Built to celebrate the 80th anniversary of BMW's legendary boxer, the BMW R 5 Hommage Motorcycle is a carefully updated take on the classic. Dreamed up by BMW Motorrad head designer Ola Stenegard and brought to life by builders Ronna and Benna Norén and Sebastian Gutsch, it has a custom frame that's very similar to the original, yet adds in modern elements like a comfortable rear suspension and modern front fork. The engine is an original R 5, restored to glory and paired with a supercharger and custom stainless steel exhaust for added power. Finishing off the bike are a hand-hammered steel tank with ghosted black paint, a one-off seat covered in hand-stitched leather, and custom handlebars with machined, adjustable controls. A fitting tribute to a great pre-war bike.
You don't need a crazy body or audacious exhaust to make a great custom bike. This Vintage Steele 1978 Yamaha SR500 Motorcycle is proof. Built by the Vermont-based cycle shop, it keeps things simple yet stylish, with a knobby rear tire, a retro-styled white gas tank, gold tinted wheels, and a blue-tinted frame that adds a necessary splash of color. And unlike most custom rides, this one won't cost a fortune to put in your garage.
As the first bike out of the company's Indonesian arm, you'd think the Deus Ex Machina Bali Dog Motorcycle would be a display-type piece. Instead, it never quits changing. Reimagined multiple times to suit the current rider's needs, it began life as a plastic-clad Yamaha Scorpio, which has since been completely stripped, and is currently outfitted with knobby tires appropriate for the island's rugged trails, a plastic fender for added durability, a vintage lamp and seat for retro appeal, a custom tank built to match the matte-black look, and, of course, bars for carrying your board to and from the beach.
Developed in collaboration with BMW Motorrad designer Julian Weber, the Diamond Atelier BMW Mark II Series Motorcycle puts a charismatic spin on the 2-Valve Monolever. The bike comes with either an 800 or 1,000cc engine, and is available in three stages, each with different equipment and levels of modification. No matter which one you choose, you get an aggressive, low-slung cafe racer-style body in your choice of color, and the satisfaction of knowing you own one of just 10 such examples in the world.
Inspired by the Yamaha BW200 — a bike that was company founder John Ryland's first ride, and he describes as "a two-wheeled three-wheeler" — the Classified Moto BW650 Motorcycle is ready for both on- and off-road adventure. The BW200 didn't just serve as a design guide, though, as it also supplied the rear swing arm, attached to a Honda XR650L donor with Yamaha WR250R forks. Also notable are the custom triple trees, stainless exhaust and intake, upholstered waxed canvas and leather seat, and the impossible-to-miss oversized STI Black Diamond tires.
Based on a K100 from 1985, the BMW K100 Impuls K101 Motorcycle takes a three-decade-old bike and brings it firmly into modern times. Impuls worked with artist Fabian Gatermann, who scanned the motorcycle in 3D, modified the structure, then created a series of polygons for the gas tank and seat which were then replicated in real life by hand. The result is a merging of digital and manual techniques that's fitting for a bike that has its roots in the past yet is perfectly suited for the future.
If you're going to customize a Triumph Bonneville Standard, you might as well go for broke. This Ducati Miss Moneypenny Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle is a collaboration between Marcos Martines and Ducati Triumph NYC that was hatched when a client wanted something original he could ride and park in his living room. The fuel tank, headlight, bucket, inner ring, skid plate, and fenders were all removed and replaced with shiny copper while a custom leather seat was created using a British Customs seat pan. As appealing as Monneypenny herself, and optimized for the streets of NYC thanks to suspension modification, adjustable springs, and piggyback shocks.
Although it may look vintage, the Rokon Trail-Breaker Dirt Bike is anything but old. The classic 60's frame has been updated with a patented AutoGrab front suspension, making riding on mud, sand, or snow feel almost as smooth as asphalt. A pair of wide tractor tires with all-wheel drive capability can handle any terrain, while a set of hollow drum wheels can provide floatation or storage for over two gallons of fuel or water to help get you way off the beaten path.
Most motorbikes don't have four wheels. Most aren't powered by Maserati engines, either. Both are defining features of the Lazareth LM847 Quad Motorcycle, essentially a sport bike built around a 4.7L V8 producing 470 hp. Despite its massive engine, it has all the properties you'd expect in a bike, such as handlebars, a low-slung saddle, the ability to lean — at least a little — in the turns, and distinctive headlamps.
For their first build, Hyde Designs from Cape Town have quickly gained the attention of those with a keen eye for a great looking bike. The Hyde Octavia BMW X Challenge Motorcycle was built in six months and used the BMW X Challenge for its 650 Rotax engine, open swingarm, and main structural frame. The finished product is quite a departure from the BMW though, with an angular custom-welded steel tank and a fiberglass tail. Dubbed "Octavia", it's a dark, modern Café Racer that's sure to turn heads.
Based on a Buell XB12 but with plenty of XR1 components, the Bott XC1 Motorcycle is a cafe racer that's easily self built and customizable. Its secondary fueltank under the rear shock gives it a total fuel capacity of 13 liters, plenty enough to power the 100 hp Thunderstorm V-Twin engine. And while the geometries are the same as the Buell, it shares its frame, secondary tank, swingarm, suspension, wheels, and brakes with the Bott XR1. Available as a kit or in pre-built form.
Based on the record-breaking 1928 BMW R37 ridden by Ernst Henne, this Revival BMW Landspeeder Motorcycle is a modern interpretation of a legendary racing bike. Built to perform yet destined for life in a private gallery, it features an airhead engine that was rebuilt anyway, set lower than the original, and this time in a frame built from flat-cut steel instead of tubing. There's no lights, battery, or alternator, since racing and/or display bikes don't need them. Nor do they need brakes, so the straight spokes in the front and solid wheel cover in the rear appear unadorned. Finally, there's the stainless steel exhaust system with browned pipes, a reminder that while it might not take you to the store and back, it's got a growl every bit as formidable as any chopper down the street.
Everyone old enough to remember Happy Days knows how iconic Henry Winkler's "The Fonz" was. Now you can own his ride. Originally built by Hollywood bike legend Bud Ekins and one of only three used on the show, Fonzie's 1949 Triumph Trophy 500 Motorcycle is the ultimate piece of fan memorabilia. Fully documented when it was auction by Bonhams several years back, the 500cc model has buckhorn handlebars, a silver gas tank, and a removed front fender, and is completely unrestored, bearing all the scars it earned during filming. The downside? If you want the matching motorcycle jacket, you're going to have to break into the Smithsonian to get it.
Based on a Yamaha TW 225, the Deus Ex Machina Two-Up Yamaha Motorcycle plusses the diminutive bike with a number of upgrades. The engine and wheels are done up with black paint, the better to contrast with the vintage Husky aluminum fuel tank sporting a fresh white paint job from Dutchy Motorcycle. A SuperTrapp muffler provides a deeper growl, air now arrives via a high-flow K&N filter, an EasyRider seat ensures a comfortable ride, and the twin head and tail lights give it an even more recognizable look.
The most well known American daredevil of all time left a lasting mark on our culture. Known for his ramp to ramp motorcycle jumps, Knievel also was the subject of two films. The second film, Viva Knievel! starred Knievel himself and featured this 1976 Harley-Davidson XL1000 Motorcycle. The bike is a 1976 Ironhead Sportster 1000 made to look like one of Knievel's XR-750 jump bikes. It was on display in a personal museum for many years and restored cosmetically by the man who painted Knievel's jump bikes. Available at auction in January in Las Vegas.
Based on the notoriously '80s-styled BMW R80, the Autofabrica Type 10 Motorcycle gives the bike new life as a pared-down custom. The original bike was completely stripped down, revealing the airhead engine and graceful lines of the tank. Modifications then began, with the front end lowered for a more aggressive look, red acrylic brake light fins and frame tube-mounted turn indicators added, and hand-bent marine-grade SAE 316 stainless steel exhaust pipes attached. The slightly revised tank now sports a deep blue paint job, while the tan leather seat accommodates two riders thanks to hidden, removable passenger foot pegs.
Owning a new motorcycle can be great, until you pull up to a stranger riding the same exact bike. The guys at British Customs are out here creating one of a kind works of art that will separate you from the pack. Built in collaboration with legendary street tracker builder Richard Pollock, the Tracker Classic consists of some features blessed by the man himself. Like the Mule Tri-Oil Cooler Kit, Mule Swingarm Spacers, the Mule Bar, to name a few. They've combined a rebuilt stock motor with a few important tweaks to give you just the power you need on the streets or to leave your friends in the dust on the track.
It's based on a Honda Supersport with a 125cc engine. But you'd be hard-pressed to tell by looking at it. Inspired by Jet Age futurism, the Bandit9 Ava Motorcycle is a chrome-clad ride that's sure to be a highlight of any collection. It's built entirely by hand, with a high-grade steel unibody and faring, unique dual rear shocks, a sand casted swing arm, and a calf leather seat. Other highlights include the naked speedometer, custom handlebars with turn signals at the ends, and the low-hanging exhaust. Limited to only 9 units, with free door-to-door shipping so it's as shiny when it arrives as it was when it left the shop.
A collaboration two years in the making, the Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent takes the Italian bike manufacturer's '70s-inspired bike and adds a touch of fashion-focused cafe racer flair. Unique features include a black engine with brushed head fins, a black exhaust with a Termignoni silencer, lower handlebars with variable sections and aluminum rear mirrors sprouting from the ends, and a matte black paint job applied using a brushing process similar to that of the unique copper color that defines the front mudguard, nose fairing, frame, and wheels. Limited to only 1,077 individually-numbered units.
Plain looks, famous owner. Steve McQueen's 1963 Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle is an exciting piece of motoring history, and not just because of the star who rode it. Bud Ekins, a friend of and stunt double for McQueen and a well-known motorcycle racer himself, modified the bike for off-road racing. He added a number of specialized parts before handing it off to their buddy Kenny Howard — better known as Von Dutch — to be given a plain paint job, since Dutch's trademark pinstriping was likely to be worn away by sand and dirt while riding. It's this rich history that gives the bike its character, and makes it a covetable prize for memorabilia and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.
Originally built for a H-D dealership contest, the Analog Harley-Davison Street 750 Motorcycle takes one of the company's most affordable models and turns it into a rugged custom scrambler. Gone are the stock wheels, replaced with custom spokes and rims from Buchanan's, wrapped in Continental TKC80 tires. Fox Podium RC1 Shocks help absorb bumps in the rear, and are topped with a custom rear fender and an Analog-sourced tail light, while a CNC-milled aluminum luggage rack accommodates the Cotter Pin tool and luggage rolls. The engine's growl is now heard through a two-into-one stainless steel exhaust system capped by a Cone Engineering muffler, and has a custom perforated heat shield on the side to help keep you cool on longer rides.
With a clean, simple design, the BMW R NineT Scrambler Motorcycle marries the freedom and customization options of a scrambler with legendary German engineering. It's powered by an air-cooled, 1,170 cc flat-twin boxer engine creating 110hp, set inside a specially developed steel tubular space frame that uses the engine as a key load-bearing component. The raised exhaust has two vertically arranged rear silencers that help keep the bike thin while providing a throaty sound, and the black-coated frame, swing arm, wheels — 19-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear — fork tubes, and engine housing contrast nicely with the two-tone silver gas tank, brown seat, and circular headlamp.
Powered by the same crossplane, 999cc inline-four engine as the race-ready YZF-R1, the Yamaha MT-10 Motorcycle merges track-worthy performance with street-friendly conveniences. Its traction control system, three riding modes, and slipper clutch also come from its high-performance cousin, while its short wheelbase, cruise control, and LCD multi function instrument panel make it a blast to ride at any speed. Available in black, grey and green, blue and black, or all-black, but unfortunately not in the USA (yet).
No one rides a motorcycle in Star Wars. If they did, they'd ride the Ural Dark Force Motorcycle. Inspired by the iconic film series, this sidecar-equipped bike comes in a murdered out black livery even Vader would be proud of. There's an Enduro bench seat with room for your Sith apprentice while a Stormtrooper rides alongside, high-visibility LED lighting, a 41hp, 749cc engine for escaping Rebel fire, Brembo brakes for quick stops, and even a custom mount for your Lightsaber. Hyperdrive not included.
"Factory" and "Custom" tend to be mutually exclusive terms in the world of cafe racers, but the Triumph Thruxton R Motorcycle manages to be both at once. Powered by a 1,200cc liquid-cooled engine, this six-speed ride has a number of standard performance-enhancing features, like an adjustable Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Showa big piston forks, traction control, ABS, and ride-by-wire throttle. It's also fully modern, with LED rear lighting, a USB charging socket for your gadgets, and twin clocks with a digital menu system. The sleek fuel tank is the industry's first with a Monza cap, but it's the huge number of Triumph-made accessories that help let you make it yours, providing a custom experience right at the dealership.
What started as a client's need for a new seat became a total transformation. Named after the German tanks of WWII, the Maria Riding Company Panzer Motorcycle is similarly rugged. A low, aggressive stance and fat tires make it look as mean as it sounds on the road, while small details like the modified airbox and hidden battery keep your eyes moving. Finished off with a red painted frame that, while a bit risky, makes this bike stand out in just the right way.
Named for the Milanese word for "two" — referring to the number of cylinders in its S&S X Wedge engine — the CR&S Duu Motorcycle can be as simple or as refined as you like. The engine serves as the main heart of the bike, attaching to a stainless steel chassis and a five- or six-speed gearbox. The rest of the specifics are determined by which version you choose, as there are 10 different variations, each with its own colors, bodywork, and other adornments. No matter which you decide on, however, one thing remains the same: the near-instant access to torque and the throaty exhaust that make it such fun to ride.
Powered by a 162 hp Testastretta engine, the Ducati Diavel Carbon Motorcycle is a nice compromise between street cruiser and race-ready superbike. Thanks to the use of composite materials and machined aluminum components, the bike has a dry weight of just 452lb, yet still has a strong tubular steel Trellis frame, six-speed gearbox, LCD instrument display, and twin lateral radiators to keep things cool while keeping the front of the bike looking clean. Available in a handsome Asphalt Grey and Matte Carbon livery.
A return to form compared to its uncharacteristically heavy, sluggish predecessor, the Sport Scout was crucial to the continued success of Indian in the 1930s. Noted collector and Indian enthusiast Steve McQueen knew this of course, which is why he had this 1934 Indian Sport Scout Motorcycle in his garage. Powered by a 750 cc engine, it has the lightweight open frame and Euro-style fork that the model was know for, as well as a ivory and black paint scheme. Purchased at a Bonham's McQueen sale in 2006, it's in great condition, and comes with an Idaho title signed by the legend himself.