Sometimes custom builds veer so far from the original bike that they become basically unrecognizable. That's not the case with the Ton-Up BMW R80 Indira Motorcycle. It's respectful of the original design, while adding enough new features to forge its own identity. There's a new fuel tank, a lowered front suspension, a shortened sub-frame, a new seat, smaller handlebars, headlight, taillight, and indicators, a new exhaust, and handsome black and brown livery. Yet the BMW engine at its heart is still there, visible as ever, an indication to fellow gearheads of the bike's rich heritage.
Celebrating BMW's tradition of form and function, the Deus Ex Machina BMW Heinrich Maneuver Motorcycle is a throwback to the work of the renowned German fuel tank designer Karl Heinrich, for whom it's named. Indeed, the oversized gloss white and alloy tank is a centerpiece for the bike, using an elaborate network of channels and baffles to keep the fuel from sloshing around. Other notable features include a bespoke sub frame, a hand-crafted alloy and suede seat, slightly repositioned the foot-pegs and controls for ideal body placement, and a Motogadget dash.
A classically-trained industrial designer. A client who wanted a low-maintenance solution. And a classic airhead. Add them together and you get the Tim Harney 1976 BMW 75/6 Motorcycle. This subtle update on the vintage bike sports a number of custom enhancements, including Mikuni VM32 carburators, shortened Suzuki DR650 forks, a Harley-Davidson Sportster headlight, an electronic ignition, a custom 304 stainless steel exhaust with an Arrow muffler, and a new, smaller battery with custom-wired fuse box. The cowhide-covered seat, engine-matching frame, black subframe, and blue gray paint on the new gas tank apply the finishing touches.
The Honda CB750 is one of the most important Japanese sport bikes of all time. The Clockwork Twenty2 Motorcycle takes a 1978 model and turns it into something completely modern. Highlights include a modified powdercoated frame, a completely rebuilt engine, bored out to 836cc (an increase of roughly 100cc), a keyless ignition, Suzuki Gsx front forks and brakes, a digital Motogadget gauge, and a custom side cover, battery box, and leather seat. A monochromatic color scheme completes the transformation.
Built for pure speed, the BMW Apollo Streamliner Motorcycle Concept isn't meant for the road. It's meant for the salt. More specifically, its design — produced by Istanbul-based Mehmet Doruk Erdem — is tailored to speed record attempts, and mixes a sleek, futuristic sloping front section that minimizes wind resistance with traditional details like a brown saddle and an exposed engine and rear suspension.
Refined enough for the streets but rugged enough to tackle a dirt trail, the Honda Bulldog Concept Motorcycle is designed to be an ideal touring partner. Features include a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke DOHC inline 2-cylinder 400cc engine, 15-inch wide tires, a low seat, a built-in carrier, a six-speed transmission, dual headlights, and an understated black and teal paint job. In addition, there's integrated storage on either side of the fuel tank, so can not only hail your gear, but hold it, too.
When it came time to replace Daryl Dixon's lost chopper, the showrunner for The Walking Dead didn't mess around. He called in the pros at Classified Moto, and had them build a matching pair of bikes. The Walking Dead Motorcycle is the result. Based on the 1992 Honda CB750 Nighthawk, it features front end from a Yamaha YZF-R6, including the wheel and brakes, a stock Nighthawk rear wheel, smooth-riding Progressive Suspension 970 piggyback shocks, Kenda Big Block tires, a custom leather seat, and a distressed finish befitting a ride from a zombie apocalypse.
The result of a collaboration between William Shatner and American Wrench, the Rivet One Motorcycle is a ride worthy of Captain Kirk. It's a three-wheeled ride, with exposed rivets on the WWII-inspired bodywork, a comfy-looking padded seat, and a streamlined profile worthy of a future from the past that never quite arrived. Further details are scant, but Shatner will be driving his across the country later this year, and you can sign up now to reserve your spot in line for what promises to be a unique, hand-built bike.
It's not the first Harley every made. It's not far from it, either. Serial number 2037, this 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank Motorcycle is believed to be the 37th built in 1907, and just the 94th overall, including the two original prototypes. It's also widely considered the best unrestored example in existence, sporting its original paint job, engine, frame, and namesake steel bands suspending the fuel and oil tanks from the frame. Purchased from the original owner's family estate in 1993, it comes complete with title.
Based on a stock 1990 FXR with a factory-reconditioned motor, this Church of Choppers Harley-Davidson FXR Motorcycle is far from its factory-approved roots. Adorned with subtle splashes of color in unexpected places, this one-of-a-kind ride features a ton of custom metalwork, including on the controls, exhaust, swing arm, seat, and tank, as well as a number of high-end additions, including Beringer rotors, a Racefit CR exhaust, a Dyna front end, an Odyssey battery, and Mach Modified piggyback shocks.
The truth is, some family heirlooms are better than others, and it's likely this one's better than what you've got waiting for you. This 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide Motorcycle has been in the same family since the late 50's, and every inch of it has been carefully rebuilt. In fact, every part down to the washers of this bike has been either replaced or reproduced to match exact factory specs and materials. It even retained its original registration number. So whether you're a serious collector or not, if you get your hands on this bike, don't let it leave the family.
It's not analog in the sense of dials, knobs, and all things non-digital, but the Analog Ducati Scrambler does have a bit of that to it, as well. Based on a 1975 Ducati GT860, this one-of-a-kind ride has been completely rewired, and features a custom tank, Fox shocks, the front end from a Triumph Tiger, a custom exhaust, rebuilt wheels, LED taillight and turn signals, a custom luggage rack, roll bracket, and headlight bracket, and a welded-on headlight rock guard. Built in Illinois, and sadly already spoken for.
Named after a dominating race horse, the Deus Ex Machina Hondo Grattan Motorcycle is fittingly lean and powerful. It's based on a Ducati Scrambler, and focuses its attention on the aluminum bodywork, including a single-piece tail with integrated license plate support, a speedway-inspired headlight, and an asymmetric mudguard. Other features include a snaking dedicated exhaust, large disc brakes, and a bright yellow and sky blue paint scheme.
On the market since 1967, the Moto Guzzi V7 is a classic two-wheeler, good for everyone from beginners to experienced bikers who enjoy its pleasant ride. But should you find yourself outgrowing its straightforward looks, all you need is need is one of these Moto Guzzi V7 Motorcycle Kits to give it a whole new look. Available in four styles — Dapper, Dark Rider, Scrambler, and Legend — these kits come with everything you need to completely transform the look of your bike, changing everything from the saddle and handlebars to the tires, exhaust, and in some cases, even the shocks.
It can be said that when an incredibly unique event takes place, a full moon may have played a role. The Full Moon Concept Motorcycle from Slovenian exhaust pioneers Akrapovič may not be the result of a full moon, taking its name from the large aluminum and carbon thirty-inch wheel, but its design and look are nothing short of unique. With over eight hundred hours of work, it features an S&S Knucklehead 1,524 cc engine and two modified custom-made Akrapovič exhausts. The body and frame are made entirely of sheet metal and is an extension of the exhaust system. Designed as a continuation of their 2011 Morsus bike, the Full Moon manages to move the story forward while presenting itself as a completely different, exciting prototype machine.
The latest evolution in the classic XJR1300 series from Yamaha is upon us, and it's a sight for sore eyes. The 2015 XJR1300 takes styling influence from the custom work of builders Keino and Deus Ex Machina and features the world's largest-displacement air-cooled Inline-Four engine in production. It has a slim fuel tank design with a race-bred look, a 4-2-1 matt black exhaust, and a 4-cylinder DOHC 1,250cc air-cooled engine. The latest in this iconic line also comes in three colors, Power Blue, Matt Grey, or Midnight Black.
It's hard to go wrong with titanium and dark chrome. Toss in the Ducati brand and it's even more difficult to ignore. The Diavel Titanium is loaded with a Testastretta 11° DS engine, electronic fuel injection, and sports a steel tube trellis with a dark chrome finish. It's a sleek, impressive looking machine, and only 500 numbered bikes were produced, making it even more desirable.
Part superbike, part computer, all performance. The Ducati 1299 Panigale Superbike Motorcycle is the Italian manufacturer's newest flagship, and it promises to set a new benchmark for speed and handling. It's powered by a 1,285cc Superquadro engine that outputs 205 hp, which is paired with a new electronic package offering three different Riding Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Traction Control, and Ducati Quick Shift, the first time the latter's been offered on a street-legal bike. While you might not be able to legally use all that power on the road, it's nice to know it's there when you decide to hit the track.
When Harley-Davidson quit building the Buell 1125, the guys at Ronin Motor Works were upset — and they decided to do something about it. The Ronin 47 Motorcycle is the result. Based on the 1125, this striking conversion ditches the original's Showa forks for a cast aluminum alloy linkage fork, with easy fine-tuning available via a Penske mono-shock. There's also a radiator front-and-center to help cool down the notoriously hot Rotax-designed motor, alongside stacked low and high beam headlights. Other notable changes include a new exhaust system, new controls, new gauges, a new seat, a new LED taillight, and a new RFID-enabled key for push-button starting. Named after the Japanese folktale The 47 Ronin, only 47 uniquely samurai-named bikes will be available.