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Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh has customised a Ducati Scrambler. With a sprinkling of performance upgrades and lightweight parts, Jab Launcher is proof of the old racer’s adage: add lightness — via Bike EXIF

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The first time on the market since 1967, the Craig Ellwood-designed Bobertz House in San Diego, California, is well worth the wait. That’s obviously down to the architecture itself, but also because of a wonderful restoration that has returned this house back to its original state.

The house dates back to 1953, designed by Ellwood for Gerry and Charles Bobertz, but has suffered since. It was acquired by Keith York in 2000, who then undertook the extensive and painstaking renovation work, which involved pulling down a later addition and reintroducing some original design using both plans of the house and consulting those familiar with Ellwood’s work.

If you want to make this your next home, the asking price is $800,000 — via Wow Haus

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2LOUD Custom is run by Max Ma Yicheng and based in Taipei, Taiwan, where customising motorcycles is tricky, thanks to strict regulations. When a customer booked in this 2009-model Sportster XL883 Custom, Max set himself a challenge — via Bike EXIF

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Wutopia Lab designed Metal Rainbow-Zhongshu Bookstore in Suzhou, China — via ArchDaily

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Laurent Amann of Storik built this extraordinary vintage Triumph called Rafale.

Rafale means ‘gust of wind’ in French, and this Meriden-era triple is all about lightness and speed. It’s also a showcase for Amann’s amazing coach working skills, with raw metal bodywork and an impeccable stance.

Although he now practises out of a workshop in the south of England, Amann was trained in France. He has a background in automotive engineering and design, and is enthused by all things handmade. He started the company four years ago, and focuses on fabricating and restoring classic cars and bikes — via Bike EXIF

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This Jackie Cuylen-designed brutalist property in Herentals, Antwerp, Belgium dates back to the mid-1970s, with a design very much of that era and based on circles both for the main house, the garage and of course, the pool. A rare opportunity to buy a house of this quality and uniqueness, it is on the market for €649,000 — via Wow Haus

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The Robin Boyd-designed Baker House in Long Forest, Victoria, was constructed just over 50 years ago, offers total privacy thanks to its 30-acre plot. Looking at the last of the agent’s photos, it looks like that land is pretty dense with foliage too. So not much chance of any passing visitors or cold callers. But what you do get is a house designed on mathematical and geometric principles and one that’s still faithful to the mid century era — via Wow Haus

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Shanghai Customs shop boss Matthew Waddick reckons it’s this new eCub that will soon become his biggest ever seller. If you’re attracted to minimalism and timeless design, you probably appreciate the elegant simplicity of the Cub frame. Its size lends itself well to an electric scooter conversion — via Bike EXIF

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This Moto Guzzi V1000 G5 the work of Manuel and Yann of Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues, and it’s the colour that grabbed us first—a pale minty green, much like the signature Celeste shade of Bianchi. It’s a perfect match for the sylphlike new bodywork, with little remaining of Mandello’s somewhat heavy-handed and plasticky original– via  Bike EXIF

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Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Customs from Germany built this masterpiece — White Phantom. In this case using the rather unremarkable but steadfast BMW R80RT as a donor, not that there’s much left of the original bike — via The Bike Shed

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British MoD engineer Allen Millyard, has a brilliant habit of building the wildest motorcycle specials on the planet. Amazingly enough, Millyard builds these OEM-looking monsters in a small garage workshop with little more than hand tools. The lucky owner of this 883cc Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special is Pip Davidson — a die hard 2-stroke fan. The joining of the engine cases is just seamless, making this one of the great double-take bikes, which you could mistake for OEM before your brain registers the width of the engine. Of course, the performance is anything but stock — the 883cc 5-cylinder, 2-stroke Kawasaki Triple produces 109 rear wheel horsepower — via BikeBound

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Max Ma Yicheng runs 2LOUD Custom out of Taipei, Taiwan and has a talent for metal shaping and finding a great line. His skills are on full display on this pretty-in-pink custom, built in the classic Japanese style and based on a 2016 model Kawasaki W800. It starts with the hand-made fuel tank, designed with a slimming effect, and a front neck tunnel that’s reminiscent of classic enduros — via Bike EXIF

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Bunker Custom Cycles of Istanbul have a client who requested an elegant war machine look, and builders Mert and Can Uzer have obliged in spectacular fashion — via Bike EXIF

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A Harley-Davidson dealer handed this 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 750 over to Austria-based NCT Motorcycles, with a mandate to rework it into a raffle prize for the upcoming 20th annual European Bike Week — via Bike EXIF

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This 1980 BMW R100 RT rolled into Willie Knoll’s Clutch Motorcycles workshop as a 1980s tourer, and left as a classy, pared-down street tracker. In the metal, you’ll probably first notice the flip-flop Daytona Paradise paint, which changes colour with the light — but there are plenty of other subtle details that shine — via Bike EXIF

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This Norton Atlas has all the goodies you’d normally see on one of Reinhard Neumair’s racers, with one notable exception—it meets Germany’s strict TÜV laws. That’s because the owner wanted a race replica that he could also ride on the streets — via Bike EXIF

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BARC Architects were asked by their clients, a professional couple with a love of architecture and interior design, to create a family house that was simple yet bold, would encourage outdoor living and maximise their garden views. The exterior of the home, which is located in Plymouth, England, is a mixed palette of cedar, black zinc, stacked slate and white painted render — via CONTEMPORIST

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Architecture studio tenfiftyfive have recently completed an addition to an old heritage house in Melbourne, Australia — via CONTEMPORIST

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Karles Vives and his crew at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles have based their latest project on a 1999 Kawasaki W650.

This is the Fuel Catalina GP, says Karles. It’s a real desert sled motorcycle, like the Triumphs people used to ride in the American deserts—or on Catalina Island in the 60s — via Bike EXIF

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Architect Ramon Esteve has recently completed this modern house that sits on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, in an area full of woodlands and pine trees — via CONTEMPORIST

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Jetsons House in Miami, Florida dates from 1949, the work of tropical modernism exponent Rufus Nims and no doubt picking up the Jetsons name because of those futuristic curves. If this is your dream house, the asking price is $1,875,000 — via Wow Haus

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Omega has launched the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch Limited Edition at an event in London in order to commemorate Bond’s long use of the Seamaster in films, as well as its long relationship with the Commander.

The Commander’s Watch Limited Edition is technically identical to other Seamaster 300M Diver’s watches, with a 41mm case, and Omega calibre 2500 movement with co-axial escapement. The chief difference is in the colour scheme, with a strap and bezel that reflects the colours of the ensign of the British Royal Navy. The bezel is blue ceramic with a Liquidmetal scale, and the dial is white ceramic. Pricing in steel price is CHF 4650, and in gold, CHF 28,000 — via Hodinkee

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The small manufacturer from just outside Stuttgart was a major force in racing in the 60s and 70s, but went out of business in the early 80s. Things are now looking up again for Kreidler. A bicycle manufacturer acquired the rights to the name a few years ago, but there’s now a motorcycle division too — with a range centred on some very funky-looking 125s aimed at the huge European youth market.

Kreidler has now called in mountain biker and extreme sports TV presenter Niels-Peter Jensen to provide input into its designs. NPJ has always been a keen motorcyclist. Jensen’s mission is to make Kreidler cool again and bring back the quality.

The first shot in the war is a limited edition called the Dice CR-125i NPJ Edition, priced at a very favourable €3,300 (US$3,750). That’s well under the sticker of even a Yamaha TW200, and Kreidler sold its entire stock of 99 NPJ Editions in just two days — via Bike EXIF

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This modernist property in Atlantic Beach, Florida dates from 1973, the work of architect and author William Morgan for himself and his family. It is now up for sale for the very first time — via WowHaus