The Best Custom Motorcycles in the World, June 26th 2014
Welcome to The Week In Bikes, your weekly CliffsNotes version of the best new custom bikes in the world.
ODFU Customs’ Harley XR750
Rarely does one see a Harley that can trace its design philosophy equally to sport bikes and off-road excursions, but that’s exactly where the guys at One Down Four Up Customs found their inspiration. Everything on the bike has been done with a minimalist approach, resulting in a bike that’s brilliantly spartan. Click through and check out the exhaust on this one; it’s a work of art.
Unique Custom Cycles’ “Stockholm Syndrome” BMW R nineT
UCC has been building badass bikes in Sweden for a couple of decades now, and they’ve either fallen in love with their captors, or they’re deeply proud of their latest example. BMW Motorrad handed them a fresh R nineT and gave them just over a month to perfect it for a show. They kept the engine’s advanced electronics, but re-engineered the front suspension, then set about restyling the whole thing. Even cooler is that everything they changed is available on a part-by-part basis via their shop.
Officine Rossopuro’s Guzzi Nevada Scrambler
It's often said that the best way to gain performance and drivability on a bike is to make it as lightweight as possible, and this Guzzi certainly went on a diet: its Italian builders stripped out all unnecessary weight—reworking the entire rear frame and re-skinning the body in nothing but aluminum in the process—to reach a svelte 330 pounds. Not bad for a fun little Italian.
Edwin Mensink’s Sidecar-Equipped 1975 BMW R90/6
The coolest thing about this bike isn’t that it has a 1950s sidecar attached to it. It’s not that it’s a vintage 1970s BMW with homages to bikes from the 1960s, and it’s not that the front forks were drawn up in CAD before being built to ensure perfect fit. And it’s not that a lot of the electronics, including the battery, are kept in the sidecar for better balance, either. It’s that the majority of the work was done by the owner, a man whose day job is selling GPS equipment. Not bad for an amateur.
H/T: The Bike Shed
Catrina motosurf’s Honda CB750
From a Mexican builder who was inspired to build his first bike by doing exactly what you’re doing right now—i.e., looking at a bunch of bikes on the Internet—this Honda scrambler-slash-tracker is a hodgepodge of parts...but it works. The engine was rebuilt and converted to modern electronics, then the frame was stripped down and re-fitted with parts from Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha. Basically, he took what he could get, and made it work beautifully. After that, it was a matter of extreme attention to detail, like matching the stitching on the seat to the paint on the tank, and replacing every bolt on the engine with stainless steel bits.
Ninja 31BLK by Brasse
This brand-new kit will convert an already pretty awesome Kawasaki Ninja into the bike you see here. It’s purely a body kit, which means you don’t have to be mechanically-inclined to put it on, and it comes with a passenger seat that can be removed in seconds for when you’re not schlepping friends around.
Untitled Motorcycles’ Gambler
Built for one of the guys over at The Bike Shed, this bike was designed to be a daily driver in a rural area of England, with plenty of off-roading in store. It’s got fog lights from a 1980s-era rally car, and a seat specially chosen to keep the rider in place over rough terrain or while pulling wheelies.
H/T: The Bike Shed