There’s a scent of Paris wafting through this issue of Built, where we meet Walid Ben Lamine, the owner of Bad Winners, a different breed of custom motorcycle builder that prioritises function over form. A former road-race technician, Walid took his precision and performance knowledge and poured it into every one of the custom motorcycles he’s produced.
Also in Paris, we meet Fred and Hugo from Blitz Motorcycles who’ve ridden and new wave customs since the very start and are still going strong thanks to an aversion to bling and trends and we drop in on T Birds, a top-notch gear shop in Paris set-up by former bike-builder Stephane Saladin.
4H10 are two guys who have managed to galvanise the Paris custom bike scene by using social media and putting on Rendevous, a custom bike meet every three months and since Suzuki have missed the boat with the surge in retros, so Parisian dealer Reuilly Moto is taking matters into his own hands.
Elsewhere, Jeff Palhegyi of JPD Cycles, USA took styling cues from a vintage two-stroke scrambler to create a Yamaha SCR950 V-twin, we showcase the stunning result. The 3306-mile Motorcycle Cannonball Run must be completed on bikes that are over a century old attracted 91 riders, all paying a fortune to complete the challenge in 16 sleep-deprived days and nights.
Back in Blighty we pop to see Alec and Rafe at Old Empire Motorcycles and check out their latest build, simply named Triumph in a departure from their usual system of naming bikes after old planes.
Riding coast to coast across America is no easy task on a motorcycle. But doing it on a 100-year-old vintage bike takes the challenge to a whole new level of awesome
Suits you Sir
The new Triumph T120 gets gentrified by the old empire motorcycles crew
Ryan Quickfall - or Ryan Roadkill as per his Instagram page - is a Newcastle-based illustrator inspired by B-Movie posters, comic book art, skulls and absolutely anything to do with motorcycles.
Built in Paris
Parisians have been tooling about on cool bikes for decades. And they still are…
Bad Winners - An ex-rowing champion and race mechanic with a passion for speed
Clutch Motorcycles - Boss Willie decides to make his first ever chopper. Predictably, it’s good
T-Bird - Is it a shop? Or a dream lounge?
Blitz - Fred and Hugo make outstanding bikes that look, well, a bit shit
4H10 - It started with two guys, and now it’s a full-on biking movement
Moto Reuilly - A Suzuki dealer with a sideline in building great GSX customs
Salon Moto Legende - France’s biggest motorcycle show
Century Madness - Riding 3306 miles across the States on 100-year-old bikes
Snow Quake - Time to screw spikes in your tyres and race around an Alp
MCN London show - It was overrun with customs – some of the best were on our stand
Battle of the kings - Harley’s Sportster competition
Bolt! - The boss of Bolt London heads round the world for inspiration
Wasteland Weekend - For two days, Mad Max is real…
Suits you Sir - Old Empire Motorcycles radically improve Triumph’s new T120 Bonnie
Big Bear Yamaha - A stunning take on Yam’s SCR950
swedish mash up - A Ducati 860 GTS turns into a cafe racer thanks to an obsessive Swede
Baux Enfield - Can’t find a part? Just make it using old fashioned casting techniques
White Lightning - An ordinary bloke in a shed produces a masterpiece
Airheads not Deadheads - Think Boxers are passé? Not yet…
The Vanishing - A BMW desert sled that went AWOL
Velocity Baby - Best looking drag bike ever? This BMW has to be in the top five
Dream factory - Stunning Dakar-liveried scrambler
Beach Cruiser - Siderock’s perfect summer wheels
Tribute to Luis - XTR Pepo’s awesome build in memory of a customer’s dad
Kutty notebloom - The Choppertown star explains the success of Hippy Killer
Todd Blubaugh - One man’s story of dropping everything and riding off
Ryan Quickfall - Guy Martin uses him, so do Krazy Horse. He’s an illustrator on the up