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Black Art: A different way to build a Triumph Bobber

The factory Bonneville Bobber has been a staggering success. In the first month of its launch, it became the fastest-selling motorcycle in the 115-year history of the marque.<p>But there’s more than one way to bob a Triumph. This compact, chunky machine comes from BAAK Motocyclettes of Lyon in France, …

Long Live the Zed: AC Sanctuary's 'new' Kawasaki Z1

The new Kawasaki Z900RS had barely broken cover when custom examples started popping up. First Kawasaki Japan commissioned three builds from local workshops, then Kawasaki Australia handed one over to veterans Deus.<p>But there’s one name that’s curiously missing from the list: AC Sanctuary. The …

Turning Granddad’s Harley into a Champion Flat Tracker

Some people find it hard to hold onto a bike for more than a couple of years. It doesn’t take long before an itch sets in, and they find themselves window-shopping for the next set of wheels.<p>Canadian Ben Boyd is not like that. He’s owned this 1989 Harley-Davidson Sportster for a solid 23 years, …

Heiwa's Mooneyes-winning Triumph TR6

If you want a snapshot of Japan’s incredible custom culture, you’ll find it at the annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. This year’s Mooneyes show (as it’s known) happened less than a week ago, attracting fans from the world over.<p>A win at Mooneyes is one of the most prestigious accolades on the …

The Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom

The bike we’ve been waiting for Indian to build is here. Well, almost. We’re told it’s a prototype, but we know it’s also a big step towards a production-ready Indian Scout tracker.<p>This is the world’s first glimpse of the FTR1200 Custom, to be revealed in the metal at the huge EICMA show in Italy. …

Fresh: The Bel Air 1200 Framer by Deus

It’s usually a long time between builds from Deus’ L.A. workshop supremo Michael Woolaway—but they’re always worth the wait. Like this seriously hot rodded Harley cafe racer, the ‘Bel Air 1200 Framer.’ It’s got more curves than a racetrack, and enough grunt to spin the wheels at will.<p>“When I …

‘80 Yamaha XS650 – Relic Motorcycles

If you happen to be lucky enough to own multi motorcycles and ride everyday then the chances are you have a more “sensible” bike, maybe even a stock …

The XS650 Scrambler We Wish Yamaha Had Made

Scramblers are everywhere these days. But how many aficionados actually <i>need</i> a do-it-all bike—and how many just dig the scrambler vibe?<p>This Yamaha XS650 is a ‘city scrambler’ in the most literal sense. Its owner lives in Kansas City, and wanted a new ride for messing around in the West Bottoms—an …

The Walking Dead: The Daryl Dixon Motorcycle

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b> If you have a television in your house, you probably know AMC’s The Walking Dead. If you’re blessed with a strong constitution, you may even be watching it.<p>It’s a post-apocalyptic drama series that scores millions of viewers for every episode. And unlike most shows of that ilk, it’s a …

Don’t Fight It, Feel It: Auto Fabrica Embraces The CX500

When faced with a Honda CX500 in the shop, the first thing most builders do is ‘fix’ the frame. It looks awkward and droopy, and the usual solution is to either trick the eye, or get out the welding gear.<p>But Auto Fabrica decided to go with the flow. Once they’d stripped the bike down to the frame …

Reverb Motorcycles GT550 Smokin’ Gun

Guessing someone’s age can be a tricky thing. Pharell looks like a well dressed paperboy whereas Paul Gascoigne is so wizened you’d swear he’d been …

Sunshine State Of Mind: An SR500 for the Streets of Miami

Federal Moto’s Shaun Brandt is one of the rising stars of the custom scene, and he’s wowed us with several of his builds already. But when he wanted a bike for himself, he turned elsewhere—to Mike Muller of Chicago’s Powder Monkees.<p>It’s an odd collaboration, but it’s worked out beautifully. Shaun’s …

The Missing Link: Moto Studio's Paul Smart Ducati

Nostalgia sells. Yesterday’s legends still influence today’s purchasing decisions: just look at the enduring influence of Steve McQueen, who died over 35 years ago.<p>In Ducati circles, Paul Smart is one of the biggest legends. His win at Imola in 1972 is often credited with launching the SuperSport …

Blank Check: Bill Becker's Immaculate XS 650

If you had no deadline and a blank check, what sort of motorcycle would you build? For Bill Becker, the answer is this perfectly proportioned Yamaha XS 650.<p>Based in Philadelphia, Bill is a retired architect who’s spent the last several years working on customs and restorations. His bikes draw …

Motorcycles

MX EVO Bonneville Scrambler: The desert sled revisited

A ‘scrambler’ used to be a motorcycle purposed for off-roading. But these days, people use the word to describe anything with knobby tires, a bench seat and wide bars.<p>Ton Up Garage can throw the term around with confidence. These ‘MX EVO’ Bonneville scramblers are a breath of fresh air—proper …

The Pursuit of Perfection: Eastern Spirit's CX500

Three years ago, Poland’s Eastern Spirit Garage exploded onto the custom scene with one of the best Honda CX500s ever built. Its immaculate lines even inspired automotive designer Charlie Trelogan to write a hugely popular guide, How To Build A Cafe Racer.<p>Lukas and Sylwester from Eastern Spirit are …

Unapologetic: Soyouz Cycles' Yamaha XS650

Like all aesthetic pursuits, customizing motorcycles is mostly an exercise in personal taste. So when we told Philippe Lagente that his Yamaha XS650 might get less than favorable comments, his response was: “I don’t mind—and I love to ride it.”<p>Based in Toulouse, France, Philippe builds bikes as …

Down & Out Cafe Racers Triumph Thruxton

Barnsley is a town in the north of England famous for three things: brass bands, the semi-mythical Barnsley Chop*, and a name-check in the 1990s techno hit ‘It’s Grim Up North.’<p>For our purposes, however, the small Yorkshire town is notable for one thing only: it’s home to Down & Out Cafe Racers, …

Factory Fresh: A Bonneville custom from Bunker

The ‘new’ liquid-cooled Triumph Bonneville is on its way. The current Bonnie might have pioneered the ‘modern classic’ segment, but these days the field is stacked.<p>Hinckley has taken note, with five new versions hitting showrooms in 2016. But if you can’t wait until then, there are plenty of ways …

Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Wilkinson Honda CL360

The Honda CL360 gets easier on the eye as the years go by. It’s perhaps the most elegant of the original scramblers—but it’s also four decades old, and a long way off the pace of a modern bike.<p>Steve Healey is a fan of the CL360, but he wanted something a little less pedestrian. Fortunately, he’s a …

Blondezilla: MotoLady's Sportster Scrambler

We love scramblers for their effortlessly cool vibe. But they don’t just look good: they’re invariably more usable and practical than most customs.<p>It’s the usability angle that inspired Alicia Mariah Elfving to build this Sportster scrambler, with help from her partner Jeff Wolf. Her previous …

Scandinavian thriller: A Ducati 860 from Stockholm

We’re used to seeing motorcycle and surf culture intersect. But in chilly Stockholm? Where the average July temperature is just 18°C (64°F)?<p>Strangely enough, the juxtaposition of moto and surf lifestyles that’s common in California and Australia is now happening in Sweden. It’s fuelled by stores …

Cuddling Cat and Dog

Political

What if T.E. Lawrence rode a BMW R100GS?

The last Das Traumwerk build we featured was controversial to say the least: a boardtracker with a bright yellow engine. Now Alex Ahrer and Herwig Prammer are at it again, with their mischievous Austrian sense of humour.<p>This time, they’ve taken inspiration from the 1962 film <i>Lawrence of Arabia</i>. They …

Boxing Clever: Deus Customs' Gentleman Jim

Boxing aficionados will know the name Gentleman Jim Corbett. He was a man of taste and manners, who trod the boards of theatres in San Francisco and New York.<p>He also entered the ring 24 times between 1886 and 1903—including one bout that extended to a brutal 61 rounds—and became the Heavyweight …

Why Does Bob Dylan Hate Merle Haggard? A MusiCares Speech Explainer

For someone not known for public pronouncements, it turns out Bob Dylan gives pretty good speech. During his acceptance comments as 2015 MusiCares …

Go Fast, Turn Left: The RSD Ameri-Tracker

Flat track is where it’s at. It’s a shot of adrenaline for both fans and racers, and the ‘go fast, turn left’ bikes look terrific.<p>It’s also one of the few codes where Harley is still competitive. The XR-750 ruled the roost in the 70s, and today it’s the weapon of choice for stars like Brad ‘The …

Barely Legal: Maria’s stripped-back Bonneville

Most custom shops would relish the opportunity to take a second crack at a build—especially if it was one of their early efforts. So the crew at Lisbon’s Maria Motorcycles must have been smiling when this Triumph Bonneville found its way back onto their bench.<p>The bike in question is “Silly Kid”: a …

Ready to race: Sacha Lakic's CX500 cafe racer

Who’d have thought that the humble Honda CX500 would one day join the CB750 and SR500 as a staple of custom builders? The poor man’s Guzzi—once loved only by despatch riders—has fast become the sweetheart of the cafe racer world.<p>The CX500 works best when builders manage to straighten out its …