Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 July, 2020

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 5 July, 2020 Voxan is back with an electric land speed bike designed to hit 330 km/h. Plus a wild Buell M2 Cyclone from France, and details of a collaboration between two storied British marques: Aston Martin and Brough Superior. Buell M2 by Taverne Motorcycles It’s impressive enough that this fierce cafe racer is based on the clunky Buell M2 Cyclone. But it’s even cooler…

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Moto Leggera: Upcycle strips down the Ducati 900 SS

Moto Leggera: Upcycle strips down the Ducati 900 SS Even though the Ducati 900 SS is some three decades old, we still see a lot of customs based around the 90° V-twin Desmo engine. A little online digging reveals the reason: over 25,000 examples of this model rolled out of the factory in Borgo Panigale. That’s an impressive number, and around half of Ducati’s entire factory output last year. Fortunately,…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: Best of The No Show

Custom Bikes Of The Week: Best of The No Show The global pandemic hasn’t just shut down big events like Intermot and EICMA—a slew of grassroots custom shows have hit the pause button too. To help fill the void, Harley-Davidson put on The No Show, a weeklong Instagram-based showcase of top class builds. H-D pulled their entries from the canceled Mama Tried, Congregation and Born Free shows, with a few…

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Double H: Herb Becker’s supercharged Norton drag bike

Double H: Herb Becker’s supercharged Norton drag bike History has a strange habit of repeating itself. Exactly ten years ago, give or take a few days, we featured a twin-engined Norton called ‘Double Trouble.’ And now we have an even more incredible Norton, following the same format, called ‘Double H.’ It looks vintage but it’s a recent build, and uses mostly Commando rather than Atlas engine parts. It’s also supercharged,…

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M Power: Giving the BMW K100RS a modern edge

M Power: Giving the BMW K100RS a modern edge A few years ago, building a cafe racer usually meant imbuing it with a sense of nostalgia. But these days, the custom scene is just as much about modernizing older motorcycles. So we’re seeing more and more builds that combine sharp lines and a sense of minimalism, with performance upgrades matched to ‘neo-retro’ looks. This deft BMW K100 from Motocrew, the…

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Maxxed Out: Yamaha TMAX 500 by Unikat Motorworks

Maxxed Out: Yamaha TMAX 500 by Unikat Motorworks Folks who ride motorcycles today often started out on scooters, especially in Europe. But Maciej Bielawski of Poland did it the other way round. “I’ve been riding motorbikes since I was a child, starting in the 80s,” he tells us. “But then I switched to scooters. Why? Because they’re easy, especially in the city where I live.” We can see his point.…

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Little Wonder: Another knockout Honda Cub from 2LOUD

Little Wonder: Another knockout Honda Cub from 2LOUD They say you should never do business with friends. Yet the custom scene is full of builders whose friends who have become clients—and vice versa. And if star builder Ma ‘Max’ Yicheng at 2LOUD Custom happened to be your friend, wouldn’t you be tempted to commission something? Max and his partner Lu Yongyu have kicked out a solid stream of commercial hits…

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 June, 2020

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 June, 2020 A crisp Honda V30 Magna tracker, a swooping Norton/Vincent hybrid, a Ducati Hailwood replica up for auction, and a very sharp Ducati ST4S cafe racer. We’d happily put any of these into our garage. Norvin by Stile Italiano We’ve all seen plenty of lust-worthy Tritons; Triumph motors stuffed into Norton frames. The crew at Stile Italiano has built six, plus four ‘Hartons.’…

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