Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 April, 2020

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 April, 2020 A wild new Vyrus superbike from Italy, a Honda XR600 built for a Spanish Dakar racer, and a stylish collection of custom motorcycle coloring pages from the British artist Ian Galvin. Honda XR600 by Oscura Motorcycles Spanish off-road racer Joan Barreda Bort is a Dakar veteran who knows how to go quick off-piste: he races a state-of-the-art Honda CRF 450 Rally. But…

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Flat Out: Jillian Deschenes’ Royal Enfield flat tracker

Flat Out: Jillian Deschenes’ Royal Enfield flat tracker Minnesota native Jillian Deschenes is not a pro custom motorcycle builder: from Monday to Friday, she’s a hospice nurse in the suburbs of Minneapolis. But on the weekends she’s a flat track racer—and a fierce one, too. In just her second year of racing, Jillian’s already the number one plate holder in the women’s class in her AMA District. Her success piqued…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 29 March, 2020

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 29 March, 2020 A subtle but brilliant Kawasaki Z1 from AC Sanctuary, a wild supercharged Triumph Bobber from England, and a sneak peek at the new, 80s-style Honda CB-F concept. RCM-507: A new AC Sanctuary Z1 Every time we feel like we need a ‘reset’ of sorts, we check in on AC Sanctuary. Their builds are timeless, classy and impeccably constructed—like a new album from…

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Sur-Ron custom: A Firefly built for Nike Air Max Day

Sur-Ron custom: A Firefly built for Nike Air Max Day It isn’t only regular Joes who keep the grinder sparks flying in custom workshops. A small but generous group of brands are also happy to commission bikes—because they’re a darn sight more interesting than most promotional vehicles or stunts. The German sportswear label and retailer BSTN is one of those farsighted brands, and this is the second custom they’ve commissioned…

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A KTM 450 flat tracker built for a Dakar Rally racer

A KTM 450 flat tracker built for a Dakar Rally racer If you’re a custom builder, one of the most difficult briefs is for a race bike. No matter the genre or discipline of the project, the purpose-built, stripped-down nature of race machinery leaves minimal room for aesthetic creativity. After all, these bikes are not built to look pretty. They’re built to run a distance in the quickest time possible.…

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About Turn: Eastern Spirit Garage builds an XS650 bobber

About Turn: Eastern Spirit Garage builds an XS650 bobber Eastern Spirit Garage have mastered the art of building cafe racers. They nailed the formula when they broke onto the scene seven years ago—and have produced consistently good results since. But the Polish shop likes to break the mold once in a while, by deviating from their hallmark genre. Because, as shop boss Sylwester puts it, “it just gives us a…

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Sound decision: A music producer’s CB750 cafe racer

Sound decision: A music producer’s CB750 cafe racer Some custom motorcycle builders grow up riding and wrenching, and that early start is obvious in their work. On the flip side, 25-year-old Nick Hooper’s been fiddling with bikes for less than three years now—but you wouldn’t think it, looking at this perfectly proportioned Honda CB750. Nick lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he works as a music producer and session guitarist. A…

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Playing with fire: Ironwood tackles the BMW R1250GS

Playing with fire: Ironwood tackles the BMW R1250GS Ironwood Custom Motorcycles have a reputation for building edgy, well-finished BMW R-series boxers. But this latest project is a far cry from that simple and classic platform. This time around, the Dutch shop has torn into the most technologically complex boxer of all: a brand new R1250GS. With a liquid-cooled motor, trick ‘ShiftCam’ tech and a veritable spaghetti of electronic wiring and…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 8 March, 2020

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 8 March, 2020 A beastly CB750 from Belgium, a vintage Ducati worth over half a million dollars, a Honda Dominator with geometric bodywork, and an Enfield GT650 from Tasmania. 1965 Ducati 125 cc four-cylinder Grand Prix racer This glorious vintage machine is the only one of its kind in existence, and it’s about to go under the hammer at Bonhams with an estimate of between…

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Ice Pick: A 1973 Penton ready for the snow

Ice Pick: A 1973 Penton ready for the snow Mention of a themed custom motorcycle conjures visions of bad reality TV choppers, and sends us into convulsions. But this scrambler is a theme bike with a big difference: It’s so tastefully executed, we didn’t realize there was a theme. Until builder Chris Tope revealed the story behind it. Chris was asked by motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter to build a bike…

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