Category Archives: Bobbers

Jérôme Pierre's Kawasaki W650

The bread and butter of Bike EXIF is anything but bread and butter motorcycles. It’s the cutting edge of custom and classic machinery. But for most of us, budgets are limited. Workshop space is invariably limited too, and motorcycles are often a pleasure to be squeezed into busy lives. So it’s good to feature a

British Customs Thruxton

Today, Cafe Racer TV releases its entire Season 2 on DVD, which is a good excuse to look back at the featured bikes. With the benefit of hindsight, one of my favorites is a low-key build: a Triumph Thruxton from British Customs. It’s a “real world” build that’s within the reach of a competent amateur

Racefit Kawasaki Z1

The British firm Racefit creates beautiful titanium and carbon end cans, and full titanium exhaust systems for discerning sportsbike riders who still believe loud pipes save lives. The company is based in Derbyshire—home to some of the best and most heavily policed riding country England has to offer. Co-owners Jon Keeling and Phil Atkinson have

Yamaha Virago by Hageman Cycles

It seems like Greg Hageman can do no wrong at the moment. A few days ago, his retro-themed Yamaha XV1100 custom was a hit. And now his latest build, this radical XV920 Virago transformation, has just been showcased in Motorcycle Classics magazine. Hageman’s strength is an unerring eye for visual balance and stance. For the

Tridays Triumph Scrambler

The Triumph Scrambler must be one of the hardest bikes to customize. Along with Moto Guzzi’s current V7 and the Kawasaki W800, it’s one of the few production machines that have a retro-slash-custom feel right from the start. This hasn’t deterred the Triumph Tridays team though. The Rumbler accentuates the Scrambler’s classic good looks, and

Ducati Road 350 by El Solitario MC

Building motorcycles is an art as well as a science. While some builders take it very seriously, others have a sense of irreverence. The lighter touch often seems to come from mainland Europe; the French outfit Blitz springs to mind, and another is Spain’s El Solitario, run by David Borras. ‘Chupito’ is the latest from

Classified Moto XV1100

Classified Moto are just turning out winner after winner. It’s hard to believe the Richmond, VA-based hotshop has only been operating for two years, but owner John Ryland now has orders for 13 bikes on the go. This is his latest, based on a 1989 Yamaha Virago XV1100. The machine has a more aggressive look

DP Customs 'Defensor' Ironhead

After several years of customizing Harley ironheads, DP Custom Cycles have got it down to a fine art. This is their latest creation, ‘Defensor’—a tribute to the late Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna. “The bike was commissioned by a customer whose favorite racing driver is Senna,” says Jarrod Del Prado. “We’re huge motorsports fans

Ton-Up Garage's classy BMW R80 "Dark Law"

In Europe, the spotlight on new wave custom builders tends to fall in France, Spain and Italy. But Portugal is coming through the ranks quickly. We’ve already featured the Triumph Thruxton built by Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, and now we have this classy BMW R80 from Ton-Up Garage of Matosinhos. “We want to bring back

Deus Kawasaki W650

Here’s the latest machine from the Australian headquarters of Deus. Called “Gicleur”, it’s one of the most stylish Kawasaki W650 customs we’ve ever seen. Gicleur is French for “jet”, and it’s a critical part of an espresso machine: the nozzle that governs the water that flows through the coffee. According to Deus, the W650 has

1966 Aermacchi Sprint

Aermacchi was a fabricator of aircraft for Italy’s war machine during the Second World War. After the defeat of the Axis powers, the company turned its efforts to the production of motorcycles and bikes. In collaboration with Harley-Davidson, many Aermacchi motorcycles found their way to America in the 1960s to meet the growing demand for

Ritmo Sereno Guzzi

Shiro Nakajima, the CEO of leading Japanese custom workshop Ritmo Sereno, is a keen vintage racer. He’s been campaigning his Moto Guzzi Ambassador for a couple of years now, and felt it was time for a refresh. In its original incarnation—which we revealed just over two years ago—the Guzzi looked more like a road machine

How to add vintage style to the Yamaha XV1100

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. And motorcycles are often about memories, as well as speed and aesthetics. The best retro throwbacks marry classic looks with modern performance, and this is a perfect example. It was built by Greg Hageman of Hageman Cycles, who also built one of the most popular machines we’ve ever featured—the 1982

Ducati Multistrada "Biuta"

The first incarnation of the Multistrada was an awkward machine. But this unusual custom has transformed Ducati’s ugly duckling into a swan. It’s called “Biuta” and it was created by Carlo Roscio of Pavi, a town in Lombardy some 35 kilometers south of Milan. With the help of his brother, Carlo has built a mongrel