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Iron Fist: Macco Motors’ brutal Suzuki Katana

The Suzuki Katana is a bit of an oddball by today’s design standards. But it was hot property in its heyday—and those who love it never seem to shake the attraction.

Take Peter, the owner of this particular Katana. An Englishman living in Spain, he spent his youth thrashing his 1984 GSX1100 in both …

Katana

Hey Bulldog: Ad Hoc’s beefy Ducati Multistrada

There’s no conventional beauty in the oddball creations of David Gonzalez. But there’s a steady demand for the unusual bikes that roll out of his garage in Barcelona, Spain.

The latest is ‘HyperRoad,’ a muscular Ducati Multistrada with a powerful stance. “The commission came from a guy who’s big …

Ducati

Luis Moto: A BMW R nineT scrambler, Italian Style

If rumors of BMW’s new R nineT-based scrambler have you foaming at the mouth, but you’re the impatient type—Luis Bertelli has the answer.

He’s reworked the R nineT into a modern replica of the quintessential BMW scrambler, the R80G/S Paris Dakar. And he’s done it in spectacular fashion; if we were …

BMW

Dissident: A new Yamaha Yard Built XJR1300

Three years ago, Yamaha Europe kicked off its Yard Built program with the Wrenchmonkees’ stunning ‘Monkeefist’ XJR1300. Since then, we’ve seen a steady stream of killer customs from some of Europe’s best builders, including Deus, Benders, Marcus Walz and JvB-moto.

And now we have ‘Dissident,’ a …

Yamaha

Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Wilkinson Honda CL360

The Honda CL360 gets easier on the eye as the years go by. It’s perhaps the most elegant of the original scramblers—but it’s also four decades old, and a long way off the pace of a modern bike.

Steve Healey is a fan of the CL360, but he wanted something a little less pedestrian. Fortunately, he’s a …

Honda

Beach Body: The Honda Dominator, Italian style

Established shops have the pick of the crop when it comes to donor bikes for projects. But when you’re a first-time builder, choosing a suitable platform to cut your teeth on can be daunting.

Ideally, you want something affordable, reliable and easy to work with. The Honda Dominator NX650 is the …

Honda

Harley Street 750: Battle Of The Kings

Harley-Davidson took a punt when it launched its Street models last year—and it’s paid off. The Street 750 and 500 are doing especially well in international markets, where there’s less emphasis on cubic inches.

In Europe, Harley is stoking the fires with its Battle of The Kings competition, …

Fabian

The Heinrich Maneuver: R nineT by Deus Customs

Classic BMWs tend to be defined by their fuel tanks—from the bulky Hoske tanks to the elegant, chromed ‘toasters.’ But the most famous name of all is Karl Heinrich, who was the go-to guy if you wanted a new Kraftstofftank from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Heinrich has leant his name to this remarkable …

BMW Motorrad

Digging Deep: A rusty CB750F2 from Outsiders

Rusty bikes seldom garner a second glance. But this new offering from Outsiders Motorcycles warrants close inspection—because there’s a lot more at play than a little patina.

Outsiders is based in the ancient city of Groningen in The Netherlands. The shop is run by couple Bert and Jene, with help …

Ancient History

New and Noted: Motorcycle Gear

The northern hemisphere riding season is in full swing now, and the shelves are flooded with new gear. For our latest round up, we’re including both urban and ADV gear—with a very ‘technical’ jacket from Icon’s new Raiden range and stylish new motorcycle jeans from Canada.

AGV AX-8 Evo Naked Carbon

Motorcycles

The motorcycle as art: Hazan Motorworks’ Ducati

Max Hazan has a motto tattooed on his hand: “Ever forward in creation.” And he’s a man of his word, building intricate, unusual machines that willfully ignore the fickle winds of fashion.

It’s an intensely individual approach, and one that has positioned LA-based Hazan at the top of the ‘motorcycle …

Motorcycles

Funktional: Tim Harney’s no-frills BMW R75/6

Many custom motorcycle builders didn’t start out as such. Tim Harney’s one of them: in his past life, he worked as an industrial designer for architecture, furniture and lighting design firms.

Tim’s since focussed his keen sense of aesthetics onto customizing bikes. This 1976 BMW R75/6 is his latest …

Motorcycles

Quattrotempi: A new Guzzi from the old master

The days of easy bargains on the secondhand scene are over, especially if you’re looking for a clean CB750 or old Bonnie to modify. But there are still some good buys out there, and one of them is the Moto Guzzi 1000 SP.

In the States you can pick up a very tidy early 80s example for around $3,000, …

Motorcycles

Ultra Noir: A blacker than black Honda CB750

Murdered-out customs used to be all the rage. But lately, builders have been favoring more diverse color palettes. Which is a real pity: done right, black-on-black can be downright beautiful.

Clockwork Motorcycles‘ Samuel Guertin proves it with his latest offering: a 1978 Honda CB750 with a brawny …

Honda

Scandinavian thriller: A Ducati 860 from Stockholm

We’re used to seeing motorcycle and surf culture intersect. But in chilly Stockholm? Where the average July temperature is just 18°C (64°F)?

Strangely enough, the juxtaposition of moto and surf lifestyles that’s common in California and Australia is now happening in Sweden. It’s fuelled by stores …

Sweden

Teeth Gnasher: Thor Drake’s Scrambler bike

Thor Drake’s love for motorcycling and his desire to go beyond the ordinary can be seen in his latest project, a race-ready 2010-spec Triumph Scrambler. It’s at home on the track, in the woods and on the road.

Drake, part-owner of Portland-based See See Motor Coffee Co., has an easy smile and boyish …

Drake

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 …

Motorcycles

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, …

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 …