In the very first issue of Built magazine, we profile some of the world's best custom motorcycle builders with the British industry represented by Down & Out, Shaw Speed and Customs, Hawg Haven, Whitewalls, Oily Rag Motor Co, deBolex, Urban Rider, 72 Motorcycles, Siderock Cycles and Bolt Motorcycles.
There's a whole band of brothers spawned by the Yamaha Faster Sons project and a collection of customised boxer twins based on BMW's R nineT.
If you already know what your dream bike looks like, but just need the parts to make it happen, don't miss our feature on LSL Parts, the manufacturers of bits on the bucket list of bike builders the world over.
There's plenty of gear on offer too, with galleries of kit from Urban Rider, fit for the style of your bike whether it's a cafe racer, tracker, scrambler or bobber and we feature some truly exceptional lid designs from Davida and Maxwell Paternoster.
We get a behind the scenes look around Royal Enfield's concept store in London and for some inspiration on where to ride your motorcycle, we go on the The Ride 2015 with Sailor Jerry Rum, a 2000-mile road trip which is basically a two week orgy of classic customs, late night boozing and hard-shouldered spannering and hear about two men's 10,000 mile ride across the states in search of independent craftsmen in Road to Artisan
Custom bike builders
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.
The R nineT launch precipitated a rush of newly customised boxer twins. And, as this small collection shows, the possibilities are endless
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.
With a background in industrial design and automotive engineering, Bo's experience spans pre-war to post-industrial 70s machines. As a sideline to his 'real' job, he restores and customises some ridiculously radical bikes.
The word Nozem stems from a '60s sub-culture of leather-clad youths cruising the streets of Amsterdam on bikes and rebelling against authority. Think of them as the Dutch equivalent of Rockers.
Whether you're checking out a customised classic, modified retro or even a blinged sportsbike, if it's a quality build it's likely to have bolt-on parts sporting the LSL logo.
Yamaha teamed up with Spanish crew El Solitario for the final XJR build of 2015, celebrating 25 years of the iconic street bike. 'Big Bad Wolf' stays true to the Yard Build ethos with no cutting or welding to the frame.
Some of the world's most special customised classics originate from a large lock-up next to a trailer park in a shabby Austin suburb in Texas, USA. As the coolest bike shop in Texas, Revival Cycles is a serious operation, utilising all the 21st century technology they can get to keep loads of (mostly) 20th century iron plodding along.
The genius behind Radical Ducati has tired of uber-exclusivity. Now he's building bikes for all of us.
Supplying bikes to the owner of The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club has really seen things take off for D&O. Never has a custom bike shop name been further from the truth. These boys are on the up
Cutting up a brand new Norton to make a 1970s dirt track replica takes some guts. Thankfully Jamie Ireson's courage is genuinely stunning.
What do Ralph Lauren, Rockstar, Playboy, Carole Nash and Bell&Ross have in common? They have all commissioned bikes from Shaw Speed and Custom, the custom wing of the Shaw Harley-Davidson dealership near Brighton.
Norwich-based Hawg Haven boast over 30 years of bike building epxerience and can creat anything from a carb jet to a complete frame or engine.
By day, Dave Sutton runs the Oily Rag Clothing Company. By night he builds bikes, using years of experience as a precision engineer to good effect.
David Helmets are the ultimate in British style offering the highest quality, luxury open-face helmets, perfect for your custom style.
Maxwell Paternoster is one of the most creative and entertaining artists working in the custom motorcycle scene. Here we find out about where he gets his inspiration for his amazing helmet designs.
Bike got that dirt tracker vibe? Your kit should too.
Get the city look: urban style motorcycle gear from Urban Rider including jackets, gloves, helmets, visors, luggag and goggles
Looking for the perfect gear to compliment your beautiful cafe racer? Here's our pick of the best helmets, jackets, boots, gloves and luggage to finish off your look.
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