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Yamaha SR250 by Moto-Mucci

Two years ago, Dave Mucci scored a king hit with his Honda CX500 custom—one of our most popular bikes of all time. And now he’s back with another build, a lithe Yamaha SR250 with clean lines, thoughtful details and a natural palette. It’s Dave’s first frame-up design, where every detail, control …

Harley Sportster by Bull Cycles

Regular readers will know that we don’t feature many Harley Sportster customs. It’s not often that one makes me jump out of my seat, but just take a look at this XL1200 from Illinois-based Bull Cycles.<p>‘Zephyr’ is one of the more successful café conversions, succeeding where many fail. The visual …

Beauty and the Beast

KTM 690 Enduro R by Roland Sands

I met a motojournalist the other day who reckoned the KTM 690 Enduro R is the best bike he’s ever tested. He liked it so much, he bought one for himself.<p>The design of the Austrian machine is strong and distinctive, but for some, the ‘KTM look’ is an acquired taste. So here’s an alternative, …

Motorcycles

Honda CB650 by Bunker Custom Cycles

Turkey is not the first country you’d associate with custom motorcycles, but a young company called Bunker Custom Cycles is doing its best to change that. This elegant, beautifully finished Honda comes from Istanbul and it’s the work of Mert Uzer and his engineer brother Can.<p>The first Bunker …

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Bill Costello's immaculate BMW R100RT custom

Four years ago, Bill Costello became a big name in the classic BMW world. He’d restored a 1958 BMW R50 as a tribute to his father, and before he knew it, the bike was on the cover of three magazines. Bill was even flown to Germany to meet BMW’s top brass.<p>“Then people started asking me about my next …

Motorcycles

Trackmaster by Atom Bomb

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 Sportster 1200 that …

Velvet Underground

SuperStrada: A Honda CB cafe racer by Classified Moto

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 Facebook page, but this is an exclusive look …

Motorcycles

Ducati Sport1000s custom

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 damned: the SportClassic looks …

Motorcycles

Honda CRF250R cafe racer

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.<p>Schneider namechecks Roland Sands, Richard Pollock and Ron Wood …

Honda CB550F by KDI Cycles

For a one-man band, Kevin Dinsmoor has had remarkable success. Based in the small town of Colchester in Connecticut, USA, he’s carved out a reputation as a builder of finely crafted vintage customs—like this Honda CB550F.<p>“The concept was hatched a couple of years ago,” says Dinsmoor, who runs KDI …

New England

Royal Enfield Bullet by OEM

Old Empire Motorcycles, despite the magnificent name, is one of England’s newer custom builders. The Norfolk-based company, led by Alec Sharp, creates hand-made bikes with a strong bobber influence and a proudly Made In Britain ethos.<p>This is OEM’s first commission-built motorcycle, the EFI. It’s …

Motorcycles