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Top 10 custom motorcycles

It’s been a huge year for custom motorcycles. They’re back with a bang, and the mainstream media has noticed. Even the Financial Times has picked up on the resurgence, reporting on The Comeback of the Cafe Racer. And most of the biggest-selling motorcycle magazines have added ‘new wave’ customs …

Husqvarna Nuda custom

I was pretty excited when the Husqvarna Nuda 900R was released in 2012—and equally disappointed when it was discontinued, following Pierer Industrie AG’s acquisition of the Italian marque a year ago. The supermoto-esque naked featured a punched out, 898cc version of the Rotax twin-cylinder mill …

Suzuki Katana by Motohangar

When we heard that Motohangar had ripped the bodywork off a Suzuki Katana, we were dismayed. After all, the Katana is one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made.<p>But then we found out that Patrick Jones and crew were revitalizing a <i>2006</i> Suzuki Katana, not one of the 1980s originals. A little …

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 …

Ninja 750 by Huge Design

Bill Webb has two passions in life: design and motorcycles. He’s a partner at a San Francisco agency called Huge Design, and for years his daily ride was a 1995 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja. Then the bike was stolen and stripped.<p>When Bill recovered his Ninja—known as the ZXR 750 in most other countries—he …

Top 5 Ducati Monster customs

The Ducati Monster is one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. Since it went on sale in 1993, over 275,000 have rolled out of the Bologna factory—and they’ve kept Ducati financially stable over the past two decades.<p>The first Monster, the M900, used a version of the air-cooled 900SS engine …

Ducati 749 by Gustavo Penna

When the time comes to build a motorcycle for the next Terminator movie, it should be this one. It’s a glimpse under the skin of a Ducati 749, courtesy of Gustavo Penna—a cinematographer who shoots car commercials in Los Angeles.<p>Gustavo is a Ducati fanatic who enjoys track days. After removing the …

Joey Subrizi's roadgoing YZF 426

I have to admit that I’m immune to the charms of modern-day motocross bikes. I have a soft spot for the old Husky 400s and Honda Elsinores, but the garish, logo-emblazoned machines of today leave me cold.<p>There’s no question about their performance, though. And there’s something magical about riding …

Ducati Monster 750 by Motolady

I’m always curious to see what moto journalists ride when they’re not reporting on other people’s bikes. This hot-rodded Ducati Monster 750 belongs to Alicia Mariah Elfving—better known as the Motolady, and one of the biggest personalities in the online moto world.<p>There’s a fair bit of sweat and …

Ducati 749 by Shed-X

Staunch Ducatistas might balk at the idea of ripping the bodywork off a 749. Neil and Jim at Shed-X don’t seem to mind too much though: turning Bologna’s finest into naked, fun-loving street machines is their forte.<p>Based out of a small workshop in Sydney, Australia, ‘Screwdriver’ is Shed-X’s latest …

Top 5 Modern Motorcycles Part II

Last week we showcased five modern motorcycles that hit the mark in terms of attitude and style. It was a mix of retro re-issues and well-designed modern machines, and struck a chord with many readers.<p>All of the featured bikes had one thing in common—they looked great in both stock and custom form. …

Ducati 900SS custom by Atom Bomb

With the new-wave custom scene continually evolving and diversifying, it’s becoming progressively more difficult to classify custom motorcycles. Even the mere mention of the term “café racer” is enough to send purists into a frenzy these days. It gets even more complicated when the donors are …

Classified Triumph 675 'Doomsdaytona'

John Ryland is one of the standout custom bike builders from the past few years. He’s dazzled us with a succession of Honda CBs and Yamaha Viragos, each one bearing that unmistakable Classified Moto style: cool metallic hues and uprated gold forks.<p>The latest bike to bear the Classified Moto name is …

Motorcycle Design: The State We're In

<i>This week we’re kicking off a new occasional series: The Bike EXIF Panel. With each edition, we’ll pitch five questions to leading personalities in the custom scene and motorcycling industry at large.</i><p>Today we’re asking our panelists to weigh in on the state of the new wave custom scene and …

The 2014 Bike EXIF Awards, Part I | Bike EXIF

It’s time for our biannual roundup of the most popular motorcycles on Bike EXIF: the best of the best, as chosen by our hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world.<p>After aggregating traffic stats and social media likes and shares, we’ve uncovered the ten motorcycles that made the biggest …

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

The riding season is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, and that means a steady flow of cool new motorcycle gear hitting the shops and online stores.<p>This month we’re looking at a hooded jacket from ICON 1000, Kevlar tailoring for your favorite jeans, the amazing Skully AR-1 motorcycle …

BMW R Nine T Custom Project

For six months, four of Japan’s top custom workshops have been tearing down and rebuilding BMW’s R nineT roadster.<p>The names will be familiar to most readers—Shiro Nakajima, Brat Style, Hidemo and Cherry’s Company—but until now, the R nineT Custom Project bikes have been hidden behind closed …

Hans Muth and the Suzuki Bandit FatMile

Now here’s a blast from the past. Suzuki Europe has jumped on the custom bandwagon and released images of a very tidy Bandit 1250, nicknamed ‘FatMile’. And one of the names behind the project is none other than Hans A. Muth, the legendary designer who rose to fame as BMW’s chief of styling.<p>Muth’s …

Buell X1 by Sartorie Meccaniche

I’ve always loved Buell’s streetfighter models for their combative stance and no-nonsense ergonomics. In stock form they’re bare-bones, purpose built machines—devoid of any superfluous add-ons and powered by 1203cc of Milwaukee muscle.<p>They’re an acquired taste though, and some—like the X1 …

The Ronin 47: If Batman rode a Buell 1125

If you felt cheated when the Buell 1125 went out of production in 2010, you’re in luck. You can now buy a factory-fresh superbike based on the 1125—and it looks like a machine straight out of <i>The Dark Knight</i>.<p>The Buell 1125 cost $11,695 a few years ago and the Ronin 47 costs $38,000, but you do get a …

What if Ducati made a new Hailwood replica?

The hype around the launch of the new Ducati Scrambler has got us thinking about other ways to mine the rich history of the Italian marque.<p>Some 35 years ago, Ducati’s official Mike Hailwood replica was a smash hit—so what would an updated version look like today? We’re betting it’d be close to this …

Deals of the Week: Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Xbox Price Drop, $360 PS4, Master Chief Collection

This week's best deals plus new ones!<p>Want more deals? Join the IGN Deals Newsletter.<p>This Week's Best Deals<p>The Xbox One price drops is here early! The …