Tag: USA

  • Mooneyes 1964 Triumph

    Mooneyes 1964 Triumph

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Since the 1950s, Mooneyes has been at the heart of Californian custom culture. It’s now an international brand, with a huge presence in Japan and a reputation to live up to. So when owner Shige Suganuma decided to commission a bike for himself, he turned… Read more »

  • Analog Honda CB350

    Analog Honda CB350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always imagined that the frontman of a metal band would ride something like a V-Rod with open pipes. But Mike Hranica of Devil Wears Prada has a taste for classic machinery. Like this elegant and deceptively simple Honda CB350. He chose Tony Prust of… Read more »

  • 2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

    2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Twice a year, we compile a list of the most popular motorcycles on Bike EXIF. It’s the global barometer of public taste, with bikes selected on the basis of web traffic and their popularity across our social media channels—including Facebook, Stumbleupon and our exploding Pinterest… Read more »

  • Rough Crafts Shadow Rocket

    Rough Crafts Shadow Rocket

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Winston Yeh has only been running Rough Crafts for three years. But in that short time, he’s become one of the world’s hottest custom Harley builders—despite being based in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and thousands of miles away from Milwaukee. This is the latest… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

    Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The market for high-end, bespoke custom motorcycles is tiny. To move beyond bolt-on parts takes hours of craftsmanship, and true artisans don’t come cheap. Walt Siegl is one of those rare craftsmen, and he’s also keenly aware of the dilemma: His bikes, lusted after by… Read more »

  • Analog ‘The Messenger’ XS400

    Analog ‘The Messenger’ XS400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you detect a feminine influence on this elegant Yamaha XS400, well spotted. It’s the latest from Analog’s Tony Prust, built for a customer’s wife, and he’s taken his signature clean finish to a new level. The customer was Mike Tomasian, who contacted Prust after… Read more »

  • Ed Haazer Kawasaki Z1

    Ed Haazer Kawasaki Z1

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The American Federation of Motorcyclists is the USA’s oldest motorcycle road racing organization. One of the fastest riders in its race series is Edwin Haazer, who’s famous for wrestling this 1975 Kawasaki Z1 to improbable speeds.

  • Bultaco Matador by Busch & Busch

    Bultaco Matador by Busch & Busch

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s about time we featured Nevada-based Lance and Danny Busch. And this stunning Bultaco is the perfect introduction. Busch & Busch is one of those shops with no discernible signature style, but every build seems to ooze cool—whether it’s a Honda ATC turned into a… Read more »

  • Mule Yamaha XS Street Tracker

    Mule Yamaha XS Street Tracker

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By David Edwards—So this is what happens when two old surf dudes get together. Richard Pollock, our favorite street-tracker builder, was a semi-pro surfer in his youth. Motocross was a way to pass time when the waves were flat, which led to a gig as… Read more »

  • Harley XL883N by Roland Sands

    Harley XL883N by Roland Sands

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    ‘Theme’ bikes have a bad rep these days, and rightly so. Most are little more than a train smash of disparate elements glued together by marketing departments with more money than sense. But occasionally you see a brand collaboration that works, with well-integrated design elements… Read more »

  • Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400

    Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Remember the days when motorcycles made it onto the cover of magazines like Sports Illustrated? Riding bikes was something that real men and movie stars did. And as we’re relentlessly reminded these days, there was no greater star than Steve McQueen. McQueen’s unusual prowess on… Read more »

  • Customs From Jamesville Evo

    Customs From Jamesville Evo

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Just round the corner from the Wrenchmonkees’ workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of Europe’s top independent Harley builders. James Roper-Caldbeck builds sweet, clean vintage bikes under the Customs From Jamesville banner, and this Sportster-based machine is his latest creation. There’s a story behind this… Read more »

  • Buell S1 Lightning custom

    Buell S1 Lightning custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Buell styling is an acquired taste. I’m prepared to wager that sales would have doubled if they’d got the aesthetics right. To my eyes, this customized 1996 S1 Lightning is the bike that Buell should have built in the first place. And ironically, the tank… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Equestrians have a term for the ideal proportions of a horse: conformation. The conformation of a draft horse is obviously different to that of a Kentucky Derby winner, but there is an ideal for both. And so it is with motorcycles. It’s what we all… Read more »

  • Board track Buell

    Board track Buell

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The Buell Blast tends to polarize opinions; Erik Buell himself symbolically crushed one at the end of the production run in 2010. And even some owners have mixed feelings, like Ben McKee of Oxnard, California. “The stock Blast did have some issues—namely the frame, wheels,… Read more »

  • Custom Honda CB450

    Custom Honda CB450

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    BlueCat Motors of St. Paul, MN is the kind of motorcycle shop that every town should have. It’s run by enthusiasts who are comfortable working on both vintage and modern machinery. BlueCat often resurrects older bikes, and this beautiful 1974 Honda CB450 K7 is a… Read more »

  • Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

    Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Alan Stulberg of Texas-based Revival Cycles bought this 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mark I, it was an unfinished restoration project. “The owner literally kissed it and bid it farewell when I handed him the cash,” says Stulberg. “It was sort of emotional …”… Read more »

  • Custom BMW R75/6

    Custom BMW R75/6

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a sucker for a tastefully updated classic BMW. And this mid-70s airhead is as good as it gets. The bike started out as a stock R75/6, but it’s now way beyond factory spec—thanks to California-based BMW specialists Boxer Metal. According to builder Chris Canterbury,… Read more »

  • Deus x Triumph Bonneville

    Deus x Triumph Bonneville

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    How long does it take to create a custom motorcycle? If a bike is commissioned from a builder, it’s usually constructed over several weeks. But most customs take months or even years: they’re gradually modified by their owners, drifting away from stock spec and into… Read more »

  • Custom Ducati 1098

    Custom Ducati 1098

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    How do you improve on perfection? Most custom motorcycles address the shortcomings of a stock bike—be they aesthetic, propulsive or dynamic. But the Ducati 1098 scores pretty highly in all those departments. This custom ‘café fighter’ is owned by Alonzo Bodden, who used the original… Read more »

  • Shinya Kimura’s Cafe Sportster

    Shinya Kimura’s Cafe Sportster

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a certain blacksmith shop feel to Shinya Kimura’s motorcycles, and I mean that in a good way. Looking at the bare aluminum bodywork of his latest creation, this cafe Harley Sportster, you get a sense of the heat and noise and sweat—the sheer effort… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro ‘Big Red’

    Officine RossoPuro ‘Big Red’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m surprised we don’t see more Buell X1-powered customs. The motor has a lot in common with the Sportster 1200 V-twin but pushes out around 95 hp, mostly due to Erik Buell’s high performance ‘Thunderstorm’ heads. Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro is a fan, though.… Read more »

  • ‘Buzz Saw’: custom Yamaha Virago

    ‘Buzz Saw’: custom Yamaha Virago

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Erick Runyon of Choppershotz is one of the hardest-working photographers on the custom motorcycle scene, so he gets to see a lot of bikes. And after working on the Cafe Racer TV show, he’s got to know many of the builders too. Erick’s now built… Read more »

  • 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead

    1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Thunderbike are making big waves on the custom scene at the moment. Granted, some of their builds are at the fluoro chopper end of the scale: German Harley-Davidson specialists are not renowned for their moderation. But the Hamminkeln workshop’s “PainTTless” won the last AMD Championship,… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V1100 custom

    Moto Guzzi V1100 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I think of a Moto Guzzi custom, I think of a Le Mans. It’s one of the all-time great custom platforms, along with the Honda CB750, Triumph Bonneville, Yamaha SR series and Kawasaki W650. This classic-looking Guzzi cafe racer, however, is based on a… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson XR750TT

    Harley-Davidson XR750TT

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the top European concours d’elégance shows is the Salon Privé. It’s held on the manicured lawns of Syon Park, just outside London, and is more than a petrolhead paradise—it’s also one of the top events on the English social calendar. Last year, motorcycles… Read more »

  • Ural cafe racer

    Ural cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t often see the words “Ural” and “café racer” in the same sentence. But this lovely 2003 Solo sT certainly qualifies. It’s owned by former racer Seth Rugo, who also converted the bike. “The dealer St. Croix Ural had this beautiful, bone stock ’03… Read more »

  • 1955 Triumph ‘Double Vision’

    1955 Triumph ‘Double Vision’

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Tyler Malinky of Lowbrow Customs has a stellar reputation for building stylish old-school Triumph customs. He’s also one of the few people still around who can virtually engineer and build a bike from scratch. This is one of those bikes, a twin-engined 1955 Triumph called… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson FXS custom

    Harley-Davidson FXS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Bernhard Elflein is a guy who had a dream: to build an old motorcycle that would clock 200 kph. So he signed up to study motorcycle mechanics, an essential qualification if you want to run a workshop in Germany. After searching around for a donor… Read more »

  • Icon Thunder Chunky ZX7

    Icon Thunder Chunky ZX7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every industry has an outlier, and in the world of motorcycle apparel it’s Icon. The company is unconventional and unpredictable, and I’m sure that part of its success is down to the unusual customs built by creative director Kurt Walter and his crew. The Slabtown,… Read more »

  • Mule Triumph Bonneville

    Mule Triumph Bonneville

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes even a man of the cloth needs a little earthly diversion. So it was with Father Dave Reinhart, a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, recently returned from a posting in Iraq. He contacted Richard Pollock at Mule Motorcycles about modifying his 2006 Triumph… Read more »

  • DP Customs Black & White

    DP Customs Black & White

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    DP Custom Cycles have built their reputation with classy Ironhead-based customs. But for their latest build, they’ve jumped forward in time—with a 2000-model Harley Sportster 1200. ‘Black & White’ has a stripped-back, minimal look, and is all the better for it. “The customer for this… Read more »

  • Roland Sands Design “Race-ster”

    Roland Sands Design “Race-ster”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Roland Sands is one of the more eclectic custom motorcycle builders in the USA. He’s built countless bikes in many different styles, and is never afraid to try new ideas. This is his latest creation, the ‘Race-ster’, and it’s the first time he’s put a… Read more »

  • KTM Adventure custom

    KTM Adventure custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Florida-based Mace Livingston wrenches on airplanes, and bikes are his passion. Not the sleek, aerodynamic types, though. Mace likes the steampunk, Mad Max vibe. MaceTech Industries’ latest build started out as a 2000 model KTM 640 Adventure, with a water-cooled 625cc single cylinder hidden under… Read more »

  • Icon Low Down & Shifty XS650

    Icon Low Down & Shifty XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most moto clothing brands take themselves very seriously. But there’s a thick seam of irreverence running through the DNA of Icon. They don’t play games with their motorcycle apparel, but the bikes they build are eclectic, original and often downright crazy. “Low Down & Shifty”… Read more »