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Eye Candy: Two New Walt Siegl Leggeros

We make no apologies: we’re featuring the latest two customs from Walt Siegl because we can’t tear our eyes away from them. And we’re not alone—a few days ago, Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Welsh fell for the charms of these Ducatis too.

We’ve already covered the story behind the Leggero …

Cafe Racer

Electrifying: Digital Directiv’s custom Ducati

If you could buy a brand new Ducati SportClassic today, what would it look like? We reckon it’d be very similar to this—a rapid custom from electrical whizz Joe Tessitore of Digital Directiv.

‘Bella’ is a ground-up restoration of a 2007 Sport 1000s, boosted with seriously upmarket performance kit. …

Ducati

Fuller Moto’s Minty Fresh Norton Commando 750

The Handbuilt Motorcycle show rocked Austin, Texas earlier this month. As the name implies, the show was filled to the brim with custom motorcycles—including this show-stopping Norton Commando 750 from Fuller Moto.

Fuller Moto is an Atlanta, Georgia-based shop run by Bryan Fuller. When Bryan’s not …

Motorcycles

Two-wheel drive beast: The REV’IT! #95

I’ve often thought that the true customizers in the motorcycle world are the dirt riders. They’re always tweaking and tuning, bolting on upgrades in search of a performance edge.

Ironically, the biggest improvement you can make to a dirt bike is one you’ll hardly ever see: a 2-wheel drive conversion …

KTM

Bavarian Cafe: For The Love Of BMW Airheads

“Do you prefer the build or the ride?” It was a question for Brandon Mungai that I assumed might come with a shaky answer.

Motorcycles have, in many ways, defined themselves as a quintessential part of the American Dream—alongside classic pickup trucks, Coca-Cola, and denim jeans.

Surrounding the …

Restoration

Factory Fresh: Auto Fabrica’s super clean SR400

At a glance, Yamaha’s re-issued SR400 is virtually indistinguishable from its vintage counterparts. Which is probably why it’s so popular.

It has all the charm associated with the iconic SR designation, with the added benefits of fuel injection and ‘new bike’ reliability. A combination that led Auto …

Exhaust Systems

Drag King: Taking the Sprintbeemer ‘Furtherer’

Sprintbeemer is one of the most famous custom bikes of recent years. And it goes as fast as it looks, winning the hotly contested StarrWars sprint at the 2013 Glemseck festival.

Most builders would be content to sit back on their laurels after that—but not Séb Lorentz of The Lucky Cat Garage. With …

BMW Motorrad

The Therapist: Jeff Veraldi’s BMW K100 Cafe Racer

We often joke about motorcycles being a kind of therapy. But when Jeff Veraldi broke his back in a racing accident, it was a motorcycle that kept him sane—his BMW K100 café racer.

“Half way through the bike build, I burst my L1 vertebrae in an off-road truck race and almost paralyzed myself,” says …

Motorcycles

Shop Visit: Back On Two, Israel

We never thought we’d mention Israel and the new wave custom scene in the same breath. Until now.

Just a twenty-minute ride out of Tel Aviv—in the small city of Ness Ziona—Lior Baruch has opened Back on Two. The retail space-cum-workshop is the first of its kind in Israel; a heady mix of nostalgia, …

Middle East

Live Fast: Kott Motorcycles’ racy Thruxton

From his home base in California, Dustin Kott’s earned a reputation for building café racers with exceptional proportions. So when Ryan Reynolds was looking to add another bike to his already enviable collection, Dustin got the call.

The star of the upcoming Deadpool movie is an avid motorcyclist, …

Motorcycles

Naked Speed Special: Bryan Fuller’s Scrambler

If Bryan Fuller’s name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, his face should. He’s the co-host of Naked Speed—Velocity’s popular, café-racer-centric show.

Bryan’s been getting his hands dirty far longer than he’s been in show business though. His shop—Fuller Moto—has built up an impressive portfolio of …

DualShock

Venier’s Moto Guzzi V65: Better Than Factory?

If you love the style of vintage motorcycles but blanch at the prospect of the maintenance and repair, Stefano Venier has the answer for you. He rebuilds and restores classic Moto Guzzis, adding a touch of customization that elevates them to the sublime.

Over the past two years, Brooklyn-based …

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

For those of you lucky enough to be in the northern hemisphere, spring has arrived. The snow may have receded, but there’s an avalanche of cool new gear hitting the shelves.

We’ve picked out a few items worthy of your consideration, from big brands to unknown upstarts. This time we’re taking a …

Motorcycles

What if T.E. Lawrence rode a BMW R100GS?

The last Das Traumwerk build we featured was controversial to say the least: a boardtracker with a bright yellow engine. Now Alex Ahrer and Herwig Prammer are at it again, with their mischievous Austrian sense of humour.

This time, they’ve taken inspiration from the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. They …

BMW

Blondezilla: MotoLady’s Sportster Scrambler

We love scramblers for their effortlessly cool vibe. But they don’t just look good: they’re invariably more usable and practical than most customs.

It’s the usability angle that inspired Alicia Mariah Elfving to build this Sportster scrambler, with help from her partner Jeff Wolf. Her previous …

Wizard of Oz

Oxblood: Urban Rider’s BMW street scrambler

It’s not often that a color inspires a bike build—and certainly not a color such as ‘oxblood.’ But that’s how this BMW police bike came back to life.

After an engine rebuild in the mid-90s, it was decommissioned and put into storage for 18 years. Then Will Starritt of the London motorcycle gear …

BMW

Snow Go: Northern Lights’ Yamaha HL500

Snow bikes are a great recipe for unbridled hooliganism. Take a dirt bike, fit it with a ski and a track, and hold on tight. But most are built using modern motocross machinery—and that doesn’t appeal to Orion Anthony.

Orion lives just north of Whistler in the alpine region of British Columbia, …

Northern Lights

Action! Vimeo launches The Greasy Hands Preachers

This weekend, the definitive film about the new wave custom scene is released to the public.

Following its premiere at the San Sebastian film festival, The Greasy Hands Preachers is going global with Vimeo. From Sunday you can stream and download the 90-minute documentary—and you can pre-book right …

Film

The Black Douglas: A Two-Wheeled Morgan

Fabio Cardoni is a man after our own hearts. “Steel is more beautiful than plastic, and simplicity is more appealing than complexity,” he says.

Sig. Cardoni runs The Black Douglas Motorcycle Company, which makes the vintage-styled machine you see here. Called the Sterling, it’s the two-wheeled …

African Americans

The Hunter: A Scrambler With Extra Firepower

The Triumph Scrambler’s biggest selling point is its looks. It might not be the strongest contender in the performance department, but it has a nostalgic appeal that few others can match. And it’s easy to upgrade.

This stunning Triumph Scrambler was built by Erne’s Euromotos—a dealership and custom …

Firepower

BMW K 1600 GTL Project: The Builders

Harley-Davidson dominates the heavyweight custom scene in Japan: many of the top builders work on no other marque. But BMW has just disrupted that paradigm with its ‘Ignite Straight 6’ project: it’s given its luxury K 1600 GTL tourer to two of Japan’s most esteemed motorcycle craftsmen.

Keiji …

Motorcycles

BMW K1600 GTL Custom Project

At the Osaka Motorcycle Show, BMW Japan has just thrown the wraps off two extreme customs based on the K1600 GTL. That’s the range-topping luxury tourer, a road-going spaceship powered by a 1649cc inline six—and probably packed with more electronics than any other motorcycle on the market …

BMW

Red Alert: Down & Out’s Triumph Bonneville SE

Down & Out probably isn’t the most auspicious name for a business. But Shaun Walker sleeps easy at night: business at his Sheffield, England workshop is booming.

For the past 15 years, Shaun has been building very tidy, sharp-looking customs. He works mostly on older BMWs these days, but also …

Red Alert

Running Lean: Fuel Motorcycles’ sleek R65

‘Svelte’ is not a word that sits comfortably in the BMW design language. These days, the machines that roll out of BMW Motorradwerk in Berlin are best described as imposing—or in the case of the sportbikes, angular.

It wasn’t always that way, though. The R65 of the early 1980s had a compact frame, …

Motorcycles

The Walking Dead: The Daryl Dixon Motorcycle

EXCLUSIVE If you have a television in your house, you probably know AMC’s The Walking Dead. If you’re blessed with a strong constitution, you may even be watching it.

It’s a post-apocalyptic drama series that scores millions of viewers for every episode. And unlike most shows of that ilk, it’s a …

Motorcycles

Absolute Gem: Diamond Atelier’s BMW R100R

We’re calling it: the custom boxer movement has reached critical mass. More BMWs are rolling off workbenches than ever before, so builders have to look at Bavaria’s sweetheart with fresh eyes to get noticed.

This neo-noir BMW R100R from Diamond Atelier is more of a swift kick to the jaw than a …

BMW

Boxing Clever: Deus Customs’ Gentleman Jim

Boxing aficionados will know the name Gentleman Jim Corbett. He was a man of taste and manners, who trod the boards of theatres in San Francisco and New York.

He also entered the ring 24 times between 1886 and 1903—including one bout that extended to a brutal 61 rounds—and became the Heavyweight …

Boxing

Thunderhawk: A New Angle On The Honda CB77

With most Honda CB customs packing 400cc or more, we were a little curious when a CB77 Super Hawk hit our inbox. After all, this was the bike that launched Honda in the USA—and the bike that Robert M. Pirsig rode on his trip in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Plus, the Super Hawk is …

Honda

Slate Hammer: Rough Crafts’ custom Sportster

EXCLUSIVE The Harley Sportster is probably the most customized bike on the planet. But there are surprisingly few examples that butter our toast. It’s the café racer look that seems to be the most troublesome: giving the portly Sportster a sleek and pared-back style is not easy.

So when Winston Yeh …

Aston Martin

Made in Australia: Glory Road’s CB750K

Glory Road Motorcycles is a small retail space that’s just opened in the heart of Adelaide, Australia. Step inside and you’ll find apparel, riding accessories—and some fine motorcycles, like this Honda CB750K.

The shop is new, but owner Tom Harrison has been turning wrenches since the age of 17—when …

Australia