That’s right, it’s not just the cover style that’s changed. Built magazine has returned to its roots and is being published four times a year. You’ve told us you want Built on your coffee table to pick up and savour. You said you want loads of bikes, big reads, great images – to feel the quality – to keep this magazine a premium product. And that’s the plan.
Is the custom scene playing dirty? When our man on the road, Fabio Affuso, filed his El Solitario feature, we learnt that these trendiest of trendsetters insist off-road riding is the only place where real motorcycling freedom still exists…
Yeah, I know, there’s a bloody car feature in Built. But it’s not just any old car. It’s completely handbuilt and a tribute to one of motorsport’s engineering greats called Harry Miller (check him out on Google)…
So Cal. So cool. So rich in biking culture. Tom Bing’s latest adventure in Southern California with his buddy Ryan Quickfall has yielded yet another trove of wonderful biking stories from the world’s centre of kustom kulture…
One of the things I love most about this scene is the variety – the way you get tastefully modified classic bikes, wildly transformed superbikes, and everything in between. This issue contains the full spectrum.
Built's Tom Bing takes a road trip around Texas visiting bike builders Austin Moto Works and Revival Cycles, calling in on Justin Kitchen, motocross genius and purveyor of vintage clothes, stopping for coffee at Flat Track along the way. There's some great pics from the recent Trip Out, a 60s/70s hippy vibe event that looks like it's straight off the pages of an early Easyriders mag. We meet Chelsea Borchert and the stunning street scrambler she's created and we get ready for Urban Rider's latest party Winter Chill.
In issue 18 of Built we visit Germany’s annual café racer festival, Glemseck - proof that the customs scene is thriving in Europe – and profile our pick of the bikes and builders from this brilliant event. Plus we chat to James Intveld, the rockabilly and honky-tonk hero on his passion for motorcycles and music and meet two stunning, but very different takes on a Honda CBX750.
I’m loving the contrasts of this issue. On the one hand you’ve got Sinroja’s Spirit of Moksha R NineT, and on the other there’s Andrew Almond’s rigid Jawa CZ two-stroke single, built specifically for a 1000-mile road trip to the Czech Republic. And if that’s not enough …
We take a tour of some of Amsterdam's custom builders with a visit to both Ironwood and Rusty Gold. Tom Bing gives his verdict on his Dutch wheels, a Yamaha XSR900 and we find out what an American workboot maker is doing in a Dutch church. Elsewhere in the issue we find out what better way to cross the Sahara than on an 80s trailie and see how Motorcycle Social, the Leeds bike show is going from strength to strength.
In issue nine of Built, we take a road trip across California, where there are more bike builders on one road than in the whole of Europe. Find out why racing 12 massive bikes around a tiny dirt oval is an excellent idea and the founder of El Solitario shows us some of his crazy off-the-wall machines.
In issue eight of Built magazine we visit America’s best custom motorcycle show, Camp VC - a ladies only custom biking event in the Welsh hills. We meet the near perfect Ducati Novant’anni built by Dutchmen Leo Fleuren and Willy Poelen and a Ducati that started life as a Scrambler, although you’d never know it to look at it.
We’re over in Paris this issue, where we meet custom motorcycle builders Bad Winners and Blitz Motorcycles and drop in on T Birds, a top-notch gear shop in Paris set-up by former bike-builder Stephane Saladin. Elsewhere, Jeff Palhegyi of JPD Cycles, USA took styling cues from a vintage two-stroke scrambler to create a Yamaha SCR950 V-twin, and we hear about the 3,306-mile Motorcycle Cannonball Run that is completed on bikes over a century old.
In the fourth issue of Built we celebrate the custom bike scene in London with a visit to the iconic Bike Shed in Shoreditch, Vagabond, a bike-friendly tattoo studio in Hackney, Black Skulls – a mongrel of a clothing shop, workshop and bike club that lurks unseen in the backstreets of the East End. and while we’re there, stop for coffee at Dark Arts.
There’s a show report from the Revival Cycles Show in Texas and we get the heads up on Deus Ex Machina’s 2017 clothing range.
This issue celebrates 20 years of Krazy Horse, Britain’s number one custom bike dealership with machines from Rickman Buell, XTR Pepo and Death Machines and the latest selection of builds from Yamaha’s Yard Build custom bike programme.
We visit custom bike shop The Foundry Motor on our tour of Cornwall, meet the custom crew in Paris and Wisconsin, and meet Karles Vives, who’s tour company Scram Africa organises trips into the desert for classic and neo-classic bike riders.
In issue two we visit the iconic Kott Motorcycles to find out about Ryan Reynolds' now famous Triumph, visit Side Rock Cycles in Bournemouth and meet bike designer Sacha Lakic in Luxembourg and Limey Bikes in Austin, specialists in pre-1980 vintage Japanese machines, across to India where we meet Rajputana in Jaipur and Pacific Motorcycles in New Zealand, before heading back home to Blighty to visit Old Empire Motorcycles.
Plus there show reports from the Paris edition of the Bike Shed, Art & Wheels in Basel and the Revolution Show on England’s south coast.
In the very first issue of Built magazine, we profile some of the world's best custom motorcycle builders including Down & Out, Shaw Speed and Customs, Hawg Haven, Whitewalls, Oily Rag Motor Co, deBolex, Urban Rider, 72 Motorcycles, Siderock Cycles and Bolt Motorcycles, XTR Pepo, El Solitario, Revival Cycles, Nozem and Clutch Customs.
Plus we report back from custom motorcycle events the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, Kickback and Summer Done.