There’s a scent of Paris wafting through this issue of Built, where we meet Walid Ben Lamine, the owner of Bad Winners, a different breed of custom motorcycle builder that prioritises function over form. A former road-race technician, Walid took his precision and performance knowledge and poured it into every one of the custom motorcycles he’s produced.
Also in Paris, we meet Fred and Hugo from Blitz Motorcycles who’ve ridden and new wave customs since the very start and are still going strong thanks to an aversion to bling and trends and we drop in on T Birds, a top-notch gear shop in Paris set-up by former bike-builder Stephane Saladin.
4H10 are two guys who have managed to galvanise the Paris custom bike scene by using social media and putting on Rendevous, a custom bike meet every three months and since Suzuki have missed the boat with the surge in retros, so Parisian dealer Reuilly Moto is taking matters into his own hands.
Elsewhere, Jeff Palhegyi of JPD Cycles, USA took styling cues from a vintage two-stroke scrambler to create a Yamaha SCR950 V-twin, we showcase the stunning result. The 3306-mile Motorcycle Cannonball Run must be completed on bikes that are over a century old attracted 91 riders, all paying a fortune to complete the challenge in 16 sleep-deprived days and nights.
Back in Blighty we pop to see Alec and Rafe at Old Empire Motorcycles and check out their latest build, simply named Triumph in a departure from their usual system of naming bikes after old planes.