Brat bike

Transform your motorcycle into a unique brat bike with these inspiring ideas. Discover the perfect style and modifications to create a one-of-a-kind ride.
Moto 50cc, Scrambler Motorcycle, Moto Guzzi, Honda Scrambler, Cafe Bike, Cafe Racer Bikes, Cafe Racers, Bicycle Shop, Tracker Motorcycle

Critics are sure to dismiss this Yamaha SR500 for its lack of fenders, or its trials rubber. But to hell with them. For builder Boy Janssen it's the perfect country road whip, and it's crammed with lovely details. Boy lives in the Dutch countryside, wrenching in his home workshop as Pancake Customs. You may remember his Yamaha XT600, built for faffing around in the dunes: Now he's back with a squared-off 1978 SR500, in a cool modern tracker style. “The bike had been sitting in my workshop…

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Emmanuel Cairo
Yamaha Xs 650. Low, firestone-clad brat bike, with a glossy brass patina tank Cafe Racer Honda, Cafe Bike, Cafe Racer Bikes, Cafe Racers, Bicycle Shop, Brat Bike, Brat Motorcycle, Steampunk Motorcycle, Tracker Motorcycle

Like all aesthetic pursuits, customizing motorcycles is mostly an exercise in personal taste. So when we told Philippe Lagente that his Yamaha XS650 might get less than favorable comments, his response was: “I don't mind—and I love to ride it.” Based in Toulouse, France, Philippe builds bikes as Soyouz Cycles—an after-hours hobby which he describes as “just a bunch of friends sharing a garage.” And while his build might tick all the wrong boxes for some folks, we dig it for reasons that we…

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Walter Leukam
Scooters, Custom Bikes, Vintage, Trucks, Kawasaki Bikes, Scrambler, Honda, Kawasaki, Honda Africa Twin

We're always intrigued to see what custom motorcycle builders get up to when there's no brief, or client, involved. Personal projects either lead to wild experimentation, or they turn out as honest builds, devoid of the need to impress anyone. No points for guessing which camp this Kawasaki KZ750 restomod belongs to. It comes from German custom builder Holger Breuer, who picked it up in boxes with the goal of building something simple and tidy for himself. Or, as he puts it: “I just wanted…

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