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CRD's new boxer twins

A few years ago you couldn’t sneeze without hitting a custom Honda CB. But the baton has now been passed to the BMW R-series. And with good reason too—old ‘airheads’ are easy to come by and bulletproof. With a simple layout and a removable subframe, they’re great for customizing.<p>The Spanish …

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Cherry's BMW R Nine T Highway Fighter

Last year I had the pleasure of attending the Mooneyes show in Japan. The builder that took out best of show (for the second year running) was …

CAFE RACER | 1973 CB750 sent in by Elia Cattelani

Harley-Davidson Drag Racer

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>American<br>• Custom<br>• Drag Racing<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Racing<br>• Vintage<p>Every now and then a bike comes along that I find strangely appealing, …

Harley Sportster by Deus Ex Machina

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>American<br>• Australian<br>• Flat Track<br>• Harley-Davidson<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Retro<p>The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a bike that’s been torn down …

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BMW R80 custom by 7 Ages

Most custom BMWs are resto-mods or café racer conversions. But Ian Solley of 7 Ages in the UK likes to take the <i>strasse</i> less travelled. On this BMW R80 custom, virtually every part has been modified: the frame has been converted to a hardtail, and the forks are from a Harley-Davidson FXD.<p>Solley is …

Motorcycles

Lotus Motorcycle Concept

Lotus has recently introduced its first motorcycle called the C-01 and produced 100 copies only. This superbike, mixing with talent retro and …

VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES | John Surtees' 1955 Rennsport Factory GP Racer

Honda CB750 'Brownie' by Cafe Racer Dreams

• shares<p>The rumors are true Moto Rivista has a soft spot for Spanish Custom Workshops. From the motorcycles, to the websites, to the merchandise, …

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Bender, Black and Steel by Fine Custom Mechanics

• shares<p>The Russian custom scene has started appearing on a global scale, workshops like Fine Custom Mechanics have entered the AMD championship to …

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Harley Davidson Archives

Oficina Honda CB750 RC42

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How to build a Harley cafe racer

A few weeks ago our article How To Build a Cafe Racer struck a chord with many readers. The response was overwhelmingly positive and it sounds like many of you are now using the article as a guide when modifying your own bikes.<p>However, that guide was good as design <i>theory</i>, and it’s now time for a …

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Karizma Cafe Racer

The Bomb Runner | By Rough Crafts

One of are most popular posts was the "Iron Guerilla" an amazing custom of a 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883. It was executed to perfection …

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Ariel Ace Modular Motorcycle

A motorcycle with so many interchangeable parts that it's just as capable of whisking you off into the sunset at 110 mph as it is of giving you a …

Harley-Davidson Fat Tracker

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>American<br>• Custom<br>• Flat Track<br>• Harley-Davidson<br>• Motorcycles<p>The Harley-Davidson Fat Tracker is one of those unusual builds that I …

Confederate Motorcycles launches X132 Hellcat Speedster

Confederate Motorcycles and its brand of V-twin-powered streetfigher motorcycles are nothing if not unique in the world of production machinery. See last year's X132 Hellcat or the slightly more recent C2 P-51 Fighter, which has yet to be unveiled in production guise, as examples.<p>Combining a …

Yamaha XJ650 by Ad Hoc

The sign of a truly skilled custom motorcycle builder is the ability to create something beautiful from inauspicious beginnings. I’m not saying that the shaft-drive Yamaha XJ650 is a sow’s ear, but it’s certainly not in the same aesthetic league as a Moto Guzzi Le Mans or BMW R100, say.<p>Yamaha’s …

Motorcycles

Matt Black Sportster Cafe Racer

Harley's continue to be the underdog in the Cafe Racer scene. Although I've featured plenty of Harley Davidson Cafe Racers here before they always …

Famed Indian Scout Finds Its Way Back To Modern Motorcycle Market

In the early 1920s and 30s, a popular carnival attraction was the Wall of Death, a barrel-shaped wooden track, or motor drome, in which daring motorcycle riders would gradually climb the inside walls until they were riding horizontally, circling the lip of the barrel, thrilling spectators peering …

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone by Venier Customs

You don’t see many customs based on brand new motorcycles. It’s usually a good few years before the grinder is fired up and the sparks begin to fly. So this machine is something of a rarity: it’s a V7 Stone tweaked by Stefano Venier into a scrambler, and destined to do battle with the potholes and …

Motorcycles

Goldammer Nortorious

Roger Goldammer has created some pretty wild custom motorcycles over the years, but to our eyes, his 2007 ‘Nortorious’ is the best of the lot. It’s a modern take on a Norton Manx cafe racer, with a featherbed-styled frame housing one half of a Harley V-twin. That single cylinder is a substantial …

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Adiós, Radical Ducati

News has just broken that Radical Ducati is no more. The Madrid workshop run by Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon has suddenly shut down, despite a string of high-profile customs and critical acclaim.<p>A brief statement on Radical Ducati’s Facebook page signaled the end. “It has been more than 15 years of …

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BMW R1100GS by Cafe Racer Dreams

If you’re planning a trip to North Africa, you need a bike that is absolutely bulletproof. Cafe Racer Dreams know how to take a motorcycle apart and rebuild it, and have made their name transforming everything from vintage Honda CBs to modern Triumph Scramblers. But for an impending trip to …

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BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

The R1200S saw the debut of BMW’s most powerful-ever boxer motor, with over 120 horsepower going to the back wheel. It was that rare breed, a sportbike with a shaft drive, and retained the classic Paralever single-sided swingarm.<p>Not what you might consider to be ideal custom material: I think this …

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HCV's old school bobber

For a workshop you’ve probably never heard of, Halls Custom Vintage is pretty famous. Jake and Rob Hall are the go-to guys for British bike enthusiasts in the States, and they usually have five machines up on their lifts at any one time.<p>Most of these bikes will be restoration jobs, or build-ups for …

Mountain Biking

Top 5 Triumph Hardtail Motorcycles

If there’s one style of custom motorcycle that’s always been popular, it’s the mighty hardtail. Reminiscent of the board and dirt trackers of old, the distinct profile of a hardtail, coupled with the simplicity (or impracticality) that comes with a lack of rear suspension, holds a certain charm for …

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