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Sleeper: A 2016 Ducati Scrambler heavily modified by Zero Motorcycles engineer Tom Zipprian

Sleeper: A Ducati Scrambler tweaked by a Zero engineer

A lot of folks who work at American motorcycle manufacturers are compulsive tinkerers. Indian’s design head, Ola Stenegärd, has been building choppers since forever. And Brad Richards of Harley-Davidson always has something sweet on his workbench. Tom Zipprian is a mechanical engineer at California’s Zero Motorcycles—and he too likes to fill his precious downtime with…

Yamaha XSR700 customized for the Yard Built program by Hookie Co.

Off brief, on trend: A Yard Built XSR700 from Hookie

Any designer knows: sometimes you need to give your client what they need, rather than what they’ve asked for. When Yamaha asked Hookie Co. to customize an XSR700 for the Yard Built program, the brief was “Playful, sporty and classic.” Not feeling the throwback vibe, the Dresden-based team decided to build something modern—even slightly futuristic—instead.…