...and the unique peo­ple and com­pa­nies that build them

Motorcycle News (UK) - - NEWS - By Phil West MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

Cus­tom bikes and cus­tom bike build­ing have never been more pop­u­lar, or more ac­ces­si­ble. The rise of fac­tory bob­ber cruis­ers – like Tri­umph’s Bob­ber or Har­ley’s 883 Iron – are one rea­son, with th­ese pared-down, high­fash­ion ma­chines ripe for fur­ther owner accessorising. But they’re just one style among a wave of cus­tom-ori­ented bikes.

Places like The Bike Shed, mag­a­zines like Built and events like Wheels and Waves have all helped raise the pro­file of cus­toms of all types. Most of the main­stream brands now of­fer style­con­scious ma­chines. Buy­ing an offthe-peg cus­tom is easy. Retro fans can re-live the spirit of the ’ 70s with Yamaha’s XSR700 and 900, Tri­umph’s Bon­neville, BMW’S Rninet or more – many of which are best sell­ers. Street scram­bler buffs are spoilt for choice with Du­cati’s Scram­bler fam­ily or Yamaha’s Xt500-in­spired SCR950.

If your taste is for a more sporty café racer, there’s plenty of choice here, too, such as Tri­umph’s Thrux­ton and the new Racer ver­sion of the Rnine T,

Want to go fur­ther? To own a truly orig­i­nal, be­spoke one-off? Well, thanks to the rise of the cus­tom scene, that’s never been eas­ier, either. There are more cus­tom builders than ever, some high pro­file, some less so. Here’s our guide, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der, to some of the UK’S lead­ing builders, what they do – and what you can ex­pect.

xxxxxx Born-again Tri­ump hs make a great cus­tom base

‘We pride our­selves on our high qual­ity’

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