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I know what you’re thinking.  “How in bloody sausages does a bike like that rake in $45,000 at an auction?” While the aesthetic of the bike might come across as leaving something to be desired (I know it did for me at first glance), the looks of the thing is not the selling feature.  Vyrus …

We’ve got bikes inspired by all kinds of things here at wBW.  From the tattoo-inspired bikes courtesy of Indian Motorcycles, to the new limited edition Brough Superior machine inspired by Lawrence of Arabia, to the unique BMW R 18 by Revival Cycles that recently created a bike with inspiration from a birdcage for the chassis, …

Here Are the Winners of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Bonus Round When Progressive IMS Outdoors held their 11th annual J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS), the bonus round apparently had a very pretty list of bikes – and Tracy Harris, the senior vice president of Progressive IMS Outdoors was …

CBR1000F Blessed With Honda Odyssey Engine Calls SOS Back in December, the funkiest thing I’d seen in relation to custom builds was a wee Mini Toyota GR (christened the “Yaris Jr.”) with a ZX-14 engine chucked in the back.  Cars sporting bike engines seemed a bit out there at the time…but you know what’s rarer? …

BMW Motorrad has asked a Canadian metal sculptor to tackle an R 18 in the name of top-notch custom builds – and we’re expecting a beastie unlike anything the rest of the floor has to offer.  Before we elaborate, readers should know that Jay Donovan is more than an artist with metal. Since completion of …

2003 Never Looked So Good Every time we smack into a top-shelf custom build, we’re impressed at how frequently minimalism plays a role in the final project.  Take this badass 2003 Ducati Monster SR4, for instance.  Labeled by HiConsumption as ‘proof that [Ducati] can get more badass,’ the build itself – completed by none other …

What happens when you stuff a 618 cc L-twin engine into a hardtail built entirely of custom, one-off parts? An ‘impractical’ beauty of a project with the devil in the details – and apparently it’s a common sight to the Aussies at Machine1867.  “Machine1867 is a one man operation,” cites their website.  “Everything is created …

It’s the end of Q4 2021. You’re at the store, picking out charcuterie boards and beers for the evening festivities, having a ball of a time. You know what would make it even better? A pretty bike – and we’re pretty sure this custom creation from Blacktrack Motors would be a big hit with celebrity …

  Another celebrity has just been given a custom Indian Chief – and this time, it’s got a bit of motocross DNA.  Don’t panic, we don’t mean the bike – FMX legend Carey Hart knows what he’s doing when it comes to form and functionality on a custom bike build.  “I love going fast, turning …

What do you get when you combine a titanium motorcycle frame with a prototype BMW boxer engine? A minimalist’s wet dream come true – and that’s just what the blokes over at Revival Cycles were going for when they dissected a BMW R 18 and spent a bit of time finding the line of normalcy and …

Revenge of the ‘Carbon’ators German bike shop Rod Squad has taken a Harley muscle machine and decked the thing out in carbon…plus a couple other nifty features.  The report from AutoEvolution states that many of this bike’s parts came from other shops such as “Roland Sands (riser, milled to fit a motogadget speedometer), Avon (tires), …

Some Guys Put a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Engine into a mini Toyota GR Yaris What do you do when you build a mini-cager but want to have a bit of extra fun?  Chuck an inline four at it and see how the wheelbase handles the rest, of course.  A recent report from Driven has just covered a …

Four European Builders, Four Bikes – And One Could Go Home With You “Inspired from the past, anchored in the present, and looking towards the future.”  These are the parameters of the new custom build-off competition that Indian Motorcycles has put in motion, together with the Wheels and Waves festival.  America’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer has …

Yanko Design has been covering some custom beauties lately – and this time, they’ve gone and found a ‘shape-shifting’ motorcycle.  Let’s get into it.  The brains behind the process included Italian automotive designers Gianluca Bartolini and Francesco Iannuzzi, who purportedly “parted ways with the renowned design house Pininfarina to spin-off their own venture dubbed Dotto …

Every once and a while, it’s worthwhile to travel somewhere new, walk toward a fresh set of ideas, and reset the old grey stuff upstairs.  For many in the Powersports industry, that reset came in the form of LA’s Autopia 2099 – “a new and dedicated EV event held at Optimist Studios in Los Angeles …

MB (Martin Becker) Cycles has done it again – and this time, they’ve given us a gorgeously skeletal hardtail fit for a true bobber-lover.  The report from AutoEvolution states that the donor for this particular project was “a former Glemseck 101 race bike, sporting a hardtail framework and a 1996 Buell M2 Cyclone’s air-cooled 1,203cc …

Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility, formerly known as the Shuttle Landing Facility, is one of the longest runways in the world.  Its 30-year property agreement with NASA means that the facility has seen some brilliant machines rocket down the straightaway – and as of November 23rd, we can add ‘record-breaking electric speed demon’ to …

This year’s EICMA saw the Italian Motorcycling Federation (IMF)’s central display area taken by none other than Magni – a brand dedicated to building special bikes and “a supplier of special parts for the restoration of MV Agusta classic motorcycles,” according to Wikipedia. This year, IMF’s spotlight was taken by the most recent brainchild to …

“It all started with a visit to the BMW Motorrad development team in Germany,” admits BMW Motorrad’s latest muse in their SoulFuel series – a down-to-earth man named Shinya Kimura.  “I got to know the unbounded passion and innovative power that prevails at BMW Motorrad. Finally, in February 2021 in California, I rode the standard …

When Francisco Alí Manén of Lord Drake Kustoms (LDK) sent us this beauty in a press release just before the weekend, I admit I wasn’t sure what to expect (beyond the generic aesthetics of a ruggedly handsome Harley-Davidson Softail Standard, of course).  So when I got to opening the media package, the first thing out …

A European custom shop has just done what they do best on a Harley-Davidson Street Bobber – and the combo of 12-inch ape handlebars, and the blacked-out vibe is making me grin like a schoolgirl.  D-Star Customs is part of the D-Star group of companies best known for their racewear line,  formed in 2010 by …

When a bloke at Onehandmade decided to take on an iconic 1979 Ducati MH900e, there was so much to balance. First off, the MH900e is a hefty piece of Team Red history.  With the bike being revealed as Pierre Terblanche’s revolutionary homage to Mike Hailwood’s successes at the Isle of Man TT in 1978, few …

As if we didn’t see this one coming.  America’s beloved motorcycle manufacturer has just gone and dropped a commissioned custom LiveWire One – and the electric motorcycle will be built as a limited edition signature bike for the masses.  According to both AutoEvolution and Bike Exif, the custom job on Harley Davidson‘s first electric motorcycle …

Robert Haas, wealthy financier, published aerial photographer, and owner of the beautiful Haas Moto Museum, has passed, leaving behind 74 years of solid work, stunning inspiration, and a passion for beautiful motorcycles that leaves us very respectful of the man we never met.  “I was 41 years old, and I was where I thought I …

Honda has decided to collab with an Italian company in the business of 3D printing – and the machines work almost exclusively with clay.  Let’s talk about it.  The Japanese public multinational conglomerate manufacturer has been keeping themselves on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest when it comes to new concepts in the …

Here at wBW, it is our pleasure and obsession to find the newest of the new; not only to write on the doings of major motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, KTM, Honda, and Yamaha but also to bring to light the coolest cats from the farthest reaches of the interweb – and we have a particular …

Looking for a bit of fun to accompany the fall weather? San Diego (and the Ramona Motorcycle Rally) has you covered, with the fun scheduled for this weekend. Sitting along the foothills of the noteworthy Cuyamaca Mountains, the Ramona Motorcycle Rally – presented by Indian Motorcycles of San Diego and held in Ramona, CA – …

When we covered what Bandit9 Motorcycles was up to back in August, founder Daryl Villanueva had just given us a hint of what his company was planning in the following interview quote:  “Imagine a motorcycle designed and built with the same precision you’d find in a spaceship…I’m sure our customers are going to feel the …

Tucker Powersports has just announced that they are obtaining Kuryakyn Holdings LLC, a leader in the design and manufacturing of premium aftermarket motorcycle and powersports products.  The report came from a press release on Tuesday of this week, along with the information that Tucker plans on incorporating Kuryakyn products into the Tucker brand, rather than …

Three artists, three styles, three projects.  A trio of world-renowned tattoo artists have been brought on by Indian Motorcycles to create artwork for the new 2022 Indian Chief – and the second of the designs cooked up for the Indian Chief shows a beautiful personal take on traditional Japanese-themed body art, courtesy of Yokohama tattoo …

What happens when you put Lambo paint on an Indian drag bike? All sorts of magic. According to a report from MCN, Indian Motorcycle Metz has gone to town customizing two Indian Scout bikes. The French dealer created these beauties in commemoration of 100 bikes sold at their dealership.  Each bike has a special theme – …

I know a bunch of you have been gristling over the lack of function in custom builds of late. Sure, they’re a bit of a wheeze to get to the grocery store, but why bring the tomatoes home on a Yamaha EC-05 when you could cushion them like a king on the caboose of something …

You really can’t call your company Combat Motors and not have some inspiration from militaries past and present. Therefore, on April 2, 1991, such a company sprung into being in California, and set about both building up the contacts and partners within the motorcycle industry to make their ideas into reality, and also putting those …