To celebrate the 80th anniversary of a certified classic, BMW Motorrad has created a beautiful homage concept bike that captures the look of the 1936 R5 by blending old-school engineering with modern technology.
A bobbed and cafe’d full-size Harley is unfortunately a pretty rare sight. Especially one as properly proportioned as this FX Super-Glide built by James Roper-Caldbeck. Stripped down, lowered, fitted with a custom mini-fairing, exhaust and tail section, along with a power-boosting Super Stock ignition system, he finished the 80s-inspired build with a sporty black/silver/red paint scheme. via
Munich’s Diamond Atelier is a custom garage specializing in low, lean, no BS builds. Their limited edition Mark II series is based on a BMW 2-valve Monolever generation bike with either an 800 or 1000cc motor. Then comes frame mods, a custom fabbed tail section, lower forks, and loads of other style & performance options. Only 10 Mark II bikes will be made.
With its sporty 689cc parallel twin, Yamaha’s FZ-07 makes a versatile platform for customization. Taipei’s Rough Crafts workshop took it to the limit with their muscular, matte-grey Onyx Blade. A completely custom-built tank, tail & front end section, new adjustable front shocks & stacks of other custom bits turned a stock, mid-weight street bike into a mean, traffic dodging machine. via
Designed for the serious rider, the water-tight, 25-liter Speedway roll-top pack from Velomacchi keeps your cargo close to your center of gravity and features a 3-point rotating harness & a torso size adjustment cam lock system. A magnetic sternum coupler provides hands-free closure & the shoulder straps tuck away when not in use.
For the newest 1200cc member of the Sportster family, Harley ditched the chrome and tweaked the tech & performance specs. The frame rake is slightly steeper & the front end got a set of 43mm inverted forks & dual disks. For deeper lean angles, they gave the Roadster more clearance and suspension travel. Black cast aluminum wheels and engine cases finish this factory-custom bare knuckle build.
For Deus’ custom bike builder Jeremy Tagand, the hard part of creating his tracker-style Ramblers is finding the rare & highly sought Kawasaki W650 donor bike. From there it’s easy (for him). Add vintage-style motocross bars & hand-rolled fenders, a ceramic-coated exhaust, & lots of black powder coat. The end result: a classic tracker look with urban appeal.
Handmade in Switzerland, the Motorcycle Bivouac is a minimalist camp shelter that uses your parked bike for one of its walls. This compact cordura tarp tent keeps you out of the elements & also keeps your bike seat dry. When it’s time to get back in the saddle, it rolls up neatly and lashes to your handebars for the next leg of the journey. Another funded Kickstarter.
Named for the Massachusetts town where Indian Motorcycles began, the Springfield blends classic Indian looks with modern comfort & performance. This all-new model is designed to quickly convert from cruiser to bagger & back in mere minutes. It features a quick-release windshield, passenger seat, and hard cases as well as adjustable suspension easily adjusted to suit your payload.
Created by a team of riders, racers, engineers, & designers, this is the electric bike the motocross crowd has been waiting for. Currently in pre-order status, the Redshift MX & SM (Supermoto) bikes from San Francisco-based Alta Motors boast the parts, features, & specs of modern motocrossers powered by a lightweight, torquey electric motor that will hit 80MPH.
Modena, Italy is exporting more than premium olive oil these days. The city’s Motor Valley is also turning out some of the world’s best electric motorcycles. The EVA Streetfighter is the second production bike from Energica Motors. Aggressive, Italian styling is evident but power comes from a quiet, 95 hp (71 kW) electric motor that gives the EVA a top speed of 124MPH with varying performance options in 4 different drive modes.
There’s nothing else out there that looks like a Bandit9 bike, and the Saigon-based custom house has done it again with their Honda 125-based AVA build. This little scoot is a true limited custom built from the ground up with heaps of hand-built parts like the unibody, swingarm and front cowl; all rendered in shining chrome.
Ducati and the eyewear brand Italia Independent put their heads together to create this limited edition Scrambler. It features a special Night Copper color scheme, showcased on tank side panels, the tubular frame, & alloy wheels. The motor got blacked out & growls through a 2-into-1 Termignoni pipe. Zero drag bars and a mini cafe windshield complete the build. 1,077 units available.
People seem to like the café style of the original R NineT, so BMW built a new variation to unveil this week at the EICMA motorcycle expo in Milan. The R NineT Scrambler is powered by the same 1.17-liter boxer twin but features larger wheels & a high-sweeping exhaust for off-road detours. Analog instruments, a rounded headlight, and low-key colors highlight the powerplant.
The newest version of the Diavel from Ducati, the 2016 X-Diavel is geared for cruising & features a stroked-out 1262-CC motor that delivers more low-end linear torque than the original Italian devil-bike. To make it more comfortable for all-day journeys, they also gave it a stretched-out, feet-forward riding position.