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Build By A British MX Champ – X-Axis’ Custom 1984 Honda CBX750

In Custom, England, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Billy MacKenzie first made a name for himself in the motorcycling world competing in various MX events before eventually going on to claim back-to-back MX1 British Championship titles in 2007 and 2008. The Edinburgh-born rider also represented the UK in the Motocross of Nations before MacKenzie announced he’d be hanging up his race leathers to focus on building custom motorcycles.

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Apogee “Raffale” SuperBobber — 2009 Ducati 1098R Custom

In America, Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Ducati places enormous importance on the aesthetics of its machines, leading to the marque delivering some of the most gorgeous production two-wheelers available. For this reason, stripping down and customizing what’s already an objectively good-looking bike can be a bit of a controversial (if not sacrilegious) move. However this hasn’t gotten in the way of Gustavo Pena of Apogee Motorworks …

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1980 Honda CX500/CX650 Custom

In Custom, Japan, Less than 5k by AbhiLeave a Comment

Every year, retired master tech Kevin Murphy takes decent examples of Honda’s CX platform and restores them. He also takes bad examples and turns them into customs. He’s got an annual tradition of building a Honda CX custom for Daytona Bike Week, and each year a reader sends me a link when he puts up another bike for sale. This …

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2nd Annual Thud Rumble Finalist – Eastern Spirit Garage’s Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

In Custom, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

After Ducati introduced its revamped Scrambler range in 2015, the marque kicked off the “Custom Rumble” contest, inviting noteworthy shops to demonstrate the highly modular nature of the Scrambler range. After a successful inaugural year, Ducati opted to keep the contest going, and it was during Custom Rumble’s second and most recent year that this one-off Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 was …

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2 Stroke Titan – 1975 Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer

In Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This T500 sold for $12,100 after 36 bids on Bring a Trailer. 11-1-18 Update: Over a year later, this custom Titan is back up for sale! Now it’s up on Bring a Trailer where bidding is currently at $3,995. Where will it end…? Post Listing Update: The $2k discount was not enough to find a buyer, as …

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R9T Cafe Kit Prototype – JVB Moto’s “Two” BMW R nineT Racer

In Custom, Germany by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

About a year ago, Germany’s JVB Moto unveiled a beautiful one-off BMW R nineT build exhibiting a collection of bolt-on kit parts. This was the Cologne-based shop’s first collaboration with BMW Motorrad, and the Bavarian brand’s first officially commissioned R9T Scrambler build. Fast forward to Spring of 2018 and JVB debuted yet another R nineT build, this time setting its …

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Ducati-Inspired Super Single – 1997 NWS 350 Supermono

In Custom, Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This custom Ducati did not get any interest at the opening bid of $12,000. Produced exclusively for the “Sound of Singles” series, the Ducati Supermono is one of the marque’s most iconic and sought after models. Built from ‘93-‘95, only 67 examples of this instant classic left the factory in Bologna, making them wildly rare finds. Because …

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Maria Riding Company’s “Blood Fang” – 2009 Ducati GT1000 Custom

In Custom, Italy, Sport by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This custom Ducati got no interest at the opening bid of $12,000. Despite being an absolutely gorgeous machine in its stock form, the Ducati GT1000 — when executed tastefully — makes for a particularly cool platform for customization. This particular bespoke GT1K boasts a mix of aftermarket bits, a few custom parts, a couple pieces borrowed off …

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“R7” Kit – BMW R nineT

In Custom, Germany by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

When talking about the most substantial motorcycle designs in history, BMW’s R7 is seldom left out of the conversation. The wonderfully Art Deco-styled two-wheeler boasts a radical aesthetic that’s managed to stand the test of time profoundly well. For well over half-a-century, owning an R7 example has been limited to something of a pipe dream. Thanks to a shop in …

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Venier Customs ADV Build “VX Traveler” – 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon

In Custom, Dual-Sport, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Custom adventure motorcycles are a rare breed in the bespoke bike world. While one might think one-off ADV builds would be immensely popular considering the rise in scrambler style builds, the reality is a lot of adventure bikes don’t lend themselves particularly well to extensive customization. But with a little patience and creativity, these on/off-road tourers can make for fantastic …