Tag: Spain

  • 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 »

  • CRD Triumph “Silver Eyes”

    CRD Triumph “Silver Eyes”

  • 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 »

  • BMW R45: ‘The Gonzo’

    BMW R45: ‘The Gonzo’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the more original builders working today is David Borras, a Spanish vintage motorcycle racer who runs El Solitario (“the loner”) MC. He’s got an idiosyncratic style, and his disregard for contemporary fashions has won him a lot of attention. This is Borras’ latest… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville by CRD

    Triumph Bonneville by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is the latest build from Spanish shop Café Racer Dreams, which is starting to look like the southern European counterpart to the well-established Wrenchmonkees of Copenhagen. CRD #10 is called “Night Track”, and it’s a 2007 Triumph Bonneville. The mods are well-chosen, tightening up… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 48 Sport

    Radical Ducati 48 Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Radical Ducati is best known for its ultra-desirable transformations of contemporary superbikes. But the Spanish company occasionally turns its hand to vintage machinery, like this beautiful little ‘Sportiva’. It’s a 1962 Ducati 48 Sport—which was known as the Falcon in the US. And despite its… Read more »

  • CRD #9: 1980 Honda CB750

    CRD #9: 1980 Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Whenever I see a Honda CB750 in the metal, I’m always surprised at how big it is. In photographs, Honda’s iconic inline four always seems slim and sleek. So I’d love to throw a leg over this 1980 CB750 KZ, the latest custom from Cafe… Read more »

  • El Solitario Triumph T120

    El Solitario Triumph T120

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The bike-building scene in Spain is absolutely booming, and I’ve no idea why. We have the specialists—like Radical Ducati—and the new wave custom shops, like Café Racer Dreams. Now we have El Solitario MC, based in the Galician town of Gondomar and run by vintage… Read more »

  • CRD #7: Ossa Copa “Grand Prix”

    CRD #7: Ossa Copa “Grand Prix”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Café Racer Dreams is a Spanish custom shop with a sleek and pared-back style. So this vintage-themed machine is something of a departure for Pedro and his crew, but it works beautifully. It’s based on the 1979 Ossa Copa 250, a lightweight two-stroke single known… Read more »

  • BMW R75/5 custom

    BMW R75/5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    During the austere and oppressive reign of General Franco—a remarkable 36 years from 1939 to 1975—foreign motorcycles were a rarity in Spain. So this BMW R75/5 must be a novelty on Iberian roads. It’s owned by Juan Ramón Ortega, a Madrileño with a longstanding passion… Read more »

  • 1968 Bultaco TSS racer

    1968 Bultaco TSS racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The New Zealand auction house Webbs has a habit of uncovering some gems for its sales, and this is the star of its next show: a 1968 Bultaco TSS racer campaigned by local legend Ginger Molloy. And don’t those lines still look beautiful, over four… Read more »

  • Honda NX650 custom

    Honda NX650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always good to see a new custom shop on the scene. And it’s even better when the first bike is a winner, straight out of the box. So let me introduce you to Kiddo Motors, the trading name of Sergio Armet. He’s a one-man-band… Read more »

  • Ducati 900 SS custom

    Ducati 900 SS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought that the Ducati 900 SS deserved more praise. It was a fast sports tourer with good handling—but it was also pigeonholed by critics as a lesser bike than the 996, and too expensive compared to the early Monsters. So it’s great to… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster S2R

    Radical Ducati Monster S2R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a fan of the Spanish tuner Radical Ducati: their bikes are invariably well engineered and good looking. And they seem to know what to change and what to leave alone. This latest bike is nicknamed ‘Rad to Hell’, and it’s based on the Monster… Read more »

  • Ossa TR 280i

    Ossa TR 280i

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    One of the greatest names in competition motorcycles is back: after a 28-year absence, the Spanish company Ossa has restarted its production line. And this is its headline bike, the remarkable 67kg TR 280i. Yes, that’s just 67kg—or 148 lbs, for those of you with… Read more »

  • CRD #5: Honda CB750

    CRD #5: Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It looks like brown is a trending color in the custom motorcycle world. First the Wrenchmonkees CX500, and now this latest bike, “Cíclope”, from Spain’s Café Racer Dreams. CRD #5 is a 1980 Honda CB750 cafe—a KZ model—and the glossy brown-and-black color scheme works brilliantly.… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster bobber

    Harley Sportster bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A blog that’s caught my eye recently is GasCap, run by Spaniard Alex Ramon. Alex has now sent in details of his Sportster bobber, built by Lluís Ibañez Casabon of L.A. Motorcycles in Barcelona. I’d never have guessed, but this machine is based on a… Read more »

  • Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

    Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In 1981, Ducati unveiled a gorgeous racing twin based on the successful Pantah. The TT2 used a Verlicchi-designed frame with a steel cantilever swing-arm, Marzocchi 35 mm forks and 18” magnesium wheels. The machine we’ve got here is even better: a thorough upgrade built for… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Corsa Evo

    Radical Ducati Corsa Evo

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Radical Ducati is in the business of making good sportbikes great. The Spanish company produces top-drawer accessories and go-faster kits for most of the Ducati range, and the RAD 02 Corsa Evo is its latest release. The ‘02’ moniker means that it’s configured as a… Read more »

  • Derbi Angel Nieto replica

    Derbi Angel Nieto replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Sometimes a motorcycle built purely for function can have beautiful form as well. This vintage 50cc racer from the Spanish Derbi factory is packing just 15hp, but it could reach an extraordinary 200 kph (124 mph) on the track. And as you can see, it… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville by CRD

    Triumph Bonneville by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A lot of custom motorcycles are capricious creatures: pretty but impractical. Others are bikes that you can jump on and ride to the shops, and this Triumph Bonneville is one of them. It’s the latest build from the Spanish workshop CRD, and follows the current… Read more »

  • Montesa Cota

    Montesa Cota

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a customized trials motorcycle before. And they don’t come with a much better pedigree than the Montesa Cota, the machine that won the 1968 Championship in trials-mad Spain. The bike in the images is a 1974 Cota 247 model,… Read more »