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1981 Honda GL400 By Wedge Moto

Taking the long way around to get the job done is not always the chosen method for most fabricators, with time schedules and customer expectations …

Legendary Artist D*Face Designed Three Custom Motorcycles for Triumph

The collaboration celebrates the cultural explosion of the 1960s.<p>When two masters of their craft come together to create something new, good things tend to happen. So when Triumph, Britain's largest motorcycle manufacturer, joined forces with a street art legend, the Spirit of '59 was born. And it …

The Five Most Common Motorcycle Handling Issues and How to Fix Them

<b>Pretty much any</b> problem that arises with the way your bike turns or tracks or handles will be the result of something breaking, wearing out, or …

The Best V-Twins Of Yesterday And Today

In the 1990s and early 2000s, as superbike racing, particularly WorldSBK, became dominated by the sound of roaring V-twins from Italy and Japan, it …

Triumph Thruxton R is a cafer for today

It all started in 1958 when legendary rider Mike Hailwood won the Thruxton 500 race on a Triumph and the Thruxton range was created to celebrate this …

Ducati Scrambler Icon vs. Triumph Street Twin vs. Yamaha FZ-07 Comparison Review

There are many criteria for deciding which motorcycles to include in a comparison test. Most are formulaic, having to do with market segment and …

Spanish Style: Macco Motors' Kawasaki W650

Building custom motorcycles sounds like a dream job, but it’s actually a pretty tough gig. You need a steady stream of work to keep the lights on—and not every project is a genre-bending custom paid for with a blank check.<p>The trick is to keep the quality high, even when the budget isn’t. And that’s …

Motorcycles

Masters At Work: Harley-Davidson Street Build Off, Japan

Despite the often-impenetrable language problem, we’re always keeping an eye on the Japanese custom scene. Even though the Western ‘alt moto’ scene is exploding, the top-flight Japanese builders are still setting the pace.<p>In Japan, Harley-Davidson has been running the same dealer-based Battle Of …

Motorcycles

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 17 April, 2016

An insanely fast Honda CB1300, a Ural sidecar that holds no less than <i>four</i> people, and a sneak peek at the latest Wrenchmonkees bike. Meet the machines the revved our engines this week.<p><b>Yamaha Yard Built XSR900 by Wrenchmonkees</b> When Wes reported back to us on Yamaha’s new XSR900 he called it a “Brute …

North America

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 3 April, 2016

A sleek Honda Ascot tracker, a murdered-out BMW R100, and a sneak peek at the latest Yamaha Yard Built machine. These are the bikes that revved our engines this week.<p><b>BMW R100 by K-Speed Garage</b> Bangkok-based K-Speed Garage isn’t going about business in a typical Thai fashion. We’re used to seeing …

Motorcycles

Not Your Usual Rental: A custom Street Triple for hire

Think of a rental bike in South Africa, and a BMW R 1200 GS probably springs to mind. Or, for true overlanders, a bulletproof Japanese 650.<p>But we’ll take this custom Triumph Street Triple, thanks. It’s the first rental custom motorcycle we’ve heard of, and it’s available right now in picturesque …

Yamaha TR1 Scrambler

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>Motorcycles<br>• Scrambler<br>• Yamaha<p>The Yamaha TR1 is essentially the european version of the XV920R, the differences largely …

Take a Heart-Pounding Ride on the Back of This Absurdly Fast Motorcycle

The North West 200 is the largest sports event in Ireland, and every May since 1929 motorcyclists gather to race down public streets between the …

Yamaha reveal MT-10 spec and price

Yamaha’s all-new MT-10 has been one of the biggest attractions at every show since it’s unveiling in Milan last November, but Yamaha have been …

This Road Race Looks Far More Terrifying Than Any MotoGP Or Isle Of Man TT

Think doing 130 mile per hour laps around the Isle of Man is the scariest thing you can do on a motorcycle? It’s up there, but I’d take that over …

Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet Startup Skully Hires Former HTC, Ducati Execs

New leadership is coming to the augmented reality startup Skully whose strikingly cool $1,499 AR-1 motorcycle helmet is continuing to ship to early backers. Today, the company officially announced that they have brought Martin Fichter on as COO and Andrew Williams on as VP of Finance.<p>Fichter joins …

Here Comes Royal Enfield: Analog's custom Continental

Royal Enfield is making a big play for the US market. They’ve just set up their headquarters in Milwaukee, down the road from that other maker of vintage-themed motorcycles.<p>They’re also giving bikes to a few select builders to customize. And wisely, they’ve put Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles on …

A 1973 BMW Bobber With A Story To Tell

<i>Parents are always proud to see what their kids grow up to become and what kind of skills they pick up. This story isn’t about a father being proud of his daughter though; It’s about a daughter being proud of her Papa.</i>—Sofi Tsingos<p>I grew up watching my Dad George build a business from the ground …

Motorcycles

Custom Bikes of the Week: 21 February, 2016

A BMW R 1200 R with a cafe racer vibe, a pair of offbeat Harley customs, and a heavily tweaked Yamaha TR1. Meet the machines causing a buzz in the custom world right now.<p><b>BMW R 1200 R by Deep Creek Cycleworks</b> BMW’s R 1200 R has never been a looker. It’s fast, comfortable and reliable—but not exactly …

2016 Ducati 959 Panigale - FIRST RIDE REVIEW

Bigger is better, right? <b>Kawasaki</b> seemed to think so when it broke the rules-of-capacity convention with its Ninja 636 supersport back in late 2002. …

Road Bomber: Bad Seeds' brutal Honda CBX

Sportbike development has progressed at a brisk rate over the last few years. So it’s easy to forget how quick some of the bigger-engined machines were 35 years ago.<p>Take the late 70s Honda CBX: It has a meaty inline six measuring 1047cc and producing a whopping 105bhp. That’s still more than you …

Homebase

First Ride: Ducati 959 Panigale

There are lots of questions to answer about the new £13,250 Ducati 959 Panigale. Does it now go like a superbike with its bigger engine? Why has …

2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT - FIRST RIDE REVIEW

<b>KTM</b> is on a roll and has been for some time. In the past decade it has gone from a company whose only street offerings were relatively simple singles …

The Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro Is Here, Because Turning Things Into Trackers Is Hard

On the one hand, the idea that Ducati thinks people are so dumb that they can’t tracker-ize the regular Scrambler is pretty insulting. On the other …

Mr Purnell's magical Triton cafe racer

Most builds we feature start out as a ‘donor bike.’ This Triton cafe racer started out as an idea—turned into reality by a builder with the chops to execute it.<p>Wheelies Motorcycles is a workshop, restaurant and retail space nestled in an industrial area of Victoria, British Columbia. Joel Harrison …

Triumphant: a Supercharged Triumph Street Tracker

If you love yourself some flat track racing, you’ll probably recognize the number on this stunning Triumph. In the late sixties, ‘9’ belonged to legendary Triumph factory rider Gary Nixon.<p>But this bike isn’t Mr Nixon’s: he passed away in 2011. It belongs to Australian man Darren Bennett, who set …

Mountain Biking

Showstopper: Marcus Walz's Ducati Scrambler

Can you believe it’s almost a year since Ducati threw the wraps off the new Scrambler? Since then, it’s become Ducati’s most popular bike—outselling the Multistrada by two to one.<p>The Scrambler was revealed at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The next Intermot show will be 2016, and in a neat …

Motorcycles

KTM Duke 690 Based Husqvarna Cafe Racer Spotted Testing

<i>The Husqvarna cafe racer spotted here uses a KTM Duke 690 engine and by far is the largest capacity Husqvarna prototype visible apart from the 701</i> …

6/5/4 Motors Crafts a Ducati 860 GTS Cafe Racer

Author:<p>Patrick<p>Publish date:<p>Love truly knows no boundaries, especially when it comes to custom motorcycles. In this case, snowy Stockholm feels the …