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  • 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 »

  • 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 »