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  • 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 »

  • Triumph Bonneville ‘Atom Bomb Special’

    Triumph Bonneville ‘Atom Bomb Special’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Clay Rathburn is one of those builders without a recognizable style. But his bikes are always marvels of craftsmanship, and bear closer inspection. Clay built this machine as an ‘anything goes’ project for his friend (and Atom Bomb webmaster) Adam Green. “Adam lives on an… Read more »

  • 1980 Honda CX500 custom

    1980 Honda CX500 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CX500 is a stern test of any builder’s skills: although it’s cheap and readily available, it’s not an attractive starting point. But Santa Cruz-based Noah Blum took this as a challenge, and he’s scored a convincing win. His CX500 is one of the… Read more »

  • Honda CB400 by Classified Moto

    Honda CB400 by Classified Moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Classified Moto is one of the breakthrough builders of the past couple of years. John Ryland’s stubby, purposeful aesthetic has attracted a legion of fans (plus the media attention to match) and the order book is full. Ryland grades his bikes according to the amount… Read more »

  • Yamaha Bolt by Roland Sands

    Yamaha Bolt by Roland Sands

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Harley’s evergreen Sportster has some serious competition these days. And the biggest threat is the new Yamaha Bolt. It weighs less, handles better and has much improved ergonomics—with dirt track-style bars and mid-mounted footpegs. The stock Yamaha Bolt has pleasingly minimal looks, with hints of… Read more »

  • Harley XL883R by Shaw Speed

    Harley XL883R by Shaw Speed

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Like Gulf Oil, Martini is a brand inextricably associated with speed. The blue and red stripes are one of the most distinctive liveries in motorsport, and forever associated with the Martini Racing Porsches from the 1970s. Martini hits its 150th anniversary in 2013, and the… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1000 by Santiago Chopper

    Kawasaki Z1000 by Santiago Chopper

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Santiago Chopper’s Alain Bernard is a vintage Kawasaki fan from way back. And when he’s not building trikes, he likes to have a little fun with streetfighter-ish Z1000 customs. You might recognize the engine, but the frame is harder to spot. It’s a Georges Martin… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 by Gasser Customs

    Honda CB350 by Gasser Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Gasser is a custom and vintage bike shop in Southern California that we haven’t come across before. But it’s a name to watch: the Honda CB350 shown here has just taken first place in the ‘Classic Metric’ class at the L.A. Calendar Bike show in… Read more »

  • Triumph x Mule Motorcycles

    Triumph x Mule Motorcycles

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Triumph’s new Bonneville is fast becoming a go-to choice for custom-bike builders who want to start with a reliable current machine, rather than scour junkyards for clanky old donors. The resurrected retrobike has been around long enough now: used examples are affordable, the simple air/oil-cooled… Read more »

  • Sportster 48 by Rampant x Ellaspede

    Sportster 48 by Rampant x Ellaspede

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Warwick Lyon started work on this Sportster 48, he wanted to build a modern interpretation of a café racer with elements of a streetfighter. Lyon runs an Australian workshop called Rampant Motorcycles, and his forte is mechanics. So he called up Ellaspede—another Brisbane-based builder,… Read more »

  • Honda CB900F custom

    Honda CB900F custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Brothers Rob and Chris Chappell have a slightly unusual approach to running their company Chappell Customs: Rob lives near Toronto in Canada, and Chris lives over 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles. It hasn’t stopped them building some sweet customs though, like the Yamaha XS650… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Meyerbuilt

    Honda CB550 by Meyerbuilt

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Cliff Meyer is a pediatric ICU nurse during the day and builds motorcycles during his spare time. Inspired by watching motorcycle reality shows, Cliff taught himself how to weld and fabricate metal. From there he worked part time at a a small racing and fabrication… Read more »

  • Icon x Triumph drift motorcycle

    Icon x Triumph drift motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    How many motorcycle videos get more than ten million views? Not many, if any. But the first two Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle films from Icon Motosports got an incredible 13 million and 16 million views apiece. The third film in the series has just… Read more »

  • Harley dual sport motorcycle

    Harley dual sport motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Jim Carducci is an engineer with a passion for dual sport motorcycles and the Harley Sportster motor. So he’s put the two together and created the Carducci Dual Sport SC3 Adventure. It’s not quite as improbable as it sounds, and the amount of engineering on… Read more »

  • Suzuki GN400 custom

    Suzuki GN400 custom

  • James McBride Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This 1981 Suzuki GN400 is one of those increasingly rare custom motorcycles that was built for under $1,000—without actually looking like it was built for under $1,000. The donor bike was an old GN400 thumper that old friends Chris Errecart and Adam Bendig found on… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Leggero racer

    Walt Siegl Leggero racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    When he’s not building the world’s most desirable Ducati road bikes, Walt Siegl likes to head for the racetrack on his 916 or 1098. But he’s a hard rider, and his two regular mounts are now looking a little battered. So Walt’s built himself this… Read more »

  • BSA B34 by BA Moto

    BSA B34 by BA Moto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There aren’t many bikes from the 1950s still being used as daily riders. But this BSA B34, some 62 years old, stretches its legs several times a week with owner Nate Hudson on board. “My father rode the same model back in the 50s,” he… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K1 resto-mod

    Honda CB450 K1 resto-mod

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    What, another Honda CB ‘cafe racer’? Rest assured this one is different. Apart from a nut-and-bolt mechanical overhaul, it’s sporting subtle upgrades that will drastically increase its performance. Santa Fe-based Charles Burkhardt found this Honda CB450 K1 on Craigslist, and it looked like it hadn’t… Read more »

  • “Riverside Racer” by Analog

    “Riverside Racer” by Analog

  • Wes Garcia Classic Motorcycles ,,

    The latest build from Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles is this 1966 Wards Riverside—a bike that originated from an unlikely marriage between Chicago’s Montgomery Ward and Benelli motorcycles of Italy. From 1959 to 1969 Montgomery Ward, the now defunct department store, sold motorcycles and scooters… Read more »