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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 top-to-toe approach, from

1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Every now and then, it’s good to go back to square one. To revisit the baseline, if you like. And for me, that’s an immaculate classic motorcycle captured by a skilled photographer. Like this matching-numbers 1973 Ducati 750 Sport. It’s just been restored by Harné Heuvelman of Holland, who runs the Ducati specialists Back To

Francesco Pagnin's BMW R45 cafe racer

There’s something about the compact, muscular stance of 70s-vintage BMWs that makes them prime candidates for customization. This cafe racer comes from leading glass artist Francesco Pagnin of Treviso in Italy, who calls his motorcycle workshop ‘Franz Garage’. It’s based on a BMW R45, the 473cc boxer-engined middleweight built throughout the late 70s and early

SCM 1.0 Ducati Monster custom

I’m not quite sure what to make of this bike, but it’s certainly thought-provoking. Months ago, Simone Conti of Italy sent through some blurry, tentative snaps. And now the bike has just been professionally shot for an Italian magazine. This is 24-year-old Conti’s first custom design—and he’s jumped right into the deep end. The motor

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

Buell RR1000R

This is a beast with a convoluted history. It’s one of just three racing RR1000s produced by Erik Buell before the road version was released in the late 80s. The story starts with the Harley Owners Group, which asked Buell to make a chassis for a race bike using the Harley-Davidson XR engine: the rise

Triumph Thruxton by Mr Martini

Nicola Martini is Italy’s foremost custom Triumph specialist, and he’s not afraid to throw a curve ball into the mix now and then. “T-Type” is based on a Triumph Thruxton, and has a characteristically experimental look. It’s no show pony though; the motor is fitted with a Wiseco big bore and stroker kit that boosts

This 3-wheeled Muletto is the cutest Ducati ever made

Ducati is not renowned for making practical vehicles, with the possible exception of the Multistrada. But in the 1950s, the Bologna company aped its rival Piaggio by making three-wheeled utility vehicles. There was a tiny 48cc 2-stroke called the Fattorino, and then the bigger Muletto. The engines were based on Ducati’s OHC singles, and you

Interview: Nick Clements of Men's File magazine

Nick Clements of Men’s File Magazine is a man of many talents. He’s a top-flight fashion photographer, a menswear designer, and thankfully for us, a dyed-in-the-wool motorcycle fanatic. In the motorcycling world, Clements is best known as the publisher of Men’s File, a moto-themed style rag with a fast-growing following. Here’s an insight into his

Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

Here’s an unusual take on the classic Moto Guzzi custom. It’s called ‘Motomorphosy’, and it started life as an 850 T5 from 1984. When Alessandro (“Speedy”) bought the bike in the late 80s, he stripped it down for a more spartan but conventional custom look. The 850 became a feature around the bars of Piedmont

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

Ferro Negro: A Moto Guzzi 1000 SP cafe racer

There’s something about a big-block Moto Guzzi that lends itself perfectly to the creation of a stripped-down, brutal café racer. ‘Ferro Negro’—Black Iron in Italian— is based on a 1981 Moto Guzzi 1000 SP and it was built by Andrea Viganò of Bruciato Garage in Bergamo, Italy. There’s nothing subtle about this bike, with matte

Royal Enfield Custom

You don’t always need exotic underpinnings or titanium sidestands to take home a trophy at a bike show. ‘Rat Racer’ has just won its class at the Biker Fest in Udine, Italy, and it’s based on nothing more exotic than a Royal Enfield Bullet 350. The Bullet is a stone-age air-cooled thumper—cast iron—and one of

Moto Morini custom

One of the saddest stories of recent times is the demise of Moto Morini. The Scrambler remains one of my all-time favorite bikes, but the factory is now in liquidation and remaining stock is for sale at a discount. So it felt appropriate to travel back in time a little and feature a classic Moto