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Pure Escapism: South To Sian by Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina has always celebrated the spaces where motorcycling and surfing co-exist. And this breathtaking film takes the escapism to a new level, set against the surreal backdrop of Indonesia.<p>Directed by award-winning photographer Dustin Humphrey, South to Sian blends elements of a bike film, …

Motorcycles

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 28 August, 2016

A baby blue BMW R100, a brilliant orange Ducati 900SS, and a murdered-out Harley Street scrambler. It’s all about the color this week.<p><b>Ducati 900SS by CC Racing Garage</b> World Ducati Week is a three-day celebration of Bologna’s absolute best, and Ducati’s way of giving thanks back to fans. Three days …

Ducati

Steampunk’d: Urban Motor’s Jawa Sprint Motorcycle

Glemseck 101 is just around the corner. Set in southern German town of Leonberg, it’s a two-wheeled celebration of gasoline and good taste.<p>It also attracts some of the most outrageous customs on the planet. We’ve seen everything from turbocharged boxers to fire-breathing Yamaha XJRs. But a 350cc …

Steampunk

Special K: Pan Speed Shop launches with a wild BMW K1200S

Not all custom BMWs are airhead boxers: The classic four-cylinder K-series is gaining a cult following. But tearing into a more modern K takes a special kind of nuts.<p>So let us introduce you to the Spanish outfit Pan Speed Shop. They’re fresh on the scene, which is why the name won’t ring any bells. …

BMW

Review: The 2017 Yamaha SCR950

Before, during, and after, only one thing matters: how does it make you <i>feel?</i> Tech specs can never do a motorcycle justice. The ride is the product.<p>How I felt about the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 <i>before</i> was erased <i>during</i>. And how I felt <i>after</i> can be wrapped up in a word: hooked. This is the story of a changed …

Yamaha

Blue Is The Color: An ice-cool Yamaha XS650 bobber

Sensibility be damned: this bobber has no front brake, no rear suspension and a suicide shifter. But just look at it.<p>Like any self-respecting bobber, this Yamaha XS650 is an exercise in supreme minimalism. But the work goes far beyond just tossing random parts in the bin.<p>It’s a 1972 XS650, built by …

Yamaha

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 21 August, 2016

A KTM 690 Duke given the retro scrambler treatment, Ducati lets Roland Sands loose on the XDiavel, and one of the best BMW airhead customs we’ve ever seen. Meet the machines that revved our engines this week.<p><b>Ducati XDiavel by RSD</b> Since its launch in 2010, the Diavel family of bikes has always …

Ducati

Are we ready for an electric chopper?

Are electric bikes the future? We’re not sure—but with EU regulations getting progressively more restrictive, it’s not completely unfathomable.<p>If that day ever comes, put us down for one of these. Yes, you’re looking at an electric chopper—and a damn pretty one at that.<p>It’s the brainchild of …

Electric Bikes

Used And Abused: Revival Cycles’ Buell Ulysses scrambler

The thought of a liquor brand commissioning a bike conjures up images of gaudy, logo-slathered choppers from the West Coast. But Revival Cycles had other ideas when Rebel Yell knocked on their door.<p>They took a stock Buell Ulysses XB12X, and transformed it into the dirt-shredding monster you see …

Café Racers

Special Delivery: An ex postal service Suzuki GN250

Customizing bikes is all about seeing potential. Case in point: this cute little ’92 Suzuki GN250 from Portugal’s Dream Wheels Heritage.<p>Back in the day, the GN was the go-to bike for riding schools and the Portuguese postal service. But this one’s been resurrected as a neat-n-tidy café racer, for …

Suzuki

Swedish minimalism: Marcus Carlsson’s Honda Tracker

We’ve always pictured Scandinavia as the home of grisly crime fiction, weird pop music and IKEA. But it looks like there’s a growing custom scene too.<p>Shops like the Wrenchmonkees and Unique Custom Cycles need no introduction. But straight after last week’s Norwegian Yamaha GTS comes this radical …

Honda

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 14 August, 2016

A tuned Thruxton from the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, a super-sleek BMW R nineT from Australia, and the Indian that’s going to shake up flat track racing in 2017. It’s all about speed this week.<p><b>Triumph Thruxton by White Crow Customs</b> After the release of Triumph’s newest twins, I keep wondering …

UK National Parks

Reinventing The Classic: Auto Fabrica’s Honda CB750

Not long ago, you couldn’t open your browser without stumbling across another Honda CB custom. But these days, that honor belongs to Triumph Bonnevilles and old BMW airheads.<p>The occasional fine CB750 still rears its head. But how many are as good as this absolute masterpiece from Auto Fabrica?<p>The …

Honda

Sub Zero Cool: A Yamaha GTS 1000 from the Arctic Circle

Velfjord is a pretty little town of red-painted houses in Norway—a winter wonderland surrounded by mountains, fjords, lakes and forests. It’s also incredibly remote, being a five-hour drive from Trondheim, the nearest city.<p>This is the land of the midnight sun, a mere 70 miles south of the Arctic …

The Arctic

Double Scoop: Down & Out’s Fat-Tired Ducati Scrambler

The fat tire look is not everyone’s cup of tea. But if that’s what butters your toast, Down & Out Café Racers are the guys to call.<p>The British shop has perfected the art of beefing up a bike’s footprint, mostly applying the technique to Triumph Bonnevilles. But builders Shaun and Carl wanted a …

Ducati

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 August, 2016

Question: What have a Blue Dolphin, a Pickle Tracker and a Bavarian Knight got in common? Answer: They’re all beautiful customs with truly daft names—but they’ve made it into our latest Bikes Of The Week.<p><b>Honda CBX750F by Half Caste Creations</b> Ten years ago, the lads from Bangkok’s Half Caste …

Automotive

New & Noted: Women’s Motorcycle Jackets

Motorcycling is one of those rare pursuits where there’s more emphasis on men’s clothing than women’s. But there are more ladies who ride than ever before, and the apparel makers are catching up fast.<p>So here are five women’s motorcycle jackets that are not only functional, but pretty damn fine …

Automotive

Loving The Alien: A radical BMW GS from New Jersey

Why is the custom scene saturated with vintage R-series BMWs? We reckon it’s because they’re reliable and affordable, and builders love the Lego-like construction.<p>The modern R 1200 GS is a rarity on the scene, though. It might be an icon of our times, but it’s also a big bike crammed with modern …

New Jersey

Oldtimer: Sven Wedemeyer’s lustworthy Moto Guzzi V7

Sven Wedemeyer is one of Bike EXIF’s best-kept secrets. The Berlin-based photographer is deadly behind a lens, and he’s got impeccable taste too.<p>He’s shot some killer bikes for us over the years, and tipped us off many times. But today we’re putting Sven himself in the spotlight, with one of his …

Automotive

Now you can even turn a BMW K100 into a scrambler

Unit Garage is a cult name amongst well-heeled BMW enthusiasts in Europe. The Italian company makes beautifully engineered kits that make modern BMWs look like old ones.<p>If you love your R 1200 R but hanker after 1970s styling, there’s a kit for that. And if you have a modern R 1200 GS but want the …

Café Racers

Showstopper: Kiddo’s immaculate Bonneville custom

There’s hardly a Triumph Bonneville on the street that hasn’t been tweaked in some way. With hordes of aftermarket parts available for Hinkley twins, personalization is just a mouse click away.<p>But it takes more than a fat wallet and an internet connection to build a truly show-stopping Bonnie. You …

Motorcycles

Cooking the Goose, Portuguese Style: Redonda’s Mille GT

Some bikes always seem to be customized in a certain way: Many of the CB750s and Bonnevilles we see are hard to tell apart.<p>The same type of cognitive inertia applies to Moto Guzzis, which often follow the style perfected by Kaffeemaschine. But here’s a very, very different Guzzi, from João Barranca …

Cooking

1980s Overload! The Moretti vintage race bike

You’ve probably noticed the new breed of moto gear store springing up around the world. The products are curated, rather than piled high. And there’s usually a cool bike in the window, or in the middle of the shop floor.<p>In Toronto, Ontario there’s a fine example of the type, called Town Moto. And …

Motorcycles

Sibling Rivalry: A BMW R100 cafe from Federal’s USA shop

From the moment their first build hit the airwaves, we’ve followed Federal Moto’s career. The Canadian crew has produced one killer bike after another.<p>So when director Shaun Brandt told us that Federal was opening an outpost in Chicago, we were curious. Would the Americans deliver the same quality …

BMW

Custom Bikes Of The Week

A brand new KTM Duke gets the custom treatment in Brazil. An MV Agusta with Lamborghini-style forged carbon parts. And a Triumph Thruxton from London called ‘Up Yours Copper.’ It’s a strange selection this week.<p><b>KTM Duke 390 by Bendita Macchina</b> The São Paulo workshop has an unusual specialty: brand …

MV Agusta

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. …

Café

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 …

BMW

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