Big in Japan - Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer

Sadly it looks like Yamaha's venerable SR400s time is coming to an end. Like so many other motorcycles falling victim to strict emissions rules, Yamaha is set to cease production of their iconic thumper very soon. The mightly little SR has had a great run. Since its release in 1978 Yamaha has enjoyed steady worldwide sales of the super reliable single, which, despite advancements in technology has hardly changed during its 40 years of production.

The Titan - Tamarit Thruxton 900

Turning your passion into a successful business venture is a dream that many of us share. It’s no mean feat, but if what you do strikes a chord with other enthusiasts your life can take a whole new direction. This is the story of Spanish workshop Tamarit Motorcycles success. After the companies founder, a devout Triumph enthusiast customised his own Thruxton 900 he began producing custom parts for friends. When demand for his parts increased he took things a step further and Tamarit Motorcycles was formed.

Cut Snake - BMW R100RT café racer

When he’s not working on superyachts Sydney based engineer Brock gets his kicks tinkering with motorcycles. His latest bike is a BMW R100RT which he built after hours in the engine room of a 40 million dollar superyacht (that’s definitely a first for this website!). After purchasing the bike in Byron Bay it was shipped to Sydney where Brock quickly tore it down to begin building what he calls his ‘cut snake’ café racer.

Riding Gear - Ace Cafe Box Hill Jacket

London’s Ace Cafe opened in 1938, became a legendary hub of rock ‘n’ roll and cafe racer motorcycle culture, then closed in 1969. Thirty or so years later, the iconic cafe reopened and have been kicking goals ever since. Recently they opened a location in the USA and to celebrate the establishment of the new venue Ace Cafe has released their new 'Leather Collection', six, retro-inspired, but thoroughly modern motorcycle jackets - all designed with riding function and rider protection in mind. Of the six available today, we're taking a closer look at this, the Ace Cafe Box Hill motorcycle jacket.

Wabi CB - Rollin Bikes Honda 750

The Japanese aesthetic philosophy of Wabi Sabi can be loosely translated as the acceptance of imperfection and transience. Applying this philosophy to a custom motorcycle build is a difficult concept for anyone who lives in a western culture where we constantly strive for perfection. But for Marcin Janusz of Poland's Rollin Bikes Wabi Sabi is something he and his team strive to embrace with each bike they build.

Black Beauty - JM Customs BMW R45

"This project kicked off with a stock 1982 R45 that had laid dormant in our client's garage for almost a decade," says JM Customs workshop owner James Moir. "We set out to redesign and reinvigorate this tired old workhorse, tearing the bike down to its bare essentials. Our concept was to transform it into a sleek, classically styled JM Customs one off Café Racer."