Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, was appointed the new president of the ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), the European Motorcycle Industry Association on March 21st 2013. Based in Brussels, ACEM is the organisation representing the manufacturers of motorcycles, scooters, trikes and quads on a European level. Continue reading →
Marc Devriese, owner of Belgium-based Wheelyshop has taken a classic Yamaha XS650 and given it the hardtail bobber treatment. Starting off the build is a hardtail welded to the end of the original frame, along with a fake oil tank to house all the electrical components. To save weight, even the battery gets ditched, leaving the bike with just a kick starter! Continue reading →
Around 20 years ago, Marcus Walz started his business customising motorcycles, beginning with the “Timeless” in 1993. Two decades on, more than 3000 friends, fans and clients celebrated the anniversary at Hockenheim, many of them bringing their own WALZ bikes to the Show.
Apart from the bikes, Mr. King Kerosin himself organized the legendary Red Carpet Lounge in the middle of the party tent, which was much bigger than last year. Some crazy on-stage party too, with Dougie and the Blind Brothers and the Hellabama Honky Tonks partying till they dropped.
Anyways, enough with the yabba dabba. Check out the mega image gallery. Continue reading →
If you haven’t heard about Portuguese builder Maria Motorcycles yet, this custom Ducati 750SS, dubbed ‘Italian Sniper’, ought to get you hooked. The man behind the build, Luis Correia is keen on stripping away superfluous parts, keeping just the essentials in order to make the bike both smaller, more aggressive and, in this case, very cafe racer-ish. Continue reading →
Found these interesting drawings while floating around on the interwebs. Done by a Danish guy called Cay Brøndum, these old papers are from the Sixties, German instruction for some kind of Industrial machinery. What Cay has done is turned these papers into small art pieces made the old style way, using ink, brush and watercolour. Continue reading →
Well, if you thought Poland was just famous for Nicholas Copernicus and Madame Curie, think again; these are just a few of the awesome custom bikes to come out from the Central European country. Continue reading →
Check out this sweet video of the Laverda 125-based Bylot, built by Enrico Farina in Monza, Italy. Ain’t she a beaut?
With awesome customs usually going hand-in-hand with big money and established names, it’s refreshing to see someone doing something for young enthusiasts who, more often than not, do not have access to bucket loads of cash. The Marketing Manager of Custom Chrome Europe, Axel Sherer came out with a proposal in November 2011 that saw him getting in touch with young builders via, what else, Facebook. Continue reading →
Winner of the prestigious red dot design award for 2012, BMW’s AirFlow 2 helmet is meant for the hotter seasons of motorcycling. Okay, so it’s not a full-face helmet, but its three-quarter shell should protect nearly as well. Sporting a short, recessed visor (it’s scratch-proof too by the way), the headgear boasts aluminium and carbon aplenty, along with two distinctive ventilation openings on the outside and a sophisticated ventilation concept on the inside. All good, but from what we hear, it’s only available in Europe. Not fair! Continue reading →
One of the highlights of this year’s Motorcycle Live show has undoubtedly been Ducati UK’s Monster 20th anniversary stand. Celebrating the last 20 years of this iconic motorcycle, Ducati brought together nine significant models from this period for a dedicated display. The net was thrown far and wide to source these from owners in order for visitors to appreciate them at Motorcycle Live. Continue reading →