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Sanctuary's modernised Japanese classics

Before reading this, take another look at these extraordinary Japanese-made specials - they're worth gazing at again.  Made by Sanctuary in Japan, they’re just some of the examples of the workshop’s ability to turn Japan’s best superbikes from the 70s and 80s into technically-modernised machines retaining all the charm and style of the original.  Z-series Kawasakis (and American market KZs) are ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 12 January 2011

Milan bike show: Honda’s retro minimotos

Never mind the CBR600F and Crossrunner – these exquisite minimotos were the bikes grabbing MCN’s attention on the Milan show Honda stand. The six bikes are mini-me versions of Honda road and race bikes from years gone by. They’re not just painted Chinese minibikes either – each has it’s own chassis crafted to look like the original, with the correct ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 05 November 2010

Badly named customs: The Bull Original Sickster

Bull Originals Inc. in Japan have made a neat job of kitting out this Harley-Davidson Sportster with Roland Sands’ line of parts – but then they named it the ‘Sickster’. Dodgy name aside, the 883 Sportster dodges chrome trinkets in favour of subtle colours neatly detailed with polished aluminium. There’s a 2-1 high level exhaust, RSD wheels, air-filter cover, sprocket ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 20 October 2009

Elvis comeback celebration Harley-Davidson revealed

Graceland Harley-Davidson has unveiled a special edition Street Glide to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ Las Vegas comeback. As well as a special paint job the Vegas Elvis Harley-Davidson Street Glide will come with a special paint scheme with images from the four-week, 57-performance comeback, created by O’s Custom Paint in Memphis. It also comes with billet alloy wheels, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 16 September 2009

Billy Joel’s café-racer Royal Enfield

This is the custom-build café racer Royal Enfield built for legendary musician Billy Joel. Built by Royal Enfield’s US importer, the drum-braked Bullet 500 based-machine features a 1960’s style fairing and single seat unit finished in orange with polished aluminium tank. Clip-on handlebars, rearsets and a peashooter silencer on a diagonal header complete the retro style. Joel is a keen ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 20 April 2009


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