BMW twins have hogged the cafe racer limelight for years. Here we see why Pete Hodson from Siderock Cycles is trying out his skills on a beautiful Guzzi
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"
Who Hares Wins
Wheathampstead / England
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
Amsterdam / The Netherlands
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"
Paris / France
Finest custom-built motorcycles house name ever? Quite possibly. The bikes are certainly up there with the best.
"My grandad has a Rapide. My dad has a Black Shadow."
London / England
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"
LSL Motorrad Technik
Krefeld / Germany
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"
Galicia / Spain
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"
Austin / Texas / USA
The genius behind Radical Ducati has tired of uber-exlcusivity. Now he's building bikes for all of us.
"I am no longer a prisoner of my Ducati illness"
Madrid / Spain
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"
Down and Out
Barnsley / England
Cutting up a brand new Norton to make a 1970s dirt track replica takes some guts. Thankfully Jamie Ireson's courage is genuinely stunning.
"I'd never heard of Ron Wood Norton but the moment I saw a picture of the bike, I fell in love"
Norton 1970 direct track replica
Brighton / England
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"
Shaw Speed and Custom
Harley Davidson / Various
Lewes / England
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.
Harley Davidson Silent Gray Fellow
Norwich / England
"The seat is off a lawnmower. The oil pump is a weed killer spray"
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.
Oily Rag Motor Co
Cheltenham / England
“I started with a £400 XV and ended up with a cafe racer”
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"
LA / USA