Achilles: BMW’s new R1250RS gets the drag bike treatment

Achilles: BMW’s new R1250RS gets the drag bike treatment In Europe, the Sultans of Sprint competition produces some of the wackiest drag bikes, year on year. It’s written in the rules: contestants vie for gold over an eighth-mile track, but points are also awarded for imagination and creativity. It means we end up with some very eccentric motorcycles, like this BMW-powered race bike. ‘Achilles’ is entered into the ‘Factory’ class…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 16 June, 2019

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 16 June, 2019 This week, we’ve got Ducati’s new Pikes Peak contender, an electric land speeder from the 70s, and a Harley-Davidson XR1000 from Mule. We also look at how S&S Cycle turned the FTR 1200 into a legit flat tracker, and how to improve the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled’s off-road ability. Buckle up! Indian FTR 1200 Race Bikes by S&S Cycle If you’ve been…

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Type 18: Auto Fabrica builds a futuristic concept for BMW

Type 18: Auto Fabrica builds a futuristic concept for BMW The 21st century ‘alt moto’ custom scene was built on a love for classic style. But lately we’ve seen a trend towards futurism, and we’re digging it. Auto Fabrica have played on both sides of the fence, always with arresting results. Their latest project, ‘Type 18,’ is a BMW R nineT that sits unapologetically at the futuristic of the spectrum.…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 9 June, 2019

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 9 June, 2019 A limited edition version of the beautiful Saroléa Manx7, a Honda FMX 650 built for the Scram Africa event, and a rare Maserati motorcycle from the 1950s. Plus a stunning Honda CB750 Bol d’Or from France. Honda FMX 650 by De Angelis Elaborazioni Fuel Motorcycles’ annual Scram Africa tour is all about riding classic-style scramblers in North Africa. To partake, you need…

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A classic Laverda Jota with modern performance

A classic Laverda Jota with modern performance Every Laverda that Jean-Louis Olive lays his hands on gets the star treatment. Most of his projects are restorations, but this 1978 1200 Jota America was a full-blown custom job. And it turned out so good, it starred in the pages of Practical Sportbikes magazine in the UK. Jean-Louis is more than a little obsessed with Laverda. He had his first encounter with…

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Eye Candy: The Motorcycles of the Concorso d’Eleganza

Eye Candy: The Motorcycles of the Concorso d’Eleganza Every year since 1929, rare and classic vehicles have lined the lawns of Villa d’Este and Villa Erba on the banks of Lake Como in Italy. The Concorso d’Eleganza is a magnificent opportunity to indulge in fine machinery while dressed in your Sunday best. The weekend is dominated by automobiles, but there’s a strong motorcycling component too—and the bikes are no less…

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Exclusive: BMW Motorrad x Krautmotors C evolution

Exclusive: BMW Motorrad x Krautmotors C evolution In Europe, maxi scooters are everywhere, and electric power is heading for the mainstream. So it was only a matter of time before we saw an OEM-sanctioned custom, and here it is: a radical BMW C evolution drag bike from Rolf Reick of Krautmotors. With its stealth bomber looks and low-riding stance, it’s light years away from your typical plastic-swathed step-through—and we’d put…

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Red Alert: Ducati 900 SS i.e. by Moscow’s Birdie Customs

Red Alert: Ducati 900 SS i.e. by Moscow’s Birdie Customs Customizing a motorcycle is often a game of knowing what to change, and what to leave alone. Some bikes have attributes that you’d want to highlight rather than hide—like the Ducati 900 SuperSport, and its iconic trellis frame. On the stock machine it’s barely peeking out from behind a fairing. Ditching the fairing is a fast track to a radically…

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How to turn the Honda Cub into an electric motorcycle

How to turn the Honda Cub into an electric motorcycle With a population of 1.4 billion, China should be a goldmine for bike builders. But it’s not: motorcycles are banned in many of the biggest cities. In Shanghai you can still get a license plate for a bike, if you have 450,000 Renminbi (Yuan) to hand. Which is about US$67,500. On the other hand, you can get a license for…

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Done and Dusted: Nailing the vintage scrambler vibe

Done and Dusted: Nailing the vintage scrambler vibe These days, any mention of a ‘scrambler’ usually sparks a fervent debate about what exactly the name means. But here’s something we can all agree on: vintage-style scramblers are seriously cool. We’re talking about those machines that actually went off-piste; duking it out at the legendary International Six Days Trial, or blazing a trail across the Californian desert. Back then they were…

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