Tag: USA

  • 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

    1929 Harley-Davidson JDH

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Two years ago Buzz Kanter, Editor-in-Chief of American Iron Magazine, rode his 1915 Harley-Davidson across most of the United States in the first Motorcycle Cannonball endurance ride. And now he’s about to do it again on this very rare 1929 Harley JDH. That’s 3,956 miles… Read more »

  • Crowe Customs BMW R80/7

    Crowe Customs BMW R80/7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom motorcycles are often about sacrifice. As looks improve, functionality suffers. And most of the time, it doesn’t matter, especially if a bike is only ridden for short blasts, or down to a local watering hole. But it’s good to see the occasional long-haul machine… Read more »

  • Indian 4 “Renegade” Custom

    Indian 4 “Renegade” Custom

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,

    By David Edwards—Indian aficionados, especially those of the 100-point concours persuasion, may want to click away from this page quick as you can—or at the very least up your heart meds. Shown here is either straight-to-hell blasphemy on two wheels or a pretty cool piece,… Read more »

  • Steel Bent Customs: “The Brushed”

    Steel Bent Customs: “The Brushed”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Good design removes the unnecessary. It’s a principle understood well by Michael Mundy of Steel Bent Customs in Tampa, Florida—as his latest build shows. Called “The Brushed”, it’s a minimalist take on the classic Honda CB750 cafe racer.

  • Classified Moto KT600

    Classified Moto KT600

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    John Ryland’s Classified Moto is going from strength to strength. The order book is healthy and the machines coming out of his Richmond, VA workshop are increasingly adventurous. “KT600” is the latest, and named after its donor bike and owner. The starting point was a… Read more »

  • Thunderbike “PainTTless”

    Thunderbike “PainTTless”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s AMD World Championship time. The annual freak show held at the Sturgis motorcycle rally reveals the best and worst of the traditional custom world, including many sphincter-tightening lapses of taste. There are signs of sanity amongst the Big Hair and leather vests though. And… Read more »

  • Biltwell EZXL Sportster

    Biltwell EZXL Sportster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    A few weeks ago, I stumbled across some murky shots of this Harley Sportster in a workshop. It was one of the cleanest, classiest Sportsters I’ve ever seen, with beautiful paint and a perfect stance. I found out that it was owned by Bill Bryant,… Read more »

  • 1937 Crocker motorcycle

    1937 Crocker motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Most classic motorcycles simply look ‘old’. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) But a tiny handful still have the power to stop the traffic, decades after they were built. Brough Superior is one such brand; Crocker is another. This is a 1937 ‘Big Tank’… Read more »

  • The 2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part I

    The 2012 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part I

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s time to look back at the biggest hits of 2012 so far—the bikes that have attracted the most attention from our worldwide camaraderie of readers. We’ve selected these machines mostly on the basis of website traffic—but we’ve also taken Facebook likes and general positive… Read more »

  • Ten BikeCraft subs to be won

    Ten BikeCraft subs to be won

  • Chris Hunter Sponsor Post

    Today we’re offering ten lucky readers a great prize: a subscription to BikeCraft, the premier custom motorcycle magazine edited by David Edwards. And it doesn’t matter where in the world you live: if US post ships there, you can enter. BikeCraft is a quarterly focusing… Read more »

  • Buchholz Custom Buell X1

    Buchholz Custom Buell X1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t often see Buell-based customs, and when you do, they’re invariably of the streetfighter genre. So it’s good to see someone trying something different with a Buell-powered bike. This machine has just been finished by the German company Buchholz Custom, and it’s based on… Read more »

  • Lossa Honda CL350 cafe

    Lossa Honda CL350 cafe

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jay LaRossa runs Lossa Engineering of Long Beach, CA, and he builds super-clean cafe racers. Like this very sharp 1972 Honda CL350. “I wanted to do a high pipe bike,” says LaRossa, “and cross over one of the exhausts, through the spot where the battery… Read more »

  • Loaded Gun cafe racer

    Loaded Gun cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a dominant custom trend today, it’s dark and minimal. Bikes are being stripped of chrome and artifice, and generally look the better for it. But there’s always an exception, and in this case, it’s the “72 Mono Racer” from Loaded Gun Customs. If… Read more »

  • Motorcycle wallpaper #9

    Motorcycle wallpaper #9

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Wallpaper ,

    James Hammarhead is one of the top custom motorcycle builders in the USA. In June 2011, he returned to the small Pennsylvania farm where he grew up, visiting his childhood refuge for the first time in 30 years. He took three Hammarhead bikes with him—the… Read more »

  • Cafe Racer BMW R100

    Cafe Racer BMW R100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For custom builders, older BMW airheads are starting to approach Honda CB and Triumph Bonneville levels of popularity. This one was built by Aric Russom, an artist and photographer from Western Massachusetts. He’s owned the BMW for 13 years, and in that time, has given… Read more »

  • 1940 Indian by The GasBox

    1940 Indian by The GasBox

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Every year, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering attracts enthusiasts and well-heeled collectors from all over the world to Carmel, California. The quality of machinery is one drawcard; another is the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Mert Lawwill and Wayne Rainey. Of course, there’s… Read more »

  • Custom Yamaha XS400

    Custom Yamaha XS400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    At first glance, I thought this was an OEM bike—perhaps a mid-80s enduro. But it’s actually a heavily modified and beautifully crafted Yamaha XS400, built by Seth Hensler. The distinctive XT350 tank dominates the look of this machine, but that was the easiest part. Seth… Read more »

  • BMW R75/6 cafe racer

    BMW R75/6 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    1970s-era BMW airheads respond well to the cafe racer treatment. But you don’t often see one with a mono-shock conversion. This cafe racer is a 1976 R75/6 owned by graphic designer Casey Wilkinson of the motorcycle-mad Wilkinson Brothers, and he spotted it at the AMA… Read more »

  • Bimota DB1R works racer

    Bimota DB1R works racer

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycles For Sale ,,

    There are few motorcycles more exotic than a Bimota. And this machine, which has just gone up for sale, is one of the most covetable Bimotas of all—the 1986 DB1R racer. Built in conjunction with Ducati, it’s one of the four factory bikes campaigned by… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

    Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Yamaha Virago XV750 was Eric Meglasson’s first attempt at building a custom motorcycle. By the time he’d finished the bike, the Oregon-based architect was running a small custom motorcycle company—his own. The chain of circumstances started when Eric bought a lightly-modded but very classy… Read more »

  • Shaw F1-XLR Nightster

    Shaw F1-XLR Nightster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE Harley’s evergreen Sportster is probably the world’s most commonly modified bike. So it’s hard to create anything truly original. But the AMD Championship-winning workshop Shaw Speed & Custom has pushed the boundaries once again with this Nightster-based custom, the F1-XLR. This time, inspiration comes… Read more »

  • Norton Commando Mk III

    Norton Commando Mk III

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to improve on the Norton Commando. But Bill Becker, creator of the lovely Aermacchi Sprint we featured a little while ago, has taken the iconic British motorcycle to a new level. Bill bought the Commando on eBay as a project bike with a… Read more »

  • Santiago Chopper Kawasaki H2

    Santiago Chopper Kawasaki H2

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alain Bernard is a colorful character. Based in Florida, he runs Santiago Chopper and created the Norley Cafe Racer. Here’s his latest bike, and it’s got to be his most extreme yet—in terms of engineering, as well as the fluoro color scheme. This machine has… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville T100 by Mule

    Triumph Bonneville T100 by Mule

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Richard Pollock is having good problems. Demand for his Mule street-trackers is running ahead of supply, so much so that customers are now buying his personal motorcycles out from underneath him! Actually, even Pollock’s own bikes are work-related. This 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 that he… Read more »

  • DP Customs ‘Defensor’ Ironhead

    DP Customs ‘Defensor’ Ironhead

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    After several years of customizing Harley ironheads, DP Custom Cycles have got it down to a fine art. This is their latest creation, ‘Defensor’—a tribute to the late Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna. “The bike was commissioned by a customer whose favorite racing driver… Read more »

  • Classified Moto XV1100

    Classified Moto XV1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Classified Moto are just turning out winner after winner. It’s hard to believe the Richmond, VA-based hotshop has only been operating for two years, but owner John Ryland now has orders for 13 bikes on the go. This is his latest, based on a 1989… Read more »

  • Rokon Trail-Breaker

    Rokon Trail-Breaker

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I’ve always been fascinated by the Rokon Trail-Breaker. It’s got charmingly oddball looks, and it’s two-wheel drive. But there’s a surprising dearth of information about these curiosities on the interwebs. So I was overjoyed when Robert Galbraith of Rochester, Minnesota, emailed me with images of… Read more »

  • Vincent Black Lightning by Jeff Decker

    Vincent Black Lightning by Jeff Decker

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    For someone who doesn’t like stock Vincents, Jeff Decker builds a mighty fine Black Lightning. He’s a sculptor as well as a bike builder, and his eye for a line is evident with this beautiful salt racer. As these exclusive Horst Roesler shots reveal, Decker… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

    Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roberto Rossi is one of Italy’s best-known Harley-Davidson concessionarias. He’s also got petrol coursing through his veins. His dealership includes a museum: a showcase for a personal collection of classic motorcycles bolstered by an authentic Mille Miglia Alfa Romeo 1750 GS Zagato (once owned by… Read more »

  • Suzuki T500 racer

    Suzuki T500 racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Suzuki’s T500 was a rare beast: a large-capacity two-stroke road bike that sold in big numbers in the US. And it’s not hard to see why. For a late 60s motorcycle, it was light, fast, and blessed with agile handling. And more reliable than most… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago by Doc’s Chops

    Yamaha Virago by Doc’s Chops

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It seems like Greg Hageman can do no wrong at the moment. A few days ago, his retro-themed Yamaha XV1100 custom was a hit. And now his latest build, this radical XV920 Virago transformation, has just been showcased in Motorcycle Classics magazine. Hageman’s strength is… Read more »

  • British Customs Thruxton

    British Customs Thruxton

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Today, Cafe Racer TV releases its entire Season 2 on DVD, which is a good excuse to look back at the featured bikes. With the benefit of hindsight, one of my favorites is a low-key build: a Triumph Thruxton from British Customs. It’s a “real… Read more »

  • Shaw x Rough Crafts Harley 48

    Shaw x Rough Crafts Harley 48

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s any doubt about the spreading influence of Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, this Harley 48 custom dispels it. It’s a collaboration with Shaw Speed, the custom workshop owned by a top UK Harley-Davidson dealer. Shaw Speed boss Steve Willis took a liking to Rough… Read more »

  • Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

    Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,,

    Miguel Galluzzi is the man who created the Ducati Monster, a bike that started life as a “parts bin special”. It’s now one of the biggest sales hits of the past twenty years. Galluzzi’s signature is also on the Aprilia RSV4 and several Husqvarna bikes,… Read more »

  • Yamaha XV1100 by Doc’s Chops

    Yamaha XV1100 by Doc’s Chops

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. And motorcycles are often about memories, as well as speed and aesthetics. The best retro throwbacks marry classic looks with modern performance, and this is a perfect example. It was built by Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops, who also built… Read more »