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Mixing It Up: A Suzuki GS 550 cafe racer from Poland

We all know that the cafe racer originated in Britain—but these days, the bikes themselves are just as likely to be Japanese. And one of the best Japanese cafe racers we’ve seen lately comes from…Poland.<p>This fine example of cross-pollination comes from Lukas and Sylwester of Eastern Spirit Garage. …

Suzuki

Classified’s Suzuki GSXR: A 190 mph urban assault bike

Blistering performance is not usually at the top of the wishlist for a custom build. But this Suzuki from Classified Moto is capable of destroying pretty much anything that crosses its path.<p>Technically speaking, it’s a streetfighter—but you won’t find any shiny anodized bolts or Day-Glo farkles …

Automotive

Electra Glide In Red: Tricana’s ‘Hot Racer’ Harley FLH

Don’t be fooled by the conservative stereotype: the Swiss have a long-standing love of fast bikes. The small country has given us the racing builders Egli and Suter, and workshops like Britalmoto, Erne’s Euromotos, VTR Customs and Erbacher.<p>To that list we can now add Tricana, based in the tiny …

Café Racers

Review: The new BMW R nineT Scrambler

Scramblers—scramblers everywhere. That’s the zeitgeist of the current scene…and BMW have just entered the fray in spectacular fashion.<p>The new BMW R nineT Scrambler is a bike we saw coming a mile off. The first clue was the Concept Path22: a customized R nineT revealed at last year’s Wheels & Waves …

Café Racers

Custom Bikes Of The Week: The Vintage Edition

There’s a vintage vibe to this week’s selection. Going under the grinder are a Honda CB750, a BMW K75, and an SR400 and XS750 from Yamaha. Plus a Czech-made Cezeta scooter with a hidden secret…<p><b>Yamaha SR400 by Omega Racer</b> Having a reliable supply of parts for a custom build is an obvious advantage. …

Vintage

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

Brand extensions gone crazy, an heirloom jacket from Dainese, a limited edition lid from Hedon, and beautiful new summer leather gloves from Knox. There goes the monthly budget.<p><b>Montblanc Urban Spirit helmet</b> If you like fancy fountain pens, you’ll know the story of Montblanc and its famous …

Motorcycles

The Enginethusiast

Growing up near the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, it comes as no surprise that Anthony Scott has always been intrigued by motorcycles.<p>But it wasn’t until his later years that his passion became uncontrollable, and he had to dive in headfirst. “I returned to the US after being overseas for seven …

Honda

A BMW custom inspired by a Snickers bar (yes, really)

We hear quite a few odd stories from the custom scene, most of them unprintable. But this one takes the biscuit: A custom R nineT finished to match the chocolate brown color of a Snickers wrapper.<p>It comes from Onehandmade Customs, an up-and-coming workshop from Tapei. The man behind Onehandmade is …

Snickers

Hip To Be Square: A new angle on the Yamaha SR500

Critics are sure to dismiss this Yamaha SR500 for its lack of fenders, or its trials rubber. But to hell with them. For builder Boy Janssen it’s the perfect country road whip, and it’s crammed with lovely details.<p>Boy lives in the Dutch countryside, wrenching in his home workshop as Pancake Customs. …

Yamaha

Custom Bikes Of The Week—League Of Nations Edition

This week we’ve got a Gold Wing from Sweden, a Cagiva from Portugal, a KTM from the USA, a Triumph from Japan, and a Ducati from Spain. How did we manage before Google Translate?<p><b>Cagiva Alazzurra by Capêlos Garage</b> Impeccable is a word that gets tossed around quite a bit here: We’re constantly …

Café Racers

The Wylam BMW: Who said beer and bikes don’t mix?

Beer and motorcycles are fine things. But as we all know, they’re best enjoyed separately—preferably at the end of a long ride, with a cold glass in hand and the bike cooling down within eyeshot.<p>In the USA, you often see custom bikes sponsored by spirits brands. They go together like rum and coke. …

BMW

Muy rapido! A Buell XB racer from Bottpower

Modern race bikes aren’t usually on our watch list. But when we came across this scorcher, we just <i>had</i> to share.<p>The number plate and slick tires are not just for show. This is a bona fide, track-only machine—powered by a tuned Buell XB engine and put together by a man who knows how to make bikes go …

Automotive

This Custom Yamaha XSR700 is a Retina-Searing Treat

Despite the incredible numbers of custom builds hitting the streets daily, it’s surprisingly difficult to find anything new. Every genre has its accepted look and style, and envelopes are rarely pushed.<p>But David González of Ad Hoc Café Racers swims upstream. His bikes are often oddball, yet always …

Yamaha

A Magnificent V7: 46Works’ Moto Guzzi custom

We’ve been fans of Shiro Nakajima’s work since Bike EXIF kicked off eight years ago. From classic restorations to full-on race bikes, he’s able to turn his hand to anything that requires high-end craftsmanship and an eye for detail.<p>Nakajima is best known as the man who started up Ritmo Sereno, the …

Automotive

Six Appeal: Diamond Atelier’s super-sano BMW ‘DA#6’

Diamond Atelier exploded out of nowhere two years ago with one of the cleanest airhead builds we’ve ever seen.<p>Their R80 took the ‘sano’ look to a new level, and made it onto the cover of <i>Moto Heroes</i> magazine—an extraordinary achievement for a first-time builder.<p>At the time, we wondered if Tom …

Atelier

Town and Country: A Honda CB350 Built In The Catskills

It’s said that your surroundings influence your creative output. For Nick Cologero, those surroundings are enviable: the tiny hamlet of Olivebridge in upstate New York, flanked by the forests, trails and streams of Catskill Park.<p>From his home workshop Nick runs Catskill Mountain Customs Inc. He’s a …

Honda

A Pukka Scrambler: Federal Moto’s Honda XR650L

Is ‘scrambler‘ the most overused description in the custom scene vernacular? Probably. It’s been allocated to everything from street bikes with upright ergonomics and knobby tires to true do-it-all machines.<p>We dig them all, but we’re suckers for the real deal. So this machine from Federal Moto has …

Honda

Moto Adonis XV750: The Definition Of A Modern Custom

Five years ago, if we were asked to describe the stereotypical café racer it would probably be a Honda CB. Today, the mental picture is more likely to be a Yamaha Virago.<p>For the last twenty years of the 20th century, the XV series was a somewhat nondescript V-twin cruiser. But it’s now the platform …

Automotive

Custom Bikes Of The Week

This week we’ve got a 210 horsepower French muscle bike, a new BMW tracker from Fuel Motorcycles, and an officially sanctioned Street Twin Scrambler to plug the gap in Triumph’s new Bonneville range.<p><b>Avinton Collector Race R</b> Some customs prize elegance and sophistication above all else. Others are …

Café Racers

Big In Japan: A Mighty XL500 from Deus Tokyo

The Honda XL500 has achieved near-legendary status. Its front wheel is a ridiculous 23 inches, and it’s far too heavy for serious competition—but the engine is bulletproof and lives up to the old ‘stump-pulling grunt’ cliché.<p>The guys at Deus Japan are fans of the XL500. So when they were looking …

Japan

Jaw Dropper: A gnarly Honda CB from the 80s

The Chappell brothers are no strangers to these pages. Over the years, they’ve produced an impressive string of bikes—despite living hundreds of miles apart.<p>That distance has proved hard to manage, so these equally talented builders each handle their own projects nowadays. Chris operates as …

Honda

Tangerine Dream: Roland Snel’s Yamaha TR1 cafe racer

Every manufacturer has a few oddball motorcycles in its back catalog. Bikes that sounded like a great idea on paper, but never really caught the imagination of the public.<p>In Yamaha’s case, one of those bikes is the TR1—a V-twin tourer from the 1980s, closely related to the more successful …

Automotive

This Rickman Metisse is a Husaberg in disguise

Steve McQueen’s name’s been used to sell everything from apparel to motorcycles. If McQueen wore it or rode it—or something vaguely resembling it—you can expect to see his name in the sales pitch.<p>Which is ironic: If the man was still riding today, he’d pick modern machinery over a reconditioned …

Automotive

Custom Bikes Of The Week

It’s scrambler time this week: A heavily modified Yamaha RD350, a limited edition version of the Viba Lara 800, and a look at Yamaha’s new SCR950. Let’s get dirty.<p><b>Yamaha RD350 by Moto Exotica</b> In 2016, you can’t pass a fair trade organic coffee shop or axe-throwing meet without being bombarded by …

Automotive

A different take on the custom BMW airhead

When we first clapped eyes on this unusually styled BMW, we assumed it came from a pro workshop. The finish is immaculate, the proportions are unconventional but perfectly judged, and the girder fork is a minor feat of engineering.<p>So we were surprised to discover that this bike comes from a pair of …

Motorcycles

Shop Bike: DP Customs’ Hot-Rodded Ironhead Sportster

The client roster at DP Customs is slammed. So there’s precious little time to admire a finished project before it goes to its new home. And the Del Prado brothers are sick of it.<p>“Justin and I were chatting about how we didn’t have a cool bike as a permanent fixture in our shop,” explains Jarrod. …

Hot Rods

Getting Personal: Ludovic Lazareth’s Suzuki RG400

Ludovic Lazareth builds some of the world’s most extreme custom bikes. You know the type: they appear on websites that wouldn’t normally feature motorcycles, just because they’re so outrageous.<p>So when Monsieur Lazareth decided to build a bike for himself, we expected to see the ultimate clickbait. …

Suzuki

Darkster: K-Speed’s Custom Triumph Thruxton R

It took Triumph a while to update their modern classics, but by all accounts it was worth the wait. We’ve yet to read a bad review of Hinckley’s new retro twins—and the new Thruxton R in particular has everyone gushing.<p>Out of the box it’s a mix of high-end components, solid performance and …

Motorcycles

Custom Bikes Of The Week

A vintage-inspired Indian Scout from Roland Sands, a BMW R NineT given the Dakar Rally treatment, and a custom Voxan with a finish worthy of Rolls-Royce. Meet the machines that revved our engines this week.<p><b>Indian Scout by Roland Sands Design</b> If you made the trek to Biarritz for this weekend’s …

New and Noted: Motorcycle Backpacks

If you spend a significant part of your day on a motorcycle, a good backpack is a must. And a bike-specific pack beats an old hiking rucksack any day.<p>Whether you’re commuting, hitting the trails, heading out for the weekend or meeting your mates at the local, here are five backpacks you should …