Cafe Racer Parts - Cognito Moto Fork Swap Kits


Ever wanted to swap out the tired old telescopic forks on your retro ride for a pair of modern upside down items? Well, just like the pro workshops you can thanks to the crew at Virginia's 'Cognito Moto'.

Upgrading your old bikes suspension is one of the best things you can do to transform your riding experience. Devin and the Cognito Moto crew have known this for some time and have made it their goal to make the process easy for wrench noobs like you and me. Of course, these kits aren't available for not every bike out there, but the list includes many of the most popular donor bikes for this type of project.



Cosimo Comeback - Suzuki Inazuma cafe racer



It's been a few years since I've heard from Cosimo at GiaMi Motorcycles in Italy. After being involved in a serious motorcycle accident soon after we featured his Kawasaki ER6N cafe racer in 2013, he began a difficult healing process and his time in the workshop was reduced to a minimum. It was a long road to recovery, but thankfully he's now back on the tools and is once again building great looking custom motorcycles. To mark his return to custom building Cosimo has put together a Suzuki Inazuma based cafe racer he's rightfully named "The Return".



Riding Gear - Bell Moto 3 Helmet


"Not retro. Original" That's a statement few helmet manufacturers can lay claim to. Bell has been manufacturing safety helmets since the mid fifties and can be attributed with being instrumental in the development of the most important item of safety gear worn by motorcyclists today. During their 60+ years of existence arguably the most iconic helmet design Bell has ever created was in the early 70s. It was their second full faced off-road design available to the public and was coined the Moto 3. Now some 40 years later the Moto 3 is back!



The Falcon - Moto Essence Yamaha RD350


Friends Havana and Dominik have been riding motorcycles together for longer than many of our readers have had a drivers license. Over the past 25 years, they've clocked up hundreds of thousands of miles riding in almost every discipline of off-road and on-road racing as well as being avid classic motorcycle enthusiasts. Havana gained his skills in motorcycle mechanics while racing bikes, Dominik developed his restoring collectable motorcycles. After building and customising motorcycles together for most of those 25 years they decided it was time to established their own workshop in 2015 and 'Moto Essence' was born.

As anyone starting up a new company should do the pair decided to launch their brand with a bang. So, using the knowledge gained from years of racing they set their sights on competing in the Glemseck 101 1/8th mile drags.



Retro Special - The Yamaha XSR900 Abarth



Yamaha continues their push to dominate the retro-styled motorcycle category with their latest, limited edition Sport Heritage XSR900. Thanks to ties with Yamaha's MotoGP team they've collaborated with aftermarket performance experts Abarth to create the XSR900 'Sport Heritage café racer special'. The new model will be available to customers in a limited run of only 695 units and is priced at a touch under 10 thousand pounds ($12,000 USD).



Riding Gear - RSD Carson Jacket



Inspired by the fearless riders of the Motordromes in the early 1920's Roland Sands Designs have developed the Carson riding jacket. Although leather safety gear wasn't a luxury racers of the 1920s were fortunate to have, the Carson's timeless design and safety aspects are the perfect thing for today's classic motorcycle rider.



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