Shitanes 61: VTR Customs’ outrageous BMW R nineT No ratings yet.

There’s a lot to be said for elegance and subtlety. And there’s also a time and place for going completely over the top. Dani Weidmann and his crew at the Swiss shop VTR Customs can play it both ways. This time, they’ve turned the volume up to 11 and built a BMW R nineT that’s…

2019 Triumph Speed Twin | First Ride Review No ratings yet.

The newest member of the Bonneville family, Triumph’s all-new 2019 Speed Twin offers the performance and handling of the Thruxton café racer but with a more upright riding position, less weight and a lower price. (Photos by Kingdom Creative) In Triumph’s nomenclature, some motorcycle names result from a mix-and-match game using four simple words–Speed, Street,…

Favorite Ride: Washington’s Glacier-Fed Jewel No ratings yet.

Weaving ridiculously close to Lake Chelan’s western shore at times, State Route 971 serves travelers up a scenic platter of lakefront views. Photos by the author. When the need arises for a quick, fun jaunt that includes great food, I point my front wheel north through a landscape that at times appears to be from…

Forged From Passion: A blacksmith’s take on the Z650 No ratings yet.

Building custom motorcycles often involves a radical career change, and we’ve seen some pretty strange jumps over the years. Tom Simpson’s background is especially unusual: he trained as a blacksmith before setting up Foundry Motorcycle in England six years ago. Tom now builds very stylish cafe racers and bobbers in his Chichester, West Sussex workshop….

Retrospective: 1974-1977 Montesa Cota 247-T No ratings yet.

1977 Montesa Cota 247-T. Owner: Pete Gray, Atascadero, California. The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, and then the rest of Europe spun out of control. Spain sensibly decided to stay neutral in World War II. With a limited domestic market, business stagnated. But by 1944, with the end of that conflict in sight, Spaniards…

Switchback Challenge: The Ayres Adventures Dramatic Dolomites Tour No ratings yet.

Switchbacking up to Passo Gardena. Photos by the author. Every organized motorcycle tour worth its salt has interesting roads, captivating scenery, tasty food and comfortable accommodations. That’s what you’re paying for, in addition to experienced and knowledgeable guides and the convenience of having a motorcycle waiting for you when you arrive. All you have to…

Sleeper: A subtle Triumph Bonneville from 2LOUD No ratings yet.

We’ve profiled 2LOUD’s work for almost two years now. From day one, builder ‘Max’ Yicheng has consistently delivered elegant and harmonious machines from his one-man-shop in Taipei, Taiwan. In fact, his work is so tasteful and restrained, the ‘2LOUD’ moniker borders on ironic. Those are rare traits in today’s custom world, and they’re why we…