Lab Motorcycle Yamaha XJR 1200

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The Yamaha XJR 1200 was released in 1995 as a large displacement muscle bike with a comfortable upright riding position, and an almost obscenely wide torque band. Yamaha spent significant time making sure that the XJR 1200, and the XJR 1300 that followed, had sport bike handling characteristics but were tame enough for people to…

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Ducati 900 Darmah Custom Racer

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The original Ducati 860 GT was released in 1974 with controversially “square” styling by renowned car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the new model replaced the more rounded Ducati 750 GT, with a series of exterior and interior engine modification by engineer Fabio Taglioni. The Ducati 900 SD “Darmah” was introduced in 1977 to address some of…

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The Walt Siegl Leggero GTS

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Walt Siegl is one of those rare custom motorcycle builders who you wish you could place in the head designer position at a marque like Ducati or Harley-Davidson. The motorcycles that roll out of his New Hampshire workshop look like production motorcycles from an alternative reality where design and engineering are more important than inexpensive mass-production…

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Ducati Supermoto Scrambler

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In 2015 Ducati pulled the veil back on the all-new Scrambler. It’s a model aimed squarely at the burgeoning retro-dual-sport segment – a genre that very few really expected to explode in popularity as quickly as it has. The 803cc L-twin fitted to the top 7 variants of the Scrambler produce 67.1 hp and 45.6…

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Iconic Moto Honda CB750 Nighthawk

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The Honda CB750 Nighthawk is a motorcycle that has seen very little attention from custom builders. There are a few out there, but they’re pretty thin on the ground and don’t land in the email inbox all that often. Honda built the Nighthawk CB750 from 1982 till 2003, it was aimed squarely at the affordable…

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Triumph Board Tracker

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This Triumph Board Tracker is a motorcycle that was built far more recently that you might guess, utilising parts and engineering practices that were common back in the heyday of the board track racing revolution – from the 1910s till the late 1920s. It uses a vintage Triumph bicycle frame that was sourced by New Zealander…

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Norton MM

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The Norton MM is a limited edition production motorcycle developed by 72 Motorcycles out of the UK, with the full blessing of Norton Motorcycles. Some of you will have immediately pegged that its design ethos is based on the iconic Ron Wood “Big Tube” Norton flat track racer from the 1970s, which has the distinction…

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Gas Monkey Garage VW Shorty Bus

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This VW Shorty Bus was restored by the famous Gas Monkey Garage team during an episode of their show Fast N’ Loud back in 2014. The concept of the shortened VW has been a big part of California custom car culture for decades, and examples like this one that were chopped back in the ’80s…

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TTRNO Ducati Scrambler

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The new Ducati Scrambler is rapidly becoming one of the most popular modern platforms for custom motorcycle builders, as a result of its relatively affordable sticker price and its simple construction. It’s now joined the ranks of the Harley-Davidson Sportster, the Triumph Bonneville, and the Honda CB750 as a foundational model for the modern custom…

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Bandit9 EVE MKII

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Bandit9 is a custom motorcycle garage run by Daryl Villanueva out of Saigon, it started life in Beijing a few years ago and quickly earned a reputation for world class design with a retrofuturistic feel. When Daryl originally released the limited edition EVE motorcycle it caused a sensation within the custom motorcycle community. Whilst most custom…

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Hold Fast Chicago Honda CB750

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Hold Fast Chicago is a small, independent garage run by a friendly Locomotive Conductor called Jeff. He ran a popular powdercoating and custom shop near Chicago for a few years, till he had to move out, and he now builds customs one at a time in his garage. This Honda CB750 is his latest creation,…

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Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8

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The original Moto Guzzi V8, otherwise known as “the Otto”, was developed in the mid-1950s by Dr Giulio Cesare Carcano for the Moto Guzzi Grand Prix racing team. As the name implies, it was powered by a staggeringly advanced V8 engine with a capacity of just 500cc. This engine had twin cams, an individual carburettor…

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