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Glorious Posters From the Golden Years of the London Tube

<i>This Is All In The Air</i>, Montague B Black, 1926. (All Photos: Courtesy London Transport Museum)<p>In 1908, the very first Underground logo, known as a …

Le French Atelier's Yamaha TW200

The Yamaha TW125 is one of the oddities of the motorcycling world. It’s short, high-ridin’ and underpowered.<p>It doesn’t sound promising—but over the past 15 years, the TW125 has built up a strong fan base. And if you’ve ridden a fat-tired TW over the sand dunes, you’ll know how much fun it can …

Weird

Upgrading the Triumph Scrambler, Swedish Style

The Triumph Scrambler looks pretty good straight out of the box. But a few well-judged tweaks can lift it to a whole new level.<p>As much as we love radically modified Triumphs, it’s subtle custom jobs like this Gothenburg-based machine that <i>really</i> get our motors running. It’s the kind of build that …

Motorcycles

New and noted: Motorcycle gear

This month we’re looking at new vintage gear from Italy, a retro helmet with modern technology, a new urban moto jacket, and an incredible deal on selvedge denim riding jeans.<p>Hide that credit card.<p><b>Premier Trophy</b> Helmets with retro styling are fast catching on, but there’s often a niggling doubt …

Helmets

Little Baby: Cafe Racer Dreams' SR125

Let’s be honest: most of the bikes that make waves on the custom scene are big-budget builds. They cost as much as a new motorcycle driven off a showroom floor.<p>And that’s fine, because that’s the price of personalization in a commoditized world. High-level artistry does not come cheap. But it’s …

Motorcycles

Dirty Sandy: 4h10's custom Honda dual sport

Most custom Honda Dominators trade their original lines for a cleaner, flat-tracker inspired look. This particular one breaks that mould with a rough, throwback scrambler vibe—and we dig it.<p>It belongs to Nico, co-founder of French moto lifestyle site 4H10. With two café builds under his belt, he …

Motorcycles

Momoto SR500: blueprint for a budget cafe

Half a century ago, a café racer was a bike stripped to the essentials. Tuned for maximum performance over the short haul, it was usually a secondhand bike that didn’t break the bank—and was tweaked on a budget.<p>These days, the true modern café racer is probably a ‘streetfighter,’ a battered GSX-R …

Motorcycles

Marcus Walz Yamaha XV950

Yamaha have released details of the third XV950 in their Yardbuilt custom motorcycle series. German born builder Marcus Walz has taken a similar …

Mulled Wine, Three Ways

It’s not often we remember our first sip of something. The first sip of milk? Too young for that one. Beer? Too many additional sips to remember much …

Dirty Geisha: Maria's Yamaha XT600

Turning old dualies into retro customs is all the rage lately. We’re not complaining—done right, the results are sharp looking, easy-going bikes.<p>The process comes with challenges: Most thumpers built in the ’80s and ’90s celebrated function over form. They’re delightfully utilitarian, but that …

Motorcycles

Renard's Retro-Futuristic BMW boxer scrambler

In a sea of identikit customs, we’re always on the hunt for a fresh take on Bavaria’s finest. And this sharply-styled boxer scrambler hits the mark effortlessly.<p>It’s from Estonia’s Renard Speed Shop, and it’s based on one of the more modern boxers—a 2006-model R1200S.<p>Renard’s Andres Uibomae had the …

Motorcycles

How to turn a Royal Enfield into a racebike

With just 29 horses on tap, the Royal Enfield Continental GT is not the most likely of racebikes. But what it lacks in power, it makes up for in old-school charm.<p>Fresh from the factory, the GT is a dead ringer for the home-built cafe racers of old, in a more modern package. Sure, the bike is a …

Motorcycles

Cabin Fever: Daniel Peter's XR650

Daniel Peter is a photographer with petrol running through his veins. When he’s not shooting, he’s riding—and his ride is worth a close-up of its own.<p>‘Cabin Fever’ is based on a Honda XR650, although you’d be hard pressed to tell. Like its CX500 stable mate, the XR650 is one of those bikes often …

1991 Porsche 911, Reimagined by Singer - The Big Picture

Jay Leno’s Garage:<p>1991 Porsche 911, Reimagined by Singer. Feast your eyes on Singer Vehicle Design’s meticulously restored and optimized air-cooled …

Motorcycles

6 motorcycle movies worth watching

The fine art of the motorcycle movie has hit a speed hump in recent years. Raw and gritty paens to the alternative lifestyle are harder to find. And easy access to broadcast-quality DSLR recording has caused a rise in quantity rather than quality.<p>But it’s not all showers of sparks from angle …

Top Gear
Motorcycles

BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

With the BMW R-series becoming the <i>platform du jour</i> for custom builds, it’s getting harder to create something new—without simply being ‘different’ for the sake of it.<p>That was the quandary faced by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro, one of Italy’s top custom builders and a man best known for …

Motorcycles

BMW R100GS Scrambler by La Manufacture

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>BMW<br>• German<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Off Road<br>• Retro<br>• Scrambler<p>The BMW R100GS was first produced in 1987, along with the other GS …

Motorcycles

Yamaha SR400 Yard Built by Benders

Brothers Christian and Raphael Bender had the kind of childhood most of us dream about. They started out messing around on dirt bikes near Germany’s picturesque Black Forest, and began rebuilding bikes to finance far-flung adventures in the dunes of the Sahara desert.<p>After a successful foray into …

Motorcycles

Triumph Scrambler by Kingston Custom

The Triumph Tridays is one of the biggest motorcycle festivals in Europe. Every June, the Austrian town of Neukirchen is overrun by British bikes, and the highlight of the event is a 400-meter grass sprint known as the ‘Rumble.’<p>A one-off custom is invariably revealed to celebrate the race. And …

Motorcycles

Three Pieces of Spring Motorcycle Gear

The timeless debate of fashion versus function can become a serious one when it's literally your skin on the line. So rather than forego the proper gear to keep your core temperature down, it's best to simply tailor your kit according to where and when you're riding. While taking the new Royal …

Men's Fashion

Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RS

Sensible isn’t a word you’d normally use to describe a custom motorcycle. But as this BMW R100RS from Cafe Racer Dreams proves, sensible doesn’t have to mean stale. It can also come with a hefty dose of style and desirability.<p>CRD #49 was commissioned by an existing client of the Madrid workshop. …

Motorcycles

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

For those of you lucky enough to live in the northern hemisphere, the riding season is well underway. And that means lots of fresh new product from the motorcycle gear makers. Here’s a roundup of new gear that has caught our eye, from brands both big and small.<p><b>Icon 1000 Oildale</b> Icon is steeped in …

Mad Max

Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

Charlie Trelogan’s insightful piece on café racer design emphasized the importance of good lines. No one understands this concept more than Poland’s Eastern Spirit Garage: They helped build the Honda CX500 that Charlie used to illustrate his point. Now they’ve turned their keen eye to another …

Motorcycles

Ugmonk 5th Anniversary Set

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

Honda NX650 custom

Many builders cite similar reasons for taking up their craft, one of them being a growing dissatisfaction with modern motorcycle design. This, and an over-active imagination, led Simon Garcia to tear into his 1989 Honda Dominator NX650—and inject a little style and charm of his own.<p>Originally from …

Motorcycles
Helmets

Honda CBS125 by Dauphine-Lamarck

There are dozens of builders who work on nothing but Harleys. Countless others stick exclusively to Indians, Moto Guzzis or Ducatis. But we didn’t know there’s a workshop that specializes in tiny Hondas from the 60s to the 80s—until now.<p>This classy little Honda CBS125 comes from Dauphine-Lamarck, a …

Motorcycles