Some custom motorcycles are so outlandish that they grab your attention immediately, while some are so understated and classy that, once you notice them, you can’t look away. Case in point: Cafe Racer Dreams‘ #38.
Tucked away in a corner of one of the gigantic EICMA halls is a small booth belonging to Giulio Paz. It’s in the no-mans-land of Chinese component manufacturers, but it’s attracting a steady throng of awed visitors.
Some people profess to being obsessed by a brand because they own 2 or 3 things said brand has made. Then there's those people who say they like the brand but in actual fact know more about the brand than most of its employees do.
This raw and brutal BMW K100 was built, very aptly, by a master blacksmith and metalworker. Faced with a long German winter, Marc Robrock decided to enliven his evenings and weekends and build himself a bike.
Some of the most popular builds on The Bike Shed are bikes like Boris Moretti’s 1983 R65 Brat (ish) build. The rugged engine, tank and frame of the R series beemer has been etched into our collective subconscious as the simple mechanical heart of a range of custom builds from cafe racers to scramblers and even the odd bobber, but it’s the leanest of these builds that seem to bring out the best of the bike.
There’s something magical about a classic 70s BMW airhead: Slightly oddball lines, that remarkable engine, and the promise of fine German engineering. An off-kilter charm, if you like. This BMW R75/5, however, is not quite what it seems.
Emiliano Turroniof Chemical Garage in Forlìhas already won with this K100 bobber the first prize of the America's Fun in Reggio Emilia, the first contest of theItalian Motorcycles Championship of custom products...
If you're like me, and many other custom bike riders out there, you've had to face the rather daunting task of getting that dream bike out of your head and into the skillful hands of your chosen builder.
The Eleven by Kevil's Speed Shop in the UK. One of the latest BMW Cafe Racers to roll out of his workshop. Although it's off to a different owner the bike shares a lot in common with Kev's 'Hashtag' BMW R100 Brat.
Written by Ian Lee. When a bike manufacturer commissions a special edition bike to be built outside of their factory, they don’t just put their creation in the hands of any nuff nuff who can swing an angle grinder and crimp terminals together.