Kruz Triumph Daytona 1000

And here I was thinking the best thing to come out of Belgium was chocolates and Jean Claude Van Damme! Straight out of Kruz Co. Cycles in Brussels comes this unique 1000cc Triumph Daytona purchased for peanuts and modified for even less. You'd never guess this was a build done on a tight budget though. Kruz workshop team Brice and "The Admiral" pulled out all the stops to get their KC#2 Daytona build completed for a minuscule budget and they've applied some clever concepts to create it's unique look.

Two Cities Part 2

Cam from Stories of Bike paid the Kustom Kommue another visit a few weeks ago to film part 2 of his "Two Cities" series. The series is about two communal workshops in Melbourne and Sydney (The Kustom Kommune and Rising Sun Workshop) and a project build they are both undertaking thanks to Harley-Davidson. This one also features a few riding shots of me on my W650 Cafe Racer...

XJR1300 Rhapsody in Blue

The next instalment of Yamaha's awesome 'Yardbuilt' series of custom motorcycles using models from their current range is here! This time they've collaborated with Japanese born, Brooklyn based builder Keinosuke Sasaki and his workshop Keino Cycles. Based on another Yamaha XJR1300  Keino's 'Rhapsody in Blue' now joins the ranks of the Wrenchmonkees 'Monkeefist' and the Deus ex Machina 'Eau Rouge' as some of the coolest modern XJR custom conversions around.

XLCH Ironhead Land Speed Racer

Busch and Busch build beautiful bikes, there's no denying it. In fact I was so in love with their Bultaco Matador that I almost bought it! Their most recent build however, is much more than just a visual feast, despite being jaw droppingly sexy. The Busch and Busch Harley Davidson XLCH is a purpose built land speed racer. It's bodywork required epic design, fabricating and finishing hours and what they have planned for its engine will turn it into one helluva mean machine. Like many builds getting it to the stage you see here has been full of trials and tribulations and there's still more tasks to complete to achieve their original vision for the bike. For now though the bike is ready for its first run down the salt...but even getting that done has been a challenge. I caught up with Lance Busch to get the low down on the bike he and brother Danny built over the past 2 years, here's the story as he explained it...

Cherry's BMW R Nine T Highway Fighter

Last year I had the pleasure of attending the Mooneyes show in Japan. The builder that took out best of show (for the second year running) was Kaichiroh Kurosu and his workshop Cherry's Company. Their 'Left Bond' Harley chopper showed a level of finish and detail that was mind blowing. Earlier this year BMW Mottorad had the brilliant idea of handing over several new BMW R Nine T's to some of Japan's most recognised builders and Cherry's, of course, made this list. Although Kaichiroh's preferred base for custom builds are Harley Davidsons he took the challenge and as you can see the result is jaw droppingly brilliant. Behold the Cherry's Company BMW R Nine T "Highway Fighter"...

Interstellar GS550 Cafe Racer

"Custom Motorcycles and Intergalactic Space Machines"

With an opening statement like that on their website how could I possibly pass by "Interstellar Motors" without taking a closer look. What I found was a tidy GS550 Cafe Racer with some sneaky performance upgrades that transform it from an average ride to a wild one...

Vicious Honda CM125 Cafe Racer

In Singapore you can be publicly caned for not flushing the toilet...image what they do to people whose pipes are too loud! Funny thing is no matter how many rules "the man" makes, people are still going to find ways to break them do what they want. It's not that we're all outlaws hellbent on breaking the law, its just that some laws are plain stupid. Mervyn Goh owns a motorcycle workshop in Singapore where he does his best to build the bikes his customers want they want without having them risk imprisonment on their first ride out of the shop. With the threat of a $500 fine for a modified exhaust and many other strict automotive laws he's really got his work cut out for him. Despite the challenges his workshop, 'Vicious Cycles', is rapidly building an impressive portfolio of custom builds and this tidy Honda CM125 Cafe Racer is their latest achievement.

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