New Wave custom bike builders have had an undeniable impact on motorcycle culture, particularly in the last decade. They’ve inspired a new generation of riders, back-garden/shed custom bike builders. And, importantly they’ve helped shape factory motorcycle design, through bold custom creations. Here we cover custom bike builds including cafe racers, bobbers, brat style, scrambler and tracker builds. And occasionally, we’ll cover the individuals who create the bikes – whether professional workshops or backyard bike builders.
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Ducati has announced that the awards ceremony for this year's custom Rumble will be hosted online. A panel of notable individuals from media, film, motorcycle racing and the custom community will present and judge the five finalists of the competition.
Full-blown café racer customs are rarer these days. Scramblers and trackers are by far the most ubiquitous style. However, that may be just one of a number of reasons, that with dropped-jaw, you gaze on this Honda CB750 café racer - built by Fastec Racing.
With Albert 'Shrimp' Burns as inspiration - Italian metalistic style gurus Anvil Motociclette stripped a 2018 Indian Scout Sixty to its bare bones. The result is a 21st century boardtracker custom.
JvB Moto turns its attention to the Yamaha XSR900 - creating a speedy custom machine 'CP3', which is simultaneously retro and futuristic. JvB-Moto founder, Jens vom Brauck has form with Yamaha's Yard Built initiative. He was the individual behind the impressive custom, ‘Infrared’ - a cafe racer, dragster cross.
The man, Big Brother or the nanny state, call it what you will, they all seem hell-bent on turning motorcycles into noiseless jelly moulds. You only have to look at current legislative hoops concerning noise, fuel evaporation and emissions [the big three], that manufacturers have to jump through.
What's more appealing than conceiving your own motorcycle rally, that takes the scenic route through Morocco and then riding it? The answer is not many things apart from maybe, taking an arguably underpowered bike, which you've modified yourself.