The Yamaha SR is a staple in the diet of the custom bike world. Easy to work with, reliable and carrying that thumper note, they have made many a solid platform for a custom ride. These days, most seem to end up as café racers or brat styled trackers. Not this one. This SR500 was built with something different in mind – a vintage looking dirt bike with upgraded components. Built as a collaboration between See See motorcycles and Motofactory PDX, this 1979 SR500 has been built for kicking up dust and picking up the odd trophy.
Struggling to find a donor motorcycle for your next build? Asking prices for ratty old SR400’s making your shake your head? Refuse to spend all your time and money on a glorified old Honda commuter? Thankfully there are better starting points for your next project. Big bore trailbikes. They’re reliable, they’ve got a bit of poke and they’re still very affordable. So here’s a guide on how to turn an old chook-chaser into a blacked-out side street carver like this 1994 DR650 ‘Arsenale’, put together by French company Blitz, makers of some of the nicest switchgear you’ll ever mash your thumbs against.
In the last few years news articles beginning with the words ‘Florida man’ have become a running joke. There’s even internet forums devoted to headlines that depict some of the most wonderfully bizarre acts to come out of the Sunshine State. If you get a moment, they’re worth checking out; ‘Florida Man Breaks into House, Poops on Floor and Drinks Contents of Vacuum Cleaner’ is my personal favourite. For me, that best sums up some of the drunken, insane characters that make up the unwashed social fabric of much of the South. Against such inebriated anarchy and swirling head noise stands Florida’s Steel Bent Customs, one of the most professional and consistently clean builders around, who have turned their capable hands to this 1978 Honda CB750 Super Sport.
When you grow up riding dirt bikes in Colorado, you get a good feel for what a decent bike is. That’s where the builder of this KTM custom started out, stirring up the dirt on the trails of the American wilderness. With a build brief based on a Roland Sands design, this 2012 KTM 500EXC has been given a full work over, while retaining the reputation this model has to be thrown around on the dirt.
Written by Martin Hodgson.
If you want to build a custom bike there is no shortage of well-worn paths to go down, a Triumph Café Racer, a Harley Tracker or an XS650 Bobber. The aftermarket parts are available, the internet full of inspirational photos and there are even shops that will make you a turn-key example. But Olof from Sweden’s Mod Moto didn’t want to build something already “done by everybody else seven thousand times”. So he went past left field, took a turn down a boggy lane and continued all the way to a KTM 950 SM.
Written by Ian Lee.
Isn’t new love grand? You just want to spend time together, walking on the beach, holding hands, riding your bitchin Triumph down country lanes two up …This is the thought behind today’s feature bike, a labour of love from the Ton-up Garage in Portugal. Built for a couple looking to spend as much time as possible together, this Triumph Bonneville has been customised while still allowing for two up action. Dubbed ‘Hellzapoppin’ after the dance style that brought them together, this bike is tearing up the streets of Lisbon and backroads of Portugal, showing that Ton-up motorcycles aren’t necessarily about one up motorcycling.
Written by Martin Hodgson
When you live in the UK and want to customise your very English Triumph Bonneville to a high British standard you send it to… Spain? For owner Daniel, that is the path he took having seen the work of Spanish builders Macco Motors and the results speak for themselves. A classic Brit built in Spain with parts from around the world; it exemplifies the global community the custom culture has become and the result is one incredible 2006 Triumph Bonneville T100 named “Steadfast”.
Written by Martin Hodgson.
The name Rickman carries a pedigree like few others in the motorcycle industry, when it is followed by Metisse you are dealing with royalty, the king of custom frames built by two genius brothers with racing in their DNA. But what you have before you is no off road scrambler, but a 100% street legal urban tracker that can be easily returned to its roots in no time at all. An original classic or a ball tearing street weapon, it’s a 1974 Rickman Metisse with Triumph power built by Australia’s 66 Motorcycles and is simply known as “The Brit”.
It’s probably fair to say that we don’t post as many bike videos as we used to. With the possible exception of a Shinya or Hazan, we’ve seen more than enough Canon 5D footage of beardy guys making sparks in garages. Hell, this year’s One Show video has even started taking the piss.
But then, just when we think we’ve moved on, we’re blindsided by something so beautiful, so deft and so original that you feel as if a veil has been lifted from your eyes. Introducing ‘Coste Contemplation’ by Thibaut Grevet. It’s a short piece featuring French photographer and motocross freak Dimitri Coste, who also happens to be the brother of Jerome Coste, the founder of Ruby Atelier. And it’s amazing.
Written by Marlon Slack.
Rome-based custom house Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche have taken a 1989 BMW R100RT land ship and have stripped, welded and ground their way towards a light streetfighter-cum-tracker that is destined to carve up Roman traffic. Under instruction from a customer to build a bike that blended tradition and futurism this small Italian company say they received aesthetic inspiration from Tron and Daft Punk to realize their customer’s wishes – and I certainly think he was able to ‘Get Lucky’ with this mean looking motorcycle.