The Best Custom Motorcycles In The World, July 24th 2014
Welcome to The Week In Bikes, your weekly CliffsNotes version of the best new custom bikes in the world.
Untitled Motorcycles’ BMW R100 RS Tracker
This London-built bike represents everything great about the custom bike world, because it was made purely to have character on long road trips. The engine was thoroughly rebuilt, the bodywork was mostly deleted, the frame was shortened, and every electronic piece was replaced with something more modern and reliable. The result? The owner recently got back from a 12,000-mile trek across Europe on it.
Ryan Reynolds’ 1976 Honda CB 750
Apparently, Ryan Reynolds is seriously into bikes, and especially the 1976 Honda CB 750 on which he learned to ride. He still holds a grudge against the guy who turned his first bike into a chopper, but this one’s more of an homage, designed to be “perfectly imperfect”. He’s actually pretty philosophical about his bikes; there’s a great interview with him over on Pipeburn that’s well worth a read.
Sameiros Motors’ “La Boheme” Kawasaki Zephyr 750
What really sets this bike apart is that it’s a cafe racer built from a cruiser. The Portuguese shop responsible simply tried to build an uncommon bike, and they succeeded, though based on the result it might not be uncommon for too much longer. After hand building most of the visible parts of the bike, they tinkered with the suspension a bit. The result, according to them, is that “when I ride it's like an orgasm.”
H/T: The Bike Shed
The V12 by Radical Guzzi
This is a bike that’s styled to look more like a modern Guzzi with an older frame. It also, however, has a modern powerplant that’s capable of 110 hp, compared to the bike’s original 50. That might sound relatively simple, but in practice it was a several-year process.
H/T: Bike Exif
”Thor”, Sisaka Customs’ Royal Enfield
It might come as little surprise that an Indian shop chose to do a British bike, but the real surprise here is that this is their first build. With as many different levels of seriousness as possible, you’re going to want to hit their Facebook page (that's the link above) to check out all the bronze detail work going on here. The handlebars alone are museum-worthy. This is basically a WWII-era British officer’s dream come true.