R100/7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R100/7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The BMW R-series has joined the Honda CB750 and Triumph Bonneville in the pantheon of custom motorcycle platforms. With a remarkably distinctive-looking engine and a bulky, high-capacity tank, it’s not a conventionally ‘pretty’ bike. But love it or loathe it, the big BMW sure looks… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer Dreams NX650

    Cafe Racer Dreams NX650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m starting to wonder if the NX650 is set to replace the CB750 as the favorite Honda platform for custom builders. In Europe, a Dominator is easy to find: it was the ubiquitous inner-city dispatch bike. Tough, reliable and comfortable on the dirt as well… Read more »

  • Harley XL1200 by CRD

    Harley XL1200 by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Cafe Racer Dreams have made a name for themselves with classy Triumph and Honda customs. They’ve resisted the lure of Milwaukee so far, but as with most builders, there comes a time when you need to look at the Harley-Davidson Sportster. The Harley brand is… Read more »

  • Reborn Yamaha SR250

    Reborn Yamaha SR250

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This slim and agile Yamaha SR250 street tracker is the first product from a new Barcelona workshop called Reborn Motors. Light and maneuverable, it’s perfect for tight city streets and gravel tracks further afield. Reborn Motors has an impeccable pedigree. The workshop is run by… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Baula’ BMW

    El Solitario ‘Baula’ BMW

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom motorcycles are a mix of art and engineering—and there’s a tension in that mix. Trends develop, and quickly become cliché. But occasionally a builder bucks the trend so hard that it literally stops people in their tracks. That’s what happened six months ago at… Read more »

  • 2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

    2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

  • Chris Hunter Ten Best Motorcycles ,,

    Twice a year, we compile a list of the most popular motorcycles on Bike EXIF. It’s the global barometer of public taste, with bikes selected on the basis of web traffic and their popularity across our social media channels—including Facebook, Stumbleupon and our exploding Pinterest… Read more »

  • CRD# 23 “Coyote”

    CRD# 23 “Coyote”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes it’s the unlikeliest motorcycles that become popular with custom builders. The Yamaha Virago is one, and the Honda Dominator another. This is CRD’s take on Honda’s venerable NX650 dual-sport thumper: they’ve stripped off the clunky plastics and added a strong dash of Spanish style.

  • Bultaco Matador by Busch & Busch

    Bultaco Matador by Busch & Busch

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s about time we featured Nevada-based Lance and Danny Busch. And this stunning Bultaco is the perfect introduction. Busch & Busch is one of those shops with no discernible signature style, but every build seems to ooze cool—whether it’s a Honda ATC turned into a… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Winning Loser’

    El Solitario ‘Winning Loser’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s stating the obvious, but some bikes are easier to customize than others. If you’ve got a Ducati SportClassic or Harley Sportster sitting in your garage, you’ve got a head start. But what about the real bread-and-butter bikes, the unloved small-capacity Japanese machines with gawky… Read more »