40 years ago, iconic Italian cycle brand Moto Guzzi won the contract to produce fleet bikes for the California Highway Patrol. It was an unprecedented honor for a foreign brand; a deal that helped Guzzi gain prominence in the US market. Their 2014 California 1400 pay homage to the bike’s legendary style & includes the latest in Guzzi technology. It’s available in a Custom or dressed Touring version, neither of which look at all like a cop bike.
We checked with some experts and it’s confirmed: this is a motorcycle. As you can plainly see, the guys at Birmingham, Alabama’s Confederate motorcycles are playing by their own rules when it comes to bike design. They’ll only make 7 of these big-bore V-twin R135 Wraith Combat models, so if you think you’d know what to do with this thing, you better jump in line.
You might remember Zeus & Apollo and a few other figures from Greek mythology but what about Hephaestus? No? Umm, the god of Blacksmiths, duh. This raw metal creation from Beijing-based custom garage Bandit 9 is named for the obscure Greek god & it’s based off a 400cc Japanese version of Honda’s Hawk GT from the late 80s. It got a complete performance upgrade plus all custom-crafted tins done up in stainless steel.
Learning how to ride a motorcycle takes practice and it’s the smart beginner who starts with a bike that’s easy to handle. The 2014 CTX700 bikes are Honda’s latest offering for all the motorcycle newbies out there. The lightweight and modestly powered 670cc parallel twin offers features such as a low 28.3” seat height for riders of all sizes and a 6-speed automatic transmission for those who don’t want to shift manually.
Those enthusiastic motorcycle misfits known as Ural owners are always dressing up their Russian iron in wartime paint schemes with tricked out sidecars. But the builders at Icon 1000 don’t. They took the stock Ural Solo and tweaked it pretty hard, transforming yet another unlikely vintage ride into some sort of future-retro-enduro-street fighter.
Japanese custom bike builders have been tinkering with 70s-era Yamaha SR models for years but the old, reliable twins are getting some traction in the states thanks to builders like Virginia-based Motohangar. Their stylishly stripped-down SR café builds look fast & mean but cost only a fraction of the price of a new bike. Source
Year after year, Honda’s legendary VFR1200 ranks among the most advanced and fastest production bikes on the road. Along with ABS braking, traction control, and its super-compact 1237cc V4 motor, the 2013 gets a standard setting dual-clutch transmission for paddle-style speed shifting through all 6 gears.
The Bike EXIF blog is one of the internet’s most popular custom motorcycle sites. If you’ve got a thing for hot pics of 2-wheeled vehicles, the site is practically p@rn. Their 2013 13-month wall calendar features incredible photography of the year’s most iconic bikes which you can proudly display in your office without fear of an HR infraction.
Inspired by the Russian icebreaker ships that smash their way through the Arctic Ocean off the Yamal Peninsula, the limited edition Ural Yamal features a beefed up build for all-weather survival. It’s got additional lighting, hand guards, a weatherproofed undercarriage, a knobby spare tire, plus a high-vis orange paint scheme.