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Hazan Motorworks Harley Ironhead

Max Hazan is one of a handful of builders who operate at the intersection of motorcycles and art. It’s a rarefied field: the best-known protagonist is probably Ian Barry of Falcon Motorcycles. But Barry now has some serious competition.<p>Brooklyn-based Hazan is a former boat-builder, and this Harley …

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Yamaha XJR1300 'Yard Built'

The latest ‘Yard Built’ custom this epic race-themed Yamaha XJR1300 from Deus’ Milan workshop. Inspired by the endurance machines of the 1970s and 1980s and nicknamed ‘Eau Rouge,’ it’s a modern reinterpretation of those iconic retro racers.<p>Deus has added a modern twist to the semi-faired 1970s …

Motorcycles

BMW R80 custom by 7 Ages

Most custom BMWs are resto-mods or café racer conversions. But Ian Solley of 7 Ages in the UK likes to take the <i>strasse</i> less travelled. On this BMW R80 custom, virtually every part has been modified: the frame has been converted to a hardtail, and the forks are from a Harley-Davidson FXD.<p>Solley is …

Motorcycles

Kawasaki H1 by Valtoron

Valtoron is one of the most unusual custom builders in Europe. It’s a foundry in a tiny hamlet in Spain, run by two brothers who live to ride. When they’re not creating sculptures they like to build bikes, and they let their imaginations run wild.<p>Their last bike was a KZ750 offroader. The latest …

Motorcycles

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. …

Motorcycles

Suzuki T500 Titan

Michigan-based Shoemaker Vintage creates beautifully finished ‘real world’ road machines—functional as well as good looking, like this 1971 Suzuki T500 Titan.<p>Proprietor Ralph Spencer has been a gearhead from an early age. He’s spent his life designing and fabricating for the military defense …

Kawasaki Z1A by Graeme Crosby

If you follow the race scene, you’ll probably know the name Graeme Crosby. In the 1980s he won the Daytona 200, the Imola 200, the Suzuka 8 Hours, and the Isle of Man TT. And then promptly quit. He’s a national icon in his home country of New Zealand, and there’s a steady stream of visitors to his …

Motorcycles

Icon 1000 'Iron Lung' Sportster

Icon’s design director Kurt Walter is one of the most inspired bike builders operating in the USA today. Working with a tight-knit crew in the company’s Portland headquarters, he creates machines that are bombastic, aggressive and refreshingly unorthodox. Like this 1991 Harley Sportster roadracer, …