Picture gallery: Vintage customs

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Bike builders on both sides of the Atlantic are leading a new trend in customising – the veteran or vintage-inspired look.

Their aim is to build original bikes with all the style of original machines, but with the reliability today’s engineering and materials can provide.

UK-based Thomas Harvey is making bikes that mimic Vintage bikes from around 1915, while in the U.S. Miller Motorcycles and Ridley Motorcycles are offering distinct takes on Vintage (or pre-1930) machines. All are available to buy.

Check out the links below for more images and details:


Thomas Harvey
Thomas Harvey’s Racer is designed to run a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 or 1200cc Evolution engine, but the firm will fit other engines depending on customer’s specifications.

See more pictures of the Thomas Harvey Racer 





Miller Motorcycles

Miller Motorcycles has come up with the ‘33’ which is intended to mimic machines from the early 1900s.

See more pictures of the Miller 33





Ridley Motorcycles
Ridley Motorcycles has three new bicycle-style machines for 2009 with small 49cc or 70cc engines. Drive comes from a pair of chains – the one on the right driven by the pedals, and the one on the left by the engine.

See more pics of the Ridley bikes


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