Custom Motorcycles

The Digimoto. Showing how future motorcycles should be built

The Digimoto. Showing how future motorcycles should be built

Uses Virtual Reality, prototyping and state-of-the-art production methods

A Munich-based industrial designer who goes by the name Christian Zanzotti has come out with his latest motorcycle creation using a newfangled piece of technology, virtual reality.

What Zanzotti has done is, take a brand new BMW R1200R and dismantle it back to its iconic boxer engine and parts of the frame. Using Virtual Reality-prototyping and state-of-the-art production methods, he, along with his project partners GRAYDEV. and Wunderlich, the world’s largest BMW premium motorcycle outfitter, has assembled a futuristic motorcycle that manifests as a fused element of both man and machine.

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Bandit 9 L.Concept

Bandit 9 L.Concept

A 125cc sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop

Started as an advertising art director in Los Angeles when he was 19, Daryl Villanueva attained massive valuable skill sets, and a decade later, in 2011, he got this idea of starting a motorcycle company in China before he moved to Vietnam. He noticed that motorcycles had the same design, tanks, seats, and everything; and he wanted to change that very notion and create some exquisite looking ‘products’ that can gouge your eye out and scratch your brain to believe that it is indeed a motorcycle.

Taking the red pill, he started Bandit 9 and took stuff out of the motorcycle graveyard and started building one product after the other. Easily mistakable to some sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop, this cannon gun looking steel is one of the most challenging builds of Daryl’s. It’s called as the “L Concept”.

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Deus Ex Machina has come out with the Mad Max tribute on a Z900RS

Deus Ex Machina has come out with the Mad Max tribute on a Z900RS

Called the ’Goose’, this modern-retro makes you wet yourself

Kawasaki had already brought back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 at the Tokyo International Motor Show with the Z900RS retro motorcycle. The same guys then gave it a headlamp cowl and dropped bars to get it running on the cafe-racer beeline.

When the Z900RS met the fans of the 1979 MadMax original movie, who also happen to be the top custom builders from the land down under, a tribute to Jim ‘Goose’ aka best friend of ‘Max’ was in order. Goose rode on his modded 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 having a huge fairing upfront supplied by the now-defunct Melbourne-based company La Parisienne.

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Indian Motorcycles unveiled the Jack Daniel's Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Indian Motorcycles unveiled the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Two American legends come together to create a motorcycle tribute

In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.

For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another limited edition of the iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. Carrying the legacy forward, the same folks have now created a gold & black Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobbers.

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The "Dark Fighter" by Mandrill Garage & Cafe

The "Dark Fighter" by Mandrill Garage & Cafe

It is a gothic masterpiece. And it’s got a menacing face.

Take a moment and look around you. You would be surprised to learn that 70% of the stuff in your room or office comes all the way from the People’s Republic of China, a country having over a billion people and thousands of years of invention and innovation. Although people vouch for their poor quality of products, let me remind you that Apple makes all of theirs’ right there.

Amongst such giants lies a bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts who have vowed to create machines that exuberate caliber on par with the best custom builders in the business. One such is the Beijing’s Mandrill Garage and Café that has been a hotspot for motorcycle enthusiast for well over six years.

Run by a chap called Luo Hao, Mandrill has been custom building motorcycle that expresses highest level of visual elation and euphoria, and his latest creation is the “Dark Fighter”, aptly named to give an anti-retro take on the dark nemesis of the BMW R nineT.

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The "Alley Rat" becomes the finalist of the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings

The "Alley Rat" becomes the finalist of the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings

from the UK&Ireland region for 2018

After nearly three months of building and a month of online voting, the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings (BOK) has finally culminated with picking the UK&Ireland winner out of the five finalists that were shortlisted earlier this month.

The Alley Rat, built by Syc Kustoms, the custom side of Sycamore Harley-Davidson of the UK got the best credits by the judges at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show. The Alley Rat will now go head to head with the finalists from other regions at a Grand Final to take place at Milan’s EICMA exhibition in November 2018 where the “Custom King” will be crowned.

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Gallery: Harley-Davidson Forty Eight Special and Iron 1200

Gallery: Harley-Davidson Forty Eight Special and Iron 1200

The Bar and Sheild brand launched two new motorcycles in their Sporters lineup as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. The Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special factory customs.

These machines pay regards to the throw-back styling trends developed all over by the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

Taking inspiration from what Harley customers were doing with their Sportster models since generations, the Milwaukee brand created the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special and gave them an all-new character and soul making it look very much like a custom motorcycle.

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Finally someone made a Royal Enfield Bobber

Finally someone made a Royal Enfield Bobber

KR Customs from Chennai used a Classic 500 as base

Royal Enfield, has been the spoilt choice for many custom bikers and builders around the globe. They are mental, and they are a gold find for its simplistic construction and the liberty for customization. You can chop it up and put them together, and they will carry a whole new charm.

With the soul of ’go anywhere, do anything’ taking up a new meaning every time it goes under the axe, folks from KR Customs in Chennai (the same place Enfields are made these days) have couped up a retro bobber out of the bullet maker’s best-selling model, the Classic 500.

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What would you do if you had 8 vintage motorcycles and a Porsche stolen from your garage?

What would you do if you had 8 vintage motorcycles and a Porsche stolen from your garage?

Thieves struck a Spanish custom workshop and got away with 9 vintage vehicles

That is exactly what happened to Spanish custom builders Café Racer Dreams (CRD) last week. Located in Paracuellos de Jarama, Madrid, Spain, CRD is one of the reputed BMW custom specialists located in the area who have been turning out some stunningly beautiful creations over the last couple of years.

Unfortunately, some miscreants, supposedly qualified, broke open their lock and made away with 8 newly customized bikes that were ready for dispatch to their owners inside and outside of Spain. In addition to these stolen CRD, the thieves stole a classic Porsche 356 even.

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The finalists of the Battle of the Kings 2018 have been chosen

The finalists of the Battle of the Kings 2018 have been chosen

They will go head-to-head at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show this weekend

It might not be the best of times for the Milwaukee brand these recent years. It has recently come under the hammer from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines, and before that, slow growth and lack of customer demands forced the company to decide on closing its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019.

Luckily, Harley has a few tricks in its arsenal to keep the excitement ticking amongst its enthusiasts. And after nearly three months of building and a month of online voting, the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings (BOK) has finally culminated with five finalists from the UK dealer builds (The BOK is conducted for the European dealers only).

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Here is a custom Honda CX500 with tire warmers

Here is a custom Honda CX500 with tire warmers

The "Highflyer". From Austria, with love

There will be times to build and create a motorcycle that is all practical and sensible, and not just that looks good to impress your friends. Then there comes a time for just hanging loose and to go Full Monty on creating a bonkers of a bike without having a client or a brief in mind.

One example of that Custom scene is this build on a Honda CX500 by the National Custom Tech crew of David Widmann, Kurt Kosjek, and Manuel Tilke. Created in their workshop in Feldkirchen, Austria, the crew stripped the old Honda right down to its nuts and bolts, before rebuilding it to include the need of bloody tire warmers. How cool is that?

It is called the Honda CX 500 Highflyer.

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If Vespa made more than just scooters, this is how they might look

If Vespa made more than just scooters, this is how they might look

A sportsbike, enduro, cafe-racer, chopper and also a Tron cycle

The Vespa today takes the best of fine Italian dressing and packs it in a niche retro silhouette. It became a cornucopia of sorts for people wanting a machine that could take them back in time and re-live the classic age. People love Vespa or simply hate their classic vintage looks.

How would you react seeing a Vespa chopper? Or a Vespa Enduro motorcycle? It is tough to imagine one right? Thanks to the chaps at Jennings Harley-Davidson, a dealership with shops in both Leeds and Gateshead in the UK, you don’t have to break your head much for it.

They’ve designed six absolutely bonkers Vespa concepts that distill visual cues and character of what the Italian retro maker could actually push outside their factories down the lane. Or probably not. But why not have some fun imagining yeah?

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