Alchemy: A Husqvarna 701 Enduro wrapped in carbon

Custom Husqvarna 701 Enduro with carbon fiber
What’s your idea of the perfect adventure motorcycle? For some, it’s a liter-plus globetrotter loaded with tech. For others, it’s a monkey bike that can also fly. But for Gareth Hadden, it’s this carbon-clad Husqvarna 701 Enduro called ‘Alchemy.’

An English ex-pat living in Cape Town, South Africa, Gareth earns his keep as an event and production designer in the entertainment industry. So he’s good at two things: finding skilled people to work with, and obsessing over the tiniest of details. Which is precisely why his rally-inspired Husky turned out so good.

Custom Husqvarna 701 Enduro with carbon fiber
Ironically, Gareth didn’t originally set out to create an adventure bike. His original plan was to build a streetfighter around a stonking Suzuki GSX1400 power plant. But then he bought a BMW R1200GS Adventure, got into adventure riding, and changed tack.…

Suspended restoration: Retrospeed’s immaculate FN M13

Fabrique Nationale M13 restoration by Retrospeed
There’s not much that still surprises us these days, but you can’t beat a crazy suspension setup. And they don’t come much stranger than the bizarre cantilever arrangement used on Fabrique Nationale motorcycles.

Variously known as a ‘wheelbarrow’ or (more respectfully) a ‘trailing link girder fork,’ there’s never been anything else quite like it, before or since. And thanks to this amazing restoration by Retrospeed of Wisconsin, we can get a closer look.

Fabrique Nationale M13 restoration by Retrospeed
FN deserves a higher profile outside of the Low Countries of Europe. It’s one of the most storied names in motorcycling and like BSA and Royal Enfield, the Belgian company has a background in small arms. Today, it’s one of the biggest firearms makers in the world, but sadly, it stopped making motorcycles in the mid 60s.…

Freshman Triumph: ASH’s Thruxton-based street tracker

Triumph Thruxton 900 street tracker by ASH Motorcycles
Some established custom shops are so consistent, you immediately know that anything they build is going to be good. But the scene is rife with newcomers too. And we love it when a new shop hits it out the park on their first try.

The three guys behind ASH Motorcycles have a wealth of experience between them, but they’ve only been operating as a unit since last year. This Triumph Thruxton-based street tracker is their debut, and it’s an absolute showstopper.

Triumph Thruxton 900 street tracker by ASH Motorcycles
Based in Dorset, England, the team is made up of Tim Abbey, Jez Speed and Chris Hill. (Add the first letters of their surnames together, et voila.)

Tim was a professional touring musician based in London—until the pandemic wrecked his industry.…

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