IT’S BEEN A CRACKING YEAR for the custom motorcycle scene, with a delectable array of killer builds from all over the world.
There’s also been a huge shift towards the mainstream. The big manufacturers have moved on from simply running custom programs and competitions, and are now selling retro and naked bikes with ‘factory custom’ styling.
Looking closer at the independent builders and workshops, it’s been hard this year to pick out a trend. If anything, it’s been anti-trend: the different genres of bike building have leveled out, with no dominant type.
Interest in scramblers is higher than cafe racers, which have finally bottomed out. Trackers are slightly on the rise—but only slightly, despite the media attention given to flat track racing. It’s bobbers that are comfortably in the lead—with interest probably driven by the popular Indian Scout and Triumph Bonneville factory Bobbers.
TOP 10 CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES
- Honda CB750 by Bryan Moses
- Vagabund BMW R100R
- Royal Enfield Bullet by Thrive
- Shanghai Customs eCub
- Diamond Atelier Mark II Series
- The Buell ‘FrankenBlast’
- BMW Alpha Landspeeder
- The Mutant by Ironwood Custom Motorcycles
- Hazan Motorworks KTM
- The Madboxer