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  • 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 »

  • Sportster cafe racer

    Sportster cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, is not where you’d expect to find a 1960s-style cafe racer. But this Sportster-powered machine would look right at home in the parking lot of London’s Ace Cafe. It belongs to enthusiast Faizal Yusop, who’s crammed a modified 1969 Ironhead… Read more »

  • Harley Cross Bones by Warr’s

    Harley Cross Bones by Warr’s

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The latest build from Charlie Stockwell of London-based Warr’s Customs is this Harley-Davidson Cross Bones built at the behest of a former Formula 1 champion. It’s decked in the trademark red-and-white livery of the McLaren F1 team that became famous during the era of Ayrton… Read more »

  • Honda Ruckus custom

    Honda Ruckus custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I used to think that 1970s CBs were the most heavily customized Hondas. Until I discovered the extraordinary subculture that has grown up around the Honda Ruckus. Yes, it’s a scooter and it’s got a meager 49cc. But it’s a distinctive looking machine, with wide… Read more »

  • Trackmaster by Atom Bomb

    Trackmaster by Atom Bomb

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Clay Rathburn is one of those annoying ‘renaissance’ types who seem to be good at whatever they turn their hands to. First was a string of traditional Triumph hardtails—including the irresistible Velvet Underground. Then we had the RVA Overland vintage dirt bike, and a Harley… Read more »

  • T120 Bonneville by Analog

    T120 Bonneville by Analog

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always interesting to see the bikes that well-known builders create for themselves. This Triumph T120 Bonneville is the personal ride of Tony Prust; it’s a more ‘traditional’ look than many Analog motorcycles, with a side order of steampunk too. “El Matador” was a labor… Read more »

  • Honda CB cafe racer

    Honda CB cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some custom bike builds are completed in days. Others take weeks or months. But this new build from Classified Moto, a postmodern take on the classic Honda CB cafe racer, took well over two years. You might have seen sneak previews on the Classified Moto… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport1000s custom

    Ducati Sport1000s custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati SportClassic was a bike ahead of its time. Three years ago, poor sales triggered the end of a short five-year production run. But today, it’s one of the most sought-after machines for retro bike fans, and a popular platform for customization. Ergonomics be… Read more »

  • Sportster 1200 by Atom Bomb

    Sportster 1200 by Atom Bomb

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Atom Bomb’s Clay Rathburn is known for his beautifully crafted custom Triumphs. But the latest bike to roll out of his Richmond, Virginia workshop is this Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. It’s not our usual fare, but the style and detailing on this build is hard to… Read more »

  • Vincent motorcycle: the ‘Blue Bike’

    Vincent motorcycle: the ‘Blue Bike’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most famous Vincent motorcycles of all time has just gone up for sale. Marty Dickerson’s Rapide—best known as the ‘Blue Bike’—is on show at Altai, a design studio in Los Angeles. The Blue Bike has an illustrious history to match its stunning… Read more »