Wheels & Waves 2019: Custom Bikes!

Just last week, we had the opportunity to travel to across the pond for the 8th annual edition of the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz, France. Here’s what the organizers say of the event:

“Wheels & Waves is an annual rendezvous, an eclectic cultural proposition around various influences: collector motorcycles, art, music, and surfing!”

Wheels and Waves 2019

Truly, the festival is unlike any other, where the overlapping cultural spheres of custom motorcycles, surfing, skating, and art converge into a single 5-day celebration. While the main Wheels & Waves Village is based in Biarritz itself, the races and events take place all over the stunning Basque country of southwestern France and northwestern Spain. This year’s races included the following:

  • Punk’s Peak Sprint Race: Monte Jaizkibel, Hondarribia, Spain
  • Deus Swank Rally Enduro Race: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, France
  • El Rollo Flat Track Race: Hippodrome de San-Sebastian, Spain
Yamaha IT425 by 5Special
Yamaha IT425 by 5Special — raced in all three events!

Uniquely, the spread-out nature of the festival forces attendees get out and ride or drive to various locations throughout the week, making Wheels and Waves much more of an adventure than other shows. There are few “trailer queens” here. The city streets and countryside are jam-packed with interesting motorcycles, and many custom builders enter and ride their bikes in the various races held throughout the week. It’s not uncommon to see a bike you know from social media rounding a country bend, blasting up a Basque mountainside, jumping a tabletop at an enduro event, or parked in front of a bar, grimy from days of riding.

Wheels and Waves 2019
The Road to Punk’s Peak

Below, we highlight some of our favorite bikes from the show. All photos courtesy of our Taylor Brown and AJ Grey of BikeBound.

Wheels and Waves: Custom Bike Highlights

BMW “XT Punk” by Jo Hecht (Gasoline Culture)
Road Burner Garage
Road Burner Garage
Road Burner Garage
Road Burner Garage
Road Burner Garage
Road Burner Garage
BMW Concept R18.
BMW Concept R18 by BMW Motorrad
BMW R60/5 by Nagel Motors
BMW R60/5 by Nagel Motors
Ducati 750 Woolies Workshop
Ducati 750 by Woolies Workshop, built for Alpinestars
Honda CBX1000 by Cafe Racer SSpirit
Honda CBX1000 by Cafe Racer SSpirit
Honda CBX1000 by Cafe Racer SSpirit
Honda CBX1000 by Cafe Racer SSpirit
Kerozin Workshop
Kerozin Workshop
Yamaha SR by Le Motographe
Yamaha SR by Le Motographe
Anvil Motociclette
Anvil Motociclette
5Special Honda CR125M
Honda CR125M by 5Special
Ducati Endurance Racer
Ducati Endurance Racer — Builder Unknown
Harley Superglide -- Builder Unknown
Harley Superglide — Builder Unknown
Bultaco Tracker from Machete Customs
Bultaco Tracker by Honor MC, built for Machete Customs
Pure Motorcycles
Pure Motorcycles
Honda CR250 from Apache Customs
Honda CR250 from Apache Customs
"Midnight Runner" by Apache Customs
“Midnight Runner” by Apache Customs
Yamaha WR450 "Skeleton" by Le Motographe
Yamaha WR450 “Skeleton” by Le Motographe
Roland Sands Design
Roland Sands Design
Harley XR1200 Street Tracker
Harley XR1200 Street Tracker — Builder Unknown
CCM Spitfire
CCM Spitfire
Honda CB at Artonvel booth
BMW K75 by John Doe
BMW K75 by John Doe
BCKustoms X Daytona 73
BMW R nineT — Builder Unknown
Moto Guzzi “Domino 1400” by Officine Rossopuro
Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Flat Track by Accélère Motos
Moto Guzzi V85 TT
Moto Guzzi “Tabula Rasa 700” by Officine Rossopuro
"Stardust" by Hedonic
“Stardust” by Hedonic
BMW R80GS of Hubert Auriol
BMW R80GS of Hubert Auriol
BMW R NineT Urban GS
BMW R NineT Urban GS
El Solitario Sidecar Build
El Solitario Sidecar Build
Rumble Speedshop
“Frijole 883” by Biltwell
Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues
Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues
"MJR Roach" Royal Enfield Himalayan
“MJR Roach” Royal Enfield 400cc Himalayan — Turbo!
Royal Enfield 500 EFI
Speed Wheels by Old School Engineering
Hombrese Bikes
BMW R NineT Sidecar by Fallert/ Christian Gansohr
5Special Co
Hombrese Bikes
Yamaha SC500
DVGAS Garage
DVSGAS Garage
Meccanica Serrao D'Aquino
Meccanica Serrao D’Aquino
BCKustoms
BCKustoms
KTM Flat Tracker from Deus
Rivolta motociclette
Rivolta Motociclette
Dab Motors LM-S

Follow Wheels & Waves

Web: www.wheels-and-waves.com
Facebook: @wheelswaves
Instagram: @wheels_and_waves

3 Comments

  1. David Kelly

    Very cool 😎 looking bikes more of the same

  2. Very nice pictures! 😍 there is the photo of my father’s cross bike: The yellow Yamaha 500. I just have to rectify: it’s not an MX but a SC!

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