We were mightily impressed with Michael Lichter’s initiative of creating an exhibition to showcase the talents of young custom builders across the States. Who else would gamble that there were enough under-35s building bikes to fill an arena? When Michael told us about his Old Iron, Young Blood concept we assumed it would be a chopper-inspired gig but as the pictures in this month's issue prove, the builders had no fixed ideas. But then that’s what happens when youngsters get inspired to create – they put their own spin on things and come up with some breathtaking concepts.
On this side of the pond this past month we had Motorcycle Social. Maybe not as huge as Lichter’s show but an inspiring event nonetheless, proving there is motorcycle life outside London.Social showed that the Leeds area has a hot custom bike scene that’s just as fertile as anywhere down south. And charmingly, it’s got the laid back hippy festival vibes of the 1960s and 70s. Peace man.
What's in this issue of Built magazine
Rusty Gold Motorshop
Persian rugs, visors, beers and a hidden workshop. Welcome to Rusty Gold, the epicentre of Amsterdam custom culture.
British heritage, American style, Swedish quality
Matt Rambow arrived in Colorado 30 years ago to do a ski season and never left. Now he creates some of the most beautiful and useable customised Nortons on the planet.
An unusual alliance of British and French artisans combines to create a range of American-style Bay Area customs overseen by a former French special forces Captain...