MCN CUSTOM GUIDE THE UK’S COOLEST CUSTOMS...
...and the unique people and companies that build them
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’