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.
It might have taken Urban Rider a while to organise their first social, but who can blame them?
We really enjoyed hanging out with Nick Pearce for a day, checking out his vintage flat tankers. We’d gone to see him with a view to doing a feature for our sister mag Classic Bike
We celebrated Built going monthly with a big stand at the MCN London Show featuring 30 beautiful handcrafted bikes - in case you missed it all 30 bikes are in this issue for you.
In this issue we go a bit Greek with a trip to Athens to check out the thriving and innovative custom bike scene there visiting The Real Intellectuals, Jigsaw Customs, C-Racer and The Rotten Race.
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.