BMW R18 custom concept

Does BMW R18 hint at a 1.8-litre Boxer?

This wild Japanese custom BMW R18 seems to hint that the normally conservative Bavarian company may be considering a 1.8-litre boxer engine. BMW has a history of handing over custom builds to outside design houses that eventually turn into production models. A prominent example is the R nineT which started as the Concept Ninety by …

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Nmoto Nostalgia BMW R nineT r18

Wild nostalgia version of BMW R nineT

Would you believe this wild nostalgia custom motorcycle started life as the BMW R nineT and that you can buy actually buy one? The R nineT is the Bavarian company’s most customisable production bike, but this Nmoto Nostalgia machine has to be the wildest custom version yet. Nmoto has been showing the custom bike at the …

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Is your motorcycle tail tidy legal?

Is your bobbed motorcycle tail tidy legal?

Many riders and custom bike builders “bob” the tail of their motorcycle for a tidier appearance, but are they legal? We’ve heard of police harassing riders over their motorcycle tails and mudguards, and issuing fines for non-compliance. But what exactly is compliant? And do the police even know! In 2014, the Federal Government removed the mudguard …

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American Chopper TV series on Discovery Channel

New American Chopper series revs up

One of the most popular TV series about motorcycles, American Chopper, returns to Australian TV through the Discovery Channel in October 2018. The show that featured Paul Teutul Snr and Paul Jnr building custom choppers at Orange Country Choppers started in 2002 and ran for 223 episodes over 10 years with audiences peaking at 3.4 million per …

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Port and Hide leather gear for custom bike scene

New Port and Hide leather gear for custom bike scene

Brisbane’s blossoming custom bike scene now has a new leather accessories brand, Port and Hide, which officially launched recently at Smoked Garage in the Valley. The brand specialises in handcrafted leather goods designed to fit custom, café-racer and classic-inspired motorcycles. Emerging scene Port and Hide co-founder Josh Bailey says the brand is part of an …

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Ares Design Car designer builds custom BMW R nineT

ARES Design builds custom BMW R nineT

Car designers usually get motorcycles all wrong, but ARES Design has hit the nail on the head with its BMW R nineT retro custom build. The Modena design house usually works on cars, but this design shows their talents for two wheelers as well. ARES Design R nineT ARES Design co-founder and CEO Dany Bahar says …

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Harley-Davidson world custom bike D comp

Aussie Harley dealers take on world

Seventeen Australian and New Zealand Harley-Davidson dealers will take on the world in the Battle of the Kings custom motorcycle build-off for the first time since its launch in 2015. MotorbikeWriter.com has been invited to be one of the judges in the Australian leg of the competition to find a finalist to compete against winners …

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TMC Dumont with hubless wheels

Hubless custom motorcycle hits the streets

We don’t expect hubless wheeled motorcycles to become a thing, but this one certainly has turned some heads. The TMC Dumont is powered by a 224kW Rolls-Royce aircraft engine and is the work of Brazilian ex-Formula One driver turned motorcycle custom builder Tarso Marques. It’s been around for a while, won “Best in Show” at …

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Customised BMW R nineT

BMW R nineT is most customised model

Introduced in 2014, the BMW R nineT has become the second-best seller behind the R 1200 GS models and certainly their most customised including this latest creation by German designer Bernhard Naumann. The R nineT range started out as a custom exercise by BMW to honour the 40th anniversary of the R 90 S. They …

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