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50 Not Out: Cafe Racer Dreams' BMW R69S

Cafe Racer Dreams is one of the most prolific outfits on the custom motorcycle circuit. An incredible fifty builds have already rolled out the Spanish workshop’s doors—each one as stylish as the next.<p>For CRD #50, Pedro García and Efraon Triana pulled out all the stops. It’s a stunning resto-mod …

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CRD's new boxer twins

A few years ago you couldn’t sneeze without hitting a custom Honda CB. But the baton has now been passed to the BMW R-series. And with good reason too—old ‘airheads’ are easy to come by and bulletproof. With a simple layout and a removable subframe, they’re great for customizing.<p>The Spanish …

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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. …

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Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably look back fondly on the Formula One cars of that era. The Marlboro McLarens, the Martini Brabhams, and best of all, the svelte John Player Special Lotuses.<p>Axel Budde of Hamburg-based Kaffeemaschine is a fan of those glory days, and so is his client Arnd …

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BMW R100/7 by Boyle Custom Moto

Kim Boyle has lived a life on two wheels. He started out in BMX, working for GT Bicycles, Airwalk, Vans and DC Shoes—and then got hooked on motorcycles. Over the past six years he’s made a name for himself with a series of super-clean builds, ranging from an SR500 wheelie machine to vintage Harleys …

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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 …

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Yamaha XJR400 by Ellaspede: A budget cafe

Let’s say you’re a relatively new convert to motorcycling. And you want a custom bike, something a little smaller and cheaper than an 883 Sportster, Triumph Bonneville or Moto Guzzi V7.<p>The obvious option is the Yamaha SR400. Or maybe one of the more compact vintage Honda CBs. But Australian builder …

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Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R90/6

Some custom motorcycles are so outlandish that they grab your attention immediately, while some are so understated and classy that, once you notice them, you can’t look away. Case in point: Cafe Racer Dreams‘ #38.<p>This stunning ’74 BMW R90/6 belongs to José Martín Espinosa, a prominent figure in the …

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SOULFUEL

Bill Costello's immaculate BMW R100RT custom

Four years ago, Bill Costello became a big name in the classic BMW world. He’d restored a 1958 BMW R50 as a tribute to his father, and before he knew it, the bike was on the cover of three magazines. Bill was even flown to Germany to meet BMW’s top brass.<p>“Then people started asking me about my next …

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Bike EXIF

Moto Guzzi V7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

There’s a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic in my garage right now, so when I heard that Cafe Racer Dreams were starting work on a new V7 Stone, my ears pricked up. There’s no shortage of Triumph Bonneville customs, but despite the sales success of Mandello Del Lario’s small block V-twin, it hasn’t yet …

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Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

There are three brands I always associate with the glory days of motorcycling in the 1970s: Honda, Triumph and Moto Guzzi. Four decades on, their bikes still have an enduring appeal for custom builders.<p>Honda may have lost its way in the charisma stakes of late, but Moto Guzzi still has a hotline to …

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BMW R65 + surfboard

A bike has to be pretty special to stand out at the annual Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz: it’s the motorcycling equivalent of a beach full of French supermodels. But this lovely 1979 BMW R65 with a surfboard rack stopped passers-by in their tracks with its understated elegance.<p>It’s the work …

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BMW R75/7 by Clutch Custom

Building a custom motorcycle is about judgment: knowing what to change, what to leave alone, and when to stop. It’s about proportions, lines and shapes. The balance between color and leather, paint and metal, gloss and matte.<p>It’s a fiendishly difficult mix to get right, and requires a keen eye as …

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Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi Bellagio

It’s quite common to see manufacturers getting into bed with custom builders these days. We’ve seen BMW hooking up with Roland Sands for the Concept 90, and Yamaha has joined forces with the Wrenchmonkees and Deus Ex Machina for a series of ‘Yard Built Specials’.<p>Until recently, this sort of thing …

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AETHER Chasing Winter

Walt Siegl's amazing Ducati Leggero

When he’s not building the world’s most desirable Ducati road bikes, Walt Siegl likes to head for the racetrack on his 916 or 1098. But he’s a hard rider, and his two regular mounts are now looking a little battered. So Walt’s built himself this new racer, based on his successful Leggero series of …

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Moto Guzzi V75 by Venier Customs

There are a tiny handful of builders who consistently hit the mark with every bike they create. In Italy, one of those builders is Venier Customs, which took home a trophy last month from the Biker Fest for this beautiful Moto Guzzi V75.<p>The bike is called ‘Corsaiola,’ which loosely translates to …

Regulation

Custom Norton Commando

<i>We first happened across this amazing Norton Commando eight months ago. It’s now gracing the pages of Tank Moto, a super-stylish new quarterly from the publishers of Fuel Magazine.</i><p>When I first saw this 1969 Norton, I’d have bet big money that it was from one of the established Japanese workshops. …

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BMW R100RS Scrambler “Sarge”

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>BMW<br>• British<br>• Custom<br>• German<br>• Military<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Retro<br>• Scrambler<p>This 1980 BMW R100RS Scrambler nicknamed “Sarge” was built by the …

same but different

finally got my 2 76 TURBOS side by side<p>variety is the spice of life & here is the best of both worlds<p>the Minerva blue car is a Euro model, the silver …

BMW R90/6 by Untitled

You know you’re doing something right when you’re based in London and get a commission from a German enthusiast to build a BMW. The compliment was paid to Untitled Motorcycles and this is the result: a very classy 1975 BMW R90/6 custom.<p>Untitled built the machine for Antonius from Essen. And it was …

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