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  • Yamaha XS400 by Spin Cycle

    Yamaha XS400 by Spin Cycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many Yamaha XS400 customs around: The compact, air-cooled twin is often overshadowed by its XS650 larger brother. But the light and nimble XS400 is perfect for zipping around town or commuting, and with a curb weight of around 400 lbs, it’s an… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Raccia

    Honda CB550 by Raccia

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Let’s face it: A 1970s Honda CB is a pretty easy bike to customize. It looks good straight out of the box, and custom parts are a dime-a-dozen. This CB550 from California-based Raccia Motorcycles is something special though. Raccia builds are inspired by the production… Read more »

  • Indian Motorcycle ‘Spirit of Munro’

    Indian Motorcycle ‘Spirit of Munro’

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,

    Indian is back. America’s oldest motorcycle company, founded in 1901, has revealed a show-stopping streamliner to showcase a brand new engine—the 1811cc Thunder Stroke 111. The motor will find its way into the 2014 Indian road bikes, the first to be released under the stewardship… Read more »

  • Burly Brand Scrambler

    Burly Brand Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Think of a scrambler motorcycle, and most folks will picture a modern Triumph or a vintage BSA. But David Zemla, who runs Burly Brand, decided to take a different tack. Could a Harley-Davidson Sportster be reconfigured for bombing down fire roads? After a lot of… Read more »

  • Analog Yamaha SR500

    Analog Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles has built his reputation with a raft of elegant, mid-capacity customs: the perfect bikes for barhopping and cruising around town. This 1979 Yamaha SR500 has more of a raw edge though, and a name to match—‘Bruto.’ It was commissioned by… Read more »

  • Honda CRF250R cafe racer

    Honda CRF250R cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Californian Darrell Schneider is known in the classic car community for his high-quality fiberglass skills. He’s also a keen motorcyclist, and has transformed his personal 2004 Honda CRF250R dirtbike into this eye-catching café racer. Schneider namechecks Roland Sands, Richard Pollock and Ron Wood as the… Read more »

  • Classified Moto XV920 2.0

    Classified Moto XV920 2.0

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two years ago, John Ryland finished his first customer build—a groundbreaking Yamaha XV920 that effectively launched Classified Moto onto the custom scene. The bike was a huge hit, and prompted a flood of requests from customers for similar builds. One of those requests was from… Read more »

  • Choppahead Triumph T140

    Choppahead Triumph T140

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We all know what a Triton is. There’s also the ‘Tribsa,’ and even a ‘Norley’. But I hadn’t heard of a ‘Tronsa’ before. Concerned at a gap in my knowledge, I was relieved to find that Choppahead’s creation is probably the first of its kind.… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster by Asterisk

    Harley Sportster by Asterisk

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There may be better cures for jetlag…then again, maybe not. Hideki Hoshikawa had flown over from Japan with his latest build in the airplane’s cargo bay, clearing customs in Los Angeles just in time for the big L.A. Calendar Bike Show, where the Sportster-based “Avanzare”… Read more »

  • Icon 1000 x Ural Solo sT

    Icon 1000 x Ural Solo sT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Custom motorcycles have always been part of Icon’s company culture—and they do all the work in-house. But this is the first Icon 1000 bike to be commissioned by a client. The commission came from Ural, and the machine is called the Quartermaster. Based on the… Read more »

  • Gilera Milano Taranto

    Gilera Milano Taranto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Before and after WWII, Italy was a haven for street racing. One of those races was the Milano Taranto, reportedly the longest of all the street races and with the added danger of nighttime running. The only entry requirement was a driver’s license and a… Read more »

  • Motohangar Yamaha SR500

    Motohangar Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then, a bike comes along that captures the state of the neo-custom scene right at this moment in time. This is one of those bikes, from the Virginia-based workshop Motohangar. It’s not a big-budget build and it’s not a fire-breathing monster, but… Read more »

  • M&M Customs Honda CB550

    M&M Customs Honda CB550

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s getting harder and harder to impress with a Honda CB custom these days. But this very sharp 1974 CB550, from the Kentucky shop M&M Customs, proves there’s still life in the old dog. M&M (not to be confused with the Japanese shop with a… Read more »

  • Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

    Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alain Bernard is one of the most unpredictable builders in the US: You can never guess what he’ll come up with next. The bread-and-butter of Santiago Chopper’s business is trike conversions, but Bernard also turns out traffic-stopping customs on a regular basis. This is his… Read more »

  • Ehinger Kraftrad ‘Snow Racer’

    Ehinger Kraftrad ‘Snow Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Ehinger Kraftrad is a small German workshop based in Hamburg that builds intriguing vintage Harley-Davidsons. Run by Uwe Ehinger and Katrin Oeding, it’s called
 ‘Kraftrad’ rather than the usual ‘Motorrad’—because Motorrad generally means mass-produced goods. Whereas Ehinger Kraftrad specializes in very limited scale, high quality… Read more »

  • Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

    Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Hammarhead needs no introduction here. One of the USA’s most thoughtful bike builders, he’s the creator of the Jack Pine—one of the most sought-after and usable custom bikes of recent years. This custom Moto Guzzi V7, nicknamed ‘Wayward,’ is Hammarhead’s latest creation: A one-off… Read more »

  • Loaded Gun Customs Triton

    Loaded Gun Customs Triton

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    This lovely Triton is the latest from Loaded Gun Customs, the Delaware-based shop run by Kevin Dunworth. The story begins with a phone call from Dunworth’s tattoo artist brother, saying that the owner of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum wanted a Triton built. The starting point… Read more »

  • Harley XL1200 by CRD

    Harley XL1200 by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Cafe Racer Dreams have made a name for themselves with classy Triumph and Honda customs. They’ve resisted the lure of Milwaukee so far, but as with most builders, there comes a time when you need to look at the Harley-Davidson Sportster. The Harley brand is… Read more »

  • Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

    Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati Paul Smart is one of the all-time greats—a high performance machine with equal appeal to fans of both modern and vintage machinery. But it’s not quite perfect … so Texas-based Revival Cycles leapt at the opportunity to thoroughly upgrade this 2006 model. “We… Read more »

  • Steel Bent Customs CB750

    Steel Bent Customs CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Michael Mundy’s Steel Bent Customs is now well established as one of the leading custom shops in Florida, if not the whole south east of the USA. Fifteen bikes rolled out of the Tampa workshop last year, and production is now booked out to April… Read more »

  • 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 Ten Best 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.