Spain

  • 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 »

  • Honda XR600 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    Honda XR600 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s the latest custom to roll out of the Madrid workshop of Cafe Racer Dreams. Once again, there’s an off-road influence—but this time, the Spanish workshop has taken a dirt bike and realigned it for road use, rather than the other way round. CRD #19… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva

    Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fully-faired sportbikes don’t really get my motor running, no matter how exotic. But if I had to put an Italian stallion in my garage, it’d be one of Ducati’s mid-displacement models. So I like the way Radical Ducati are thinking. Their latest build, the 7½… Read more »

  • Kiddo Motors Triumph Thruxton

    Kiddo Motors Triumph Thruxton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    How do you turn an already good bike into an exceptional bike? This pale and interesting Triumph Thruxton custom from Kiddo Motors of Barcelona is one answer. There’s some interesting thinking on this bike. The spoked wheels are from Alpina Raggi, using a proprietary system… Read more »

  • BMW R100RT by Cafe Racer Dreams

    BMW R100RT by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two months ago, CRD hit the ball out of the park with an elegant vintage BMW R75. They’ve now revisited the Teutonic theme, this time with a muscular and purposeful R 100RT. ‘Ruby Ring’ was commissioned by an Austrian fan of the Spanish custom builders.… Read more »

  • El Solitario Triumph T120R

    El Solitario Triumph T120R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Love them or hate them, Spanish builders El Solitario MC have an eye for a good paintjob: their 1969 Triumph T120R sports paint by the East London signwriter Ornamental Conifer (Nicolai Sclater) and Corpses From Hell (Maxwell Paternoster).

  • El Solitario’s “Pop Cycles”

    El Solitario’s “Pop Cycles”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    And now for something completely different. This is a collection of three bikes far removed from anything we’ve shown before. They’re not bikes for measuring lap times or lean angles—they’re based on Honda’s humble CG 125, for starters. Instead, they’re a direct attempt to do… Read more »

  • Vintage BMW by CRD

    Vintage BMW by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For its latest build, Cafe Racer Dreams has taken a break from Triumph Bonnevilles. The Spanish workshop has turned its attention to the vintage BMW R-series—namely, the 749 cc R75/5 boxer. Now owned by Valéry from Paris, this 1971 model is a thorough resto-mod in… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster 1100

    Radical Ducati Monster 1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Spain is a hotbed of custom motorcycle building at the moment, and Radical Ducati is at the forefront of the performance-oriented scene. Wildcat is the latest creation from Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon. It’s built around a blueprinted Monster 1100 Evo engine with a carbon… Read more »

  • CRD #15 Bonneville

    CRD #15 Bonneville

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live near Madrid and you want to add a custom touch to your Bonneville, you’re in luck. Cafe Racer Dreams have made a name for themselves with tweaked Triumphs and Honda CBs, and this is #15, their latest build. It’s a 2007-model bike,… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

    Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a sweet spot in custom motorcycle building—a point where performance and beautiful aesthetics collide. Spain’s Radical Ducati hit this spot time after time, and they’ve done it again with ‘Pantahstica’. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a Ducati Pantah, given the color scheme,… Read more »

  • Ducati Road 350

    Ducati Road 350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Building motorcycles is an art as well as a science. While some builders take it very seriously, others have a sense of irreverence. The lighter touch often seems to come from mainland Europe; the French outfit Blitz springs to mind, and another is Spain’s El… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 by La Corona

    Yamaha XS650 by La Corona

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Spain is not an easy country to import a motorcycle into. But perseverance has paid off for the four guys at La Corona Motorcycles. After months of paperwork and weeks of wrenching, they have a sharp XS650 cafe to be proud of. It’s a classic… Read more »

  • BMW R100 RS custom

    BMW R100 RS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most interesting new European custom builders is Karles Vives of Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles. He’s based in Barcelona, Spain, and is entirely self-taught. He’s also got an excellent eye for aesthetics. This is the second BMW R100-based build from Fuel. (Here’s the first.)… Read more »

  • Triumph cafe racer custom by CRD

    Triumph cafe racer custom by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    So you’ve got a recent-model Triumph Bonneville. A great base bike, but how do you give it a different look without breaking the bank or compromising its reliability? The twelfth build from CRD of Spain shows how: it’s a 2009 Triumph Bonneville with a strong… Read more »

  • Montesa Cota 200

    Montesa Cota 200

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    The Spanish marque Montesa is legendary in the annals of trials history, so it’s always good to see a classic Cota restored to original condition. This one is a 1982 model owned by Oliver Cooper of Sheffield, in the north of England. He bought it… Read more »