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Analog Honda CB350

I’ve always imagined that the frontman of a metal band would ride something like a V-Rod with open pipes. But Mike Hranica of Devil Wears Prada has a taste for classic machinery. Like this elegant and deceptively simple Honda CB350.<p>He chose Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles to deliver. “Mike wanted …

Steel Bent Customs CB750

Michael Mundy’s Steel Bent Customs is now well established as one of the leading custom shops in Florida, if not the whole south east of the USA. Fifteen bikes rolled out of the Tampa workshop last year, and production is now booked out to April 2013.<p>Mundy is obviously doing something right in the …

Buell Custom: Santiago Chopper's 'Bucati'

Alain Bernard is one of the most unpredictable builders in the US: You can never guess what he’ll come up with next. The bread-and-butter of Santiago Chopper’s business is trike conversions, but Bernard also turns out traffic-stopping two-wheelers on a regular basis—like this Buell custom.<p>This is …

M&M Customs Honda CB550

It’s getting harder and harder to impress with a Honda CB custom these days. But this very sharp 1974 CB550, from the Kentucky shop M&M Customs, proves there’s still life in the old dog.<p>M&M (not to be confused with the Japanese shop with a similar name) is run by Mike McFadden. Like all the best …

Motohangar Yamaha SR500

Every now and then, a bike comes along that captures the state of the neo-custom scene right at this moment in time. This is one of those bikes, from the Virginia-based workshop Motohangar. It’s not a big-budget build and it’s not a fire-breathing monster, but it’s exactly the kind of bike that is …

Mid Life Cycles Honda CB77

Australia has a relatively small population—around 23 million, a little less than Texas. Despite this, the custom scene is thriving, with a remarkable number of skilled builders and a nationwide taste for cafe racers and classics.<p>Deus is probably the best-known builder, but there are smaller …

Harley Sportster by Asterisk

There may be better cures for jetlag…then again, maybe not. Hideki Hoshikawa had flown over from Japan with his latest build in the airplane’s cargo bay, clearing customs in Los Angeles just in time for the big L.A. Calendar Bike Show, where the Sportster-based “Avanzare” nabbed Best of Show honors …

Moto Guzzi V50 by Rno Cycles

Think of a custom Moto Guzzi, and it’s invariably built in the ‘classic’ style: Timeless café racer lines, muted colors and bare metal. I’m a fan of that look, but it’s also refreshing to see someone take a completely different approach—and pull it off spectacularly.<p>This rapier-sharp V50 is called …

Choppahead Triumph T140

We all know what a Triton is. There’s also the ‘Tribsa,’ and even a ‘Norley’. But I hadn’t heard of a ‘Tronsa’ before. Concerned at a gap in my knowledge, I was relieved to find that Choppahead’s creation is probably the first of its kind.<p>It’s called ‘Tronsa’ because it’s a mix of Triumph, Honda …

Ton-Up Garage 'Urban Pearl'

There must be something in the water (or the <i>gasolina</i>) on the Iberian Peninsula. The custom motorcycle scene in Spain is booming, and Portugal is not far behind. This is the latest build from Porto’s Ton-Up Garage; it’s a classy Triumph Bonneville T100 that could pass as a desirable limited edition …

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 …

Honda CRF250R cafe racer

Californian Darrell Schneider is known in the classic car community for his high-quality fiberglass skills. He’s also a keen motorcyclist, and has transformed his personal 2004 Honda CRF250R dirtbike into this eye-catching café racer.<p>Schneider namechecks Roland Sands, Richard Pollock and Ron Wood …

Honda CB450 K1 by Ellaspede

Brisbane is Australia’s third biggest city. It’s the capital of Queensland, the unfeasibly huge ‘sunshine state.’ Queensland is also an idyllic environment for motorcycles, so let’s turn our attention to the brightest star on the local custom scene: Ellaspede.<p>Ellaspede’s latest build is this 1968 …

Motorcycle Jackets

The gear you choose to wear whilst riding says a lot about you. Our squidly counterparts on GSX-Rs will invariably cloak themselves in patently absurd Power Ranger suits bearing countless corporate logos, splashes of fluorescent color not seen since the mid-1980s, and large knee sliders that are …

Honda CB550F Super Sport

Nelspruit is a remote town in South Africa’s former Eastern Transvaal, surrounded by citrus groves and miles from anywhere. There’s no custom motorcycle scene to speak of, but on the up side, Nelspruit is surrounded by some of the country’s best motorcycling roads. And on those roads, you’ll find …

Five of the Best Classic Motorcycle Boots

Not too many months ago, a friend of mine went into a corner carrying far too much speed on his 796 Monster. He hit a square kerb toes-forward, while wearing nothing but a pair of running shoes. It wasn’t pretty. He snapped four of his toes and left them pointing backwards with only his pinky toe …

Honda CX500 custom

The Honda CX500 is not the prettiest of motorcycles. Launched in 1978 and produced for just five years, it attracted a wide range of uncomplimentary nicknames. Like ‘plastic pig’ or ‘flying maggot.’ But the CX500 was a tough and reliable bike—popular with couriers—and today, secondhand examples are …

Full face helmets

If you ride a motorcycle, you’ll know there’s discord between full-face and open-face advocates. Proponents of full-face lids disavow anything that doesn’t provide complete protection, and often quote studies like the 1981 Hurt Report—which suggested that 34% of motorcycle accidents involve an …

Honda CB550 by Raccia

Let’s face it: A 1970s Honda CB is a pretty easy bike to customize. It looks good straight out of the box, and custom parts are a dime-a-dozen. This CB550 from California-based Raccia Motorcycles is something special though.<p>Raccia builds are inspired by the production racers of yesteryear, and this …

Textile Motorcycle Jackets

There are many upsides to living in warmer climates. You get the sunshine, the barbecues and 365 days of riding weather each year. But there’s a downside to this toasty hedonism: it’s often too hot to wear full protective gear. Many people ride in a T-shirt and a 3/4 helmet as opposed to an …

Motorcycle Gloves

I’ve often heard it said that when a person comes off a motorcycle, the first part of their body to hit the ground is a knee, followed by the hands. Putting our hands out is a natural defence mechanism we’ve all been using since childhood—but when we fell over as kids, we weren’t flying over hard, …

Kott Honda CB750F Super Sport

If you’re a fan of the Honda CB750, you probably know Kott Motorcycles. Dustin Kott is one of the best CB builders in the USA, sending out a steady stream of sleek, upgraded customs from his workshop in Newhall, California. And it’s more than just a business: “I have memories of sitting in front of …

Honda CB550F by KDI Cycles

For a one-man band, Kevin Dinsmoor has had remarkable success. Based in the small town of Colchester in Connecticut, USA, he’s carved out a reputation as a builder of finely crafted vintage customs—like this Honda CB550F.<p>“The concept was hatched a couple of years ago,” says Dinsmoor, who runs KDI …

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 …

1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

Anvil Motociclette is the kind of shop that is catching the attention of younger riders in mainland Europe. Their designs are raw and uncompromising, and guaranteed to stop the traffic. This 1979 Honda CB500 custom is typical: It’s low and rakish, stripped to the basics and ready for action.<p>Anvil …