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Moto Guzzi V65 cafe racer

One of the most evocative paint schemes in motorcycling is the red and lime green of Moto Guzzi’s iconic V7 Sport. It was a combination suggested by a Milan-based design institute, and four decades later, it’s still synonymous with the marque.<p>Moto Guzzi itself has brought back the red frame for its …

Motorcycles

New and noted: Motorcycle Jackets

Motorcycle gear with classic styling is no longer a niche. It’s edging up the bestseller lists, and the mainstream brands are scrambling to catch up.<p>It’s as though we’re returning to the (perceived) golden days of the 1960s and 1970s. That means simple aesthetics, clean lines and traditional …

Leather Jackets

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 …

Vintage

Motorcycle reconditioning

In last week’s Saturday Sessions, we saw E3 Motorcycles tearing down a Honda CB550. This week, it’s time for the messy business of motorcycle reconditioning—inspecting, bagging, and tagging the dismantled parts.<p>“A nice paint job only tells half the story,” says E3’s David Browning, “and isn’t …

Motorcycles

Motorcycle restoration: the frame

In last week’s Saturday Sessions episode David Browning and E3 Motorcycles got their hands dirty with breaking down and reconditioning the Honda CB550.<p>The first round of replacement parts is now on the way. So this week we’re moving on to frame and metal preparation, via sand blasting and powder …

Motorcycles

Motorcycle resto: the engine install

If you like to tinker with your bike at the weekend, check out this week’s YouTube Saturday Sessions clip. The Honda CB550 owned by New York agency Woods Witt Dealy & Sons is starting to come together as we install the engine into the frame, and hook up the intake and exhaust components.<p>“A bit of …

Motorcycles

12 Steps to Building a Cafe Racer

The first feature on ‘How to Build a Café Racer’ struck a chord. Not everybody who read it agreed with the content, but when it comes to style, there are several different schools of taste.<p>I’m going to focus on the performance side of building a cafe racer. Or street tracker, scrambler, or any …

Motorcycles

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 …

Motorcycles

Bill Costello's immaculate BMW R100RT custom

Four years ago, Bill Costello became a big name in the classic BMW world. He’d restored a 1958 BMW R50 as a tribute to his father, and before he knew it, the bike was on the cover of three magazines. Bill was even flown to Germany to meet BMW’s top brass.<p>“Then people started asking me about my next …

Motorcycles

Triumph TR6R by Tricana Motorcycles

Minimal, elegant and beautifully finished, this is one of the best custom Triumphs we’ve seen for a long time. It comes from Tricana Motorcycles, a small workshop in Portugal that’s building a reputation for classy, slightly off-kilter café racers.<p>Tricana is run by Jonathan Natario, and he’s called …

Motorcycles

Our buddies at Hand Made Vintage Kustoms are selling their custom Yamaha XS400 - Scrambled X

Our buddies at Hand Made Vintage Kustoms are selling their custom Yamaha XS400 - Scrambled X.

Harley Sportster by Bull Cycles

Regular readers will know that we don’t feature many Harley Sportster customs. It’s not often that one makes me jump out of my seat, but just take a look at this XL1200 from Illinois-based Bull Cycles.<p>‘Zephyr’ is one of the more successful café conversions, succeeding where many fail. The visual …

Beauty and the Beast

KTM 690 Enduro R by Roland Sands

I met a motojournalist the other day who reckoned the KTM 690 Enduro R is the best bike he’s ever tested. He liked it so much, he bought one for himself.<p>The design of the Austrian machine is strong and distinctive, but for some, the ‘KTM look’ is an acquired taste. So here’s an alternative, …

Motorcycles

Honda CB450 K0 'Runcible Racer'

The Honda CB450 K0 has a very secure place in motorcycling history books. Nicknamed the ‘Black Bomber’ on account of the Ford Model T-style paint choice, it was the first volume-produced motorcycle powered by a DOHC engine. And it still looks good today.<p>Australian Cliff Overton fell under the spell …

Motorcycles

Porsche 918 Spyder Makes Auto Show Debut

Super Hybrid is a Frankfurt Show Superstar<p>The Porsche 918 Spyder makes its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and what you see here is what you’ll get. We’ve gone on multiple ride-and-drives in Porsche‘s super-advanced hybrid supercar, but the automaker has made a number of tweaks and …

Cafe racer Ducati by Walt Siegl

There’s a steady demand for Walt Siegl’s café racer Ducatis. And looking at these images of his latest Leggero, it’s not hard to see why: timeless lines, well-chosen components, and immaculate build quality. Siegl is a keen racer too, so these bikes can hold their own on the most demanding of roads.<p>…

Motorcycles

Kawasaki W800 x Wrenchmonkees

You can find a passion for motorcycles in the unlikeliest of locations—even on a small island in SE Asia still reeling from decades of civil war. That’s where the owner of this bike lives, a man who wanted a low-key custom capable of tackling rough roads.<p>It’s one of the more unusual commissions to …

Motorcycles

2013 BMW M6 Coupe First Test

BMW's Big, Bad Bully<p>Larger and heavier, yet more efficient and also quicker than its predecessor, the 2013 BMW M6 is a great big bully of a car. With Sakhir orange metallic paint and a naked carbon-fiber roof, it also tends to attract attention. If you enjoy getting thumbs-ups from Slurpee-sipping …

Suzuki GN400 custom

This 1981 Suzuki GN400 is one of those increasingly rare custom motorcycles that was built for under $1,000—without actually <i>looking like</i> it was built for under $1,000. The donor bike was an old GN400 thumper that old friends Chris Errecart and Adam Bendig found on Craigslist; it wasn’t running, but …

Motorcycles

BMW K100 by Robrock

This raw and brutal BMW K100 was built, very aptly, by a master blacksmith and metalworker. Faced with a long German winter, Marc Robrock decided to enliven his evenings and weekends and build himself a bike. “After 25 years of riding bikes, I felt I was missing something,” he says. “And life is …

Motorcycles

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 …

Motorcycles

Honda CL400 by Urban Rider

It’s not often we get to show a custom that has been built with practicality in mind. But this Honda CL400 has been tweaked for London streets, offering easy commuting with a strong dash of style. The man behind the project is Will Starritt of the motorcycle gear shop Urban Rider: “We wanted to …

Motorcycles

Trackmaster by Atom Bomb

Clay Rathburn is one of those annoying ‘renaissance’ types who seem to be good at whatever they turn their hands to. First was a string of traditional Triumph hardtails—including the irresistible Velvet Underground. Then we had the RVA Overland vintage dirt bike, and a Harley Sportster 1200 that …

Velvet Underground

Karmic Dissonance: Destino Still on Track for Production Despite Fisker’s Woes

A recent report in <i>Wards Auto</i> confirms what we’d expect from a company helmed by dogged auto-industry veteran Bob Lutz: VL Automotive won’t let Fisker’s financial woes adversely affect its efforts to bring its Karma-based, V-8–powered Destino performance sedan to market. When we spoke to VL earlier …

Gliders

Blitz BMW R100RT 'La Parisienne'

If you visited the BMW Museum in Munich a few months ago, you might have noticed an interloper: a brawny custom with a Yamaha XT500 tank. Sharing space with a BMW concept car and an immaculate 1982 R100 RT, the custom looked like a pit bull amongst immaculately coiffed poodles.<p>The juxtaposition was …

Motorcycles

Honda CG125 by Cafe Racer Dreams

If you’ve spent any time in Spain, you’ll have noticed the hordes of small-capacity bikes and scooters that swarm the streets. Ridden with verve—and in some cases, abandon—they’re a noisy affirmation of the Iberian love affair with motorcycles.<p>In the western world, most custom motorcycles are …

Motorcycles

SAE 2013 World Congress

A Mystery Super/Turbocharged-Axial-16 engine, Another Electric Elise, Anti-Cancer Glass, and a Flocked Beetle!<p>There was a wide array of automotive awesomeness on display again this year at the SAE 2013 World Congress, Detroit’s annual assembly of vehicular visionaries. As ever, your engineering …

Harley-Davidson WR racer

Racing motorcycles often have perfect proportions; they’re almost like the bikes you’d doodle in the corner of a schoolbook as a child. This 1946 Harley-Davidson is one of those machines, with an immaculate stance, perfectly symmetrical wheels and a beautiful economy of line.<p>It’s a WR model, a rare …

Motorcycles

2013 Volkswagen XL1 First Drive

Winged Victory: Hybrid Supercar Could Reach 209 MPG<p>Smaller than a Golf and lower than a Boxster, Volkswagen’s XL1 looks like a bijou supercar. It has a sleek, thigh-high, carbon-fiber composite body, butterfly wing doors, a mid-mounted powertrain, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The XL1 …