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The best custom motorcycles of 2023
Crunching the numbers to pick the 10 best custom motorcycles of the year is a headache. But picking my personal favorites is even harder—especially when you consider the caliber of the machines that we regularly feature.

As has become my process, I start with a short list of 30 to 40 bikes, then spend a few days whittling that down to a manageable size. To level the playing field, any bikes that are already highlighted in our ranked Top 10 are eliminated, and the remaining candidates are shuffled into a final selection.

Each one of these custom motorcycles stood out for its craftsmanship, creativity, and overall ability to make jaws drop. They’re listed in alphabetical order by the builder or workshop’s name. Dive in, and feel free to yell at me in the comments if you think that I missed the mark.

Custom Honda CBR954RR Fireblade by Bottpower
Honda Fireblade ‘Morlaco’ by Bottpower Given David Sanchez’s extensive background as a top-tier motorcycle racing engineer, it’s little wonder that the motorcycles from his workshop, Bottpower, look so brashly purposeful. But this Honda CBR954RR Fireblade-powered sportbike is extreme even by Bottpower’s standards.

David dreamed up the ferocious Fireblade 21 years ago, envisioning a bike with a trellis frame, a unique front suspension system, and an exposed airbox and fuel tank. Using just the engine, wheels, and swingarm from a brand new ‘Blade, he and Bottpower co-founder, Hugo van Waaijen, got as far as building the rolling chassis before the project stalled for reasons unknown. Years later, they finally dragged it back onto Bottpower’s workbench and pushed it over the finish line.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Editor’s Choice: An alternative top 10 for 2023
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/editors-choice-custom-motorcycles-2023
Published Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2023 15:01:35 +0000

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/vincent-rapide-bonhams
Published Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 17:00:38 +0000

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Title: Fast Tubes
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 06:59:17 +0000

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.

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GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gordon-murray-automotives-new-t-50-production-line/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:42:33 +0000

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