Every Cloud: A new life for a written-off Buell XB9S

Every Cloud: A new life for a written-off Buell XB9S

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Every Cloud: A new life for a written-off Buell XB9S
There’s nothing more depressing than checking the damage to your bike after dropping it—or worse, after a crash. But for mildly damaged bikes, it’s a cloud that often has a silver lining. When this 2002 Buell XB9S arrived in North East Custom’s Padua, Italy workshop, it was a mess. The rear frame was warped, the […]
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Insane Hubless Motorcycle With Airplane Engine

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Insane Hubless Motorcycle With Airplane Engine
The TMC DUMONT is a concept art bike built and designed by Tarso Marques who describes it as a ‘hubless motorcycle with an airplane engine’. TMC DUMONT is equipped with a 300 hp Rolls-Royce Continental V6 engine from a 1960s aircraft and fully leaked 36 inch wheels. I have no idea if it can actually […]
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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 15 July, 2018

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Custom Bikes Of The Week: 15 July, 2018
Another jaw-dropping Ducati from deBolex, a stunning endurance-style Yamaha DT250 by Enginethusiast, a 160 hp V-twin speedway racer, and a Harley cafe racer swathed in carbon fiber. Yamaha DT250 by Enginethusiast The Pacific Northwest, and in particular Portland, is home to a hotbed of talent in the motorcycle world. And one of the clear standouts […]
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Red Hot: deBolex’s Ducati Scrambler Racer

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Red Hot: deBolex’s Ducati Scrambler Racer
There’s always some trepidation when you meet a custom motorcycle builder for the first time. Is their work really that good in the metal? Or do they rely on expensive photographers and Photoshop to hide hack-jobs and shortcuts? I’ve been lucky enough to hang out with Calum Pryce-Tidd of deBolex Engineering in south London a […]
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Going out with a bang: Jamesville’s last custom Harley

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Going out with a bang: Jamesville’s last custom Harley
I’ve always had a soft spot for the machines built by James Roper-Caldbeck. Back in 2009, when Bike EXIF was only a few months old and still a casual side project, we started featuring Jamesville bikes—which were a breath of fresh air compared to the blinged-out choppers that still dominated the western Harley scene at […]
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Frozen: An ice-cool Suzuki GN400 street tracker

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Frozen: An ice-cool Suzuki GN400 street tracker
You could argue that the modern custom scene owes its success to Universal Japanese Motorcycles. They’re affordable, reliable and easy to pull apart—making them the perfect blank canvas for builders. Not all UJMs get equal time in the limelight, though. And according to Ventus Garage of Kraków, Poland, there’s one that deserves a lot more […]
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Futuristic BMW Motorrad R Nine T By Blechmann

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Futuristic BMW Motorrad R Nine T By Blechmann
While to the non-native speaker, “Blechmann” might sound like some kind of ancient Alemanian boogie-man, it’s actually more of an honorific. The nickname, given to one of Germany’s most legendary motorcycle customizers Bernard Nauman, translates to “tin man,” and Bernhard Naumann wears it like a badge of honor. The Tin Man’s latest creation is a […]
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Covert Operation: A Yamaha XT 600 goes under cover

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Covert Operation: A Yamaha XT 600 goes under cover
Creativity is a tug-of-war between what the client wants, and the designer’s need for freedom. Building custom motorcycles is no different. In fact, some builders won’t even take on a job if they don’t have complete creative control. Martien Delfgaauw of Berham Customs in Berlin is a little more easygoing than that. But even he […]
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