Rajputana Customs

British and American customizers dominate the scene, but there are plenty of talent hotspots wlsewhere. Rajputana Customs is just one example, building bikes in Jaipur, India for a growing band of riders.

“India has a booming economy and many bikes. I think custom biking will grow.”

Vijay Singh

Rajputana Customs

Motorcycle

predominantly Royal Enfields

Location

Jaipur/India

Who Hares Wins

With a background in industrial design and automotive engineering, Bo's experience spans pre-war to post-industrial 70s machines. As a sideline to his 'real' job, he restores and customises some ridiculously radical bikes.

"If it has a collection of reciprocating parts and a soul, I am instantly hooked on the craftmanship, the how and the why"

BO HARE

Who Hares Wins

MOTORCYCLE

Various

LOCATION

Wheathampstead / England

Nozem

The word Nozem stems from a '60s sub-culture of leather-clad youths cruising the streets of Amsterdam on bikes and rebelling against authority. Think of them as the Dutch equivalent of Rockers. 

"We've got a foot in the door of the graphic design and custom bike markets and we incorporate the customer's wishes into our style creating a unique blend"

LORENZO PINTO, DELANO LIMEON & DANIEL MARCHANT

Nozem Motorcycles

MOTORCYCLE

Various

LOCATION

Amsterdam / The Netherlands

 

Clutch Customs

William Knoll is a man obsessed. He's an ex-fashion photographer with a passion for fabricating every part of his motorcycles himself. The results are phenomenally pure motorcycles with styling cues from cafe racers, scramblers, flat-trackers and Scandinavian furniture...

"I get bored quickly so I don't like making the same thing twice"

WILLIAM KNOLL

Clutch Motorcycles

MOTORCYCLE

Various

LOCATION

Paris / France

LSL Motorrad Technik

Whether you're checking out a customised classic, modified retro or even a blinged sportsbike, if it's a quality build it's likely to have bolt-on parts sporting the LSL logo.

"My education came from riding on the back of a Rocket 3"

Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler

LSL Motorrad Technik

MOTORCYCLE

Parts builder

LOCATION

Krefeld / Germany

lsl.eu

El Solitario

Yamaha teamed up with Spanish crew El Solitario for the final XJR build of 2015, celebrating 25 years of the iconic street bike. 'Big Bad Wolf' stays true to the Yard Build ethos with no cutting or welding to the frame.

"It's one of the gnarliest muscle bikes of recent years"

David Loner

El Solitario

MOTORCYCLE

Yamaha XJR

LOCATION

Galicia / Spain

elsolitariomc.com

Revival Cycles

Some of the world's most special customised classics originate from a large lock-up next to a trailer park in a shabby Austin suburb in Texas, USA. As the coolest bike shop in Texas, Revival Cycles is a serious operation, utilising all the 21st century technology they can get to keep loads of (mostly) 20th century iron plodding along.

"While I think aesthetically, Stefan thinks mechanically"

Alan Stulberg

Revival Cycles

MOTORCYCLE

Various

LOCATION

Austin / Texas / USA

 

revivalcycles.com

Down and Out

Supplying bikes to the owner of The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club has really seen things take off for D&O. Never has a custom bike shop name been further from the truth. These boys are on the up

"Metal fabrication is our business and nothing scares us. We're that diversified that we can build anything and make it look the bollocks because that's what we do"

SHAUN WALKER

Down and Out

MOTORCYCLE

Various

LOCATION

Barnsley / England

 

bespokemotorcycles.co.uk

72 Motorcycles

Cutting up a brand new Norton to make a 1970s dirt track replica takes some guts. Thankfully Jamie Ireson's courage is genuinely stunning.

JAMIE IRESON

72 Motorcycles

"I'd never heard of Ron Wood Norton but the moment I saw a picture of the bike, I fell in love"

MOTORCYCLE

Norton 1970 direct track replica

LOCATION

Brighton / England

72motorcycles.com

Shaw Speed and Customs

What do Ralph Lauren, Rockstar, Playboy, Carole Nash and Bell&Ross have in common? They have all commissioned bikes from Shaw Speed and Custom, the custom wing of the Shaw Harley-Davidson dealership near Brighton. 

"We've created bikes based on the sportster 48 for all sorts of clients. It's such a versatile machine"

STEVE WILLIS

Shaw Speed and Custom

MOTORCYCLE

Harley Davidson / Various

LOCATION

Lewes / England

 

shawspeedandcustom.co.uk

Hawg Haven

Norwich-based Hawg Haven boast over 30 years of bike building epxerience and can creat anything from a carb jet to a complete frame or engine.

JOHN QUANTRELL

Hawg Haven

MOTORCYCLE

Harley Davidson Silent Gray Fellow

LOCATION

Norwich / England

"The seat is off a lawnmower. The oil pump is a weed killer spray"

facebook.com/Hawg-Haven-Custom-Motorcycles

Oily Rag Motor Co

By day, Dave Sutton runs the Oily Rag Clothing Company. By night he builds bikes, using years of experience as a precision engineer to good effect.

DAVE SUTTON

Oily Rag Motor Co

MOTORCYCLE

Yamaha XV750

LOCATION

Cheltenham / England

“I started with a £400 XV and ended up with a cafe racer

Kott Motorcycles

L.A. based Duston Kott quietly earned a reputation for turning out meticulous 1970s Honda cafe racers. But Dustin's latest build for Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds has thrown him firmly into the spotlight.

"I have come to the point where I realise the only things I can take credit for in my business are the willingness to put my work boots on every morning and the gumption to walk through the door of opportunity"

DUSTIN KOTT

Kott Motorcycles

MOTORCYCLE

Triumph

LOCATION

LA / USA