Suzuki DR-Z400SM custom by oneYedeer

Against all odds: A Suzuki DR-Z400SM by oneYedeer

Building a custom bike is usually a succession of challenges. And sometimes, the bike itself isn’t the biggest challenge: it’s the builder’s skills or circumstances, or curveballs thrown by life. The story of this Suzuki is packed with curveballs. It was built by Argentine-born Sebastian ‘Seba’ Achaval, who likens it to a country song—because its…

A look behind the scenes at one of New York's top motorcycle shops, Union Garage.

Shop Visit: Union Garage, New York City

New York’s a place I’d love to visit, but it’s probably not my top pick for motorcycle riding. A bustling, pothole-ridden city is hardly the safest place to head out on two wheels. Yet there’s a substantial motorcycling community in NYC—and Union Garage has them covered. Founder Chris Lesser (along with his partners and crew)…

A look behind the scenes at one of London's top motorcycle gear shops, Urban Rider.

Shop Visit: Legend Motors, Lille

If you’re in the market for fine vintage machinery, grab your passport and book a ticket to Lille. Lille is France’s fifth largest city—an hour from Paris and an hour and a half from London. And it’s home to Legend Motors: a chic and charming store specializing in rare vintage motorcycles.

A look at Mexico City's leading cafe racer store, Concept Racer.

Shop visit: Concept Racer, Mexico City

Mexico is one of the world’s great motorcycling destinations. It’s the all-time favorite trip of veteran moto journalist Peter Egan, who heads to Copper Canyon in northern Mexico. And then there’s the famed El Diablo Run, from San Felipe to Ensenada in Baja California. Despite reports of the glorious landscape and sunny climate, we’d never…