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  • The new wave custom scene was originally built on a love for the old school. But these days, we're seeing more ‘neo’ and less retro, and some very cutting-edge production tech. A lot of builders now prefer computers to sketch pads, and 3D printers over English wheels. And that's fine by us—if the results are as good as this radical Yamaha XSR900. Built by Dab Motors of France, the metal parts hav...

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  • The new wave custom scene was originally built on a love for the old school. But these days, we're seeing more ‘neo’ and less retro, and some very cutting-edge production tech. A lot of builders now prefer computers to sketch pads, and 3D printers over English wheels. And that's fine by us—if the results are as good as this radical Yamaha XSR900. Built by Dab Motors of France, the metal parts hav...

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  • Indian Motorcycle has put months of public speculation to rest. At the 2018 Wheels & Waves festival in France, the American motorcycle company confirmed that an FTR 1200, inspired by Indian’s storied history in flat track racing, will be going into production. No formal release date has been set, but plans point toward the bike going on sale in 2019. It'll have a trellis frame and will be powere...

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  • The Kawasaki Z800 flew under the radar in most countries. It’s good rather than great: a solid, slightly buzzy streetfighter that’s carrying a few too many pounds. It ended up being overshadowed by Yamaha’s all-conquering MT-09. But once you strip off the jagged plastics, there’s a very good base for customization. We’re betting the Z800 will soon be a popular bike for remodeling—not least becaus...

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  • If you grew up in Japan in the 1950s or 1960s, you probably wanted a ‘Sonicon Rocket.’ It was a little battery-powered spaceship on wheels, made by Modern Toys, with a most unusual mechanism: if you whistled at it, the spaceship would change direction as it rolled around on the floor. Lucky Cat Garage were so taken with the toy, they’ve styled an entire bike after it, as part of the Yamaha Yard ...

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  • In this era of high tech, when every motorcycle spec sheet seems to contain a dizzying array of acronyms, it’s reassuring to see that old school skills are alive and well. This extraordinary drag racer looks like it belongs on the pages of a 1930s Boy’s Own Annual. But it was completed just a few days ago by VTR Customs of Switzerland, and will race in the Sultans of Sprint series in Europe. It'...

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  • WHEN IT COMES TO high-end Sportster customs, the weapon of choice for most builders is the Forty-Eight. Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts knows the model well: his Bomb Runner from six years ago is still a stunning example of the genre, and he’s built several more since. This new Forty-Eight is one of the sportiest Harley rebuilds we’ve seen, with the stance (and geometry) of a sportbike, and a weight ...

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  • Commissioned by Prince Mateen of Brunei, this Triumph Thruxton R cafe racer mixes the great tradition of coach building with the philosophy of classic race car design. With lightweight bodywork and massively uprated components, it's a big improvement on an already spectacular bike. See more at http://www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-thruxton-r-cafe-racer-debolex Produced by Wolli Films: https:/...

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  • Until now, Auto Fabrica have only worked on classic machines. But they’ve attracted the attention of the manufacturers, and Yamaha has now commissioned a pair of Yard Built customs based on the XSR900—and for good measure, a third prototype built around a 1976 XS750. Read the exclusive story only on Bike EXIF: http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-xsr900-yard-built-auto-fabrica

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  • A year ago, we revealed Diamond Atelier's new ‘Mark II’ series of BMW café racers. Based on the classic R-series, the Mark II was designed to use parts produced in batches, rather than as one-offs. A 'production custom,' if you will. Twelve months on, and the Mark II is thriving. The Munich-based company reports 20 units sold since they kicked off the first build, with bikes being delivered as fa...

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  • We stumbled across this remarkable Yamaha at the Forged Invitational show. Derek Kimes' ‘Turbo Maximus’ took top honors at the Jekyll Island event, which is not surprising when you consider the XJ900 engine transplant, the properly engineered turbo conversion, and the delicious race replica bodywork. Get the full build story at http://www.bikeexif.com/turbocharged-yamaha-xj750-maxim-restomod

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  • Any garage accustomed to working on older motorcycles has to shift their thinking when customizing a modern machine. With a brand new bike, there's zero restoration work to be done—but there's also a whole whack of modern gadgetry to work around. Our friends at Hookie Co. in Dresden, Germany tackled that learning curve recently. A Swiss customer handed them a BMW R nineT—their first modern donor...

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  • There are a handful of modern motorcycles that really lend themselves to customization. And if you pick the right one, you might not even have to get your hands that dirty. And that’s fair enough. Although we all swoon at the fabrication skills of rock star bike builders, not everyone has the ability or desire to create a ‘stack of dimes’ weld. Owners of bikes like the Harley-Davidson Sportster ...

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  • When the R1200S landed in showrooms in 2006, it was the most powerful production boxer that BMW had ever made. Performance was rapid, with 122 horsepower and a claimed dry weight of just under 400 pounds. But the R1200S was dropped from the catalog after just two years, making way for the HP2 Sport. Despite the short production run, the R1200S is a good motorcycle with plenty of fans. And one of ...

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  • A fascinating collaboration between the Munich based customizers Impuls and the artist Fabian Gatermann. This is a BMW K100 with no hard luggage, no windshield, no heated grips, no ABS, and no comfort. Stripped down to the absolute necessities of a motorcycle, the 'K101' amplifies the key design elements of the original K100 with a very modern re-interpretation.

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  • Two new Yamaha Yard Built bikes, from Greg Hageman: a classic XS650 and a modern XSR700, nicknamed “Fast Father" and "Faster Son.” See more at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport-heritage/pages/yamaha-yard-built-xsr700-xs650-by-hageman

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  • If there’s one bike that’s more prolific than the classic BMW boxer, it’s the Honda CB750. We’ve seen so many custom CBs we’re almost immune to their charms. But this new build from Hookie Co. has just jolted us from our slumber. Sure, it's not the first CB750 to sport Firestones and ditch their fenders. But it's super sharp, well balanced and loaded with tasty details. Read more at http://www.b...

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  • Triumph just borrowed two of ICON's best stunt riders, and turned them loose with scramblerized versions of the Triumph Street Twin. The spirit of McQueen lives on. Influenced by the Triumph Scramblers & Desert Sleds that were built to dominate the toughest off-road races and scrambles, “Scramble Me – Natures Rumble” hits the trails hard. From the deserts of Moab, Utah to the forests of Tijeras, ...

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  • It takes a brave man to commission a bike from El Solitario: founder David Loner Borras is famed for his wayward, mischievous intelligence. And his small crew of Galician 'cannibals'—as they describe themselves—build bikes that incite controversy. Two years ago, El Solitario wrapped a BMW R nineT in stainless steel rods, creating the world's first 'Bōsōzoku-Chopper-Racer.' The reaction from the ...

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  • You know the names, now here are the faces to match. This terrific clip was filmed at Glemseck 101 and features an all-star cast of custom motorcycle builders: The Lucky Cat Garage | Holographic Hammer | Rough Crafts | Ehinger Kraftrad | JvB-moto | Cherry's Company | Hide Motorcycle (Hidemo) | Plan B Motorcycles | YOUNG GUNS SPEED SHOP | Clutch Custom Motorcycles | Wrenchmonkees | El Solitario | ...

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  • ‘The Face’ is the first Yard Built collaboration with talented German custom builder, Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Customs. The result, the Kingston Customs Yard Built XV950 ‘The Face’ is the first Café Bob to join the Yard Built line up. As with most Yard Built projects this build has a couple of signature tweaks that identify it as a Kingston Customs build, including the cool spark plug sittin...

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  • Three years ago, Yamaha Europe kicked off its Yard Built program with the Wrenchmonkees’ stunning ‘Monkeefist’ XJR1300. Since then, we’ve seen a steady stream of killer customs from some of Europe’s best builders, including Deus, Benders, Marcus Walz and JvB-moto. And now we have ‘Dissident,’ a super-streamlined XJR1300 from the Portuguese builders with the weird name, it roCkS!bikes. Osvaldo...

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  • Yamaha has teamed up with legendary German custom bike builder Marcus Walz for their third project in five years. http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/products/motorcycles/sport-heritage/yard-built/index.aspx Walz and Yamaha collaborated to create a stunning new Yard Built concept with the Yamaha XV950. The result, ‘El Ratón Asesino’ sets a new standard for detail as Walz delivers a sublime Café Racer...