You know a bike design is solid when it lasts for 40 years. 2012 marks the 40th and final year of production for the iconic Moto Guzzi California. This commemorative 1100-cc model features OG California orange & Diamante white paint and a logo using one of Guzzi’s 1930’s fonts. Collectible? Yes.
This is the second bike we’ve featured from Japanese masters, Zero Engineering. They’ve been around for a decade building incredible low-production number customs. Their muscular, no nonsense retro designs spawned a whole wave of imitators, all trying to get that “Zero” look. Well, this is the real deal, the new one. It’s called the Type 9 and the 96” S&S motor makes it fly.
The Ducati Diavel is a stand-alone masterpiece from Italy’s most progressive moto maker. Ducati certainly doesn’t need to team up with Mercedes-Benz customizers AMG to make this bike better but they did. AMG’s upgraded wheels, Alcantara exhaust and a few other cosmetics complete the package making an already silly-sick bike even gnarlier.
Texas motorcycle-maker Jason Wonder’s Wonder Bikes are simple, elegant machines; modern classics that pack today’s technology into old school finery. The Bobber’s hardtail frame, sprung girder front end, and stripped down look are powered by the reliability of a new H-D Sportster motor. In other words, it is roadtrip ready.
Japanese builders have long been the vanguard of high-style, underground bike design but now Taiwan-based design house Rough Crafts is making some noise. Their fully custom builds blend old school style and modern technology for bikes that look classic but won’t leave you stranded in a pool of oil. Their Iron Guerilla model (shown above) beefs up and murders-out a ’10 HD Iron, transforming it from bone-stock into a beautiful beast.
A lot of Harley purists hated on the V-Rod when it was released 10 years ago. They hate new stuff. The buying public however, jumped right on it. With a big 60º V-Twin motor and a drag-inspired design that offers comfy cruising, The V-Rod quickly became one of the pack. Now, H-D is releasing a limited-edition Ten Year Anniversary model that’s all chrome, polished steel and aluminum.
It’s happening. Electric motorcycles are actually starting to look cool. The craftsmen at the Netherlands’ Orphiro Motorcycles have just released a bike that look s like a vintage hardtail bobber, complete with belt drive and a one-up saddle. But look a bit closer and you’ll see it’s a plug-electric. Sure, it looks like a blast from the past but electric vehicles are the future. Get on board.
Known for making some of the world’s best performance motorcycle exhaust systems—think Aprilia, Ducati and Japanese sport bikes, the guys at Akrapovič have teamed up with another Slovenian cycle brand called Dreamachine. The result of their romance is a bike looking like a chopper/board tracker/sci-fi movie bike. Aside from its 113-c.i. S&S powerplant, this thing is totally custom.
Everywhere in the world, except America, small displacement bikes are all over the roads. This highly modified café from Aussie style mavens Deus Ex Machina is built off a Yamaha Scorpio 225. In Indonesia for instance, this is the biggest bike Yamaha sells. For crowded city streets & incredible fuel economy, bikes of this class just can’t be beat.
It sure looks good, but if you don’t know much about scooters, the finer points of this build will go right over your head. Almost completely hand-fabricated, the Black Falcon from LA’s Falcon Motorcycles, is a true ground-up custom. Built around the rare & legendary Vincent Black Shadow motor, a custom frame, front end, brakes, tins and much more were all one-off creations for this beastly bike. Museum quality construction and 140 mph, what do you think you’d pay?