Super Rat Motorcycles is one of those garages that never, ever builds anything normal. And this bike, War Crimes, is anything but normal. We featured their Egg Salad bike last year and for those of you who remember it, you’ll know what I mean when I say that it took me a few minutes of…
Well there’s a lot to be said about vintage motorcycle photography. You’ll be hard pressed to find any pictures taken post-1970 that are as tasteful as this.
The humble Sportster is one of the most popular bases for custom motorcycle building in the US, interestingly it’s also a wildly popular bike for tweaking within the Japanese bike building community.
Leaving for a moment the unusual name of this garage and just looking at this, their “TwinTrax” motorcycle design from 2011, it’s difficult to know how to categorise their style.
The Harley-Davidson café racer genre is a little corner of the café racer world that I’ve grown very fond of, I love the history of the brand and although the modern offerings aren’t really my cup of tea, they are designed to be customised by their owners and their owners almost always oblige.
I’m not entirely sure how to categorise this motorcycle, it started life as a 1996 Harley-Davidson Sportster however it’s clearly been reworked from tip to tail and it now resembles a sort of rat rod, heavy boardtracker.
This Harley Café Racer by Italian garage Passion 4 Custom is a great example of what can be achieved with a v-twin and a little patience, the style of the finished bike is a little reminiscent of Shinya Kimura’s work although it’s also quite distinctly Italian.
Evel Knievel is a step beyond iconic.
This is Dot Smith, the famous female stunt rider from the 1930s and 40s, she was a member of the San Francisco Motorcycle Club and a founding member of the iconic “Motor Maids” with Dot Robinson and Linda Degeau.
The guys at DP Customs have a knack for creating hard-tail custom motorcycles that annihilate the stereotypes usually associated with the Harley based bobber/chopper genre and this bike is no exception. Meet the Mele.
The custom Sportster is one of those types of motorcycles that can really go either way. I’ve seen beautiful examples and I’ve seen garish and raked out hack jobs that’ve made me want to set them alight, just to put them out of their misery.
Roland Sands Design took the newish Harley-Davidson Blackline Softail and built the bike that the designers at Harley would have built, if they didn’t have to answer to middle management and bean counters.