Yamaha became one of the prime movers in the custom bike movement with its Yard Built programme. The company asked leading artisans to ‘provide inspirational ideas on how to transform modern Yamaha models’ and as an incentive, it offered each builder an opportunity to produce unique aftermarket kits and sell them to Yamaha customers.
Enfield’s new concept store hasn’t attracted quite the clientele the company expected. Instead of old blokes wanting a reliable classic, there’s a huge mixture of customers. “We get lots of first time bikers in,” says manager Linton Khor.
With a new workshop and an ex-MotoGP chief mechanic, the King's Road-based clothing company is expanding into custom bike builds.
Nigel Broughton and Mark Phillips show us their Boxer hot rods customised from a 1980 BMW R80 and 1981 BMW R100RS respectively.
Bolt Motorcycles started by selling customised classics before expanding with a new coffee bar, regular events, courses and ride-outs.
Fred Bertrand’s supercharged SR400 is an engineering masterpiece and has close links to MotoGP via Valentino Rossi ‘s technician
Meet Drew, owner of the Black Skulls - a unique mongrel of clothing shop, workshop and bike club that lurks unseen in the backstreets of the East End.
When a street Artist turns custom bike builder there's only one possible outcome: seriously cool and engaging motorcycles...
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
We first got to hear about 4H10 when our friend Gotz sent in his picture of a bunch of guys trail riding on urban bikes, plunged axle-deep in mud. 'Mad bastards,' we thought, and then realised the ring-leaders were 4H10 - two guys who ride through Paris late into the night when all the tonka toys are tucked up in bed. But the bike's they're building are even more mind-blowing...
Meet Foundry Motorcycle's Tom Simpson, an engineer who creates art from metal and is the genial host of one of the south coast's great biking destinations.
After riding across the states on one of his own creations, Taylor Art Henschell knew what he had to do: leave the rat race and build bikes.
Sam Evans worked in motorsport and car restoration before finding his true calling - building affordable custom bikes.
Kris Van Damme - son of star Jean-Claude - loves his bikes. So what better way to remember his dad's late dog Scar than build J-C an arse-kicking Triumph?
Two lifelong friends in Spain are churning out bikes the whole world wants. We find out why 90 percent of Macco's works is exported.
After 20 years building some of the most recognisable custom bikes in Britain, Krazy Horse boss Paul Beamish knew there was only now way to celebrate - build some more.
For the very first custom build of the new Yamaha SCR950, Yamaha turned to legendary japanese builder and california resident, Go Takamine of brat style.
Every night while his family slept, Marcus Carlsson was in the garage building his vision of a Honda street tracker. Two and half years later, it's ready...
K/K was set up by James, Ben Claasen and Nico Sclater but Ben and Nico have moved on. James' workshop in Hackney is full of bikes and half-built projects but calling it a business might be a stretch as there don't seem to be any customers.