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Low Tracker: A custom Yamaha Virago from Ad Hoc Cafe Racers of Spain

Low Tracker: Ad Hoc’s Yamaha Virago bucks the trend

Think of a custom Yamaha Virago, and you’ll probably picture a sleek, waspish build from Greg Hageman or Moto Adonis. The seats are stubby and the stance distinctly lean-forward: The epitome of the 21st century café racer. David González of Spain’s Ad Hoc Café Racers has different ideas, though. His builds are usually chunky and…

Ultra-clean custom Yamaha XV 750 by Christian Moretti of Plan B Motorcycles.

Orange Crush: Plan B’s Yamaha XV 750

The Benelli Mojave is an endangered species. In the 1960s, it was virtually disposable, and sold by a chain of department stores. But today it’s prized by the motorcycling equivalent of big game hunters. They’re after one vital component: the Mojave’s immaculately proportioned, café racer-style tank. And the best place to show off that tank…

1995 Yamaha Virago XV750 customized by Greg Hageman.

Yamaha Virago XV750 by Greg Hageman

When it comes to old motorcycles in need of resurrection, owners often face a dilemma: restore to original spec, or rebuild as a custom? The temptation to perform a nuts-and-bolts resto is massive when there’s a ’60s model BSA or Triumph in the garage, but less so when the bike in question is a Yamaha…

Yamaha Virago 535 by OEM

Not many custom builders have been invited to display their bikes in Harrods and the Saatchi Gallery. But then again, England’s magnificently named Old Empire…

Yamaha XV750 by ER Motorcycles

If there’s one name you need to keep an eye on in 2014, it’s ER Motorcycles (short for ‘Espresso Racer’). Founded in 2009 by Blaž…

Classified Moto XV920 2.0

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…

Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

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…

Classified Moto XV1100

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…

Yamaha Virago by Hageman Cycles

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…