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Channelling Tron: the ultimate café fighter kit

A few months ago, Bill Webb’s Honda CBR1000RR almost melted our servers. The ‘café fighter’ conversion became one of the most popular bikes we’ve ever shown.<p>Bill’s an industrial designer by trade, and he hinted at a short production run of parts. That day has thankfully come, and the kit will soon …

Industrial Designer

Triumph Thruxton by Down & Out Cafe Racers

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, …

Motorcycles

Red Alert: Down & Out's Triumph Bonneville SE

Down & Out probably isn’t the most auspicious name for a business. But Shaun Walker sleeps easy at night: business at his Sheffield, England workshop is booming.<p>For the past 15 years, Shaun has been building very tidy, sharp-looking customs. He works mostly on older BMWs these days, but also …

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 …

Bonneville T100 by Renard

Renard is famous for its limited edition, $96,000 Grand Tourer—a high-end sport cruiser with a carbon fiber chassis and a Moto Guzzi power plant. It’s a spectacular showcase for the company’s design and engineering skills. So we did a double take when we heard that a humble Bonneville T100 was …

Motorcycles

Bonneville T100 by Maccomotors

Success can be both a blessing and a curse. While a well-received build can put a custom shop on the map, it can just as easily lock them into a certain style. Not ideal in an industry where progression is key.<p>This is the position that Jose and Tito of Maccomotors found themselves in not too long …

Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

It’s a widely held opinion that contemporary motorcycle design isn’t quite what it used to be. The sense of nostalgia that fuels the custom scene is often associated with the belief that motorcycling’s golden age preceded 1980. Bikes looked better, had more class and were built simpler, devoid of …

Norton 850 Commando by Federal Moto

There’s a new name to look out for on the custom scene: Federal Moto. It’s a startup workshop from Canada, and this remarkable Norton 850 Commando resto-mod is the company’s first build.<p>The guys behind Federal are friends Shaun Brandt, Randy Venhuis, and Justin Benson. Their purpose is simple: …

Canada

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 …

Carbon Fiber

Detached Single Storey House Infused with Golden Rays of Light

<b>House B</b> is a detached single storey house infused with golden rays of light. Designed by ch+qs arquitectos in <b>Berrocal, Segovia, Spain</b>, the dwelling …

How To Build A Scrambler

You’ve searched the web, watched the moody videos, and discovered that your street tires don’t like wet grass. You’ve decided you need a scrambler—but how do you tweak your bike for good dirty fun, with a bit of extra style?<p>Here we’ll focus on the best-value mods, balancing cost with performance. …

Triumph Bonneville T100 by Bunker

Our most recent Top 5 feature showed just how versatile Triumph’s Bonneville is as a custom platform. The venerable Bonny makes for as good a flat tracker as it does a café-racer–so it’s easy to forget what a fine looking motorcycle it actually is in stock trim.<p>This 2013 Triumph Bonneville T100 …

Sideburn Royal Enfield Bullet

After 50 years of production in India, Royal Enfield had worked hard to update their range, first with a unit construction engine, then fuel injection and after all that the only thing on Sideburn magazine’s mind was making the 2009 Bullet Classic look like a mid-‘60s flat track racer.<p>Only half the …

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 …

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 …

Harley Softail Slim by Rough Crafts

The Harley Softail Slim has two points in its favor: it’s a simple bobber-style bike with a vintage vibe, and it has a super-low seat height of less than 24 inches. It’s basically a Fat Boy with the fat trimmed off, and there’s ample grunt from a 103ci (1688cc) Big Twin motor.<p>This makes it the …

Retro

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 …

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 …

BMW R60/2 by Blitz Motorcycles

Blitz Motorcycles have been enjoying a long love affair with old BMW ‘airheads.’ To date, more than a handful of unique (and often eccentric) boxer customs have rolled out of their workshop. One of their earliest builds was ‘Great Escape‘—a murdered out BMW R60/2 that had everyone’s tongues wagging …

Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

It’s a long time since we’ve featured a Yamaha XS650. It’s a bike that has become ubiquitous: with so many customs built on the 45-year-old platform, it’s hard to impress any more.<p>This one is a cut above the rest though, mostly because it’s a subtle, well-judged enhancement that retains just enough …

BMW R nineT by Urban Motor

The most audacious motorcycle launch of late has been the BMW R nineT. Who’d have thought that the clinical Germans would reveal a naked boxer with built-in options for customization? Even better, Ola Stenegärd’s design team have wasted no time in delivering pre-production models to selected custom …

Top 5 Triumph Scrambler customs

Triumph’s Bonneville-based ‘modern classics’ range has been a hit with riders and builders since its launch in 2001. Initially released as a carbureted 790cc parallel twin, Triumph later upped the capacity to 865cc and switched to fuel injection. Keeping the Bonneville platform as a basis, Triumph …

Articles about color story purple on Dwell.com - Dwell

The Metropolitan Chair got its breakthrough - and its name - at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1960, where the...<p>“I believe your home should tell your story.<p>Inspired by French bicycle design of the 50s and 60s we have created a bicycle that preserves the simple elegance and pure …

Export Quality: Classified Moto's Yamaha XV920, v2.0

Two years ago, John Ryland finished his first customer build—a groundbreaking Yamaha XV920 that effectively launched Classified Moto onto the custom scene. The bike was a huge hit, and prompted a flood of requests from customers for similar builds.<p>One of those requests was from Biker’s Cafe in …

Motorcycles

BMW R100/7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

The BMW R-series has joined the Honda CB750 and Triumph Bonneville in the pantheon of custom motorcycle platforms. With a remarkably distinctive-looking engine and a bulky, high-capacity tank, it’s not a conventionally ‘pretty’ bike. But love it or loathe it, the big BMW sure looks the …

Motorcycles

Motorcycle Armor

The exoskeletons enjoyed by insects and crustaceans have a big advantage over our endoskeletons. In the event of an impact, they distribute force over a greater surface area and reduce the damage sustained in any one location.<p>If that sounds like the sort of thing you’d like to have strapped over …

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 …

T120 Bonneville by Analog

It’s always interesting to see the bikes that well-known builders create for themselves. This Triumph T120 Bonneville is the personal ride of Tony Prust; it’s a more ‘traditional’ look than many Analog motorcycles, with a side order of steampunk too.<p>“El Matador” was a labor of love for Prust for …

Vintage