I can’t help but love the work of Hide Motorcycles, this bike, named the Genuine Speed Sportster is a great example of the Japanese garage’s work.
This all-original ’72 Harley-Davidson XR750 Flat Tracker was originally owned by AMA racer Davey Camlin, he used it as his primary race bike as an amateur and, then sold it when he went professional in order to buy a new XR.
This is the new custom by Deus Bali, it’s leather wrapped surfboard holder is the obvious standout feature, a feature that’ll get plenty of use in it’s new role as a chap called Tim’s primary wave hunter on the Indonesian island of Bali.
1973. It was the year of Elvis’ famous live concert in Hawaii, Nixon was inaugurated for his second term, George Foreman beat Joe Frazier to become the world heavy weight boxing champion, Skylab was launched, The DEA was founded and a young Kenny Roberts won the A.M.A. Grand National Championship aboard a ’73 XS650 Yamaha Tracker.
Flat Trackers are great looking, purpose built mud-sliders that ooze retro, rural American charm. I love them. This 1977 Yamaha XS650 is a tidy looking example, it was raced…
Sometimes a bike comes along stops you in your tracks and forces you to take a second look. This is one such bike. Created in 2010 by the world famous Marcus Moto Design garage in Sweden the Ducati 996S F1 Tracker lit up the worlds motorcycle press like a medium-yield atomic warhead. The bike is…
Spirit of the Seventies is a relatively new workshop based in England and if their first 3 bikes are anything to go by, we’ve got a new world-class garage on our hands.
I’m a huge fan of the flat-tracker style of bike, the light-weight/high power-to-weight ratio appeals to me as does the lack of superfluous eye-candy. This particular example was built by The Gravel Crew in Japan, they’re a very well known boutique garage that have been turning out world class, smaller-engined customs for years.
Deus Bali turn out some unique, eye catching bikes on a fairly regular basis. They specialise in taking typical, mass produced Indonesian motorcycles and turning them into something akin to art with a smidge of maniacal brilliance.
Deus Bali is fast becoming one of my favourite custom garages, they specialise in smaller capacity bikes like this 200cc Honda Tiger. The team strip all the superfluous plastic bodywork off and cut the bike down to the bone, then they add hand fabricated custom parts and a killer paint job and sell the bikes to…
Blitz Motorcycles is an up and coming garage based in France, made up of 3 talented bike builders named Fred (mechanics/electrics), Hugo (mechanics/artistic direction) and Léo (mechanics/welding).
On Any Sunday will be celebrating it’s 40th anniversary on the 28th of July this year, it’s an amazing tribute that even all these years later it’s still the quintessential motorcycling film. The 1971 documentary even features the late, great Steve McQueen, making it automatically cooler than anything south of the arctic circle.