Category Archives: Custom Motorcycles

The Ronin 47: If Batman rode a Buell 1125

If you felt cheated when the Buell 1125 went out of production in 2010, you’re in luck. You can now buy a factory-fresh superbike based on the 1125—and it looks like a machine straight out of The Dark Knight. The Buell 1125 cost $11,695 a few years ago and the Ronin 47 costs $38,000, but

A BMW R69S with a bit on the side

Few things in the world of motorcycling are as cool as sidecars. And the allure is magnified when the rig in question is both vintage and ultra-rare. This very classy setup was put together by South African BMW experts Cytech, and pairs a 1964 BMW R69S with a 50s-model Steib sidecar. “The client had been

ER Voltron: A BMW R69S for the future

It’s not easy to pick out Slovenia on a map. It’s a tiny, picture-postcard country just to the east of Italy, full of mountains and forests and rivers, and home to some of Europe’s best driving roads. Slovenia is also home to ER Motorcycles, one of the fastest-rising stars on the custom scene. This is

Clutch Customs' sublime Kawasaki KZ650

Kawasaki KZ650s don’t come across our desks too often. So we were intrigued to see this one from Monsieur Willie Knoll at Paris’ Clutch Custom Motorcycles. Willie has an obsession with lines and details, and a knack for nipping and tucking a bike until everything sits just right. Equally impressive is his eye for finishes—Clutch

Playing Hookie: Nico Mueller's killer CB750

It takes more than a run-of-the-mill Honda CB750 to get our attention these days, but this low-slung speziall from Germany is very special indeed. The stance is spot on, the lines flow with purpose, and the finish is stark and beautiful. It’s the sixth build from Dresden-based Hookie Co., the workshop run by 26-year-old designer

Recall: A BMW R75 dressed to kill

As classic BMWs go, the “slash-5s” are pretty sought after. They’re packed with little styling details that eventually fell away on later models—like the rounded air box, ‘peanut’ engine covers and the ‘toaster’ tank. Add those details to a luscious old-school paint job, and you’ve got a winner. This is ‘Recall,’ an R75 from Portugal’s

Wes' Kawasaki W650 "SC Rambler"

I think it was a Deus Ex Machina tracker that first piqued my interest in the Kawasaki W650. But, down here in Cape Town, South Africa—a country where the W650 was never officially imported—they’re extremely hard to come by. So when one suddenly came up for sale, I snapped it up without a moment’s hesitation.

Das Traumwerk's "The Crunch"

Most bike builders try to make their machines as squeaky clean as possible. If a build looks ‘factory fresh,’ it’s a job well done. But Alex Ahrer and Herwig Prammer beg to differ. They buried the tank of this replica boardtracker on a sheep farm for three months, to get a thoroughly rusted effect. And

Roland Sands x Indian: "Track Chief"

The Indian Chieftain is a big motorcycle, designed to soak up the miles on the smooth highways of ‘Murica. The star of the show is the new Thunder Stroke engine, a mighty 111 cubic inch (1811cc) monster pumping out 119 ft-lbs of torque. It’s a remarkably good-looking motor, and it caught the eye of Roland

Enfield 350: the bike that time forgot

For most pro builders, personal projects usually draw the short straw—relegated to the back of the shop by a steady stream of client work. Just like the “rusted out junk pile” that Californian Chris Chappell picked up a few years ago. It’s a Royal Enfield Bullet 350, and it did a stint in Chappell Customs‘

Barn find: Dave Mucci's dreamy Honda CA95

We love a good barn find, and they don?? come much better than this sweet little Honda CA95. It?? a typically stylish build from Dave Mucci, and there?? a great story to match. A few months ago, we got an email from Lauren, a Chicago rider who wanted to upgrade from a scooter to a

Cabin Fever: Daniel Peter's XR650

Daniel Peter is a photographer with petrol running through his veins. When he’s not shooting, he’s riding—and his ride is worth a close-up of its own. ‘Cabin Fever’ is based on a Honda XR650, although you’d be hard pressed to tell. Like its CX500 stable mate, the XR650 is one of those bikes often passed

R nine T Custom Project: the builders

It’s not often that we get an insight into the minds and work processes of Japan’s custom motorcycle builders. The language barrier is simply too much. So we’re wrapping up our coverage of BMW’s R nineT Custom Project by interviewing the four builders involved. Although they’re at the top of their game—and undoubtedly some of

Kustom Kommune Harley Sportster 48

What could be more fun than having your own well-stocked workshop, with all the tools and space you need to wrench on your bike? In the company of like-minded folks, who also enjoy throwing the occasional party? That’s the thinking behind The Kustom Kommune, Australia’s first communal motorcycle workshop. Based in Melbourne, it’s part of