Posts tagged Custom Build
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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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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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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The Classified Moto Junior Minibike is What Our Childhood Self Always Wanted

Classified Moto started this project with a 1991 Honda Scrambler CT70, something you probably wouldn’t guess just from looking at the final product. “Junior” is John Ryland’s bike built for wheelies, and it’s meant to serve as pint-sized version of the custom bike shop’s “Frank” bike, which they built with Rebel Yell Bourbon. They stripped the frame, tossed on some off-the-shelf canister shocks, added a flip-up seat, and bolted on the front end to create something tough and fun.

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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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Tractor 05 By Venier Customs is a Stylish Racer

Brooklyn, New York-based Venier Customs knows a thing or two about turning out incredibly well finished custom motorcycles. For years now they’ve produced some the best custom sleds, refining factory builds and making them better by leaps and bounds. Take the Moto Guzzi V7 “Tractor 05” for example. A kind of merging between of the aesthetics of both past and present, this build features an elongated and reshaped tank, a totally redone tail section complete with a handmade leather seat and recessed LED tail light.

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2018 Honda Super Scrambler Cub by K-Speed

When Thai rap legend Joey Boy approached the crew at K-Speed about building him a completely custom scrambler based on their Super Power Cub. K-Speed knew exactly what approach to take by learning from the previous build, then executed perfectly, and delivered to the rapper a truly unique motorcycle, the 2018 Super Scrambler Cub.In similar fashion to the aforementioned Cub build, the Super Scrambler started with a new 2018 Super Cub 110i donor that first received a trim job to the rear fender to tidy up the look of the civilian stock bike. Then they completely lost the factory cargo rack and many of the standard safety covers, reducing the bulky original appearance and keeping only the bare essentials. The standard handlebars were ditched to add a custom tracker style riser set and the headlight was completely removed and replaced by a fork mounted unit. Mods to the engine include an oversized piston, injection module upgrade, and the conversion to a manual clutch, prepping the pint sized scrambler for a life of letting roost fly from its killer set of aggressive knobby tires.

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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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The Good Days Scrambler Works as Described

While a lot of custom motorcycle builders go a little over the top with their projects, some of the best ones are those that are kept simple. There’s a joy to be had in straightforward riding machines. But it’s also important to note that simple does not necessarily mean simplistic. Such is the case with this 1978 Yamaha SR500 ‘Good Days’ scrambler. Built by Daniel Peter, a Czech-born photographer based out of Chicago, as a side project between jobs – this bike is as straightforward as they come, but it was also a fairly thorough rebuild. Best part is: this bad boy is for sale.

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This KZ650 Resto-Mod is One of a Kind

When the folks at Paal Motorcycles were tasked with doing a restomod to a dilapidated 1978 Kawasaki KZ650, they managed to create one worth fawning over. Built for a client, this bike actually started out as a barn find that had been in disrepair for over 20 years. That kind of neglect comes at a high price, as the team had to completely disassemble the bike and do a rebuild from the ground-up. That included sandblasting it and applying a new paint job; refitting it with new gaskets, seals, and bearings; building a custom one-off snub-nosed exhaust; and handcrafting the tank and seat (including the leather pleating). The legends at Paal Motorcycles really performed a miracle breathing new life into this once-forgotten bike.

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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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Kawasaki KZ400 Type 14

Distilling a motorcycle to its core components, removing anything not necessary for the basic stop and go functions, can be a tough challenge to get just right while still keeping the bike operable. Feeling up to the challenge, the family at Auto Fabricia tackled this minimalist approach with their rendition of a Kawasaki KZ400 known as ‘Type 14,’ a bike so pure it leaves nothing on the table.

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