Three custom bike builders to follow on Instagram


If you are a custom bike aficionado with an Instagram account, here are three top builders you need to have in your daily feed.

If you are reading this, chances are that you also share the same taste and appreciation for beautifully built custom bikes as we do. Of course, when it comes to custom bikes, the old saying of “each of us to our own” applies, but that does not mean one could not appreciate ones built by some of the planet’s most renowned of builders.

And, in the European scene, three names stand out rather well, and worth following on Instagram. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Mr Martini


Founded by renowned custom bike builder Nicola Martini, the Mr Martini brand prides itself on the fact that it is built upon sheer passion, dedication, research and unique creativity. Based in Verona, Italy, the brand is also widely known as Europe’s leading builders of custom café racers, a fact exuded brilliantly by its Scrambler Ducati-based Scrambler Café Racer concept that bowed in the Verona show last year. If you have always lusted over beautifully-built custom café racers, then give the firm a follow on Instagram via its official page: @specialmrmartini

2. Officine Mermaid


Based in the Italy’s style capital of Milan, Officine Mermaid is a brand that has built a strong reputation in recent years for building some of the most outrageously unique custom bikes the world has ever seen. Like any other custom builder, the brand prides itself on its ability to create bikes unlike any other, promising that no two bikes that it builds are the same. The brand specialises itself specifically in building old school-styled customs, and have sprinkled its magic on a variety of European and non-European base bikes as well. You can follow Officine Mermaid on Instagram via its official page: @officinemermaid

3. Deus Ex Machina

Lifted from Instagram: @deusmilano

Last but not the least comes the ever-famous Deus Ex Machina franchise. Having roared into Australia’s cultural consciousness in 2006, building neatly customised motorcycles with a quaint notion that doing something is more fun than just owning something. Beyond customising bikes, the brand has also thanks to its stylish and popular apparels range, which has become a must-have for all custom bike fans alike in recent times. Reflecting its eclectic brand image is the franchise’s own Instagram feed, which we believe will brighten up your day as custom bike fan.Deus Ex Machina has a few official Instagram pages based on country, but our recommendation is to follow its Milan-based arm’s page at: @deusmilano




And… While you’re at it, don’t forget to give a follow too! We cover all bikes and bikers, including customs! Follow us now on Instagram via our official page: @bikesrepublic

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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