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.
What better way to celebrate the dying embers of a glorious summer than with a dose of road trip heaven? The Malle Great Rally has to be the ultimate long-distance, organised roadbook ride…
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.
We’ve been busy enjoying ourselves this past month – such great weather, so many good events.
This year’s Bike Shed Motorcycle Club show at Tobacco Dock was bigger and better then ever before. That kind of cliché is used everywhere – but in this case it’s true.