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In pictures: EICMA’s custom world

In pictures: EICMA’s custom wo...
The exhaust system of the Rondine is undoubtedly a piece of art
The exhaust system of the Rondine is undoubtedly a piece of art
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The Avinton Race R concept mates an S&S 100 ci (1,643 cc) twin-cylinder engine with a Garrett turbine
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The Avinton Race R concept mates an S&S 100 ci (1,643 cc) twin-cylinder engine with a Garrett turbine
A pair of Ceriani 46-mm forks, Beringer brakes and a carbon fiber bodywork complement Avinton's Race R concept model
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A pair of Ceriani 46-mm forks, Beringer brakes and a carbon fiber bodywork complement Avinton's Race R concept model
Garrett's turbine is paired with a Keihin FCR41 carburetor on the Avinton Race R
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Garrett's turbine is paired with a Keihin FCR41 carburetor on the Avinton Race R
Avinton rolled out the special Edition C of its Grand Sport roadster, equipped with a titanium full exhaust system by its Japanese importer Moto Corse
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Avinton rolled out the special Edition C of its Grand Sport roadster, equipped with a titanium full exhaust system by its Japanese importer Moto Corse
Only 10 Avinton Moto Corse Edition C motorcycles will be built, selling for €60,000 (US$63,700) each
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Only 10 Avinton Moto Corse Edition C motorcycles will be built, selling for €60,000 (US$63,700) each
The Grand Sport is Avinton's basic roadster model – adding a carbon fiber bodywork and titanium exhaust effectively makes for the collectible Moto Corse Edition C
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The Grand Sport is Avinton's basic roadster model – adding a carbon fiber bodywork and titanium exhaust effectively makes for the collectible Moto Corse Edition C
The inlet valves of the air induction system is a trademark of Avinton Motorcycles, also present on the Moto Corse Edition C special model as well
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The inlet valves of the air induction system is a trademark of Avinton Motorcycles, also present on the Moto Corse Edition C special model as well
The titanium exhaust of the Moto Corse Edition C is handmade in Japan by Moto Corse, especially for this motorcycle
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The titanium exhaust of the Moto Corse Edition C is handmade in Japan by Moto Corse, especially for this motorcycle
The BMW Kaczor Replica is a tribute to the R50/2 built by engineer Ferdinand Kaczor in 1968, that set a historical lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife
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The BMW Kaczor Replica is a tribute to the R50/2 built by engineer Ferdinand Kaczor in 1968, that set a historical lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife
The 500 cc boxer twin of the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica produces 55 hp, in a motorcycle that weighs just 148 kg (236 lb)
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The 500 cc boxer twin of the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica produces 55 hp, in a motorcycle that weighs just 148 kg (236 lb)
Kaczor's BMW R50/2 produced its peak horsepower at 8,400 rpm
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Kaczor's BMW R50/2 produced its peak horsepower at 8,400 rpm
The racy styling of the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica is back in fashion
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The racy styling of the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica is back in fashion
Motorcycles like the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica offer excellent motivation to attend events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Motorcycles like the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica offer excellent motivation to attend events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Hyperpro unveiled at EICMA its new shock absorber for the Ducati Scrambler and featured it on a custom-built cafe racer rendition of the bike
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Hyperpro unveiled at EICMA its new shock absorber for the Ducati Scrambler and featured it on a custom-built cafe racer rendition of the bike
This custom Moto Guzzi V7 has been commissioned to South Garage by Spark Exhausts
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This custom Moto Guzzi V7 has been commissioned to South Garage by Spark Exhausts
Shinya Kimura's Faster Son was the Yamaha MT-07 custom that initiated the Yard Built spin-off series, Faster Sons
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Shinya Kimura's Faster Son was the Yamaha MT-07 custom that initiated the Yard Built spin-off series, Faster Sons
Honda toyed with the scrambler theme by presenting the Six50 concept bike at EICMA
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Honda toyed with the scrambler theme by presenting the Six50 concept bike at EICMA
The CB4 concept is a Honda CBR650F converted to a cafe racer
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The CB4 concept is a Honda CBR650F converted to a cafe racer
Sine Cycle's custom bike was only electric model of the EICMA Custom Show
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Sine Cycle's custom bike was only electric model of the EICMA Custom Show
A Ducati Testastretta engine with exposed desmo belt drive looks the part in any cafe racer built – such as this one by South Garage
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A Ducati Testastretta engine with exposed desmo belt drive looks the part in any cafe racer built – such as this one by South Garage
Scomadi is an English company that makes modern adaptations of Lambretta scooters with powerful four-stroke engines and proper suspension and brakes – the carbon fiber bodywork is just some extra eye candy
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Scomadi is an English company that makes modern adaptations of Lambretta scooters with powerful four-stroke engines and proper suspension and brakes – the carbon fiber bodywork is just some extra eye candy
Rondine by Medaza is unique custom build commissioned by Magura as a show piece for its latest brake and clutch radial master cylinder HC3
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Rondine by Medaza is unique custom build commissioned by Magura as a show piece for its latest brake and clutch radial master cylinder HC3
Magura apparently is not concerned with the possibility that the Rondine's elaborate front suspension system may steal the spotlight from its master cylinders
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Magura apparently is not concerned with the possibility that the Rondine's elaborate front suspension system may steal the spotlight from its master cylinders
The exhaust system of the Rondine is undoubtedly a piece of art
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The exhaust system of the Rondine is undoubtedly a piece of art
This Kawasaki concept by Lussiana Disegno attempts to fit the latest Z1000 in the bodywork of a Z1
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This Kawasaki concept by Lussiana Disegno attempts to fit the latest Z1000 in the bodywork of a Z1
Lussiana Disegno's Z1 concept hides the radiator of the modern Z1000 underneath the seat
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Lussiana Disegno's Z1 concept hides the radiator of the modern Z1000 underneath the seat
According to Lussiana Disegno this is another way to design the outer shell of the Kawasaki H2
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According to Lussiana Disegno this is another way to design the outer shell of the Kawasaki H2
Of course Lussiana Disegno had also an air-cooled Ducati version in its booth
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Of course Lussiana Disegno had also an air-cooled Ducati version in its booth
Horex attended the EICMA with the brand new version of its VR6 motorcycle, the collectible Black Edition
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Horex attended the EICMA with the brand new version of its VR6 motorcycle, the collectible Black Edition
The six cylinder VR6 engine that Horex has designed is unique in the motorcycle industry
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The six cylinder VR6 engine that Horex has designed is unique in the motorcycle industry
The Black Edition Horex VR6 will be built in only 33 examples
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The Black Edition Horex VR6 will be built in only 33 examples
In the booth of Pramac Racing we saw the first bicycle with a 125 front and 185 rear wheel
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In the booth of Pramac Racing we saw the first bicycle with a 125 front and 185 rear wheel
With these wheels, Pramac's bike might be a tad heavy on the pedal
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With these wheels, Pramac's bike might be a tad heavy on the pedal
The Suter MMX500 two-stroke GP replica was a show stopper
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The Suter MMX500 two-stroke GP replica was a show stopper
Painted in Wayne Gardner's Rothmans colors, the Suter MMX500 is the ultimate trackbike
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Painted in Wayne Gardner's Rothmans colors, the Suter MMX500 is the ultimate trackbike
Four Akrapovic pipes help the four-cylinder two-stroke 500 of the Suter MMX breath fire
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Four Akrapovic pipes help the four-cylinder two-stroke 500 of the Suter MMX breath fire
A Yamaha T-Max 530 converted to a sport bike by Tony's Toy – did you notice it under the smiling girl?
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A Yamaha T-Max 530 converted to a sport bike by Tony's Toy – did you notice it under the smiling girl?
Tony toys with a Bimota Tesi version of a Ducati
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Tony toys with a Bimota Tesi version of a Ducati
The complex instrument complex of the Ducati/Bimota Tesi custom by Tony's Toy
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The complex instrument complex of the Ducati/Bimota Tesi custom by Tony's Toy
Bimota turned the Ducati into a Tesi and Tony's Toy turned it into something even more weird
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Bimota turned the Ducati into a Tesi and Tony's Toy turned it into something even more weird
Walter Tosto created an impressive dragster version of the Moto Guzzi California 1400
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Walter Tosto created an impressive dragster version of the Moto Guzzi California 1400
The Paton S1 is a modern replica of the mythical GP bikes that became famous when Mike Hailwood raced them at the Isle of Man TT – its modern rendition is built in Italy around a modest Kawasaki ER-6 engine
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The Paton S1 is a modern replica of the mythical GP bikes that became famous when Mike Hailwood raced them at the Isle of Man TT – its modern rendition is built in Italy around a modest Kawasaki ER-6 engine
Built for Dueruote magazine, this is a KTM EXC 525 converted to a racing sidecar by Giglioli Motori in Italy
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Built for Dueruote magazine, this is a KTM EXC 525 converted to a racing sidecar by Giglioli Motori in Italy
Impressive headstock for the KTM EXC 525 sidecar, with an Ohlins steering damper
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Impressive headstock for the KTM EXC 525 sidecar, with an Ohlins steering damper
The KTM EXC 525 features Ohlins suspension on the sidecar as well
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The KTM EXC 525 features Ohlins suspension on the sidecar as well
The Black Hills Beast custom is built around an Indian Scout as a tribute to hill climb racers
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The Black Hills Beast custom is built around an Indian Scout as a tribute to hill climb racers
The Black Bullet Scout is a tribute to Burt Munro's Bonneville world land speed record on an Indian Scout
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The Black Bullet Scout is a tribute to Burt Munro's Bonneville world land speed record on an Indian Scout
The Custom Military Scout, designed for Indian by Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, South Dakota
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The Custom Military Scout, designed for Indian by Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, South Dakota
Victory's TT Zero racer wrote history at the Isle of Man, then was stolen, crashed, retrieved, restored and exposed at Milan
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Victory's TT Zero racer wrote history at the Isle of Man, then was stolen, crashed, retrieved, restored and exposed at Milan
The OJ clothing brand commissioned this adaptation of Honda's NC750X to the OnlyBike studio
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The OJ clothing brand commissioned this adaptation of Honda's NC750X to the OnlyBike studio
Quadro toyed again with a four-wheeler equipped with a bigger engine, namely a single-cylinder 630 – its concept model is called Big Q and appears to be ready to conquer just about any kind of terrain
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Quadro toyed again with a four-wheeler equipped with a bigger engine, namely a single-cylinder 630 – its concept model is called Big Q and appears to be ready to conquer just about any kind of terrain
The usual belt drive of the Quadro 4 has been substituted by chain in the adventurous Big Q concept
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The usual belt drive of the Quadro 4 has been substituted by chain in the adventurous Big Q concept
A Yamaha XS650 twin in an cruiser adaptation by clothing brand IXS
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A Yamaha XS650 twin in an cruiser adaptation by clothing brand IXS
It will be pretty hard to outrun the police version of the MV Agusta 800 triple
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It will be pretty hard to outrun the police version of the MV Agusta 800 triple
Bridgestone hosted Sarolea's electric superbike
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Bridgestone hosted Sarolea's electric superbike
Sarolea invested in an electric superbike and raced it at the Isle of Man TT Zero
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Sarolea invested in an electric superbike and raced it at the Isle of Man TT Zero
Yamaha's Yard Built booth features the Super 7 version of the MT-07
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Yamaha's Yard Built booth features the Super 7 version of the MT-07
The Yamaha SR400 according to It Rocks Bikes from Portugal
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The Yamaha SR400 according to It Rocks Bikes from Portugal
The Yard Built SR400 by It Rocks Bikes has a red side as well
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The Yard Built SR400 by It Rocks Bikes has a red side as well
The two-faced Yard Built SR400 by It Rocks Bikes
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The two-faced Yard Built SR400 by It Rocks Bikes
The Yamaha XV950 cafe racer according to Markus Walz
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The Yamaha XV950 cafe racer according to Markus Walz
The Yamaha V-Max is effectively a drag bike in stock form – this Yard Built version makes it look more sincere
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The Yamaha V-Max is effectively a drag bike in stock form – this Yard Built version makes it look more sincere
Another cafe racer version of a Yamaha, this time a Yard Built XJR1300
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Another cafe racer version of a Yamaha, this time a Yard Built XJR1300
Deus' The Maniac used to be a tame Yamaha SR
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Deus' The Maniac used to be a tame Yamaha SR
When Deus calls its bike The Maniac, there's a reason
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When Deus calls its bike The Maniac, there's a reason
The Battega Bastarda is a very distinctive custom piece of work on the Yamaha XS650 twin
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The Battega Bastarda is a very distinctive custom piece of work on the Yamaha XS650 twin
How to make a Bonneville record-breaker from a Harley-Davidson, by Hoosier
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How to make a Bonneville record-breaker from a Harley-Davidson, by Hoosier
LEM Motors' little scooter looks like a lot of fun
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LEM Motors' little scooter looks like a lot of fun
LEM Motors' scooter looks like a lot of fun
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LEM Motors' scooter looks like a lot of fun
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This year's EICMA was one of the biggest we have witnessed, and as such it had a lot on offer besides its numerous world premieres. One-off builds, concepts and some peculiar contraptions complemented the Italian show, acting as publicity magnets and occasionally as signs of things to come.

Although the actual Custom Show of the 73rd EICMA was rather minuscule and poorly presented – a couple-dozen privateer motorcycles cramped within a small corner – plenty of interesting custom offerings were scattered around the exhibition's six huge halls.

Honda toyed with the scrambler theme by presenting the Six50 concept bike at EICMA
Honda toyed with the scrambler theme by presenting the Six50 concept bike at EICMA

Most of them were tailor-made for specific manufacturers, such as Honda's two interesting CB650F concepts playing out the fashion themes of our time: café racer and scrambler.

The Black Bullet Scout is a tribute to Burt Munro's Bonneville world land speed record on an Indian Scout
The Black Bullet Scout is a tribute to Burt Munro's Bonneville world land speed record on an Indian Scout

Indian Motorcycles attracted a lot of attention to its custom Scouts, a collection of three takes on its best-selling model that commemorate historical events in the company's timeline.

Yamaha's Yard Built booth features the Super 7 version of the MT-07
Yamaha's Yard Built booth features the Super 7 version of the MT-07

Yamaha's presence involved much more than just a naked R1. Its investment in the Yard Built project continues to evolve, occupying a separate stand with most of the custom interpretations of its Sport Heritage models.

The 500 cc boxer twin of the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica produces 55 hp, in a motorcycle that weighs just 148 kg (236 lb)
The 500 cc boxer twin of the BMW R50 Kaczor Replica produces 55 hp, in a motorcycle that weighs just 148 kg (236 lb)

BMW Motorrad's EICMA presence may be remembered for the Scrambler version of the R nineT and its first small capacity engine in almost 50 years, but a centerpiece of its stand was this beautiful R50 Kaczor replica.

The Avinton Race R concept mates an S&S 100 ci (1,643 cc) twin-cylinder engine with a Garrett turbine
The Avinton Race R concept mates an S&S 100 ci (1,643 cc) twin-cylinder engine with a Garrett turbine

French boutique manufacturer Avinton Motorcycles came to Milan with an intriguing turbo-charged racing prototype, alongside its typical lineup of hand-built S&S-powered roadsters.

A Ducati Testastretta engine with exposed desmo belt drive looks the part in any cafe racer built – such as this one by South Garage
A Ducati Testastretta engine with exposed desmo belt drive looks the part in any cafe racer built – such as this one by South Garage

As for Ducati, the publicity of the X-Diavel and the 400 cc Scrambler left no room in its booth for custom models, yet EICMA was abundant with Ducati-based customs. They were to be found everywhere; Italian magazines, custom shops, clothing brands. After all, we were in Italy.

Walter Tosto created an impressive dragster version of the Moto Guzzi California 1400
Walter Tosto created an impressive dragster version of the Moto Guzzi California 1400

If it's not a Ducati, then it's a Moto Guzzi. The V7 continues to be one of the custom builders' favorite bikes, as well as the California 1400. Given these levels of popularity, the unveiling of the V9 model family comes as no surprise as Moto Guzzi attempts to strengthen its appeal across the Atlantic Ocean.

Sine Cycle's custom bike was only electric model of the EICMA Custom Show
Sine Cycle's custom bike was only electric model of the EICMA Custom Show

We even met some old friends. Sine Cycles' electric custom proudly holds the unofficial title of the only electric model in the whole Custom Show.

Take a virtual ride around EICMA's elaborate, peculiar and awesome customs in our photo gallery.

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5 comments
Milton
All these cool concepts, but very little (none?) EV love. That Yamaha is Swweeeeet!
swaan
ICE, ICE, ICE, ICE.. yeah where are the EVs? It dawned on me that since the ICE platform has been exhausted - now the only place they have to go is looks/fashion.
fearnow
so you missed the last picture? looks EV to me.
chidrbmt
These are some beautiful works of art. Thanks for all the photos,Gizmag. You guys are the best.
Martin Hone
They are getting closer, but I'm surprised that Indian hasn't come out with a Bert Munro replica. And what about tipping a Ducati engine backwards and making a Britten replica !!!!!!