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James Whitham's W650 tracker

It’s comforting to know that even TV stars and retired former race aces aren’t immune to the project bike disease. That’s why former Grand Prix, World Superbike and World Supersport racer James Whitham has spent the last 15 months of his limited spare time building his take on the street tracker …

Motorcycles

Officine Rossopuro Guzzi cafe racer

The custom world is rife with fads and fashions, but there are a few one-marque specialists taking the slow and steady route to win the race. On the east coast of the USA, Walt Siegl springs to mind for his high-performance Ducati builds. In Italy, if you want a Guzzi cafe racer you give Filippo …

Motorcycles

Custom Triumph Scrambler

Francesc Galindo has a job most of us would kill for: he’s a MotoGP mechanic who flies around the world wrenching on bikes for the Pramac Racing Ducati team.<p>In his spare time, he likes to work on customs. He runs Fgmotoworks, a small workshop in Barcelona, and builds road and race bikes—with a …

Motorcycles

Yamaha XS650 bobber

Roughly a year ago we featured a slammed 1982 Yamaha XS650, resplendent in an intricate gold paintjob. It was built by Taipei-based Mark Huang, who still has it and rides it regularly. He’s since built another XS650 in the same Japanese street-bobber style—and it looks just as great.<p>It was …

Motorcycles

Yamaha XS400 by Walt Siegl

Walt Siegl’s name is synonymous with classy, high-end Ducati customs. So it’s a little unusual to see a smaller displacement Japanese motorcycle roll out of his workshop—in this case a Yamaha XS400.<p>Walt built the bike for the personal assistant of one of his customers. Grace owns a couple of small …

Motorcycles

Kawasaki Z1A by Graeme Crosby

If you follow the race scene, you’ll probably know the name Graeme Crosby. In the 1980s he won the Daytona 200, the Imola 200, the Suzuka 8 Hours, and the Isle of Man TT. And then promptly quit. He’s a national icon in his home country of New Zealand, and there’s a steady stream of visitors to his …

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'Flipside': A custom 2008 Triumph Bonneville

Some motorcycles are just brimming with purpose, like this custom Triumph Bonneville on steroids. It looks like it’s poised to shred rubber, even when it’s standing still.<p>It’s the work of MeanMachines, an Australian shop very familiar to local owners of Bonnevilles and Thruxtons. Builder Wenley …

Yamaha SR400 'Yard Built'

The big news for the European custom scene right now is the official return of the Yamaha SR400. The icon of the Japanese ‘brat style’ scene will be available through Yamaha’s European dealers in fuel-injected form, providing a ready-made platform for pro and amateur builders alike.<p>Yamaha announced …

Motorcycles

Yamaha XJ900 custom

Working in a small garage with a minimal collection of tools, Dimitar Kostadinov of Sofia, Bulgaria, produced this breath of fresh air. Based on a 1984 Yamaha XJ900, even Dimitar’s choice of machine defies convention.<p>Now 42, the builder says he’s been interested in motorcycles his whole life, but …

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Extreme Makeover: the Yamaha Virago XV920

Are there any remaining doubts about the resurrection of the Yamaha Virago XV920? If so, this latest build from Greg Hageman of Hageman Cycles should eradicate them.<p>“My inspiration for this bike was an old DT360 my neighbor had when I was growing up,” Greg reveals. “I just wanted to build a bike …

Motorcycles

Suzuki GS550 by Stray Dog Moto

New Zealand has a remarkably strong motorcycle culture, as befits an island blessed with wonderful country roads and a strong do-it-yourself nature. But the focus is usually on classic rather than custom motorcycles: you’ll see a lot of old British iron at moto events, but few ‘modern’ customs.<p>So …

Roads

Triumph x Mule Motorcycles

Triumph’s new Bonneville is fast becoming a go-to choice for custom-bike builders who want to start with a reliable current machine, rather than scour junkyards for clanky old donors. The resurrected retrobike has been around long enough now: used examples are affordable, the simple air/oil-cooled …

License Plates

Kawasaki W650 by Max Power

It’s a while since we’ve featured a Kawasaki W650. So it was a pleasure to receive details of this beautifully proportioned build from Bertrand Bussillet, editor of the French magazine Cafe Racer.<p>The W650 belongs to a Parisian actor, David. He’s a long-time fan of custom motorcycles; the first bike …

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Moto Guzzi V7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

There’s a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic in my garage right now, so when I heard that Cafe Racer Dreams were starting work on a new V7 Stone, my ears pricked up. There’s no shortage of Triumph Bonneville customs, but despite the sales success of Mandello Del Lario’s small block V-twin, it hasn’t yet …

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