Have you noticed the recent theme in many of the stories here? While the major manufacturers struggle to move large numbers of mass market motorcycles, there are quite a few builders heading off in a different direction, taking standard models, sometimes even old, used and very common motorcycles, and remaking them into something unique and very desirable. The only limits are imagination and skill.
The McDeeb Royal Enfields are a beautiful example of what happens to a standard Royal Enfield, redesigned in the manner of a classic. Though there is a contingent of buyers who like the RE as it comes from the factory, I’d bet a lot more of you appreciate what comes from the Italian Classic Farm Motorcycles.
Of course, if we’re going to mention Royal Enfield, we have to bring up the Musket, the V-Twin creation of Aniket Vardhan. Again, the standard bike is completely transformed into the beauty we’ve seen here several times. While few of us are going to create a V-Twin engine from a single, he knew what he wanted and created it.
The Banquer 920 takes an engine from a Yamaha Virago, a fairly common offering, and splices the Japanese power plant into the English framework of a Norton. The result is quite unique.
The Magpul Ronin takes the now defunct Buell 1125R and swaps the front end with a girder, moves the radiator, adds some different bodywork and a totally new look emerges.
Then, a really fascinating build, the $300 Yamaha Maxim completely rebuilt into a low budget custom most any of us would be happy to ride.
What amazes me is you can’t guess what motorcycle will be modified next. In hindsight, the Royal Enfield is a great starting point for specials like those built under the McDeeb name, but how many of us would think of doing that? The “Six Days” model looks superb, but it took a builder with imagination to see it in the basic model he started with.
The Yamaha Maxim started from really humble beginnings and turned into a custom that the builders saw and no one else did, hiding in plain sight.
What makes many of these so interesting are the unusual starting points. The number of modified Harley Davidsons is staggering, modified Royal Enfields, not so many, Yamaha Maxims, very few
Ordinary to extraordinary because the builder used his imagination. I really want to emphasize these projects because some of you have motorcycles you might think don’t measure up to the builds you see online, they’re fun to ride but they don’t stand out, well, neither did any of these, until the builder made them stand out. It wasn’t a matter of saving up the money to buy a brand new exotic, high dollar custom, it was just looking at the bike they already had and asking, “What if … ?” Can you can ask the same question? You certainly can. Can you do what they did? You tell us.