Posts tagged Custom
LEGO Leica M Camera

When it comes to the best things that start with the letter L, LEGO and Leica are pretty high up on the list. Combining the two of them has finally happened (and surprising it hasn’t happened earlier), which is exactly what Chris McVeigh did with his LEGO Leica M Camera Kit. If that name sounds familiar it’s because McVeigh is also responsible for custom LEGO kits for vintage tech and retro LEGO kits that allow you to build everything from Apple computers and boomboxes, to an arcade complete with air hockey table. The LEGO Leica M Camera isn’t the first camera replica that McVeigh designed, but it’s easily one of his best creations yet for the builder in your life.

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The FJ Company 1964 Land Cruiser Surf Wagon

Racking up years of experience restoring vintage Land Cruisers, The FJ Company has perfected the art of reviving old, dated machinery. Their latest is a 1964 Land Cruiser FJ45LV, a worthy surf wagon ready to cruise any coast. The build started as a derelict FJ45LV with more rust than original paint. The client wanted a modified 1960s FJ45LV that they could take to the coast, “in search of the area’s best sand and surf.” Mission accomplished. The FJ Company stripped it down to the original sheet metal, repainted it in a two-tone teal and white paint scheme, and then outfitted it with all the modern features The FJ Company is known for. Head over to their website to learn more (or order your own custom build).

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Tarform's Electric Motorcycle is Not What You Would Expect

You have a lot of options when it comes to emission-free, all-electric, modern transport. Most are designed to be good for the planet, but sacrifice style in the making. Tarform is switching it up with a modern electric motorcycle that checks all the eco-friendly boxes while still exuding all the rat bike style you crave. This unique bike that’s equal parts Brooklyn and Stockholm (a homage to the team that started Tarform), along with Cafe Racer and Flat Tracker, combines the simplicity of form with modern technology. As the brand describes it in the video, it’s “a vehicle that embodies the spirit of craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing and a clean technology in order to distill the form to only the essentials.” That means a bike that’s capable, clean and built with the latest and greatest tech to last.

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Pocket Rocket Bike

Urban transportation should be efficient and fun — but that doesn't mean it has to be dull and uninspiring. Germany-based Sol Motors has a cure for all the lifeless e-scooters clogging urban roads: the Pocket Rocket bike. The Pocket Rocket isn't an e-bike or a scooter, and it's too small to be a motorcycle, and Sol has categorized it as a noped. Packing up to 8.5 horsepower in a hub-mounted electric motor, the Pocket Rocket can hit up to 80 KPH and travel 80 kilometres. With a weight of 55 kilograms, you can store the Pocket Rocket nearly anywhere, and the ultra-modern design won't make you cringe either.

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Colonel Butterscotch is the Suzuki Bandit Your Dad Always Wanted

ICON 1000 has made its name taking motorcycles — new ones, along with those that were busted and broken — and retro-futurizing them. That’s just what they’ve done with their latest build, a yellow and white 1999 Suzuki Bandit 1200 that they’ve christened “Colonel Butterscotch.” The ’99 Suzuki was nearly complete junk when ICON first brought it into their garage. With a beaten up frame and a bulky body, the Bandit wasn’t winning any beauty contests. Yet ICON saw potential and got to work quickly stripping the bike of plastics and outfitting it with mundane odds and ends sourced from eBay.

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This is the Winner of Indian Motorcycle's 'The Wrench' Competition

In partnership with Hot Bike, Indian Motorcycle staged The Wrench, a Scout Bobber build-off where three finalists were each given a donor bike and ten grand to make their dreams reality. Top honors, a spread in Hot Bike, and a grand prize of $10,000 (USD) went to Alfredo “Fred” Juarez. From the beginning, Indian knew they had a very unique contestant in Juarez because he submitted an entry that was drawn-to-scale with measurements he took from a Scout at a local dealership and a concept that, as they describe it, had “style and blow but also the engineering and mechanical aspects that only a real builder would include.”

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The Alaskan by Earle Motors is a Wilderness Lovers Dream

Alex Earle works on designing cars at his day job with VW America — but builds bikes in his LA in his spare time. Working for Volkswagen means Alex has legitimate chops in both the design and engineering areas, born out by only his second build, the Ducati-based Alaskan. Starting with a Ducati Desert Sled, Alex takes the already-capable dual sport to the next level. To make sure it all works, Alex spent two weeks covering hundreds of miles in the Alaskan wilderness, earning the bike's name.

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Anvil’s Wild ‘Shrimp’ Indian Scout Sixty

Though it’s popularity as a sport has waned, flat track racing was once a huge deal across the United States. And Indian – the oldest surviving motorcycle brand in the USA – was a huge part of it. Now, as a tribute to one of their team riders from the early 1900s, they’ve commissioned this gorgeous 2018 Indian Scout Sixty from French custom shop, Anvil Motociclette.

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This Paul Smith-Designed Porsche Oozes Cool

British designer Paul Smith is one of the most stylish men in the world, and a true creative genius who has managed to stay on the cutting edge of style ever since he opened his first shop in 1960. Bold stripes, known as the "Artist Stripe", have always been his hallmark and he's applied them to many fashion items as well as various design icons over the years. Until now, however, he's never done so with an iconic Porsche 911. In collaboration with U.K. Porsche customizer Sports Purpose, they have just produced one of the most beautiful art cars ever made and it's one we'd kill to own.

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The ‘Type 7E’ From Auto Fabrica is a Minimalist's Dream Bike

Auto Fabrica is one of the best names in motorcycle customisation. They have a particular proclivity for re-fabricating Yamahas and flat trackers, and their latest edition, the Type 7E Yamaha SR500 is truly a triumph for the motorcycle house. The Type 7 Series is designed with adventure in mind, although you might not want to muddy this moto, the Type 7E (built out from a powerful Yamaha SR500), is designed to explore the off-road world.

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This Scrambler by NCT Motorcycles is a Beast

We’ve seen a handful of Austrian firm NCT Motorcycle’s custom bikes in the past. But their latest creation – a BMW R80 Scrambler they’ve named ‘Olivera’ – definitely makes our hearts skip a beat. Maybe it’s the simplicity to the build, maybe it’s the contrasting olive green and black paint job, or maybe it’s all of the above. Whatever the case, this completely rebuilt bike is an epic masterpiece. Even better, the build isn’t just an upgraded appearance, as it included upgrades like all-new electrics alongside Motogadget components, a powder-coated frame for extra durability, all new seals in the engine, and more. Put this one on our wishlist, please.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 Ute

Every so often, a vehicle comes along that proves to us that everything in the world is not so bad. Today, that vehicle is this custom Toyota Land Cruiser ute from the geniuses at Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers. There are a lot of things going on with this incredible SEMA build, so pay attention – it might get confusing. For starters, this wicked 4×4 is actually the body of a '79 Series Land Cruiser Ute on a 1993 FZJ80 chassis. As if that’s not weird enough, under the hood there’s a Cummins R2.8 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine capable of 161 horsepower. But it doesn’t stop there…

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Blacked Out Honda CX500 By X-Axis

X-Axis, a motorcycle custom shop based in the UK, has a certain affinity for Japanese motorcycles. Namely, Hondas; their portfolio is constituted by seven decked-out Honda projects, one of which is the stealthy Black Honda CX500, which X-Axis has brutalized in the best way. The custom shop was founded by British motocross champion Billy MacKenzie. Naturally, MacKenzie has a penchant for speed. As a two time British MX1 Champion, for Factory Kawasaki and Honda teams, and a three time overall Gran Prix winner, Billy loved to push bikes to their utmost pace. But after retirement, he needed a new checkered flag to chase – and he found his thrill in customizing the bikes that had brought him much of his racing glory, Hondas.

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This Motorcycle Makes Splitting Traffic Easy

We’re always slightly jealous of motorcyclists who cruise by when we’re stuck in traffic. Those nimble bikes allow riders to travel between cars, making red stretches on Google Maps less of a headache. Of course, sometimes even your standard motorcycle is just a little too wide for such things. That’s where Benji Cafe Racers comes in. The shop recently completed a custom Yamaha SR400 that’s designed to split traffic. The “Lane Splitter 54,” boasts a new, trimmer subframe, which, in essence, took things in at the waist. There’s a new exhaust and intake that are equally slender, and a custom leather seat blends right into the body. Everything about the two-wheeler is compact and ideal for just about any highway on the planet.

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Project Sequoia

When it comes to workshops that do resto-mods right, Legacy Overland is at the top of the game. They’ve added another stunning piece to their catalogue with this 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser they’re calling ‘Project Sequoia.’ While the name might conjure up a drive through the redwood forests of California, the drop-top style of this matte black Toyota is just as suited to beachside cruising. This bad boy even comes with a classic matched jerry can, in case you forget to fill up between rides. With Project Sequoia, the legends at Legacy Overland have truly outdone themselves.

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The Magpie Bike is Not What You Expect

BMW is well known in the world of custom motorcycles for having some excellent starting bikes. After all, their CB line is one of the most popular right now for how little it has to be changed in order to look like a stunning custom bike. Not all of their offerings, however, are quite so simple. And that’s exactly what makes this BMW R1200C by ROA Motorcycles so impressive: its transformation.

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The ‘A-15’ Scrambler Pays Tribute to a Man's Dog

The latest custom build from Sydney-based Gasoline Motor Co. is this rugged, off-road-ready scrambler — a 1200cc A-15 Harley-Davidson project that pays respect to the client’s lost K9 partner Angel — a Brindle American Staffy rescue dog: a rescue pup with a hunger for adventure, a love of outdoor pursuits and ultimately a catalyst for creative ideas. Franky, the owner of the A-15, asked that the build be aggressive, edgy, and able to handle just about anything he could throw at it. And we’ll be damned if Gasoline Motor Co. didn’t deliver in spades.

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This Custom Honda CB500 Four Cafe Racer is a Bike We Need

Motorcycle shops and the talented builders behind them have been building and re-building cafe racers for decades. Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles is a family affair based out of Germany that has created a perfect representation of the classic cafe racer you would expect, built from an old Honda. The bike arrived almost completely disassembled, and after putting it back together to verify it was mechanically sound, they set out to create their own interpretation of a Japanese classic. Upgraded brakes for better stopping power. New tires for road use. Different forks, triple trees and fork boots. Customized seat. Modern electronics in the front and rear. Fresh paint or powder coat on the entire bike including the engine. The list goes on and on. 

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Neo-Retro is a Robocop-Inspired Honda XLR250R

Some of Honda’s stock motorcycles are just begging to be turned into cafe racers – like the very common CB series. Which is probably why they’re so common with custom shops. Others, however, require a complete overhaul to even sort of resemble a modern bike. And that’s what makes this bike from ASK Motorcycle so impressive – it started out as an XLR250R dual-sport.Completely reimagined and transformed into the Robocop-esque neo-retro hill climber you see before you, this bike was a 3-year solo project of shop owner Rad Yamamoto. And if you look at the stock version of this bike, you’ll see what took so long. It helps, too, that all of its custom bodywork was made completely by hand.

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