Uli Cloesen’s book takes a look at some of the fantastic British motorcycle-based custom bikes around the globe. From the old to the new, it shows that when it comes to customising British bikes, things go much further than the simple chopped Triumph parallel twin. A celebration of all things ‘custom Brit,’ it is the only book devoted entirely to the British custom motorcycle, revealing the innovative, fresh approach to British-based custom bike building. Whether you’re a Brit-bike devotee, or a fan of the custom motorcycle scene in general, this book is for you. Priced at £25, US$39.95 CAN$43.95. Order the book through Veloce.
Kevin Alsop from Big Bear Choppers gives us one more kickass custom. Dubbed Redemption, it gets a slammed seat that is a mere 51cm off the asphalt, a proprietary frame that highlights the chunky downtube and the mid-ship stretching. A retro headlight and 43-degree rake, which is ‘conservative’ according to Kevin, set off the final look. Forged wheels, a digital dash, tuned exhausts, and a Baker 6-speed tranny are standard, while you get to choose between a cool springer fork or the conventional version, as well as a carburetted or an injected S&S V111 punching out slightly more than 166Nm of torque. Continue reading →
Peter from Stockholm, Sweden, just sent us these images of his awesome bikes, which he built with some help from his friends. He rides the 1250 Sportster Chopper, while his wife and stepdaughter ride an FXR-Trike and a Sportster Bobber respectively. Good work there! Continue reading →
Choppertown is an intimate award-winning documentary about renowned hot rod and motorcycle club, Sinners. Over a period of several months, the crew captured the So-Cal bikers in their element as they criss-crossed California meeting old friends and gathering parts to build a badass custom chopper for their new member, Kutty. The film shows them for who they are; rough, fun-loving guys who have a bond that begins with the old school and ends with a deeper philosophy than outsiders would ever guess. Has an 8.1 on IMDB. Scroll down for a teaser clip. Continue reading →
You might’ve see this one before (it’s called Bolt in US)- the new 2013/2014 Yamaha XV950 and XV950R. A direct competitor to the entry level custom factory cruiser motorcycles (Harley-Davidson Sportster class) this time coming from the reputable Japanese manufacturer. No thrills or frills, V twin 60°, 942 cm3, frame, two wheels and that’s it. For the first time in years – the Sportster has some serious competition – the bike looks amazing (maybe even better that the H-D), it’s simple and raw and it hits all the right buttons. Continue reading →
Well, if you have the urge to look different than anything else in the world – but still want to retain a piece of that custom Harley Davidson lifestyle, there is nothing better for you than DAM Tech-Twin American 13C! Girder front end with modern Penske Racing developed shock, Brembo brakes, 140hp billet V-Twin engine (god knows what’s the torque number on this sucker), fork blades made from Chromoly Streamline Wing-Strut Tubing…and many more. Continue reading →
Yaniv Evan of Powerplant Choppers in Hollywood, California builds some of the coolest custom motorcycles. Vintage, unique, and one of a kind – he’s opened up his doors to Premium Cali. Halfway thought this video – discover a fashion film shot at The Salton Sea that incorporates a bike. Directed by Ashley Avis.
After the successful car tuning business, the famous German company Hamann decided to try their luck with motorcycles. The result is the Hamann Soltador custom cruiser. What’s interesting about this bike is that the frame, air filter, exhaust, rocker and wheels are all Hamann made! The engine is tried and tested 1900 cc Harley Davidson Twin Cam B engine pushing 160hp. Performance? 3.3sec to 100km/h. Continue reading →