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The Best Custom Motorcycles In The World, July 10th 2014

Welcome to The Week In Bikes, your weekly CliffsNotes version of the best new custom bikes in the world.

The Spirit of the Seventies’ “Blackie"
There’s an old story that Eric Clapton once made a guitar from pieces of other guitars, and named it Blackie because of its color. Designed for a Japanese guy in London, this Triumph shares a sort of kinship to Clapton’s guitar: it’s very similar, comprised of a bunch of different bits, but ultimately ends up as what the English builders refer to as a “perfect city bike," thanks to its seating position and extra 10 hp.

1973 BMW R75
The coolest thing about this bike is that it was built mostly by one guy, at home, in his shed. Daniel McNeill’s not even a fabricator by trade; he’s a sound engineer. That makes it all the more impressive that this bike—which boasts parts from almost every generation of BMW motorcycle—is so utterly hand-constructed. The headlight was an old school bus fog light, and the front and rear fenders were taken from an old Model A in a junk yard. H/T: Bike Exif

An-Bu’s Red Monster
At first glance it’s a little confusing that Japanese garage An-Bu is calling a Yamaha (and not a Ducati) a “Monster,” but it starts to make a little more sense when you see all they’ve done. Almost every facet of the engine has been breathed on to make it more powerful—the suspension has been reworked and the brakes have been upgraded. Because that’s not enough, An-Bu then went over the bike with a fine-toothed comb and drilled holes anywhere they could to make the bike as light as possible. 

Auto Fabrica’s Yamaha SR250
Auto Fabrica just rolled out this great little Yamaha. Their emphasis was on keeping things as simple as possible, and you can tell by the amount of field you see when looking through the chassis. They did simple touches like lowering the front and raising the rear to help with the bike’s stance. Don't forget the black suede seat cushion. 

Foundry Motorcycles’ Old Matchless
On old, obscure British brand, Matchless only produced bikes from 1899 to 1966. This one was from the mid-1950s, and the guys at Foundry spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make its seriously old-style frame look good. After a lot of effort and considerable time in Photoshop testing out ideas, they’ve managed a pretty excellent bike. H/T: The Bike Shed 


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He’s in awe of the guy in Austin that built his bike alone in a shed after work.