Yamaha XV950 by Marcus Walz

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Since the beginning of the Yamaha Yard Built program we’ve seen a surprisingly diverse array of motorcycles developed by custom bike builders from all four corners of the globe. The number of different ways the new Yamaha XV950 platform has been interpreted by the different builders has been interesting to see and it gives me…

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Yamaha XV950 Custom

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The new Yamaha XV950 is a motorcycle designed to target the fast growing mid-size cruiser segment, Yamaha released the model in 2013 and it’s quickly found a strong foothold for itself not just in the United States by across Europe and Asia as well. I have to admit that when I first saw the bike…

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1969 Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

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The Honda CL350 was the marque’s best selling model for a number of years between 1968 through 1973, over 250,000 of them were produced and a significant number of them are still on the road thanks to the hard-to-kill nature of Honda’s engines. With a dry weight of 328lbs (149kgs) and a horsepower output of 36 at…

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Kawasaki H2 Cafe Racer

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The recently announced Kawasaki H2 is a motorcycle that’s likely to be remembered as a milestone in superbike design and it’s certainly going to be interesting to see what Ducati, BMW, Suzuki and Honda being respond with. With a supercharged 4-cylinder engine capable of a rumoured 300bhp, the H2 is a motorcycle that’s only going…

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Kaillie’s XS650 by Loaded Gun Customs

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We’ve seen a new generation of female motorcyclists emerge over the past 10 years or so, whilst there have always been women who ride it seems that there have never been quite as many as there are now. One of the defining characteristics of modern generation of female riders is their refusal to sit on…

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Tickle Manx T3

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The Tickle Manx is a bit of a historical curiosity, it’s a result of the sale of the AMC race shop to the famous Colin Seeley in 1966 – As part of the deal Seeley acquired the rights to the Norton Manx as well as the Matchless G50 and AJS 7R, by 1969 he had…

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Yamaha SR500 by ExesoR Motorcycles

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Christian from ExesoR Motorcycles is one of those quietly talented custom bike builders who spends months at a time hammering a way in a shed, before rolling out a motorcycle so beautiful it stops even seasoned motorcycle critics in their tracks. The previous custom from ExesoR was featured here on Silodrome and it was one…

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BMW Monolever Cafe Racer by Barn Luck

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Barn Luck is a relatively new custom motorcycle garage that specialises in finding old motorcycles in sheds, garages, barns and sheds – then rebuilding them into higher-performing motorcycles than they were when they originally left the factory. The idea of taking motorcycles that most would consider dead and giving them a second chance at life…

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Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

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The Honda CB550 is one of those motorcycles that seemed destined for cafe-racerization from the get go, it was lighter than its larger CB750 stablemate and when it comes to cafe racers, lightness is next to godliness. The CB550 you see here was built by R. Cameron Smyth of Smyth Innovations, his goal was to…

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1973 Honda CB350 Cafe Racer

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The Honda CB350 is one of the most important motorcycles that Honda ever made, everyone knows about the importance of the Honda CB750 but during the same era, slightly under the radar, the CB350 became the best selling motorcycle in the world – shifting over a 250,000 units during its 5 year production. These high…

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The Speed Merchant

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The 4 motorcycles you see here are the work of Speed Merchant (run by the highly respected trio of Brandon “Brawny Built” Holstein, Denver Dan and Mike Kawakami), their work has been featured right across the web with multiple features on Bike EXIF, Pipeburn and right here on Silodrome. At its core, Speed Merchant is a…

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