Custom Bikes Of The Week: 18 August, 2019

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 18 August, 2019 This week we’ve uncovered a classic Garelli converted to electric power, a Suzuki SV650 with an endurance racer vibe, and a trio of stunning BMWs, including a slash-7 kit for the R nineT. Suzuki SV650 by Bandisca The SV650 is widely considered a superb bang-for-buck buy. It offers decent performance and handling, for not too much money—but no one buys it for…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 11 August, 2019

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 11 August, 2019 A brutal new Kawasaki restomod from AC Sanctuary, a Crocker Small Tank about to go under the hammer, and a slick Krämer race bike. Plus a Sportster flat tracker with a beefy Buell XB12 motor—and a taste for the drag strip. Moto Guzzi T3 by Marcin Guja Polish builder Marcin Guja is a serious Guzzista—he’s already got fifteen Moto Guzzis under his…

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Smoking: A homage to the classic John Player Norton

Smoking: A homage to the classic John Player Norton At some point in their career, every good custom motorcycle builder sees a client point at a bike in their portfolio and say; “build me one just like that.” It comes with the territory—especially if your work is as good as that of Union Motorcycle Classics. Union’s Mike Watanabe and Luke Ransom have a long list of classic restos and stunning…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 4 August, 2019

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 4 August, 2019 The Bathtub is back, thanks to BAAK’s Interceptor 650. Plus an Indian Chief with a barbecue grill attached, a cool kit for the Ducati Scrambler, and news of Triumph’s insane new Rocket 3—with 221 Nm of torque. Indian/Traeger sidecar hack by See See Motorcycles Remember when See See Motorcycles put an espresso machine in a sidecar? Well, they’re at it again—except this…

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Lo-fi Perfection: A Harley 883 Bobber from Canada

Lo-fi Perfection: A Harley 883 Bobber from Canada Technology moves at a relentless place—and the motorcycle industry can’t escape it. Just the other day I was riding an electric motorcycle with a sophisticated electronics package that even integrates with smartphones. But future tech isn’t for everyone, and we need the occasional lo-fi hit to keep us grounded. And it doesn’t get much better this tidy Harley-Davidson Sportster bobber, built by…

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Marc and Christine shoot Japanese custom motorcycles

Marc and Christine shoot Japanese custom motorcycles Japanese custom motorcycle culture can seem like a closed shop to Westerners. Granted, there’s the annual Mooneyes show, and a few builders have cast their nets outside their home country. But the language barrier is formidable: less than 10% of the Japanese population can speak English, and less than 1 in 500 Americans can speak Japanese. So we’re always grateful for insights into…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 14 July, 2019

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 14 July, 2019 Ducati and BMW raid their archives to create special editions of their most legendary bikes. Plus a Freddie Spencer tribute Honda, and a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lego kit (yes, really). Honda Hornet 600 by Vintage Addiction and Octopus Soul Bikes ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer is a legend in Honda circles: he gave the Japanese company its first AMA Superbike victory in 1980, and…

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Yamaha Scrambler: An XSR700 that evokes the IT enduros

Yamaha Scrambler: An XSR700 that evokes the IT enduros Any custom Yamaha XSR700 we feature is sure to spark discussion about the base bike’s design. The XSR700 draws criticism for its cluttered mechanics and hunched fuel tank—and both of those are hard for custom builders to get around. This heavily upgraded XSR700-based scrambler rises above both those challenges. It’s a collaboration between Portuguese builders Nuno Capêlo (Capêlo’s Garage) and Ricardo…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 30 June, 2019

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 30 June, 2019 We’ve got an electrifying selection this week, with the debut of the £90,000 Arc Vector and a look at BMW’s surprise Vision DC electric concept. Plus a 144 hp Honda scrambler and a racy Royal Enfield from chassis legends Harris Performance. Honda X11 by Lions Den We don’t see many custom versions of the CB1100SF. Honda’s turn-of-the-century naked is big, weighs 254…

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