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Quatro Shot: a Honda CB750 from the Gaucho Highlands

With a name like Caffeine Custom, you can probably guess which custom style influences this shop. But you might be surprised at how good this Honda café racer is—and even more surprised to know where the shop is based.<p>This perfectly proportioned CB750 isn’t from Europe or the States—it’s from the …

Motorcycles

The Right Stuff: A Triumph Thruxton R from deBolex

Calum Pryce-Tidd is one of the most methodical and thoughtful bike builders operating in Europe today. And his philosophy is spot on: “It’s important not to tear up a great production bike to make something harder or less practical to ride,” he believes.<p>“So we retain the core of the bike, and then …

Motorcycles

Skate or Die: A Triumph Thruxton With A Street Art Vibe

As someone who spent his teen years with a skateboard under his feet, I see parallels between the skate and custom bike worlds. As with surfing and art, there’s a common thread lurking just below the surface.<p>But the influence is usually very subtle. It’s more evident in the riders, their personal …

Motorcycles

Z1 Beater! A Honda CB400F Tuned for the Track

The US show circuit is booming. The One Show, the Outlier’s Guild show, Mama Tried and the Handbuilt show all happen within a couple of months of each other. And each one is curated with a stacked roster of jaw-dropping machines.<p>It’s great news for custom moto fans, but for builders, it makes it …

Motorcycles

Review: The 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401

Husqvarna set the interwebs ablaze when they announced their Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 concepts over three years ago. Then the good news came: these bikes would actually go into production. But would the factory machines be as cool as the concepts?<p>The answer came last year at EICMA, when …

Motorcycles

Triple Whammy: three new Yamahas from Auto Fabrica

Put together a top ten list of the world’s best custom bike builders, and Auto Fabrica would have to be in there. The London-based shop has a distinctive signature style, with coachbuilt bodywork draped over minimal mechanicals.<p>Until now, Auto Fabrica have only worked on classic machines. But …

Prototypes

Hot Czech: Rod Motorcycles debuts with a cafe’d CB500

Thanks to the interwebs, the custom moto scene is a global village. I’ve never been to Třebíč in the Czech Republic—and I wouldn’t be able to pick it out on a map. But that doesn’t stop me from ogling this delightful Honda CB500 cafe racer.<p>It’s the work of David Zima of Rod Motorcycles. He only …

Motorcycles

Antidote: A BMW R100RS built by an F2 race team boss

Most custom builders are juggling careers, building bikes as a side gig. Adrián Campos falls into that category: he’s the sporting director for Campos Racing, the team founded by his father Adrián Campos Sr, the former Minardi F1 driver.<p>Adrián Jr. is surrounded by high-tech missiles capable of 208 …

Motorcycles

Raging Dagger: Rough Crafts hot rods the Harley 48

When it comes to high-end Sportster customs, the weapon of choice for most builders is the Forty-Eight. Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts knows the model well: his Bomb Runner from six years ago is still a stunning example of the genre, and he’s built several more since.<p>This new Forty-Eight is one of the …

England

Motorcycle Art: Craig Rodsmith’s BSA Bantam

Motorcycle collectors are the unsung heroes of the custom scene. Most keep a low profile, but they all provide an essential service: they give builders artistic freedom and financial support, helping them to weather the inevitable ebb and flow of cash and customer demand.<p>Dallas-based Bobby Haas is …

20 Not Out: The Made-to-Order BMWs of Diamond Atelier

A year ago, we revealed Diamond Atelier’s new ‘Mark II’ series of BMW café racers. Based on the classic R-series, the Mark II was designed to use parts produced in batches, rather than as one-offs. A ‘production custom,’ if you will.<p>Twelve months on, and the Mark II is thriving. The Munich-based …

Prototypes

One of One: A very limited edition Guzzi V11 from Japan

Would you customize a limited edition motorcycle? Moto Guzzi only built 600 units of the V11 Sport Scura, but that didn’t stop Kenji Katsumoto from tearing one apart.<p>In his defense, the V11 Sport Scura isn’t very pretty. Launched in 2001 as an upgraded big brother to the V11 Sport, it came kitted …

Motorcycles

Hot Rod Alice: A Honda CB750K ten years in the making

Custom builders often cringe at the sight of their first project. But not Craig Marleau of California’s Kick Start Garage. He still has a soft spot for the CB750 he built over ten years ago, and decided to update it for the future.<p>“My first custom bike was that Honda. I built it for myself and …

Hot Rods

Shock Of The New: This BMW is Hookie’s First Modern Build

Any garage accustomed to working on older motorcycles has to shift their thinking when customizing a modern machine. With a brand new bike, there’s zero restoration work to be done—but there’s also a whole whack of modern gadgetry to work around.<p>Our friends at Hookie Co. in Dresden, Germany tackled …

License Plates

Out Of The Blue: A BMW R60/7 bucking the custom trend

Classic BMW boxers are still <i>über</i>-popular as custom donors—but there’s a downside. As we’ve seen with the Honda CB750 and the Harley-Davidson Sportster, airhead Beemer builds are all starting to look the same.<p>So what does it take to build something fresh—without going overboard? You need a client …

Honda

Don’t Call it a Bitsa: Hello Engine’s Triumph 750 TT Tracker

Work on motorcycles long enough, and you’ll amass two things: a pile of leftover parts, and the wisdom to know which of those parts go best together. Hayden Roberts has hit that level, and this candy-coated vintage Triumph dirt tracker is the result.<p>Hayden restores and repairs vintage British …

Motorcycles

All Eyes On The Prize: A Ducati 250 cafe racer for $25

We never need any excuse to write about Union Motorcycle Classics. Builders Mike Watanabe and Luke Ransom create beautiful machines in their old barn in Idaho, and several have graced these pages.<p>But there’s an especially good reason to feature this beautiful Ducati Scrambler 250. It’s a personal …

Fabrication

Above The Curve: A Swedish KZ650 shaped to perfection

When it comes to iconic 1970s middleweights, the Honda CB750 steals all the limelight. But Kawasaki’s KZ650 was also hugely popular—and easily capable of keeping up with contemporary 750s.<p>“Right out of the crate, it will out-perform any 750 in the world,” said Kawasaki’s advertising at the time, …

License Plates

Ray of Sunshine: Daniel Peter’s Yamaha SR500 Scrambler

Scramblers are a hot topic. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.<p>But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.<p>…

Philadelphia

Heart Of Glass: Jared Smith’s sweet 1966 XLCH Sportster

Jared Smith has a pretty diverse skill set. He has one foot in the digital world as a user experience and software designer, and the other in the analog realm as a custom bike builder. And he does it all under one banner: Blue Jack Studio.<p>“What gets me up in the morning is designing and creating …

Stealth Aircraft

Better than CX: Freeride’s wild Honda CX650 scrambler

We all know the Honda CX500. It’s been the gateway drug for many into the custom scene: a cheap and reliable V-twin, with a gawky frame just begging for a session with the Sawzall.<p>We don’t often see the CX650 though. Introduced in 1983, the CX500’s big brother offered more power, similar economy, …

Motorcycles

Fast cat: Mule’s Panther-framed Triumph T140 tracker

Regular readers will need no introduction to Richard Pollock. Better known as Mule, the irascible Californian is opinionated, blunt, and probably the best builder of tracker-style bikes in the world today.<p>Pollock is entitled to his opinions. If you were planning to write the textbook on how to …

British Columbia

No Excess: A supremely elegant XS650 from Portugal

Can you believe the Yamaha XS650 is half a century old this year? The air-cooled parallel twin has always had a strong fan base, and Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, Portugal love it as much as anyone. Their first build was an XS, and they’ve been smitten ever since.<p>So it’s not surprising that the …

Power Trip: XTR Pepo tackles the Harley Sportster

There aren’t many builders with a strike rate like Pepo Rosell. Since the early days of his Radical Ducati shop, he’s been turning out several sleek, lightweight cafe racers every year.<p>Pepo is not a Harley specialist, though: his favored platforms are more compact and sporty. But his Dyna from a …

Motorcycles

Redux: Eastern Spirit revisits the Suzuki GS550

If you’ve been reading these pages for a few years now, you might recognize Eastern Spirit Garage from Poland. Every year or so, Sylwester turns out a beautifully constructed custom from often unpromising source material—notably the Honda CX500 or Suzuki’s GS series.<p>He has an eye for a good line; a …

This CB750 took three years to build—and it’s perfect

As soon as we laid eyes on this Honda CB cafe racer, we knew there was more to it than meets the eye. Mods like the mono-shock rear end and sleek bodywork had us curious—but the story behind the project turned out to be equally remarkable.<p>The Honda belongs to Mirko Messner, who builds under the …

More fun than a month of Sundays: KLX 150 by Deus Bali

If you’re after a job in the motorcycle industry, Deus Bali has got to be one of the best places in the world to work. The ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’ is headquartered in Canggu, a resort village on the south coast of the island, and within riding distance of excellent surf beaches.<p>The Deus guys in …

Not so Plain: Jane Motorcycles’ gleaming BMW R nineT

Any mechanic will tell you: if you’re customizing an old bike, first make it work, then make it pretty. But if you’re working with a modern classic like the BMW R nineT, you can skip the first step.<p>The R nineT is still a youngster and you’ll likely be working with a low mileage example—so there’s …

Honda launches the 2018 Super Cub with a K-Speed custom

The Honda Super Cub truly is super. It’s been in production for six decades, and in that time 100 million units have rolled off the line. What’s more, it was the ad for the Super Cub that originally launched the iconic slogan, ‘You meet the nicest people on a Honda.’<p>The Super Cub’s design has …

One Way Machine’s lightly scrambled Sportster

Julian von Oheimb is one of our favorite custom Harley builders. There’s a low-key elegance about his work at One Way Machine, which is a million miles away from the gaudy excesses of OCC and the bagger subculture. He’s a favorite with AMD World Championship judges too, with a remarkable three …

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