Return of the Cafe Racers - Tannermatic Racer – AHRMA Honda CB175

Tannermatic Racer – AHRMA Honda CB175

From his ‘Tannermatic’ workshop in Hull, Massachusetts, Matt Tanner restores and fabricates composite parts. An average day at Tannermatic consists of working on projects that span the automotive, marine and architectural sectors. He’s built everything from one-off carbon fibre fuel tanks to restoring 1950s sailboats and is a master of his trade.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Rear Set Install

Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Rear Set Install

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days with Matt at his Krank Engineering workshop. Matt had agreed to help me fit a set of “universal” Tarozzi rearset footpegs. This was a stage of my cafe racer build that I’ve been meaning to do for years so it was a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Well Travelled Italian – Ducati 848 Cafe Racer

Well Travelled Italian – Ducati 848 Cafe Racer

Keeping track of all the parts you pull off your bike during a build is a daunting task. When I heard that Mike Salek tore his bike down and worked on it at 2 different international locations all I could think of was how many parts he lost. Thankfully, Mike’s clearly more organised…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Tribute – Trophy Cafe Racer

Triumph Tribute – Trophy Cafe Racer

Great bikes should be ridden. Matt built his Triumph Trophy cafe racer as a tribute to a motorcycle once ridden by his late father. Pieced together over 3 years the Trophy was always destined to be raced. So, when the Bike Shed London held the first ever Cafe Racer Cup Matt signed…

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

Building a Café Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Shakedown

In this third and final instalment on Blacktrack Motors BT02 Triumph ‘Thruxman’, we learn about the final build stage. Sacha Lakic explains the rebuild process and the all-important safety shakedown. Sacha also shares some insights into the direction he is heading with his Blacktrack brand and what we can expect to see from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Lucky Legend – IDM Suzuki Bandit

Lucky Legend – IDM Suzuki Bandit

Italian Dream Motorcycles are a patriotic lot who have a plan for many of the bikes they’ll be building in the future. For the next six years, they’re going to dedicate one bespoke motorcycle to each of the six Italians who have won GP championships. The first is this – a Suzuki…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Beautiful Machines Benelli TNT 300

Beautiful Machines Benelli TNT 300

Attending the Art of Speed show has definitely been my automotive highlight of 2018. While the show itself was outstanding the days that followed were also pretty special. Despite his hectic post-show schedule event organiser Asep took the time to show us around town. Having never been to Kuala Lumpur before this…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Roads We Ride – Bells Line of Road

Roads We Ride – Bells Line of Road

In this new edition of ‘Roads We Ride’ we join police officer Michael Corboy. Michael is a seasoned rider who has travelled the world on two wheels. He also considers the Bells Line of Road in New South Wales to be one of his favourite stretches of asphalt.

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Fairing Install

Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Fairing Install

When I set out to build my first cafe racer 12 years ago I had always planned for it to be naked. In my eyes, this was the traditional cafe setup and my goal was to create a bike that would look right at home outside the Ace Cafe in the 1950s.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dream Rubber – Retro Suzuki GSXR750

Dream Rubber – Retro Suzuki GSXR750

Back in 2014, I flew to Indonesia to attend my first Kustomfest show. I was unsure exactly what to expect from the local bike builders. My only experience with Indonesia prior to that was limited to lazing on the beaches of Bali, and the only bikes I’d seen were beaten up scooters…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mould Breaker – Indian Scout Cafe Racer

Mould Breaker – Indian Scout Cafe Racer

Up until now most of the manufacturer build offs we’ve seen have been between professional workshops or dealerships. With ‘The Wrench – Scout Bobber Build Off’ Indian motorcycles have taken more of a grassroots approach. Recognising the importance of the ‘backyard builder’ Indian invited custom enthusiasts to submit concepts of how they’d…

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