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Yamaha Virago XV750 by Greg Hageman

When it comes to old motorcycles in need of resurrection, owners often face a dilemma: restore to original spec, or rebuild as a custom? The temptation to perform a nuts-and-bolts resto is massive when there’s a ’60s model BSA or Triumph in the garage, but less so when the bike in question is a …

Motorcycles

Motorcycle restoration: wheels

Anyone who’s taken on a large-scale motorcycle restoration runs into an “Aw—f*ck” moment at some point. The best-laid plans can unravel, or get held up by a single seized bolt or incorrect parts order. And this week, that’s what’s happened with our featured CB550, owned by New York agency Woods …

Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

It’s a widely held opinion that contemporary motorcycle design isn’t quite what it used to be. The sense of nostalgia that fuels the custom scene is often associated with the belief that motorcycling’s golden age preceded 1980. Bikes looked better, had more class and were built simpler, devoid of …

Motorcycles

Ninja 750 by Huge Design

Bill Webb has two passions in life: design and motorcycles. He’s a partner at a San Francisco agency called Huge Design, and for years his daily ride was a 1995 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja. Then the bike was stolen and stripped.<p>When Bill recovered his Ninja—known as the ZXR 750 in most other countries—he …

Revival Cycles Harley Sportster 883

Revival Cycles are known mostly for their show-stopping Moto Guzzi customs. So it should feel strange to see a Harley roll out of the Texas workshop. But somehow, it doesn’t: this Sportster 883 is exactly what you’d expect from Alan Stulberg and crew when it comes to style and quality.<p>The story of …

Top 5 Triumph Hardtail Motorcycles

If there’s one style of custom motorcycle that’s always been popular, it’s the mighty hardtail. Reminiscent of the board and dirt trackers of old, the distinct profile of a hardtail motorcycle frame, coupled with the simplicity (or impracticality) that comes with a lack of rear suspension, holds a …

Motorcycles

Honda 750 Nighthawk by Ad Hoc

Right now, the epicenter of the European custom scene is Spain. The Iberian Peninsula is already famous for its petrolhead culture, which has spawned legions of MotoGP stars—and we’re now seeing a growing number of workshops transforming older bikes into drop-dead gorgeous traffic stoppers.<p>Shops …

Motorcycles

Three top stock picks from Matco’s Jeff Parent

<i>Jeff Parent is vice-president and portfolio manager at Matco Financial. His focus is technical analysis.</i><p><b>Top Picks:</b><p><b>Royal Bank of Canada</b><p>The Royal Bank of Canada's large wealth management and wholesale segments should benefit from increased fund flows into equities and M&A activity, respectively. The …

Battle of the Brands

Olympic racers are fast company, but who’s the fastest company? You’d better believe ski manufacturers keep track. Here are the ones to …

Ducati 999S by Venier Customs

This is one of the fastest motorcycles we’ve ever featured—and I’d say it’s one of the best-looking too. It’s a Ducati 999S ‘Testastretta’ converted from race to road use by Stefano Venier, a New York-based builder with an immaculate eye for understated aesthetics.<p>Venier is best known for his …

XS400 by Urban Motor

In the 1960s, VW created a famous ad for the American market, asking, “How does the snow plow driver get to work?” The answer, as you’ve probably guessed, was in a Beetle.<p>I was reminded of that ad when I heard that Urban Motor’s Peter Dannenberg had commissioned another builder to create a bike for …

Snowplows

Gigabit-Speed AC Wireless Routers Could Be One Of Your Smartest Home Tech Investments

If you’re like me, you are scrambling last minute to get your friends and family the latest tech gifts. You might be thinking about a new tablet, an iPad, game console, 2 in 1, or maybe even a smart watch. One gift that could be even more useful than all of those could be a new wireless router …

Associated Press News

How to Deal with a Job You Don't Like | The Art of Manliness

While in an ideal world, we’d all have our dream jobs at every period in our lives, the reality is that everyone will go through periods of not …

Rough Crafts 'Stealth Bullet' Sportster

The rise of Winston Yeh and Rough Crafts in the custom world is nothing short of meteoric. Any remaining doubts that he’s one of the world’s top Harley builders were erased when he took home a trophy at the last AMD World Championship at first attempt.<p>This is Stealth Bullet, the 2008-model …

Motorcycles

Honda CB125 by Valen Zhou

With a population of over 1.3 billion, there are bound to be some interesting custom motorcycles being built in China. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see them. There’s the occasional Chinese builder who cultivates links to the western scene, but the majority seem to stay within the confines of the …

Sprintbeemer by Lucky Cat Garage

The inspiration for a bike build can come from the most unlikely of sources. In the case of this most unusual BMW sprint bike, it was a vintage M&H Racemaster drag tire.<p>The tire belonged to the amiable Séb Lorentz of The Lucky Cat Garage, a familiar face on the European custom show circuit. While …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

Kids

Suzuki GSX1200 x Holographic Hammer

Sylvain Berneron is a former BMW Motorrad designer who is particularly <i>passionné</i> about customs. This is ‘Tzar,’ his personal Suzuki GSX1200 Inazuma—and it’s even faster than it looks. At the Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz, Tzar took on all-comers and won the hotly-contested drag races at the …

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

Sound of Single by Kingston Custom

The biggest cafe racer event in Europe is the Glemseck 101. It’s held in the ancient town of Leonberg in southern Germany, some ten miles west of Stuttgart. Every year, hundreds of motorcycles descend for a petrolhead celebration of speed and style.<p>The highlight of Glemseck is the informal but …

Motorcycles

10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our …

SKI Magazine

Why Selfish Young Investors Should Cheer For a Lost Decade

I’m not saying that I’m cheering for the entire US market to come crashing down, or that I want Canada to turn into Greece 2.0, but if I examine the …

These Boots Were Made For Riding: 5 Best Motorcycle Boots

Untitled | Untitled | Untitled | Untitled | Untitled | Image Map<p>Don't ignore your feet<p>Motorcycle boots make up a small portion of most riders’ PPE …

Honda CB900F custom

Brothers Rob and Chris Chappell have a slightly unusual approach to running their company Chappell Customs: Rob lives near Toronto in Canada, and Chris lives over 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles. It hasn’t stopped them building some sweet customs though, like the Yamaha XS650 we covered a couple of …

Motorcycles

Suzuki GN400 custom: A Craigslist special

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

Honda CB750K7 by Wrenchmonkees

This brutal, slammed Honda CB750K7 is Monkee #54, the latest machine to roll out of the legendary Danish workshop. It’s got even more of an apocalyptic feel than most Wrenchmonkees builds, and was commissioned by Timothée, a rider from Paris.<p>“Timothée wanted a custom that didn’t look like an …

Motorcycles