Can’t keep up with the increasingly busy world of custom motorcycles? Hey, we get it — having over a hundred subscriptions on your feed reader doesn’t really make keeping up with the sweetest custom two-wheelers an easy affair. Get them all in one place, instead, by picking up The Ride: New Custom Motorcycles and their Builders, an upcoming hardcover reader.
Created by the team behind Bike EXIF, one of our favorite websites to visit on daily basis , the book explores the world of contemporary custom motorcycles — the creations, the builders, and the inspiration behind them. From made-to-order commissions to limited-edition special runs to labors of love built in garages around the world, the book is filled with unique motorcycle creations “that come as close to one’s own vision of how pure riding should be as possible.”
Published by Gestalten, The Ride is a hardcover coffee table book measuring 12 x 10.9 x 1.3 inches and running a thick 320 pages. It features unique custom bikes like a 90s-era plastic motorcycle from Japan that’s been turned into an Italian-style cafe racer, an old find from an ancestor’s barn that’s been reworked into a roaring hardtail, and other similarly remarkable builds. Pioneers of the craft, such as Walt Siegl, Wrenchmonkees, and DP Customs, all get extensive profiles, along with many other small workshops from around the globe. It comes decked with full-color photographs of all the custom motorcycles, along with stories about their builders and descriptions of the work involved.