Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 5 BMW Cafe Racers

Top 5 BMW Cafe Racers

One of the great things about relaunching this website was having the chance to look back at some of the cafe racers I’ve featured during the past decade. As I worked my way through my custom motorcycle archives I realised that many of the bikes I’ve featured deserve another look. What better way…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

Ride Review – Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

I have to confess I tend to get a bit excited when a motorcycle manufacturer announces they are releasing a cafe racer styled machine. I suppose it has something to do with me running this cafe racer focused website for the last 12 years. Unfortunately, my excitement often leads to disappointment when…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Smoked MT777 – Triumph Daytona 675

Smoked MT777 – Triumph Daytona 675

En route to the tropical paradise that is Bali, the average Joe would be looking forward to lazing on the beach, drinking cheap cocktails and buying bargain-priced fashion rip-offs. For yours truly though the best that Bali has to offer is its awesome custom motorcycle workshops. Sure you could just make a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Years in the Making – Yamaha TRX850 Café Racer

Years in the Making – Yamaha TRX850 Café Racer

Nothing makes me happier than featuring custom motorcycles that have been built in my hometown. Today’s café racer is the work of Jonny Taylor who’s based in Victoria, Australia, like yours truly, and works as a maintenance fitter in the gas industry. Jonny’s 1996 Yamaha TRX850 was 4 years in the making,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building a Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 design

Building a Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 design

It’s fair to say that a hell of a lot of work goes into the custom motorcycles I feature. So much in fact that it can’t all be covered in a single story. From sourcing the donor bike to designing and fabricating individual parts and right through to the final test ride,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Virile Virago – KSC Yamaha XV750

Virile Virago – KSC Yamaha XV750

Rapid prototyping, CNC machining, 3d printing! Whatever happened to good old hammers, spanners, and the occasional grinder? I get a bit nostalgic when it comes to custom motorcycle building. It’s clear that a lot of the ‘hand-made’ techniques that helped to create the custom scene are losing out to high tech methods.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - XTR Ulster – Ducati Monster

XTR Ulster – Ducati Monster

It’s been 25 years since the Italians wowed the motorcycling world with the release of the Ducati Monster. Even though the bike was a ‘parts bin special’ its naked styling, quality components, and affordable price point made it an instant hit. So good was the public response to the Monster that it’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bare Essentials – Bolt Honda CB750

Bare Essentials – Bolt Honda CB750

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. I have no doubt Mr. Da Vinci would be repeating those words if he was here to see this Honda CB750 by Spanish workshop Bolt Motor Co. I receive a regular stream of CBs through my inbox and it takes something unique to capture my attention. Usually,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Roads We Ride – The Oxley Highway

Roads We Ride – The Oxley Highway

Veteran motorcycle tourer Alex Donnelly and his wife Ann have traveled throughout Australia on two wheels. They consider the Oxley Highway in New South Wales as one of Australia’s best roads and is one they “keep going back to”. With 150km of corners, the Oxley is a motorcyclists dream, but its location…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ciao Bella – Rua Machines Moto Guzzi Nevada

Ciao Bella – Rua Machines Moto Guzzi Nevada

Published in collaboration with Spanish magazine ‘Revival of the Machine’ From Portugal comes this Moto Guzzi seventies-inspired transformation. Rua Machines is one of the most important builders in our neighboring country. They have developed a distinct style and amassed a portfolio dominated by classic Japanese motorcycles. For this build, we find Rua…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – Choosing Motorcycle Suspension

Workshop Series – Choosing Motorcycle Suspension

The rise of the cafe racer scene has brought with it the desire to improve the performance of older motorcycles. One sure-fire way of improving how your motorcycle handles is upgrading its suspension. In this special edition of our ‘Workshop Series’ Australian suspension experts, Ikon Suspension, share some valuable advice on what…

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