Return of the Cafe Racers - 5 motorcycle wiring mistakes (and how to avoid them)

5 motorcycle wiring mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Tom John, the man behind Purpose Built Moto, has 13 years of electrical contracting work up his sleeves. This is evidenced by the bulletproof electrical systems he installs on his own custom bike builds. As part of my ongoing ‘Building a Cafe Racer’ series, I invited Tom to contribute a story about the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Done and Dusted – Honda CB750 K2

Done and Dusted – Honda CB750 K2

It’s been almost a year since I featured Andy Mergerle’s Honda CB750 cafe racer project. It’s not often I publish an incomplete bike. I liked the look of Andy’s CB so much though that I couldn’t pass it up. Since then he’s continued to work on the CB750 K2 and now it’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Minority Customs Honda CB400 Big Show

Minority Customs Honda CB400 Big Show

Earlier this month I ventured to Indonesia with Luke from Fuel Tank. This was our 5th year attending the Kustomfest show in Jogjakarta and, as always, it was a blast. Kustomfest is just one of many amazing custom culture events taking place in the Emerald Isle. Indonesia’s population exceeds 230 million and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Roads We Ride – Snowy Mountains

Roads We Ride – Snowy Mountains

The Roads We Ride collaboration between Transport for NSW, Pipeburn and Stories of Bike continues with a journey into New South Wales’ spectacular Snowy Mountains. Join riding couple Geordie Tait and Zaya Bz as they explore this unspoilt region of Australia. This edition of the Roads We Ride series is all about riding…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Reborn in Britain – John Fallon Bimota DB1

Reborn in Britain – John Fallon Bimota DB1

Anyone who has a passion for Italian motorcycles is sure to know the significance of Bimota. The small privately owned manufacturer made their mark building quality performance focused motorcycles using existing engines from other manufacturers. Although Bimota started out using Japanese made engines, in 1985, after mounting pressure from local fans, they…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Matteucci Garage V35 SUNRISE

Matteucci Garage V35 SUNRISE

The V35 was never designed to be one of the Moto Guzzi’s top performers. The reason it was built was to qualify for a low-cost license and tax category rather than breaking any new ground. With a capacity of only 346cc, it was a city bike ideal for commuters. It used an…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Narrow Escape – Alonze Ducati 350 Special

Narrow Escape – Alonze Ducati 350 Special

I love a good story and when it’s told right it’s worth sharing. Here’s the tale of how Alonze Customs in the UK created this stunning, Ducati 350 cafe racer from scratch… “My name is Jim Alonze and I come from Scarborough, England. I’ve been working for myself for 8 years performing welding repairs…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - R7 Redux – Nostalgia BMW R Nine T

R7 Redux – Nostalgia BMW R Nine T

I once said that the 1934 BMW R7 was one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made, and I still stand by that claim. Created in 1934 the R7 took the Art Deco approach of using mathematical geometric shapes as the basis of its design. The result was a highly stylised concept…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Kits

Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Kits

Our workshop series continues this week with an interview from ‘Cafe Racer Kits’ in the United Kingdom. Ian Saxcoburg is a mechanical draughtsman who ran his own engineering businesses prior to starting the Cafe Racer Kits business. Along with his wife Tracey, they produce a range of cafe styled “kit bikes”. The…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Retro Revamped – OSG Kawasaki GPZ550

Retro Revamped – OSG Kawasaki GPZ550

My parents once gifted me an old Toyota. Mum was worried about me riding and thought that giving me a car was the best way to get me off the motorcycle. It didn’t work (sorry Mum). What it did do though was provide me with a spare vehicle that I could lend…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Toto Green – Honda CBX550

Toto Green – Honda CBX550

During the sports bike boom of the 1980s Japanese motorcycle manufacturers were in their prime. In 1982 Honda released a new addition to their middleweight sports category, the CBX550. Powered by their latest DOHC inline 4 the CBX was in many ways the successor of Honda’s much loved CB 400 Four. The…

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