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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 27 May, 2018

A subtle but strikingly effective makeover for the Indian Scout Bobber, an astounding Honda CB900F restomod from Canada, a drag bike with Multistrada power, and a peek at BMW’s latest concept, revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. And all guaranteed to be free of pipewrap and Firestones.<p>…

GROUP THUG. Mike Thalmann’s Team-Built Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

Pipeburn is full of stories concerning engineering genii who make us all look like drunken monkeys when it comes to customising a bike. Guilty as …

Workshop Guide: Painting A Motorcycle

Whether you’re trying to save a few bucks, or you just like the challenge of doing everything yourself, at some point you’ll probably consider painting your own motorcycle. But not everyone has their own air compressor at home, or a spray booth and a decent spray gun.<p>But who says you can’t paint a …

Woodworking

A Moto Guzzi Breva cafe racer inspired by Red Bull F1 cars

Calling the Moto Guzzi Breva 750 a ‘commuter bike’ is a bit cheeky, but it <i>does</i> fit the profile. Manageable power, neutral ergonomics and a low seat height make it the perfect ’round-towner for beginners.<p>But—like many in its class—it’s hardly a looker. It’s almost as if manufacturers deliberately …

Motorcycles

PRAËM x BMW S 1000 RR: The Pursuit Of Perfektion

If you enjoy getting your arms yanked out of their sockets, the BMW S 1000 RR is a dream machine. With 199 stout German horses under the tank, it’s one of the fastest road-going bikes in the world. It’s also one of the easiest superbikes to ride—making it the weapon of choice for trainers like the …

Le Mans

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

Concrete and Wood Slab Table

First of all, this is my first instructable, so take it easy on this old hillbilly. This instructable will outline how I made two similar concrete …

Yard Built XV950 By Numbnut Motorcycles

The latest Yard Built project to break cover based on the Yamaha XV950 comes from Amsterdam. Local custom bike builders Numbnut Motorcycles have …

Motorcycles

Shop Visit: Union Garage, New York City

New York’s a place I’d love to visit, but it’s probably not my top pick for motorcycle riding. A bustling, pothole-ridden city is hardly the safest place to head out on two wheels.<p>Yet there’s a substantial motorcycling community in NYC—and Union Garage has them covered. Founder Chris Lesser (along …

Mexico City

Monoshock CB750 Cafe Racer by Andrew Wales

Follow us on <b>Facebook</b>, <b>Twitter</b>, <b>Instagram</b>, or <b>Subscribe</b> to stay abreast of future builds.<p>Andrew Wales, the owner and creator of this incredible ’78 …

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 28 August, 2016

A baby blue BMW R100, a brilliant orange Ducati 900SS, and a murdered-out Harley Street scrambler. It’s all about the color this week.<p><b>Ducati 900SS by CC Racing Garage</b> World Ducati Week is a three-day celebration of Bologna’s absolute best, and Ducati’s way of giving thanks back to fans. Three days …

Motorcycles

‘AgoTT’ MV Agusta Brutale – Deus Ex Machina

The rule of three, or “omne trium perfectum” as it was first written in Latin, supposes that everything that comes in threes is perfect. As to …

Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and more propose future houses in House Vision exhibition

Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban have all designed houses of the future for a Tokyo exhibition …

Classified’s Suzuki GSXR: A 190 mph urban assault bike

Blistering performance is not usually at the top of the wishlist for a custom build. But this Suzuki from Classified Moto is capable of destroying pretty much anything that crosses its path.<p>Technically speaking, it’s a streetfighter—but you won’t find any shiny anodized bolts or Day-Glo farkles …

Street Fighter

Custom Bikes Of The Week

A brand new KTM Duke gets the custom treatment in Brazil. An MV Agusta with Lamborghini-style forged carbon parts. And a Triumph Thruxton from London called ‘Up Yours Copper.’ It’s a strange selection this week.<p><b>KTM Duke 390 by Bendita Macchina</b> The São Paulo workshop has an unusual specialty: brand …

Motorcycles

This Custom Yamaha XSR700 is a Retina-Searing Treat

Despite the incredible numbers of custom builds hitting the streets daily, it’s surprisingly difficult to find anything new. Every genre has its accepted look and style, and envelopes are rarely pushed.<p>But David González of Ad Hoc Café Racers swims upstream. His bikes are often oddball, yet always …

Motorcycles

Moto Adonis XV750: The Definition Of A Modern Custom

Five years ago, if we were asked to describe the stereotypical café racer it would probably be a Honda CB. Today, the mental picture is more likely to be a Yamaha Virago.<p>For the last twenty years of the 20th century, the XV series was a somewhat nondescript V-twin cruiser. But it’s now the platform …

Motorcycles

5 Best-Value Retirement Havens For Under $1,500 A Month

By International Living<p><i>This article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world's leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas.</i><p>Matagalpa, Nicaragua<p>"I can easily afford to indulge myself whenever I want," says expat Rob Schneider. "Between …

Time Warp: Revival’s Astounding ‘BMW Landspeeder’

Every once in a while—maybe twice a year—we get to see a build that doesn’t just break the mold, but smashes it to smithereens. This is one such bike, an incredible hand-made BMW from Revival Cycles of Austin, Texas.<p>The story is just as unusual as the bike itself. “A year ago, a client asked if we …

Bavarian Fistfighter: Rough Crafts’ Hard-Hitting BMW

It’s not uncommon for a custom builder to develop a signature style over time. And Taiwan’s Rough Crafts is a prime example. Front man Winston Yeh’s trademark look is unmistakable.<p>But what happens when you take this tried and tested approach, and add a touch of heritage? This brutal R nineT custom …

Carbon Fiber

These Changes Are Why You Have To Start Watching MotoGP

Do you watch MotoGP, the world’s top form of motorcycle racing? If the answer’s no, let me tell you why this coming season will be the best one to …

Motorsport

Julian Edelman Buys in Back Bay; Seaport Awaits Amenities

<i>SEAPORT DISTRICT—</i>There's not much of a neighborhood feel in the area, never mind neighborhood amenities such as libraries or parks: "Yes, there are more than <b>2,000 housing units</b> in the Seaport now, nearly double the amount that existed five years ago, with many more on the way."<br>__<i><br>BACK BAY—</i>Patriots' …

Julian Edelman

What Rossi must do to take 2015 MotoGP title away from Lorenzo

Valentino Rossi could take an historic tenth Grand Prix World Championship this weekend at Valencia but has his work cut out to maintain an advantage …

Motorsport

Maxed Out: Yamaha’s Yard Built VMAX custom

The mighty V-Max is thirty years old this year. And it’s still making the news—for both the right and the wrong reasons.<p>Its creator, Kenji Ekuan of GK Design, died a few days ago. Ekuan isn’t as well known as European designers such as Massimo Tamburini or Miguel Galluzzi, but he should be. His …

The EVO Utility Bike Is Designed for San Francisco

No, you don’t need to live in San Francisco to ride around on the EVO Utility Bike, but if you happen to live in San Fran, it was the bike designed …

Outbuilding of the Week: A Retro ’60s Camper, Outdoor Bathhouse Included

J. Wes Yoder usually refers to the 1962 Shasta camper that sits in his leafy East Nashville backyard as “the camper,” but he says that when he’s …

Modern Muscle: Victory Gunner by Tattoo Projects

At just eighteen years old, Victory Motorcycles is one of the youngest marques on the planet. And their current cruiser range has a distinctly modern aesthetic—a hard sell for potential owners looking for the American heritage vibe.<p>Rudy Banny is the founder of Tattoo Projects, the ad agency that …

Street Fighter