Spain

  • 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 »

  • Cafe Racer Dreams’ Ossa Copa custom

    Cafe Racer Dreams’ Ossa Copa custom

  • 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 »

  • Radical Ducati’s killer 900 SS custom

    Radical Ducati’s killer 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 »

  • Yankee 500 Z

    Yankee 500 Z

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    When I first glanced at this bike, I thought it was a Yamaha. But no, it’s an obscure brand called ‘Yankee’. It came out of Schenectady, New York in the early 1970s, although this particular unrestored machine now lives at the Museu de la Moto… Read more »

  • CRD #4: Yamaha SR250

    CRD #4: Yamaha SR250

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I was a lad growing up in England, 500cc was considered a ‘big’ motorcycle. Machines such as the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Zeds were considered behemoths. But my, how times have changed. The old ‘standard’ 250 is now almost forgotten in the USA and… Read more »

  • Bultaco Cazarécords

    Bultaco Cazarécords

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    In 1960, the young Spanish manufacturer Bultaco decided to make a name for itself and claim some long distance records. It built this stunningly beautiful 175cc machine, and took it to the Autodrome de Montlhéry just south of Paris. It was a successful trip, with… Read more »

  • CRD #3: CB750 custom

    CRD #3: CB750 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The comments ran hot when we posted the first bike from Spanish builder Café Racer Dreams, so it’ll be interesting to see the reaction to this one. CRD’s third release is called ‘Military Gold’, a reference to the Firestone Military tires fitted to 19” wheels.… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ400 custom

    Kawasaki KZ400 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alex Patrocinio edits the Barcelona-based custom culture magazine El Diablo, and this is his bike. It was a 35-year-old UJM with a seized engine when Alex found it, but his friends at the custom shop Mad Crow Garage have turned it into a very smart… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 9½

    Radical Ducati 9½

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Madrid-based Radical Ducati is on a roll at the moment, raiding Ducati parts bins from the past twenty years to produce a steady supply of jaw-dropping customs. This latest bike is inspired by racing Ducatis from the 1970s and the ‘monocilindrica’ 450cc. The starting point… Read more »

  • Honda CB900 custom

    Honda CB900 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Café Racer Dreams is a new arrival on the custom scene, but the Spanish outfit has grabbed our attention right out of the blocks. This is its first bike, a 1983 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or. It’s been completely dismantled, restored and reassembled to concours… Read more »