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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 19 February, 2017

Remember the notorious Honda ATC250R three-wheeler? Now you can get that funky 1980s style without the dodgy third wheel. And if you can’t wait for the Husqvarna Vitpilen to launch, there’s a kit for you…<p><b>Husqvarna FE 501 tracker by LOON</b> Husqvarna is one of the hottest motorcycle brands coming into …

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Hell On Wheels: ICON 1000’s Kawasaki Vulcan tracker

ICON 1000 are the guys we turn to when we need reminding that not every custom should be a 70s throwback. We’ve seen them peddle their special brand of 80s sensibilities on bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R 750 and Kawasaki GPZ900R—with spectacular results.<p>But Dethgrip is on another level. We can’t …

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Crash hot: Revival Cycles rebuilds a damaged Hellcat

Most builders like to treat a bike as a blank canvas when it arrives in the shop. But when a Confederate arrives—well, that’s like trying to paint over a Rothko artwork. The X132 Hellcat has a brutal style you can see from a mile off.<p>But this Hellcat turned up at Revival’s Texas workshop with crash …

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This Aprilia-powered Brute is Not Your Average Shed Build

Not sure quite what you’re looking at here? Neither were we when this brute muscled its way into our inbox. So we dug a little deeper.<p>Yes, it says ‘Aprilia‘ on the tin, but it’s not really an Aprilia. It just happens to be powered by a heavily reworked 998cc v-twin, taken from a crashed second …

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BMW ‘Alpha’ by Mark Atkinson and Mehmet Doruk Erdem

<i>Photos: Jun Song / Film: Max Daines</i><p>It’s one of the most unlikely alliances we’ve ever seen: An old school machinist and motorcycle builder from Utah, and a high-tech industrial designer from Istanbul, Europe’s most populous city. But there are few boundaries to communication in the 21st century—and …

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From box of bits to the Brooklyn Invitational: 1951 BSA C11

Everyone loves a good barn find. But the story behind this adorable BSA has a different twist: It’s a charity find.<p>When Hurricane Sandy tore through the Eastern seaboard of the United States in 2012, New York was hit hard. In an effort to help displaced residents in Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, the …

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 12 February, 2017

This week it’s all about Italy—with a stunning Benelli replica, a killer BMW R nineT by LuisMoto and a monstrous custom Ducati from XTR Pepo. <i>Andiamo!</i><p><b>Moto Guzzi 1000SP by Fratelli Brambilla</b> Finding the perfect balance between form and function is a moving target. As consumer tastes and trends …

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Californian bravado, German cool: Untitled’s BMW R100

Unless you’re immersed in every corner of the custom world, you probably associate Untitled Motorcycles with one bike: the amazing Hyper Scrambler Ducati, built in San Francisco. Our article triggered a media frenzy that culminated in an appearance on <i>Jay Leno’s Garage</i>.<p>But the mark of a good shop is …

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All About The Patina: Nico Mueller’s BMW R75/5

We love seeing custom builders’ personal rides. Most of these guys spend their days wrestling with the restrictions of commissioned work, so it’s intriguing to see their choices and decision-making when the brief is wide open.<p>This BMW R75/5 belongs to Nico Mueller of Hookie Co. in Germany. It’s a …

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Thor’s Hammer: Harley-Davidson Street 750 flat tracker

The Harley faithful really got their knickers in a twist after the launch of the Street. Built for the US market in Kansas City, Missouri, it’s pitched at the budget-conscious—and learner riders who would be crushed on their first attempt to U-turn a Road Glide.<p>As with most motorcycles built down …

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Wheelie Machine: Smoked Garage’s KTM 950 SM

If you want good, clean hooliganism: get a supermoto. If you want to crank the crazy up to eleven, get a 942cc supermoto that snacks on corners and dislikes keeping its front wheel on the ground.<p>With horsepower and newton meters both in the nineties, a dry weight of 421lbs and top-notch WP …

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Low Tracker: Ad Hoc’s Yamaha Virago bucks the trend

Think of a custom Yamaha Virago, and you’ll probably picture a sleek, waspish build from Greg Hageman or Moto Adonis. The seats are stubby and the stance distinctly lean-forward: The epitome of the 21st century café racer.<p>David González of Spain’s Ad Hoc Café Racers has different ideas, though. His …

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Battle of the Kings: The Sportster Edition

It’s become commonplace for manufacturers to regularly commission custom work from top builders. But Harley-Davidson Europe have taken a different approach. For three years they’ve run the annual ‘Battle of the Kings’ contest—calling on their own dealers to put their best foot forward.<p>The concept …

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Rhapsody in Blue: Revival Cycles’ Honda FT500 Ascot

Think of Revival Cycles and you probably picture big budget, genre-smashing customs like the BMW Landspeeder. But Alan Stulberg and his crew are quite happy to work their magic on the humblest of machines. And they don’t get more humble than the early 80s Honda FT500 Ascot.<p>The ‘FT’ apparently …

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Gold Standard: An upgraded XSR700 from Macco Motors

Most conversations about the Yamaha XSR700 revolve around its aesthetics. Many pundits can’t get along with its looks—but will still admit there’s a damn fine motorcycle hiding underneath it all.<p>The 689cc inline twin is smooth and punchy, and it’s light on its feet. Plus it responds really well to …

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More Racer Than Cafe: NCT’s stunning Ducati 848 Evo

Superbikes don’t typically make us weak at the knees—but if we had to spring for something racy, it would probably be Italian. We wouldn’t say no to the 140 horsepower Ducati 848 Evo, for example.<p>So when NCT Motorcycles told us they had just finished an 848, we assumed the bike had been crashed. …

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Alta Motors Redshift ST street tracker concept

I’m in two minds about electric motorcycles. The instantaneous torque and low maintenance is appealing, for sure—but I also love the character and intangible ‘soul’ that internal combustion engines have.<p>Styling is also an issue. Tesla has it easy, because bodywork hides the powertrain in a car. But …

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 29 January, 2017

A 500 horsepower drag bike with Chevrolet power, a Ducati-sanctioned custom Scrambler Sixty2, and a vintage-styled BMW R1200 GS built for an epic trip across Africa. We’re stretching the moto envelope this week.<p><b>Honda CB750 by Dromos Motor Works</b> We’d thought we’d seen just about every style of CB750 …

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Kingston’s Honda CX500 Street Tracker is Pure 80s Magic

Most marques have a golden era—that time when they dominated a race series, etching into memory iconic motorcycles and liveries. Honda has more than a few of those.<p>Take the legendary RS750: it hit the flat track circuit in 1983, and racked up multiple championships in the hands of Ricky Graham and …

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Killer K: Mike Flores’ BMW K100 Cafe Racer

Is this the year of the BMW K100? We reckon so. The earlier R-series boxers have held the limelight for long enough—and let’s face it, any R donor you find now either comes at a premium, or has already been hacked.<p>So if you’re looking for a classic Beemer, choose a K. You’ll get a unique, reliable …

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MonoMonkee: Getting dirty with the Wrenchmonkees

The dirt track revolution continues apace. Even the big guns are turning their eyes towards the ovals, and the latest to catch the bug are Nicholas Bech and Per Nielsen of the Wrenchmonkees.<p>We’re guessing the scene is pretty small in Denmark, but it’s only a three-hour drive from Copenhagen to the …

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 22 January, 2017

A classy Moto Guzzi Centauro from the USA, a racy BMW K100 from Japan, and a brawny Honda CB750 from Vietnam. Let’s end the weekend right…<p><b>Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro by Craig Rodsmith</b> The 90s isn’t a decade we typically look to for donors. But hand a late-90s Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro over to Craig …

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Review: Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled

You don’t need to be a regular reader to know that scramblers are hot. Over the last few years, the term has become the go-to marketing moniker for OEMs looking to cash in on the growing moto lifestyle. From a business standpoint it makes complete sense; the carefree attitude exuded by scramblers …

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Make CBs Great Again: Justin Webster’s Honda CB750 cafe

Whenever we question the popularity of classic Honda fours, someone builds a CB that reminds us just how damn charming they can be. Today, that honor goes to Justin Webster of Gainesville, Florida.<p>Justin runs J. Webster Designs—an up-and-coming company designing and manufacturing parts for vintage …

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How to build a Yamaha SR500 street tracker, the Mule way

We know Richard Pollock is a master of his craft—and we know he’s thorough. But we’re beginning to think he’s a little obsessive. This Yamaha SR500 went onto the Mule Motorcycles bench for some basic upgrades. But as Richard dug deeper, he found more and more issues. Things snowballed fast…<p>“The …

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 15 January, 2017

Eleven hundred cc of Moto Guzzi muscle from Florida, a cafe’d Ducati Hypermotard from Germany, and proof from Jakarta that the Kawasaki ER6n <i>can</i> be turned into a good looking bike. We’re going global this week.<p><b>Honda CB550 by Ripple Rock Racers</b> My local shop, Town Moto in Toronto, has a tradition of …

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Absolute Power: Motokouture’s BMW S 1000 RR Turbo

How much power is enough? For BMW Motorrad, that figure currently sits at 199hp: the output of the class-leading BMW S 1000 RR.<p>That’s an intimidating number for mere mortals like us. But for Steven Decaluwe of Motokouture Motorcycles, it’s not <i>nearly</i> enough. So when BMW dropped an S 1000 RR off at …

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 …

Rocket Man: Triumph Legend TT by XTR Pepo

It’s hard to resist the sound and spectacle of a classic endurance racer. And no one knows that better than Pepo Rosell. He’s become a cult figure within the bike building business, because he has the knack of giving fast road bikes an appealing vintage race vibe.<p>This gnarly-looking machine is …

Major Fazer: Bad Winners amps up the Yamaha FZS600

Apparently, the hipsters are ruining motorcycles. At least that’s the mantra of the old guard, bemoaning every trend from tire choices to velocity stacks.<p>Meanwhile, the rest of us are happy to enjoy bikes for what they are: sometimes impractical; always fun. So join us in giving Walid from Bad …