Powder Coating: Is It For You? No ratings yet.

The three steps for powder application are surface prep to remove contaminants, protection of sensitive areas and careful application of the product. Photos by the author. Powder coating is a durable and protective surface treatment that has become ubiquitous in automotive and motorcycle restorations. Applied correctly, it resists UV, moisture and moderate impact. For me…

A Bosozoku-inspired mini bike from Malaysia No ratings yet.

When the Malaysian outfit FNG Works landed an entry in a local custom bike build-off, lead builder Irwann Cheng had a decision to make. Would he play it safe, or would he throw common sense to the wind, and go all-out? Looking at this bizarre little machine, it’s clear which way he went. The competition…

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 13 January, 2019 No ratings yet.

Ever heard of the Suzuki XF650 Freewind before? Neither had we, but we love this custom scrambler from the Netherlands. We’ve also got a Buell M2 Cyclone that actually looks attractive, and a Honda CR750 racer priced at a quarter of a million dollars—and worth every cent. Buell M2 Cyclone by Officine Urgani Even the…

Kalahari: A custom Africa Twin from Maria Motorcycles No ratings yet.

The Honda XRV750 Africa Twin is almost thirty years old, and fast approaching legend status. So most Honda fanatics will probably baulk at the thought of customizing one. Luis Correia and his crew at Maria Motorcycles weren’t keen to cut into their client’s 1992 Africa Twin either. But it wasn’t just down to reverence for…

EARL GREY. KR Custom’s ‘Grigio’ Royal Enfield Bobber No ratings yet.

Written by Marlon Slack It’s easy for us in the west. Want to build an old airhead? Fire up Craigslist, go kick some tires and sooner or later you’ll have some Bavarian moto-goodness sitting in the shed. But in other parts of the world the dance is much harder. Like in Chennai, India, where Royal…

Pendleton Bike Week 2018 No ratings yet.

Hundreds of bikes of many different styles and descriptions descend upon the Pendleton convention center during Bike Week. Some wait to go on organized rides, others visit the vendors, and the numbers continue to grow through the weekend. Photos by the author. Nestled among ranchland and wheat fields in the state’s northeast corner, reviewing the…

VIVE LA ÉVOLUTION. Viba’s Space Age Honda Monkey No ratings yet.

Written by Martin Hodsgon The all new Honda Monkey was always going to be a sales success; packed full of nostalgia in an era of retro remakes, cheap to buy and easy to ride. Based around the framework of the Grom, the decision to make the Monkey must have been one of the easiest ever…

Setting the bar: UFO Garage’s BMW R100R cafe racer No ratings yet.

We’re always on the hunt for custom motorcycles that push boundaries. So if you’re going to tread familiar territory, you better do an exceptional job of it. This right here is a classic BMW cafe racer—a genre that’s quite frankly been done to death. But unlike ninety percent of the airhead cafés we see, this…