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Shop visit: Heiwa 平和モーターサイクル

The country with the most influence on the modern custom scene is Japan. The machines we loosely call ‘café racers’ actually have more in common with the Japanese style of bike building than the British originals of the 1960s.<p>A handful of Japanese shops are on the radar in the west, notably Zero …

Motorcycles

Redux house

Redux House is located in the countryside of São Paulo, Itatiba, in a gated community called Quinta da Baroneza. The open land, on a downwards slope …

BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks

Six months ago, Max Hazan shifted his workshop from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. But the cross-country trip barely interrupted his stride. This stark and beautiful BSA A50, the first build to come out of Max’s new LA shop, was completed in just five weeks.<p>It’s a commissioned bike, built for a client …

Los Angeles

Hazan Motorworks

It's not a Zündapp, it's a Honda CB550

Hidden in a backstreet in the busy Port of Amsterdam is a small fabrication shop called Tin Can Customs. Amidst the clatter and clanging of ships unloading their cargo, Chris Dekker gets on with building motorcycles, furniture, and anything else he feels like.<p>Being smack-dab in the middle of a huge …

North Sea

How To Build A Cafe Racer

I’m a car designer by trade: I spend my time working out how to make machinery look as good as it can. Designers are creative people by nature, so we crave the opportunity to be as free as possible in our work. We also have many parameters, tests and boundaries to refer to, to make sure we deliver …

Motorcycles

Motorcycle Photography 101

I’m a photographer of many things. I shoot live music, portraits and fashion, but my favorite subjects have wheels—and more specifically, two wheels.<p>There are many ways to photograph a motorcycle. You can shoot it while riding, racing, or wrenching. Or when it’s just leaning on the kickstand at a …

Canon EOS

Sideburn Royal Enfield Bullet

After 50 years of production in India, Royal Enfield had worked hard to update their range, first with a unit construction engine, then fuel injection and after all that the only thing on Sideburn magazine’s mind was making the 2009 Bullet Classic look like a mid-‘60s flat track racer.<p>Only half the …

Motorcycles

How to build motorcycles for a living

“Wouldn’t it be great to build motorcycles for a living?” I’m guessing the thought has crossed your mind while working on your own bike.<p>It’s kind of like saying, “Wouldn’t it be great to climb Mount Everest?” Of course it would, depending on your tolerance for discomfort—and even disaster.<p>In the …

Jay Leno

ICON 1000 Triumph Speedmaster

ICON Motosports is back with a killer new custom. It’s the company’s third hookup with Triumph, who delivered a 2013-model Speedmaster for baptism by Sawzall at Icon’s Portland headquarters.<p>In the 1960s, Triumph 650 twins ruled the drag strips and the ICON 1000 Speedmaster is a nod to this …

Motorcycles

Heiwa Motorcycle of Japan

The Mooneyes show is a Mecca for the custom scene in Japan. Held every year in Yokohama, it attracts fans and builders from all over the world. A few days ago, one of the stars of the 22nd show was Heiwa, the Hiroshima-based workshop that’s been building low-key, beautifully finished street bikes …

Motorcycles

Hazan Motorworks Harley Ironhead

Max Hazan is one of a handful of builders who operate at the intersection of motorcycles and art. It’s a rarefied field: the best-known protagonist is probably Ian Barry of Falcon Motorcycles. But Barry now has some serious competition.<p>Brooklyn-based Hazan is a former boat-builder, and this Harley …

Carbohydrates

BSA Trackmaster

If there’s a growing trend in custom motorcycles today, it’s towards street trackers: road-legal versions of the flat track bikes that raced in the 1960s and 1970s. With small tanks, wide bars and fat tires, they’re good-looking bikes stripped down to the essentials.<p>Machines like this lovely BSA …

New Jersey

1969 Triumph Bonneville bobber

I find low-key, vintage bobbers irresistible, and this 1969 Triumph Bonneville from Johannesburg is a classic in more ways than one. It belongs to Justin Steyn, who started the project way back in 2009.<p>The style is utterly timeless, and like many of the best bikes, deceptively simple. The build …

Mountain Biking

Honda CB250 by OEM

England’s magnificently named Old Empire Motorcycles have crossed over to the dark side. Known for their classy Royal Enfield makeovers, they’ve just finished this vintage Honda CB250—complete with a plush ‘Chesterfield’-style buttoned leather seat.<p>OEM describe the bike as a mix of cafe, brat and …

Motorcycles

BMW R65 + surfboard

A bike has to be pretty special to stand out at the annual Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz: it’s the motorcycling equivalent of a beach full of French supermodels. But this lovely 1979 BMW R65 with a surfboard rack stopped passers-by in their tracks with its understated elegance.<p>It’s the work …

Motorcycles

BSA B34 by BA Moto

There aren’t many bikes from the 1950s still being used as daily riders. But this BSA B34, some 62 years old, stretches its legs several times a week with owner Nate Hudson on board. “My father rode the same model back in the 50s,” he says, “and I’ve always been on the hunt for one. I found this …

Off-roading

T120 Bonneville by Analog

It’s always interesting to see the bikes that well-known builders create for themselves. This Triumph T120 Bonneville is the personal ride of Tony Prust; it’s a more ‘traditional’ look than many Analog motorcycles, with a side order of steampunk too.<p>“El Matador” was a labor of love for Prust for …

Vintage

Rajputana Customs

Jaipur

Royal Enfield Bullet by OEM

Old Empire Motorcycles, despite the magnificent name, is one of England’s newer custom builders. The Norfolk-based company, led by Alec Sharp, creates hand-made bikes with a strong bobber influence and a proudly Made In Britain ethos.<p>This is OEM’s first commission-built motorcycle, the EFI. It’s …

Motorcycles

Ural Gear Up

Triumph bobber by Southsiders

These days, you don’t often see hardtails getting thrashed around dirt tracks. But this Triumph T120-based machine is not only a daily rider, but also throws up rooster tails on a regular basis.<p>The bike is owned by a French BMX rider who now runs a surf-and-moto shop in Toulouse. Christophe wanted …

Mountain Biking

Mooneyes 1964 Triumph

Since the 1950s, Mooneyes has been at the heart of Californian custom culture. It’s now an international brand, with a huge presence in Japan and a reputation to live up to. So when owner Shige Suganuma decided to commission a bike for himself, he turned to one of the best: Master fabricator Lucas …

Vintage

Triumph T100 sprint bike

One of the UK’s top custom and vintage motorcycle builders is The Baron’s Speed Shop, based in South London. They’re famous for their meticulous work on old British iron, both unit and pre-unit—plus the occasional custom build for personalities such as Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.<p>This 1953 …

Neat

Vincent motorcycle: the 'Blue Bike'

One of the most famous Vincent motorcycles of all time has just gone up for sale. Marty Dickerson’s Rapide—best known as the ‘Blue Bike’—is on show at Altai, a design studio in Los Angeles.<p>The Blue Bike has an illustrious history to match its stunning looks. It’s a ‘Series B’ Touring Rapide that …

Motorcycles

Famous Men Who Rode Motorcycles | The Art of Manliness

Few things have captured the passion, the sometimes obsession, of men like the motorcycle. There’s no mystery as to why this is. Motorcycles …

Triumph 6T custom by Baron's

With all the attention on the ‘new wave’ custom scene, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the older workshops that have been quietly operating for years or decades. One of those shops is The Baron’s Speed Shop in London. It’s run by Dick Smith, who has forgotten more than most people know about …

Marlon Brando

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