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LADD. Krugger’s Vintage Style Shovelhead Racer.

Belgium Fred “Krugger” Bertrand is a well known custom builder with a strong reputation for being a problem solver, both in terms of motorcycle design and engineering. Never afraid to challenge conventionalism and to explore the unfamiliar, his creations are always very unique, getting him plebiscited by his fellow builders when he competes in the […]


Italian Motorcycles Manufacturer Mondial Is Back With The Hipster Model

With the slogan “Get Going Again”, Italian brand FB Mondial is back in business and is launching The Hipster, a 4-stroke motorcycle offered in 125 cc and 250 cc. The original FB Mondial (FB stands for the 2 brothers Fratelli and Boselli) was a motorcycles manufacturer (1948-1979) well known for its high-quality sporting motorcycles and […]

Flashback. 1927 Indian Scout 45

Originally designed by Charles B. Franklin, and introduced as a 1920 model, the Scout rivaled the Chief as Indian’s most important model. In 1927, with the Scout 45, the engine went from 37 cubic inch or 610 cc to 45 cubic inch or 740 cc. The reason for engine displacement increase was the strong competition […]

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Custom 1982 Honda

Last December 30, I published 1 photo, the only one I had at the time, of this custom 6-cylinder 1982 Honda built by Swiss Peter Bieri. I was able to join him again, to get a few more pictures of his creation, and got the following words from him. “I grew up with motorcycles. My […]

Triumph Celebrates Its Best Ever Year Of Retail Sales In North America

The final sales numbers for December are in and 2016 will officially go down in the record books as the best year of retail sales for Triumph Dealers in North America in Hinckley Triumph history. For the month of December, Triumph dealers literally smashed the previous sales record with retails up a stunning 39% over […]

Polaris Shuts Down Victory Motorcycles. Effective Immediately.

It may be a huge surprise to most. Not so much for some insiders of the motorcycle industry who started to wonder after Polaris bought the Indian brand, how the company would be able to position the Victory brand versus Indian. And it appears that Polaris never succeeded to give Victory its own identity and […]

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A 1956 Harley Panhead Crafted By Bill Dodge

In 1948, during its introduction, who would have thought that the Overhead Valve (OHV) Panhead model would still influence motorcycle styling, would remain one of the most desirable machines for custom builders’ work, and even push third-party engine manufacturers to produce upgraded Panhead-styled engines in bigger displacements than the Harley original. In addition to its […]

1905 Style Homemade Motorcycle. You Can Do It.

A video I should have published a long time ago to incite all of you to build something in your garage. This one is a homemade 1905 ish inspired motorcycle you can easily build with a stretched bicycle frame, a motorcade from a VW top end, Honda 125 crank, Briggs cam. Automatic inlet valve dampened […]

What Will Be Trending In 2017

1- Change Of US Leadership Makes Predicting Anything Much More Complicated. Americans can’t recall a time when a change of leadership in Washington had the potential for such large and diverging effects on the U.S. economy. If you believe that the economy is going to be stimulated through new legislation and less regulation, for example […]

Bonhams Ducati Auction. Multiple Factory Racers And Dozens Of Rare Classic Models.

Nearly 40 examples from Ducati, the most legendary name in Italian motorcycling, will be offered by Bonhams at the seventh annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction that will take place Thursday, January 26th at the Rio Hotel & Casino. From street singles and scramblers to twins and works racers, spanning the decades from 1948 to 2001, […]

The Guzzi Airtail By Death Machines Of London

Death Machines Of London doesn’t build motorcycles to cause death. Its owners are just not responsible for the way you and others drive and ride. They just create very beautiful and rideable machine from factory machines having shown some age and tireless. This awesome Moto Guzzi Lemans MK2 was factory born in 1981 and its […]

DP One. Available In Limited Edition Series.

Contrary to popular belief it’s very difficult, even for a talented custom builder, to make a good living only building one-off bikes, one at a time. Reason why many of them try to market the custom parts they conceived when building their unique creations. And if they want to expand their business even more, they […]

2016, A Record Year For Triumph Motorcycles

The Hinckley, UK manufacturer announced bike sales increasing 4.5 percent, from 53,800 to 56,300 units. Profits doubled from $10.5 million to $20.5 million. A Triumph spokesperson stated :“Triumph has performed strongly against a backdrop of challenging currency, economic and motorcycle market conditions. Triumph has a long-term vision which requires ongoing investment in people, facilities, and […]

Cafe Racer Or Bobber?

Peter Bieri from the young Swiss custom shop PB33 Designs, sent me only one picture of this very unique custom 1982 Honda. I was expecting more photography before publishing, but Peter seems to have rode away…It’s a 6-cylinder bike designed such a way that it looks like the cross of a Cafe Racer with a […]

The New Indian Scout Can Jump

We already knew that the Indian Scout handles very well dirt at high speed as demonstrated during the RSD Hooligan Races. It also can jump. A demonstration by Troy Hoff.

Italian MV Agusta Out Of Money. No New Models In 2017.

MV Agusta has been struggling during these last few years and is now in survival mode. Although MV Agusta Holdings received some funding by selling a large part of its shares to an Anglo-Russian group called Black Ocean, the company officially announced that it has not enough available money to develop new motorcycles, and consequently […]

Is This The End Of The Electric Vehicle Federal Tax Credit?

On December 31, 2016, the Electric Motorcycle Federal Tax Credit – a 10% federal tax refund for new and used vehicles – is set to expire. Other “plug-in” State incentives would also disappear. Will they be renewed under the new administration? Electric vehicle manufacturers, cars and motorcycles, are worried. ZERO Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle sales […]

Florida Motorcycle Expo & Bike Builders Invitational. Feb. 17-18 In Clearwater.

There is another reason to complete your new custom bike before Daytona Bike Week. The 2017 Florida Motorcycle Expo & Bike Builders Invitational organized by Florida Full Throttle Magazine is set for February 17-18 in Clearwater. The event eatures numerous activities, contests, exhibitor booths, live music and the Bike Builder Invitational that showcases top custom motorcycles. […]

First 26” Front Wheel Custom Harley Tri Glide

To the best of my knowledge, Rick’s House Of Custom “Twenty Six” is the first custom Harley-Davidson Tri Glide featuring a 26” front wheel. Why doing such a makeover? Because a client asked, and it looks pretty good. And maybe many others will ask after seeing this feature. Especially after I mention that this Rick’s […]

Lowest numbered Crocker Ever To Be Auctioned At January’s Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

This 1937 Crocker Small Tank – serial number 36-61-8 – comes from the renowned collection of Dale Walksler’s Wheels Through Time Museum. Called as the “Duesenberg of motorcycles,” Crocker is the definitive American motorcycle – handmade, powerful and fast. What makes Crocker #8 even more special is the fact that this is one of the […]

Captain America Victory Vegas

From a Benelux builder and reader…. For Victory Motorcycles Benelux I customized a Victory Vegas, Street Tracker style. The importer of the Victory motorcycles wanted an American touch, so we took Captain America as a source of inspiration. We did not want to overdo the theme bike thing so we kept it all within good […]

A Harley Dyna Glide It Was…

The most interesting custom builders may be those who don’t care at all about the “du jour” designing trends, and you can put Ken Nagai in this category. None of his creations can fit in any specific motorcycle category. This new project is a perfect illustration of his state of mind: “I don’t care what […]

Harley-Davidson New Boom! Audio 205 Bluetooth Helmet Headset

Ride a with the convenience of Bluetooth® connectivity offered by the new Boom! Audio 20S Bluetooth Helmet Single Headset (P/N 76000736, $299.95*) from Harley-Davidson®. This state-of-the-art Bluetooth 4.1 communication system uses Universal Intercom™ protocol so it can be paired with many other available Bluetooth headsets for intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger and/or […]

The Beast Hoverbike. Fan Powered.

It looks like a giant hairdryer from the 70’s because its creator Rico Kersten loved the idea that one powerful radial fan could lift and move the vehicle/bike. Some wings on the bottom are used for steering and two big thrust reverse brakes stop it. The Beast Hoverbike was a winner in the Allegorithmics Contest […]

12th Edition Of Custombike Show In Bad Salzuflen, Germany

The Trade Fair/Exhibition Center at Bad Salzuflen (Dec 1-3), had a record participation of vendors, part distributors, spectators and the largest ever exhibition of custom motorcycles. 300 exhibitors and 350 bike show competitors, 800+ of modified or customized motorcycles were squeezed in the 3 halls of the Bad Salzuffen Fair Center. A few shots of […]

Indian Motorcycle Recalls Certain 2014-2017 Models For Potential Fuel Leak

Indian Motorcycle is recalling 2014-2017 models for a potential fuel leak. Are concerned: Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftan, Chieftan Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster manufactured from April 15, 2013 to July 15, 2016. The very popular Scout and Scout Sixty are not affected. In the US, 23,746 motorcycles are recalled with more to […]

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