Hammerbike Honda CB550 Crimea

Siberia. 13 million square kilometres of the most sparsely populated land on Earth and as it turns out, home to one of the coolest custom Honda CB550's around. Roman Molchanov runs the workshop 'Hammerbike Customs' in the frozen heart of Siberia (that may not be an accurate statement, but it sounds cool) where he services customer bikes and builds world class custom motorcycles. In a country where custom workshops are as rare as people and spare parts are as readily available as leprechauns Roman's built a custom CB550 that's as cool as the snow surrounding the Hammerbike workshop.

BMW R80S Cafe Racer

Two french guys, a workshop in Hong Kong and one iconic German bike. Lifestyle brand and custom motorcycle workshop Angry Lane is the brainchild of brothers Ben and G Barras. Together they produce custom leather goods and clothing, distribute Japanese made custom parts and of course, build custom motorcycles. Amongst the plethora of modern sports bikes on Hong Kong island the guys discovered an original condition '87 BMW R80S. Venturing away from their usual Bobber/Chopper penchant the brothers decided to try their hand at a Cafe Racer build and, as I'm sure you'll agree, they've done a pretty good job of it.

Classified Moto Walking Dead Motorcycles

If you've been following Return of the Cafe Racers for a while you'll have figured out I'm a fan of post apocalyptic celluloid, especially that which involves zombies. AMC's 'The Walking Dead' is of course the perfect example of exactly that and what makes the show even more attractive to me is the addition of a character who rides custom motorcycles. I am of course referring to Daryl (Norman Reedus) the crossbow wielding bad boy who for the first few seasons of the show got around on a ratty old Triumph Chopper. Now in it's fifth season The Walking Dead has seen Daryl acquire a new steed in the form of a custom Honda CB750 Nighthawk built in the real world by none other than Classified Moto. Classified Moto constructed 2 identical bikes for the show and in the following video by AMC you can hear about the project first hand from Norman and CM's very own John Ryland.

Triumph Thruxton Salt Racer

No it doesn't have a headlight. No it doesn't have indicators, a rearview mirror or a stop light. No it's not going to be comfortable for long rides and no you can't have a go. This is the 'Triumph Salt Racer'. A purpose built land speed record breaker (fingers crossed). It's the work of a few local geniuses here in Melbourne who have combined their talents, resources and know how to build a land speed bike with its sights set firmly on setting a new DLRA record at Lake Gardiner in South Australia at the end of this month. Cloaked in carbon fibre and boasting a "few" more horses than your regular Thruxton, this Triumph's far from stock and every tweak that's been made had no other purpose than to make it go as fast as possible!

Honda CB350 Cafe Racer

I will be the first to admit I'm hopelessly nostalgic. So when I come across a story of a father and son working together on a custom build I'm instantly interested...especially when the result is as cool as this tidy little CB350 Cafe Racer. After working on car projects for years with his Dad, Blake and his "old man" decided to apply their skills to a two wheeled project. This is the story of how one forgotten Honda found a new lease of life in the hands of two generations of custom builders.

Ducati 900 SuperSport Scrambler

While everyone was raving about the release of Ducati's new Scrambler, Lindsay Ross was taking it upon himself to build his own. Taking a break from fulfilling customer orders he decided to create something as unique as it was functional and the result is impressive to say the least. The Pista Scrambler started out life as a '93 Ducati 900 Super Sport SP. Lindsay picked the bike up from a Ducati enthusiast in San Jose named Carlos who gave him a great deal on the bike due to their common moto interests and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Brad's Moto Guzzi V7

When I swung past Sydney a few weeks back I had a chance encounter with Brad Bennett, a member of the Sydney Cafe Racers, who was riding a particularly good looking Moto Guzzi V7. I snapped a quick photo and posted it to the Return of the Cafe Racers Instagram and it went bananas...so I knew a feature was in order. Here's how Brad turned his run of the mill V7 into a blacked out, Italian beast.

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