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Stile Italiano Laverda 750SF

We rank Stile Italiano as one of our favourite custom builders in the world. Everything they do pulls at our heartstrings from their signature black/gold/silver colour schemes to the incredible alloy bodywork they painstakingly shape by hand. But most of all it’s their propensity to build cafe racer styled rides and the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dave Woll and the Pigeon Whole Podcast

Dave Woll and the Pigeon Whole Podcast

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by David Woll for his candid interview series the Pigeon Whole Podcast. As per his Podcast’s manifesto, David interviews people from around the world who are involved in the custom motorcycle scene “digging into the tales beyond the bikes”. His interviews cover everything from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Icon 1000 Brigand Boots

Icon 1000 Brigand Boots

Riding gear brand Icon are, without a doubt, experts at what they do. Their motorcycle apparel has proven its ability to protect riders for years. It’s also some of the slickest, most uniquely styled gear on the market. Icon’s roots are in sports bike, stunting and hooligan styled gear, but the Icon…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Jerolamo SR – Mr Martini Street Triple R

Jerolamo SR – Mr Martini Street Triple R

Building a short series of custom motorcycles is a great way for a workshop to be financially viable. In most cases, this means taking a specific make and model of motorcycle and creating a group of identical machines to be sold as a limited edition. But for Italian builder Nicola Martini, aka…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Thoroughbred Italian – Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

Thoroughbred Italian – Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

About three years ago I was visiting my friend Joel at his shop, Custom Bike Electrics in Willeton, Western Australia. Joel was hunched over a sickly Harris Kawasaki Magnum while talking to its owner. Naturally, I took the chance to have a good stickybeak around the shop. A low, lean Moto Guzzi…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Project X – Taverne Motorcycles Buell M2

Project X – Taverne Motorcycles Buell M2

Every time I hear the words ‘Buell Motorcycles‘ uttered melancholy descends over me. I imagine the amazing motorcycles that Erik Buell would have developed if Harley Davidson hadn’t pulled the pin on his enterprising. Now, all we are left with are ageing examples of his efforts. I can’t help but think that…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 2020 BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection

2020 BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection

If you’re a fan of Bavarian airheads, oilheads, water-cooled boxers or flying bricks you can now fly the BMW flag both on and off your motorcycle. The 2020 BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection features a range of both casual streetwear and purpose-built riding apparel for their discerning followers and fans. The new range…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Unlikely Candidate – Strakell Motorcycles Triumph Sprint 900

Unlikely Candidate – Strakell Motorcycles Triumph Sprint 900

If you’re on the lookout for a donor bike for you next cafe racer build have you considered a tourer? In many cases, tourers are developed on very capable performance platforms. Usually, a tourer will feature a re-tuned engine to deliver power appropriately and a more robust frame and utilitarian bodywork added…

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