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  • Laverda SF2 resto-mod

    Laverda SF2 resto-mod

  • Shaik Ridzwan Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Ah, Laverda. The great, lost name of motorcycling. KTM now has a mortgage on vibrant orange motorcycles, but in the 70s the color was synonymous with the Breganze factory in northern Italy. Few builders get the chance to work on Laverdas these days, but Takashi… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Headcase Kustom

    Harley Sportster by Headcase Kustom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Right now, the Harley Sportster is challenging for position on the café racer scene. (Before purists complain, I’m using the term ‘café racer’ very loosely—meaning the opposite of cruiser custom style.) This sleek and agressive build comes from Casey Johnson, who runs Headcase Kustom Art… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

    Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to believe that this lean, purposeful café racer started out as a beaten up 1978 Yamaha SR500—an ex-AHMRA race bike that was standing in Chris Chappell‘s Los Angeles shop. Despite the fact that it had a pink FZR front wheel, Ninja rear wheel,… Read more »

  • Icon 1000 ‘Iron Lung’ Sportster

    Icon 1000 ‘Iron Lung’ Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Icon’s design director Kurt Walter is one of the most inspired bike builders operating in the USA today. Working with a tight-knit crew in the company’s Portland headquarters, he creates machines that are bombastic, aggressive and refreshingly unorthodox. Like this 1991 Harley Sportster roadracer, nicknamed… Read more »

  • Royal Enfield Musket V-twin

    Royal Enfield Musket V-twin

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The modern-day Royal Enfield has many charms. But a rumbling exhaust note is not one of them. And nor is the ability to smoke rubber, however gently. Ohio-based Aniket Vardhan has found a solution to this problem. There’s no substitute for cubic inches, so he’s… Read more »

  • Bimota DB3 by Analog Motorcycles

    Bimota DB3 by Analog Motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Amidst the beauty parade of BMWs, Hondas and Triumphs, it’s good to see a more obscure marque getting a custom makeover. And before you recoil in horror at the thought of a Bimota going under the knife, rest assured that the donor bike was probably… Read more »

  • Jamesville’s 1948 Harley Panhead

    Jamesville’s 1948 Harley Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Roper-Caldbeck is English, lives in Denmark, and builds custom Harley-Davidsons. It sounds like a League of Nations recipe for disaster, but fear not—James has an amazingly good eye for stance and proportions. This long, low Panhead is James’ latest creation, a ground-up build for… Read more »

  • Rough Crafts ‘Stealth Bullet’ Sportster

    Rough Crafts ‘Stealth Bullet’ Sportster

  • Cagiva Ala Azzurra by Venier

    Cagiva Ala Azzurra by Venier

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s always a certain style, a certain luxe look to Stefano Venier’s builds. He’s best known for his immaculately finished Moto Guzzis, but his latest machine is a less recognizable beast. Although the engine is stamped with the Ducati logo, the bike is a mid-80s… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl x Puma Ducati 900 SS

    Walt Siegl x Puma Ducati 900 SS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a big fan of keeping it simple when it comes to color schemes. Orange for a Laverda, black for a Vincent, yellow for a Yamaha. But this funky Ducati 900 SS from Walt Siegl is an absolute treat. Siegl is quite rightly getting noticed… Read more »

  • Ducati SportClassic by Revival

    Ducati SportClassic by Revival

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati SportClassic was a bike ahead of its time—a machine that married retro café-style looks with thoroughly modern performance. It’s now in hot demand on the secondhand market, and a favorite with custom builders looking for a rock-solid platform with ‘good bones.’ This SportClassic… Read more »

  • 1972 BMW R75/5: a ‘Traditional Custom’

    1972 BMW R75/5: a ‘Traditional Custom’

  • Shaik Ridzwan Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something magical about a classic 70s BMW airhead: Slightly oddball lines, that remarkable engine, and the promise of fine German engineering. An off-kilter charm, if you like. This BMW R75/5, however, is not quite what it seems. It’s a subtly modified 1972 model that… Read more »

  • Hazan Motorworks Harley Ironhead

    Hazan Motorworks Harley Ironhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Max Hazan is one of a handful of builders who operate at the intersection of motorcycles and art. It’s a rarefied field: the best-known protagonist is probably Ian Barry of Falcon Motorcycles. But Barry now has some serious competition. Brooklyn-based Hazan is a former boat-builder,… Read more »

  • BMW R100RT custom

    BMW R100RT custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Four years ago, Bill Costello became a big name in the classic BMW world. He’d restored a 1958 BMW R50 as a tribute to his father, and before he knew it, the bike was on the cover of three magazines. Bill was even flown to… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 bobber

    Honda CB750 bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you build customs in Florida or the southeastern States, chances are you’ll know Moe Colors. Based in Tampa, Moe Roberts paints bikes for big-time builders like Dime City Cycles and Greg Hageman, and he’s also in demand for work on custom guitars. This is… Read more »

  • Harley Panhead by Noise Cycles

    Harley Panhead by Noise Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It’s a little embarrassing to realize that we have not featured the work of Scott Jones before. Scott is the man behind California-based Noise Cycles, and he’s one of the most talented custom builders in the USA—if not the world. This 1952 Harley Panhead won… Read more »

  • BSA Trackmaster

    BSA Trackmaster

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a growing trend in custom motorcycles today, it’s towards street trackers: road-legal versions of the flat track bikes that raced in the 1960s and 1970s. With small tanks, wide bars and fat tires, they’re good-looking bikes stripped down to the essentials. Machines like… Read more »

  • KTM 690 Enduro R by Roland Sands

    KTM 690 Enduro R by Roland Sands

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I met a motojournalist the other day who reckoned the KTM 690 Enduro R is the best bike he’s ever tested. He liked it so much, he bought one for himself. The design of the Austrian machine is strong and distinctive, but for some, the… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Bull Cycles

    Harley Sportster by Bull Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Regular readers will know that we don’t feature many Harley Sportster customs. It’s not often that one makes me jump out of my seat, but just take a look at this XL1200 from Illinois-based Bull Cycles. ‘Zephyr’ is one of the more successful café conversions,… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR250 by Moto-Mucci

    Yamaha SR250 by Moto-Mucci

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two years ago, Dave Mucci scored a king hit with his Honda CX500 custom—one of our most popular bikes of all time. And now he’s back with another build, a lithe Yamaha SR250 with clean lines, thoughtful details and a natural palette. It’s Dave’s first… Read more »

  • Doc’s Chops Yamaha Virago XV920

    Doc’s Chops Yamaha Virago XV920

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Are there any remaining doubts about the resurrection of the Yamaha Virago XV920? If so, this latest build from Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops should eradicate them. “My inspiration for this bike was an old DT360 my neighbor had when I was growing up,” Greg… Read more »

  • Buell X1 Lightning by Deus

    Buell X1 Lightning by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Deus’ Los Angeles outpost is gathering momentum. Design Director Michael Woolaway has now built nine bikes, and this is the latest—an uncompromising reworking of the Buell X1 Lightning, nicknamed ‘Bully.’ Let’s get the name out of the way first. “It’s somewhat to do with its… Read more »

  • Kott Honda CB750 DOHC

    Kott Honda CB750 DOHC

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Dustin Kott is what you might call a builder’s builder. From his base in California he specializes in Honda CBs, turning out low-key but beautifully finished machines. Like this 1979 Honda CB750 DOHC, called ‘The Valentino.’ Kott enjoys working on vintage Hondas: The engineering tolerances… Read more »

  • Yamaha Bolt by Chappell Customs

    Yamaha Bolt by Chappell Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yamaha has embraced the new wave custom culture by giving its new Bolt to eight builders in North America—and giving them carte blanche to rework the bike. We’ve already seen Roland Sands’ tracker-inspired Bolt, and now it’s the turn of Chappell Customs. Rob Chappell is… Read more »

  • Honda CJ360T by Digital Directiv

    Honda CJ360T by Digital Directiv

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most builders dread dealing with the electrics on a bike. But not Joe Tessitore of Portland-based Digital Directiv, a mad scientist operation focused on bringing vintage bikes up to date with modern electrical technology. “Builders don’t usually talk about upgraded electrical systems or modern convenience,… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Ducati cafe racer

    Walt Siegl Ducati cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a steady demand for Walt Siegl’s Leggero café racers. And looking at these images of his latest build, it’s not hard to see why: timeless lines, well-chosen components, and immaculate build quality. Siegl is a keen racer too, so these bikes can hold their… Read more »

  • Suzuki T500 Titan

    Suzuki T500 Titan

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Michigan-based Shoemaker Vintage creates beautifully finished ‘real world’ road machines—functional as well as good looking, like this 1971 Suzuki T500 Titan. Proprietor Ralph Spencer has been a gearhead from an early age. He’s spent his life designing and fabricating for the military defense industry, specializing… Read more »