Hey all! I hope all you custom motorcycle lovers are doing well. It’s been a great week for custom bikes – we’ve got some amazing Yamaha XJR1300s, There’s also Bike Shed Paris 2015 to look forward to in the coming months. It’s an exciting time for custom motorcycle enthusiasts and builders, so let’s check out some of the rides.
I’d say the brand of the week is Yamaha, as we have quite a few awesome ones coming out. pipeburn.com reports on this Yamaha XVS650 Dragster that is just beautiufl and mean. Bold yellow and black and a really aggressive design, the Danish workshop Made Men really made this custom bike stand out. Check out more about the dragster at pipburn.com (http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2015/03/04/yamaha-xvs650-dragster.html#.VPfGGvmUcUc), and you can see Made Men’s work here (http://mademenbikes.com/garagelife/).
We’ve got more Yamaha going around though. The revised Yamaha XJR1300s have become popular custom builds lately, and bikeexif.com reports on their top 5 favorites. The new XJR1300 is easy to customize and is being built with bike custom makers in mind. It’s great when a company embraces the DIY community around their project, and we’d like to take our hats off to Yamaha for making these awesome builds easier to manage. Some of the highlights of the new customs are Wrenchmonkees ‘Monkeefist’ which is an amazing, sleek build with custom-built spoked wheels and a leather old school look. Check out Monkeefist here [http://www.wrenchmonkees.com/blog/monkeefist-3/]
It roCKS!bikes ‘Stealth’ is another really cool, understated bike. It’s been designed to save as much weight as possible, and with the black titanium exhaust this bike looks as badass as it is functional. You can see more at https://www.facebook.com/itrocksbikes, or check out the full top picks from bikeexif.com at their website http://www.bikeexif.com/top-yamaha-xjr1300
Another Yamaha worth checking out is the DT250 by One Down Four Up which won the People’s Choice Award at Portland, Oregon’s One Motorcycle Show. It’s a trimmed down bike that looks somehow light and breezy, it’s anything but intimidating. Looks like a bike that would be a joy to ride down California’s coast, or just to take for a spin in the sun. It’s definitely a people pleaser, and it can be nice to see friendly,retro looking bikes when the custom scene is swamped with plenty of baddass looking black futuristic monsters. Check out the writeup on the bike here [http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-dt250]
In other news there is The Bike Shed Paris exhibition on the 11th and 12th of April 2015, which you can read more info on here [http://thebikeshed.cc/2014/11/08/bsmc-iii-london-2014/]. Also, if you’re looking to buy or sell custom bikes, then you might check out The Bike Shed’s new classified system which has been going on for a few months. You can list your bike for a nominal fee, although not every bike gets accepted. This is great for buyers as you can be sure you’re getting quality, vetted bikes. You can explore the classifieds here [http://thebikeshed.cc/bikes/]
That’s it for this week, stay tuned up for next week when we see what else is rolling out in the world of custom bikes!