Some motorcycles are a flash in the proverbial pan, abandoned after a couple of years on the market. Others linger in showrooms for years, until stocks are depleted or the tooling costs are paid for.
Then you get the bikes that sell steadily, year after year. The Ural has been produced since 1942, with minor updates every few years. The Royal Enfield Bullet entered production in 1948. Then you get the Japanese workhorses, like the Kawasaki KLR650 (b. 1987) and the Honda XR650L, which has been rolling off the assembly line since 1992.
This businesslike street tracker shows the enduring appeal of the XR, and comes from Texas-based ‘JuanVerde’ (identity withheld by request). The builder may be pseudonymous, but his talent cannot be hidden—he’s already built several sharp-looking customs, and this XR650L is his second crack at the model.…
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.
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.…
Motorcycles no longer race at the International Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and more’s the pity. The unique race inspires gutsy engineering, and you used to see the gnarliest of machines in the pits of the independent teams. It’s those bikes that inspired this aggressive Royal Enfield 650 street tracker from STG Tracker in Argentina.
Nicknamed ‘Crow’, the build was an official commission from Royal Enfield Argentina, who supplied a brand new Continental GT 650. STG then took it, bumped the motor to 865 cc and trimmed over 80 lbs of fat.
STG’s workshop is based in Buenos Aires, and run by Marcelo Obarrio and Germán Karp. The crew have built bikes for Royal Enfield Argentina in the past, but wanted to up the ante on this project.…