Adventure bikes are getting bigger by the day. And although we question the wisdom of taking a machine weighing more than 500 pounds off road, we do see the appeal.
Big dual-sports are comfortable over distance, with tons of packing space and a strangely appealing aesthetic. But we like them even more when they’re oddball custom jobs.
This 1979 Gold Wing started out as an asphalt-loving mile-muncher. It’s now doing double duty as a gravel express, thanks to the ingenuity of Dutch builder Roy Holtman.
Based roughly fifty miles from Amsterdam in Apeldoorn, Roy operates as RH Motorcycles. (He writes and styles it as ‘Are Age’—a self-deprecating reference to his accent.)
He started riding bikes well before the legal age, thrashing mopeds in the woods near his house. Since they kept breaking down, he kept fixing them—so he quickly became the ‘go-to’ guy for repairs in his neighborhood.