Category Archives: Guide

Hammarhead Volta: An Electrifying Royal Enfield

Hammarhead Industries is growing fast. To date, they’ve sold five Jack Pines and a couple of Woodsmen, and they have a firm order for the Ural Solo X we revealed last month. But no one had ordered a Volta. “Then out of the blue we are building one,” says founder James Hammarhead. “We are back

Hajarbroxx KillHill CB125

One of my regular destinations on the interwebs is Trent Reker’s site bikerMetric. Reker is one wave short of a shipwreck: alternately funny and profane, he’s the closest thing to Hunter S Thompson in the online motorcycling world. He also manages to find distinctly offbeat motorcycles—machines you won’t see elsewhere. And this is one such

Zaeta by Kustom Garage

The past couple of years have not been good for most motorcycle manufacturers. So it’s reassuring to see new brands appearing, however small. Zaeta is one of those new brands, and it’s inextricably linked to the resurgent sport of flat track racing. The Italian company’s single production model is definitely a case of function over

Krook Street Racing Husqvarna

David Andersson used to have a Husqvarna SMR 570 in his garage in Sweden. The he stumbled across the Mule Motorcycles website—Mule being Richard Pollock, creator of the Web Surfer Bike EXIF Calendar bike and a regular commenter here. “I went down to my garage and started disassembling my supermoto to see if it could

Deus Bali: Tiger's Milk I

In Indonesia, the Honda Tiger GL200 is a popular commuter bike—a simple and low-cost thumper with nondescript plastic bodywork. Actually, ‘nondescript’ is not the right word: it’s an eyesore. According to Deus Bali, “the bike comes out of the Honda factory looking pretty ugly. It’s covered in spaceship-esqe plastic covers and faux chrome pieces, which

Honda CR 750

If I had to make a list of the most iconic racing motorcycles of all time, the Honda CR 750 would be in my top ten. Not only for its achievements, but also for its aesthetics: to my eyes, it’s one of the most beautiful bikes to ever roll down a pit lane. This particular

Ducati Hypermotard custom

Of all the bikes we’ve featured over the past couple of years, I reckon this would be one of the best for flinging down a twisty road. It’s owned by Michel Vis, who bought the Hypermotard in 2008 after its first owner low-sided it with only 300 miles on the clock. “It was declared a

Honda CL360 custom

Guy Bolton of Greasy Kulture magazine has just sent in this show-stopping Honda custom, which started life as a 1974 CL360. Builder Aaron Elliott bought it as a ‘shitbox’ from his local classifieds for $100. He’s primarily a car guy, and has worked with Cole Foster at the world-renowned US custom shop Salinas Boys for

Triumph Bonneville flat tracker

Italy seems to be full of workshops making stylish, rideable customs, but Ggarage is one I haven’t heard of before. The company specializes in bikes from the 1970s onwards, and operates just outside Rome. This is their latest build, a simple but very effective flat track conversion on the evergreen Triumph Bonneville. The fuel tank

Harley Sportster XLST3 by Shaw Speed & Custom

EXCLUSIVE Yesterday was the finale of the London International Custom Bike Show, the UK round of the AMD World Championship. So here’s a first look at the most interesting bike, the ‘XLST3’ from Shaw Speed & Custom. SS&C is the custom workshop of an East Sussex Harley dealer, and the south coast boys were the

The 'new' Brough Superiors

If you follow the classic motorcycling scene, you’ll know that the Brough Superior name has been revived by Austrian-based businessman and motorcycling enthusiast Mark Upham. These bikes are meticulous recreations of the originals, and built to the same Rolls-Royce quality standard as George Brough’s own machines. The ‘new’ engines are liter-class OHV V-twins—updated and refined

1943 Harley WLC flathead

James Roper-Caldbeck runs Customs From Jamesville, a small Harley workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark. We’ve featured his flatheads before, but none can top the story attached to this army-spec WLC 750, the latest machine to roll out of his shop. “In the 1940s, this WLC was pushed out of a plane somewhere over Europe,” says James.

Studio RAAR's custom Montesa Cota

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a customized trials motorcycle before. And they don’t come with a much better pedigree than the Montesa Cota, the machine that won the 1968 Championship in trials-mad Spain. The bike in the images is a 1974 Cota 247 model, but it can trace its lineage back to the first

Triumph Bonneville Trackmaster

When your job description entails riding virtually every new motorcycle made in the last 25 years, your personal collection of motorcycles can run toward the weird and wonderful. We’ve shown several of former Cycle World magazine boss David Edwards’ customs over the past few months, but our new favorite is this British Racing Green Triumph