BMW Retro Custom

BMW Retro Custom

Avant-garde and influential bikes from builders around the globe

Small specialty car car designers like Singer Vehicle Design, of Icon 4X4 Motors, and Emory Motorsports, have for years, been turning out incredible products for the discerning car client looking for something different.

Unlike bespoke cars, custom motorcycles have never had the following or focus they deserved but that’s all about to change.

The Petersen Automotive Museum will open its newest exhibit dedicated to the art of a new generation of motorcycle customizers on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

Curated by motorcycle historian and author Paul d’Orleans, the emphasis will be on celebrated visionaries who are pushing the envelope when it comes to motorcycle design and technology.  25 different bikes from 25 different independent builders will be on display.

New and old engines, retro chassis mashed up with groundbreaking technology, allow motorcycle aficionados to design something unique, based on a client’s vision, in collaboration with the builders, and these motorcycles are beginning to influence factory built bikes.

“At the Petersen, it is our utmost goal to embrace and foster creativity—especially when it comes to automobiles,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Because we’ve built exhibits around the art of four-wheeled vehicles many times, we believe it’s the perfect time to recognize a global phenomenon in the form of the custom bike revolution. This new exhibit will celebrate the international trendsetters of this movement while delivering a definite nod to L.A. culture.”

To kick off this monumental display, the Petersen will host an opening reception on Friday, April 13th at 7 PM with live entertainment, gourmet food, and specialty cocktails served in the museum’s Penthouse. The evening will conclude with a panel featuring board member Richard Varner, actor Keanu Reeves, guest curator Paul d’Orleans, Jay Leno, automotive journalist Charles Fleming, and founding chairman Bruce Meyer.

You can learn more about the reception or  purchase tickets below…

Info and tickets here.

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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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