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How to build a custom motorcycle: Planning the project

<i>Our resident expert mechanic Matt McLeod reveals how he plans a custom motorcycle build.</i><p>I’m not sure about you, but I hate wasting time and money. So I’ve learnt that planning is one way to minimize the waste, and good project management will help you to stay on track with your custom motorcycle …

Project Management

barbara concept motorcycles: a roundup of otherworldly bikes

may 02, 2018<p>ford created a new dimension of tactile language for the visually impaired to interact with on their windows.<p>ford created a new dimension …

BMW R1200 diva custom motorcycle by giulio paz design

<b>a few years ago giulio paz design exhibited the ‘diva’ custom bike at EICMA 2013, where he captured the imagination of several motorcycle …

interview: bandit9 motorcycle’s chief daryl villaneuva

<b>interview: bandit9 motorcycle’s chief daryl villaneuva.</b> earlier this year bandit9 unveiled its sci-fi influenced steel ‘EDEN’; and its liquid black …

Yamaha MT-03 – Kingston Customs

Headed by racer and motorcycle builder Dirk Oehlerking, Kingston Customs is a small workshop running out of Hanover, Germany. For this build, Dirk …

Black Beauty: NCT’s wild custom BMW R100

There’s a time for building practical, sensible bikes—and there’s a time for hanging loose. Like when you’re working on a shop bike, with no client or brief in sight.<p>You’re looking at National Custom Tech‘s latest in-house project—a BMW R100 RT dubbed Black Stallion #28. Like any good showpiece, …

Motorcycles

DA7 BMW R100R diamond atelier motorcycle

<b>diamond atelier was afraid of becoming overly repetitive:</b> be it due to the current saturation of custom 2-valve motorcycles, or the urge to make …

Double Trouble: Two new CB750 builds From Hookie Co.

If there’s one bike that’s more prolific than the classic BMW boxer, it’s the Honda CB750. We’ve seen so many custom CBs we’re almost immune to their charms.<p>But these two new builds from Hookie Co. have just jolted us from our slumber. Sure, they’re not the first CBs to sport Firestones and ditch …

Color Management

South Garage Presents the Insanely Beautiful “NERBORUTA” BMW R75/7 Custom

Milanese motorcycle maker South Garage has unveiled its custom BMW R75/7 Nerboruta. The motorcycle underwent a massive transformation by being …

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 27 November, 2016

Surprise, surprise—Honda has launched a new Rebel with a pair of <i>very</i> cool customs. We’ve also got an immaculate Ducati 900SS restomod, and a Yamaha MT-03 designed by a very talented 12-year-old. Yes, really.<p><b>Yamaha SR400 by Bad Winners</b> Simple and clean are conceptual ideals in the custom scene, but …

BareMetal

Yes, you can turn the Victory Octane into a flat tracker

There’s a lot of truth in the phrase “You make your own luck.” And that’s the subtext of the story behind this striking-looking Victory Octane, built by Samuel Guertin of Montréal-based Clockwork Motorcycles.<p>Guertin’s star is on the rise, thanks to a stream of quality builds that capture the …

Not So Mellow Yellow: North East’s XT500 resto-mod

The Yamaha XT500 is widely considered as the Grand-pappy of the modern dual-sport. This late 70s enduro marked the point when scramblers went from being modded street bikes to purpose-built machines. (A few Paris-Dakar wins didn’t hurt its icon status either.)<p>These days, most XT500s are …

‘Xaver’ BMW K100 – Titan Motorcycles

What's the biggest change you've ever undergone when buying a new bike? For many of us, it's simply the newer, bigger, better model of whatever it …

Unlikely Candidate: MAD Industries x Lossa Honda CB500F

The ultimate show for petrolheads in the USA is SEMA. Held every year in the neon wonderland of Las Vegas, it draws tens of thousands of punters—mostly to goggle at wild custom vehicles.<p>Manufacturers traditionally let their design studios off the leash, but Honda’s approach this year was a little …

Lotus F1

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

The world’s first single layer, CE-approved riding jeans, a Seiko watch for riders, and Kevlar long johns. Today’s line-up is more eclectic than most, but still capable of inflicting serious damage on your net worth.<p><b>Belstaff Crosby waxed cotton jacket</b> Belstaff’s Crosby jacket is for anyone that …

Clothing

The 11 Best Motorcycles of EICMA 2016

In Milan, the huge EICMA show is finally winding down. It’s the world’s most influential motorcycle showcase, and a barometer for the state of the industry.<p>This year, the giant halls were chock-a-block with new bike launches from all sectors of the market. Ducati showed the 1299 Superleggera for …

Motorcycles

‘90 Yamaha XT600 – Freeride Motos

A polymath is defined as a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. And naturally, if such a person is set a …

Our Highlights from the World’s Most Important Motorcycle Show

EICMA is the show where manufacturers big and small compete for headlines with their newest, hottest model reveals. This year has been even better …

Lego Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Motorcycle

Some Lego sets try as hard as they can to look like their subject. The Lego Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Motorcycle is more concerned with how its …

Motorcycles

The Wrench Kings mix it up for Mash Motors

If you’re wondering if the popularity of the ‘heritage’ segment is going up or down, just look to the huge EICMA show in Milan. The number of retro-themed bikes released last week was, frankly, staggering.<p>So how about a marque that almost exclusively produces neo-classics? Meet Mash Motors of …

Motorcycles

‘Brass Rajah’ Royal Enfield 350 – Mid Life Cycles

Some brands transcend their own industry and become part of a culture so linked that one simply goes hand in hand with the other. If you mention …

The Cafe Racer’s Not Dead: Eastern Spirit’s Suzuki GS550

Whether you’re looking at new releases from manufacturers, or the custom scene, there’s an overwhelming bias towards scramblers right now. But a well-executed cafe racer still revs our motors—and this classy Suzuki GS550 from Eastern Spirit Garage just sent us into overdrive.<p>So far, we’ve <i>only</i> seen …

Motorcycles

Suits you, Sir: Triumph T120 by Old Empire Motorcycles

There’s something quintessentially English about Old Empire Motorcycles. The quirky name is matched to an instantly recognizable signature style; you can spot an OEM build just like you can spot a Wrenchmonkees or Classified Moto bike, but the style is almost impossible to emulate.<p>Alec Sharp and …

Bob Job: A Honda CMX450 Rebel by the Wrench Kings

Are we seeing a bobber resurgence? A certain manufacturer caused a stir last week with the launch of a factory bobber, and we’re also noticing more hardtails popping up in the EXIF inbox.<p>This Honda CMX450 Rebel quickly caught our attention—partly because we didn’t think a CMX450 could ever look …

Mountain Biking

Werk Of Art: WalzWerk’s BMW R80 cafe racer

We keep wondering why our inbox is flooded with classic BMWs. Now WalzWerk Racing have provided a clue: you can turn an airhead into just about anything.<p>“We call our BMW series <i>Schizzo</i>,” says owner Marcus Walz, “because it’s schizophrenic how many possibilities there are to build up a bike on the …

Motorcycles

The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 Is What Motorcycling Might Look Like in 100 Years

The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 is the stuff of dreams, a zero-emissions two-wheeled concept designed to explore the possibilities of motorcycling …

Fatherly Love: This Guzzi custom will be a family heirloom

Every now and then, we profile a bike designed for a builder’s own use: It’s always interesting to see what happens when there’s no brief. But I don’t think we’ve ever shown a bike that a builder has designed for his infant child to ride in the distant future.<p>Axel Budde of Kaffeemaschine has built …

Le Mans

Must Have: Walt Siegl’s new Ducati Monster Leggero GTS

No dream garage would be complete without a Walt Siegl Leggero series Ducati. Builds from the New Hampshire workshop are marked by incredible craftsmanship, blistering performance and wallet-melting desirability.<p>A typical Walt Siegl Leggero is based on a two-valve Ducati, with a proprietary 4130 …

Motorcycles

Better to travel than arrive: BAAK’s Bonneville sidecar

The most attention-grabbing motorcycle is not an MV Agusta F4 or even a vintage Brough Superior. It’s a sidecar rig: Park up near a sidewalk in any city in the world, and you’ll immediately notice the foot traffic slowing down for a better look.<p>It can’t just be the rarity value. After all, even the …

Art Deco

Venier Customs turns the Guzzi V75 into a looker

There are some classics that are far too gorgeous to customize. And then there’s, um, the Moto Guzzi V75.<p>It might have been hot property in the late 80s—but like perms and shoulder pads, it hasn’t aged well. Thankfully this particular V75’s passed through Venier Customs, and come out the other end …

Motorcycles