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The 2014 Bike EXIF Awards, Part I | Bike EXIF

It’s time for our biannual roundup of the most popular motorcycles on Bike EXIF: the best of the best, as chosen by our hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world.<p>After aggregating traffic stats and social media likes and shares, we’ve uncovered the ten motorcycles that made the biggest …

Vintage

2015 Toyota Sienna Debuts with Updated Styling, Loudspeaker for Shouting at Children

More of the sanity-saving stuff that parents value.<p>Compared with, say, the compact-crossover arena, the minivan segment is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, occupied as it is by a small number of vehicles fighting over buyers in Mad Max–style battles to the death. Okay, so the minivan game isn’t …

Mad Max

Classified Triumph 675 'Doomsdaytona'

John Ryland is one of the standout custom bike builders from the past few years. He’s dazzled us with a succession of Honda CBs and Yamaha Viragos, each one bearing that unmistakable Classified Moto style: cool metallic hues and uprated gold forks.<p>The latest bike to bear the Classified Moto name is …

Roads

Top 5 Modern Motorcycles

It’s a widely held opinion that contemporary motorcycle design isn’t quite what it used to be. The sense of nostalgia that fuels the custom scene is often associated with the belief that motorcycling’s golden age preceded 1980. Bikes looked better, had more class and were built simpler, devoid of …

Motorcycles

Top 5 Modern Motorcycles Part II

Last week we showcased five modern motorcycles that hit the mark in terms of attitude and style. It was a mix of retro re-issues and well-designed modern machines, and struck a chord with many readers.<p>All of the featured bikes had one thing in common—they looked great in both stock and custom form. …

Mission Impossible

BMW R nineT custom by UCC

After building bikes for nigh on 20 years, Unique Custom Cycles has a reputation most builders would die for. The Swedish company is known for its traditional chopper and drag racing builds, but its latest project—nicknamed The Stockholm Syndrome—is very different.<p>UCC’s Ronna Norén and Gordon Roth …

Motorcycles

Ducati 900SS custom by Atom Bomb

With the new-wave custom scene continually evolving and diversifying, it’s becoming progressively more difficult to classify custom motorcycles. Even the mere mention of the term “café racer” is enough to send purists into a frenzy these days. It gets even more complicated when the donors are …

Motorcycles

Dustin Kott's CB550 cafe racer

When Dustin Kott turns his hand to a CB, you can be sure it’s going to come out special. The Californian builder has favored Hondas since he first popped up on the scene—and to call him a specialist would now be something of an understatement.<p>When we contacted Kott about his latest project, he sent …

Motorcycles

Live From Lake Como: The Wild BMW Concept Roadster Motorcycle That Could Become a Reality

History was kind to the last BMW motorcycle concept unveiledat the Villa d'Este Concourso d'Eleganza: The Concept Ninety, whose brawnyretro style endeared it to crowds and critics, spun off into a productionversion soon thereafter dubbed the R NineT. Pleasingly, the bike that hit showrooms …

BMW Concept Roadster has two fewer wheels than we were expecting

The annual Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on the shores of Lake Como is an opportunity for some of the most beautiful vehicles in the world to descend on one of the poshest places on earth each year. Unsurprisingly, the event is also increasingly the chance for automakers to debut exclusive …

Ninja 750 by Huge Design

Bill Webb has two passions in life: design and motorcycles. He’s a partner at a San Francisco agency called Huge Design, and for years his daily ride was a 1995 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja. Then the bike was stolen and stripped.<p>When Bill recovered his Ninja—known as the ZXR 750 in most other countries—he …

Industrial Designer

Honda speed-record lawnmower is quicker than its cars

109 hp, zero to 60 in under 4 seconds, and it cuts the grass.<p>Here's a fun figure: 116 mph. That's the new Guinness-verified lawnmower land speed record set by Honda's Mean Mower, a pet project of Team Dynamics, which is the same outfit that runs Honda's British Touring Car Championship team. It …

Watch this GP2 car blast through Swiss mountain roads

Onlookers beware.<p>You may recognize this GP2 car—essentially a tiny F1 car—from a POV video we posted a while back depicting David Hauser during a Swiss hillclimb, which carried seemingly impossible speeds through closed Swiss roads. Today, we have a spectator's point of view, and it's just as …

12 Steps to Building a Cafe Racer

The first feature on ‘How to Build a Café Racer’ struck a chord. Not everybody who read it agreed with the content, but when it comes to style, there are several different schools of taste.<p>I’m going to focus on the performance side of building a cafe racer. Or street tracker, scrambler, or any …

Motorcycles

New book chronicles official history of the BMW Art Cars

200 pages, 148 images, and all the background stories.<p>Maybe you've been in this situation before: You're at an art gallery or a museum, and someone you know brings up Alexander Calder or Andy Warhol. You then awkwardly blurt out something along the lines of, "Oh, he's the guy who painted the BMW …

Driving on public roads in a GP2 car looks super-fun

Switzerland might have a ban on racing, but there are loopholes.<p>Switzerland's ban on circuit racing means it's not usually the first country that jumps to mind when you thinks of motorsports.<p>Luckily, the St. Ursanne Hill Climb is not held on a circuit. It's held on a public road in a town of the …

Meet Richard Usher, the man who spent everything to build his own racetrack

Bucket lists are funny things, if only because they are so incredibly unique. A history buff might have a visit to Omaha Beach on their bucket list, while a music enthusiast might be angling for a trip to Graceland or a ticket to a Paul McCartney concert before they die. Sports fans might want to …

Ducati 999S by Venier Customs

This is one of the fastest motorcycles we’ve ever featured—and I’d say it’s one of the best-looking too. It’s a Ducati 999S ‘Testastretta’ converted from race to road use by Stefano Venier, a New York-based builder with an immaculate eye for understated aesthetics.<p>Venier is best known for his …

Motorcycles

History, Technology of Brembo Brakes Explored on New Downshift

On this episode of <i>The Downshift</i>, we take you behind the scenes of one of the world’s leading brake manufacturers, Brembo. From high-performance OEM units to all-out racing systems, the Italian company has provided some serious stopping power over the years.<p>Brembo’s performance market director Mauro …

Deus Ex Machina: Sibling Rivalry

Two new Deus Ex Machina motorcycles have just rolled out of the Venice, California workshop. Affectionately called Sibling Rivalry, these custom Hondas are high-performance variations on the same theme: turning a street-legal enduro bike into a badass ‘super single.’<p>‘Boodaak’ (above and below) and …

Deus Ex

Last Call- End of the Road Edition

Have you ever expressed the desire that you want to drive until you run out of road? With over eight and a half million lane-miles in the U.S. alone, …

Project CARS’ Visuals Put Every Other Racing Game To Shame, New Screenshots | DSOGaming | The Dark Side Of Gaming

And it keeps getting better and better (at least visually). Slightly Mad Studios has released a new set of screenshots for Project CARS, displaying …

CES

Gurney Built: 1986 IMSA GTO Toyota Celica Turbo

This 1986 Celica IMSA GTO racer (chassis 86T-002) is one of only three built for the 1986, ’87, and ’88 seasons. Upon the car’s retirement it was …

Espresso-charged bullfighter: Ducati 1199 Matador Racer

The Ducati 1199 gets the café racer treatment.<p>When Ducati replaced it's much lusted-after Ducati 1198 with the 1199 Paginale battle axe, no one cried except for owners who had just purchased an 1198. For the wise among us who chose to hold onto their 1198, Madrid's Radical Ducati has a café …

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Top 10 custom motorcycles

It’s been a huge year for custom motorcycles. They’re back with a bang, and the mainstream media has noticed. Even the Financial Times has picked up on the resurgence, reporting on The Comeback of the Cafe Racer. And most of the biggest-selling motorcycle magazines have added ‘new wave’ customs …

Motorcycles

Top 5 BMW R-Series customs

The BMW R-series has a rich heritage spanning 90 years—all the way back to the launch of BMW’s first motorcycle, the R32, in 1923. Since then the air-cooled, horizontally opposed flat-twin (or ‘boxer’) engine has continually evolved, and its reliability and availability make it a great platform for …

Motorcycles

Santa Driving a Ferrari F1!

Cafe racer motorbikes storm Japan

Japan may be best known, at least among motorcycle enthusiasts, for its sport bikes. But as we found at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are capable of producing all kinds of motorbikes. And to our delight, that includes cafe racers.<p>Along with the myriad electric …

Red Max Speed Shop Ducati Monster

Ducati used to build simple air-cooled V-twins in pretty trellis frames that people wanted to customize. In the 1970s, the Bologna marque established an almost definitive look: Long, contoured tanks and deeply sculpted race seats.<p>But then Ducati changed tack. The visual flat line running parallel …

Motorcycles