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  • 2015 Yamaha SR400 by Palhegyi Design

    2015 Yamaha SR400 by Palhegyi Design

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Is any confirmation needed that a large sector of the motorcycle-buying public is bored with anodyne, plastic-clad offerings? This is it: The venerable Yamaha SR400 goes on sale in the USA in June, following its relaunch in Europe. Yes, we’re talking about a simple mid-capacity… Read more »

  • 1971 Triumph by Analog

    1971 Triumph by Analog

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s usually a trigger that inspires someone to start a custom build. Perhaps an engine failure, or a dent in the tank. Or even just a glimpse of a cool bike parked on the street. In Tony Prust’s case, it was the offer of a… Read more »

  • Harley 48 Sportster by RSD

    Harley 48 Sportster by RSD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It takes a pretty special Harley to stop me in my tracks, but this Sportster 48 from Roland Sands Design hits all the right notes. It’s a street tracker with a strong vintage vibe—plus enough performance upgrades to make it an entertaining ride without compromising… Read more »

  • Suzuki Stinger by Air-Tech

    Suzuki Stinger by Air-Tech

  • Wesley Reyneke Classic Motorcycles ,,

    You’ve probably admired Kent Riches’ work before without knowing it. That’s because his company, Air-Tech Streamlining, has been producing high quality bodywork since the ’80s—for everyone from garage builders to factory race teams. Kent is a prolific racer himself—with fourteen world records to his name—and… Read more »

  • Suzuki Katana by Motohangar

    Suzuki Katana by Motohangar

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When we heard that Motohangar had ripped the bodywork off a Suzuki Katana, we were dismayed. After all, the Katana is one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made. But then we found out that Patrick Jones and crew were revitalizing a 2006 Suzuki Katana,… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

    Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Chris Chappell’s last SR500 was a show-stopper. It was well received when we initially featured it, and went on to earn a spot among our Top Five Yamaha SR500s. As it turns out, he already had another one in the pipeline—with a very different spin.… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ750 by Chad Hodge

    Kawasaki KZ750 by Chad Hodge

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The name Chad Hodge should sound familiar. He designed the sensational Bullitt helmet concept a few years ago—a retro, full-face design that’s since been picked up by Bell and is about to go on sale. Originally from Louisville, Chad works as industrial designer out of… Read more »

  • ICON 1000 Triumph Speedmaster

    ICON 1000 Triumph Speedmaster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    ICON Motosports is back with a killer new custom. It’s the company’s third hookup with Triumph, who delivered a 2013-model Speedmaster for baptism by Sawzall at Icon’s Portland headquarters. In the 1960s, Triumph 650 twins ruled the drag strips and the ICON 1000 Speedmaster is… Read more »

  • Ducati 999S by Venier Customs

    Ducati 999S by Venier Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is one of the fastest motorcycles we’ve ever featured—and I’d say it’s one of the best-looking too. It’s a Ducati 999S ‘Testastretta’ converted from race to road use by Stefano Venier, a New York-based builder with an immaculate eye for understated aesthetics. Venier is… Read more »

  • RD350 Streak by Brew Bikes

    RD350 Streak by Brew Bikes

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you like two-wheelers of the pedal-powered kind, you probably know about Reynolds 853 tubing. It’s a seamless, air-hardened and heat-treated steel tube with a high strength-to-weight ratio. It’s not something you often see pressed into service on a motorcycle frame, and this 1974 Yamaha… Read more »

  • 1969 Honda CB350 by Roc City

    1969 Honda CB350 by Roc City

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The terms ‘hand crafted’ and ‘bespoke’ get thrown around a lot these days—but in the case of this wonderfully understated 1969 Honda CB350, they’re particularly apt. Virtually every part you see here has been hand made by Sean Pelletier of Roc City Cafe Racers. At… Read more »

  • DP Customs Turbo Destroyer

    DP Customs Turbo Destroyer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    DP Customs are famous for their clean, motorsport-influenced Ironhead customs. They’ve now taken the racing concept to the extreme, with a 154 hp street-legal drag bike. “The idea for the Turbo Destroyer came up when we were delivering a build to a race car driver… Read more »

  • Deus Ex Machina: Sibling Rivalry

    Deus Ex Machina: Sibling Rivalry

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two new Deus Ex Machina motorcycles have just rolled out of the Venice, California workshop. Affectionately called Sibling Rivalry, these custom Hondas are high-performance variations on the same theme: turning a street-legal enduro bike into a badass ‘super single.’ ‘Boodaak’ (above and below) and ‘Dakdaak’… Read more »

  • Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

    Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With too much bodywork and an awkward looking 16” front wheel, the Le Mans IV wasn’t exactly the prettiest Moto Guzzi to roll out of Mandello del Lario. So it’s not surprising that the owner of this 1986 model turned to Texas’ Revival Cycles to… Read more »

  • Honda Nighthawk by Classified Moto

    Honda Nighthawk by Classified Moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a builder entitled to look back on 2013 with a quiet sense of satisfaction, it’s John Ryland of Classified Moto. He’s enjoyed both critical and commercial success, with so many commissions he’s had to close the order book on more than one occasion.… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS400 by Walt Siegl

    Yamaha XS400 by Walt Siegl

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Walt Siegl’s name is synonymous with classy, high-end Ducati customs. So it’s a little unusual to see a smaller displacement Japanese motorcycle roll out of his workshop—in this case a Yamaha XS400. Walt built the bike for the personal assistant of one of his customers.… Read more »

  • 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 »