Today, we’re thrilled to present our Top 5 Custom Motorcycles of 2019 as judged by you, our readership. Your visits, likes, comments, and shares serve as votes, and we ranked these bikes according to their popularity among our readership. This is the most objective ranking we could achieve.
HONDA GL1000 GOLDWING BY 85 SPEED SHOP
Rune Kellberg is a 33 year-old single father who spends his spare time in his workshop, 85 Speed Shop, with his 6 year-old son. When it came time for his fourth build, Rune decided on a 1977 GL1000 Goldwing. Rune had always wanted to build a custom ‘Wing for himself. After all, at 190 cm tall — about 6’3″ — Rune had to take his size into account. The Goldwing proved the perfect fit — a “man-size cafe racer” for the tall Dane, and the only “cafe racer” to make our Top five.
YAMAHA XTZ125 BY APE CUSTOMS
Andrew Andrada of Ape Customs works out of his home garage in Roxas City, Philippines. Soon after customizing his first personal bike, build inquiries started coming in. Andrada got together with a mechanic friend and they opened Ape Customs. The Yamaha XTZ125 is a small dual-sport built for markets where on/off-road capability is a necessity. It has an air-cooled, SOHC engine built for low maintenance in harsh conditions and offers around 10 inches of ground clearance and 7 inches of suspension travel — not bad for a 125cc machine. Ape Customs built this Yamaha XTZ125 to display in the garage of a friend, transforming a capable but bland factory platform into an aggressive street tracker with loads of attitude.
YAMAHA XT600 “B003” BY BOLD MOTORCYCLESBold
Motorcycles is the creation of two long-time friends, Pedro and João, who live in Sertã, Portugal — located in the middle of the nation’s longest, most mythical road: the Nacional 2. Here we have their third build, “B003”, a Yamaha XT600 scrambler built for friend and photographer Ricardo Santos (@sr.s4ntos). Ricardo gave the two-man crew just one directive, that his scrambler be “dry green”. The crew opted for a traditional dual-sport scrambler build with some lovely details, such as the side projector light and leather appointments, and the XT struck a chord with our readers, becoming one of the most popular builds of 2018.
HONDA NX650 DOMINATOR BY ANDREW GREENLAND
Operating out of his shed in Wales, Andrew Greenland continues to turn out some of the most incredible Honda big single builds on the planet. His custom Hondas hark back to the glory days of the Honda XL and XR racers at Baja and Dakar, and they have the well-sorted look of factory specials. As to why he built this slightly more street-oriented NX650 Dominator, he answered slightly tongue-in-cheek: “Wanted a bike I could reach the floor on.” That’s been accomplished with a fat 17-inch front wheel, while the rest of the bike was been brought up to speed with a rebuilt motor and “new everything.”
HONDA TMX 150 SUPREMO “SUNNY” BY REVOLT CYCLES
One of our favorite builders in all the Southern Hemisphere is Revolt Cycles of the Philippines, who have a knack for transforming rugged utility machines into beautiful scramblers and trackers. Such is the case for this Honda TMX — or Tricycle Model X-treme — an air-cooled utility bike popular in the Philippines, where its power and ruggedness make it ideal for sidecar or “tricycle” work. The result here is Revolt Cycles’ 34th build, “Sunny,” a Honda TMX 150 Supremo brat / tracker / scrambler built for an Australian client.