A custom motorcycle is a motorcycle with stylistic and/or structural changes to the ‘standard’ mass-produced machine offered by major manufacturers. Custom motorcycles might be unique, or built in limited quantities. While individual motorcyclists have altered the appearance of their machines since the very first days of motorcycling, the first individualized motorcycles specifically labeled ‘Custom’ appeared in the late 1950s, around the same time as the term was applied to custom cars. In the 1960s, custom artisans like Arlen Ness and Ben Hardy created new styles of custom bikes, the chopper. (via: tumblr)
01. The wildest BMW R1200GS we’ve ever seen. Amazing work by Benjie Flipprboi of @benjiescaferacer in NewJersey.
02. Life goals, with a little help from a crackin’ custom Yamaha XS400. Spotted by our friends at @caferacersofinstagram.
03. Sven Wedemeyer is one of Bike EXIF’s best-kept secrets. The Berlin-based photographer is lethal behind a lens, and he’s got impeccable taste too.
He’s shot some killer bikes for us over the years, and tipped us off many times. But today we’re putting Sven himself in the spotlight, with one of his own projects—this irresistible ‘oldtimer’ Moto Guzzi V7.
04. Fabio Marcaccini’s @unitgarage is a cult name in Europe. The Italian company sells beautifully engineered kits that make modern BMWs look like old ones.
But this latest kit — called the ‘sKrambler’ — turns a 1980s K100 into a soft-roader in the modern retro style.
05. We’re kicking off a new series with our friends at @cycleworld magazine: A triple whammy of gorgeous customs to start your week.
06. Killer Ducati Scrambler by @kingdom_zzz of Thailand — well spotted by our friends at @caferacersofinstagram.
Just what we’d love to ride this weekend.
07. Got a tatty old Ducati Pantah lying around? Then you need to get a Moretti kit.
This is Paul Hewitt’s amazing build, which he uses for classic racing in Canada. With a chrome-moly frame and a heavily reworked engine bumped up to 750cc, it’s seriously ‘rapido.’
08. He might be an amateur builder, but the result is incredibly professional. The forks and calipers are from a Honda VFR750, and the rear brakes from an R6. Al even molded the new fiberglass bodywork himself.
09. Markus Pintzinger is the man behind @omegaracer, a Bangkok-based online shop selling parts for older Kawasakis, Triumphs and Yamaha SRs.
Markus also knows how to put a bike together — this is the ‘Sunmaster 14,’ his own SR400. Every detail has been sweated over, to create a track-focused homage to the racing bikes of the 60s and 70s.
10. Love this little Yamaha SR500 tracker from @pancake_customs — perfect for ripping around the back roads of Holland.