Quite a few wood-adorned bikes drop into our inbox these days, but few make it online. It’s an effect that can go so wrong, so easily—but if you can combine craftsmanship with restraint and good taste, the results are spectacular.
Iowa-based Mike Gustafson is a furniture designer by trade, so he knows his way around a block of wood. After hours, he builds motorcycles as Monnom Customs; this is his second build, and also the second to use wood.
His first was an electric blue Honda CB550 with a wooden seat, which landed on our Bikes of the Week list nearly a year ago. “I was not expecting the amount of attention that bike received,” Mike tells us.
“The wooden seat was a very polarizing option on that build.…