Tag Archives: Europe

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

Sky Team Ace 125

Well, here’s a surprise. A Chinese-built motorcycle with a dash of style, reportedly good build quality, and a nod to the Japanese racing heritage of the 1960s. It’s the Sky Team Ace 125, a loose replica of the Honda CR110 racer. Honda itself created a replica in 2004, the lovely Dream 50R, but the Ace

The original Ducati (350) Scrambler

The ‘scrambler’ look is getting more and more popular by the day, with high pipes and heavily treaded tires becoming de rigeur for many custom motorcycle builders, especially in Europe. I’ve always attributed the look to vintage British bikes, but the appearance of this Ducati 350 on the Southsiders blog made me think again. The

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.

Custom Yamaha Scorpio by Deus Bali

The Yamaha Scorpio has been derided as a hopped-up farm bike, but in Asia it’s the perfect commuter machine. It’s also a bike that Deus Bali has put on the operating table more than once. This is Deus’ latest cafe racer, the Café Scorpio, and once again, it’s a remarkable transformation. The 225cc Scorpio is

Untitled BMW R80 G/S

If I had to pick an older bike to take me on a tour of Europe, I’d choose a BMW R80 G/S. It’s a bona fide classic, but unlike most of that ilk, it’s also reliable, relatively simple on the mechanical front, and still has good parts availability. This particular machine would be the perfect

Triumph Tridays-Eleven Bonneville

If you live in Europe and you’re a Triumph fanatic, the biggest event on the calendar is the giant Tridays festival. Every June, it draws hundreds of motorcyclists to the picturesque village of Neukirchen in Austria. The Tridays is organized by the Tyrolean screenwriter Uli Brée, who must be an extremely busy man. This year,

Derringer Cycles

Derringer Cycles has come a long way since we last featured the company two years ago. The Los Angeles outfit now has a mouthwatering array of custom-built machines on its website. It’s a throwback to the aesthetics of 1920s boardtrack racers, right down to the copper rivets, Brooks leather saddles and even, if you so

Kawasaki Zephyr 750 by Sanctuary

Some 15 years ago, Kawasaki’s Zephyr range kickstarted the trend for retro naked motorcycles in Europe. The styling was loosely based on the original Z1, and although the Zephyrs were criticized for lacking the fearsome character of the Z1, they sold well. This Zephyr 750, however, is much closer to the spirit of the original

Triumph Bonneville Tridays Edition

Every year in June, the small Austrian market town of Neukirchen changes its name for three days to Newchurch and celebrates all things British. Thousands of Triumph enthusiasts converge on the town for the annual Tridays rally, which has become one of the largest motorcycle gatherings in Europe. This year, there’s even a limited edition

MotoTrans Ducati Vento 350

We’ve seen some strange alliances between motorcycle manufacturers over the years. And one of the most unusual involves MotoTrans, a little-known Spanish company based in Barcelona. MotoTrans built motorcycles between 1957 and 1983, when it was bought by Yamaha. Many of the bikes were badge-engineered Ducatis, built under licence and with small modifications; others were

Moto Guzzi cafe racer

Thirty years ago, if you were looking for a powerful motorcycle to take you from one end of continental Europe to the other, the Moto Guzzi 1000 SP would be near the top of your list. It wasn’t the best-looking bike to roll out of the Mandello del Lario factory. But it did have a

Manurhin scooter

When I was a lad growing up in the North of England, the Mod Revival was in full swing. Scooters were everywhere, mostly heading down the M1 motorway for weekend trips to the south coast resorts. At that time, I couldn’t tell the difference between a Vespa and a Lambretta, so goodness knows if one

Honda CB450 K1

In the days before the horsepower race, the Honda CB450 was one of the most desirable bikes you could buy. You had the choice of charismatic, cantankerous British iron, which would invariably mark its territory with a little puddle of oil, heavyweight American cruisers, or the jewel-like build quality and supreme reliability of a Honda.