Numbnut XJR1300 Botafogo-N


Yamaha are churning out their Yardbuilt bikes in 2015 thanks to some clever partnerships with talented builders around the globe. As they promised at the XJR1300 launch earlier this year here's yet another custom XJR that's transformed the factory bike into a retro racing inspired ride. This time they've partnered with Amsterdam based Numbnut Motorcycles who took their inspiration for the build and the bikes name from the 21.7 litre engined, 1917 Fiat 'Botafogo Special'.

Today is a Good Day Cafe Racer documentary


Here on the interwebs we're spoilt when it comes to accessing high quality images of custom motorcycles, but when it comes to seeing said bikes in action it seems we're limited to home video style Youtube movies or a few branded vids from the big manufacturers. Then along comes a group of people with the passion and the skills to fill that gap. Usually words like "immersive" and "interactive" do little to excite me, but when those words are applied to a Cafe Racer theme I'm all ears. I was recently contacted by Arnaud Richard who is part of a team who are working to release a Cafe Racer interactive web-documentary titled 'Today is a Good Day'. The project involves interviewing some of the most influential characters in the Cafe Racer scene right now and their chasing funding via Kickstarter to finish it off and hopefully turn the whole project into a full length feature film. I had a quick chat with Arnaud about the project and about how we can all help to see it come to fruition...

Shinya Kimura Yamaha MT07 Faster Son


Wheels & Waves has quickly become one of the best custom motorcycle events happening around the globe and it's captured the attention and imagination of some of the world's top motorcycle manufacturers. Unveilings seem to have become all the rage and this year there was a record number of new commissioned custom builds on display. Ducati had some new custom Scramblers, BMW their latest R Nine T builds and Yamaha were there to introduce their new custom series titled 'Faster Sons'; and what better way to do it than with legendary custom builder, Shinya Kimura.

H Garage Honda Gold Wing


In 2012 Scott Halbleid left his career as a graphic designer to focus his efforts on building custom motorcycles. As a trained, multidisciplinary artist his skills already included sculptural and fabrication techniques which when combined with a lifelong love of motorcycles had him positioned perfectly for the transition. Since he opened the doors of his 'H Garage' workshop he has amassed an impressive portfolio of custom builds, but this '78 Honda Goldwing, his latest creation, is the icing on the H Garage cake.

Holographic Hammer Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer


Just in time for the Wheels & Waves festival in France, Holographic Hammer have unveiled their latest creation and it's a much anticipated translation from digital design to a real world, rolling custom. Thanks to yet another collaboration with Ducati using their hugely popular 2015 Scrambler, Holographic Hammer have teamed up with Moto Heroes in France to produced the best Cafe Racer style conversion of the Scrambler we've seen so far. Constructed by brothers Sylvain (the Holographic Hammer) & Florent Berneron over 14 weeks and taking some 170 hours of work to complete their custom Scrambler boasts parts from some of the worlds best custom and performance parts manufacturers; ensuring this isn't simply a good looking custom Scrambler, but also a greatly upgraded one.

Tank Moto Kickass Cafe Racer


Last weekend we officially released issue 7 of Tank Moto. Packed with awesome motorcycle features from around the world this issue showcases eight of the incredible custom bikes we photographed on our recent visit to Indonesia. One workshop we were lucky enough to interview was the Kickass Choppers garage in Jakarta. Workshop owner Vero (pronounced Fero) is widely recognised as one of Indonesia's most respected custom builders and his workshop is filled with a plethora of incredible project builds. During our time with Vero we interviewed him about 2 of his current projects, one of which was this BMW R75/S Cafe Racer...

Cognito Moto Fox CB350 Cafe Racer


 I love a good collaboration. When one brand recognises the benefits of joining forces with another amazing things can happen. In the custom motorcycle scene this has been proven with companies like Yamaha and their Yardbuilt series and BMW Motorrad with their Japanese workshop collaborations producing stunning builds like Cherry's Company R Nine T. The latest such collaboration brings together off-road racing greats Fox and our friends Cognito Moto in Virginia USA. With a '71 Honda CB350 and some of Fox's latest parts the two have created this cool little, blacked out Cafe Racer.

The Temper Kawasaki Versys


Back in March I was lucky enough to pay a visit to the workshop of Studio Motor in Jakarta, Indonesia. Donny Ariyanto and his team run one of the countries most progressive custom workshops turning out a steady run of slick custom motorcycles and there seems to be no shortage of willing customers turning up at their doorstep. Working on everything from tiny scoots to blown choppers it seems there's nothing Studio Motor won't/can't do. Transforming an uninspiring 2014 Kawasaki Versys into a retro styled Scrambler was their latest project and as you can plainly see, they've nailed it.

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