Return of the Cafe Racers - Blue Boxer – 46 Works R100RS

Blue Boxer – 46 Works R100RS

It’s not every day you find yourself handing out an award at one of the world’s most prestigious custom automotive events. Somehow I recent;y found myself in this situation at the Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod and Custom Show. After rubbing shoulders with Mooneyes top dog Shige Suganuma at Kustomfest in Indonesia he…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - MOONEYES Yokohama HRCS 2018 Recap

MOONEYES Yokohama HRCS 2018 Recap

This year was the 27th anniversary of the Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod and Custom Show. Yes, you read that right. The Mooneyes show in Japan has been happening for an admirable 27 years. What’s even more impressive is that it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. The Mooneyes show is where…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bandit9 Continental GT Cafe Racer

Bandit9 Continental GT Cafe Racer

Most of the bikes in the Bandit9 portfolio would look right at home exhibited in London’s Tate Modern. Bandit9 chief Daryl Villanueva fettles futuristic bodywork from sheet metal and merges it seamlessly with the raw mechanics of each donor motorcycle. However, for his latest project, Daryl has returned to more of a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Racer Evolution – Mark II EVO R100R

Cafe Racer Evolution – Mark II EVO R100R

Building one-off projects for individual customers has its benefits, but it isn’t the most reliable income model for a custom builder. Those who are established enough to have a queue of customers waiting at their door are the lucky ones, but for others, it can be a struggle to maintain a consistent…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - True Elegance – Sinroja Honda CB500

True Elegance – Sinroja Honda CB500

While ground up builds that push the boundaries of design and engineering are great, its the less ostentatious projects that often win me over. Take for instance this Honda CB500 cafe racer by Sinroja motorcycles. To the untrained eye the bike could be mistaken as simply a clean vintage Honda, but in…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hard Rock Cafe Racer – Old Wine Shovelhead

Hard Rock Cafe Racer – Old Wine Shovelhead

Restaurant, hotel and casino chain Hard Rock Cafe are set to open their latest hotel venture on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Hard Rock Cafe is synonymous with rock and roll memorabilia and there’s sure to be no shortage of it covering the walls of the new hotel. To commemorate the opening…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Retro Bike on a Budget – 5 Cheap Motorcycles

Retro Bike on a Budget – 5 Cheap Motorcycles

The motorcycle industry as a whole has been struggling through declining sales for several years now. There are plenty of theories as to why this is, but one that I think isn’t being discussed enough is the price. Right now in Australia if you wanted to go out and buy a brand new,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Secrets Revealed – Zon BMW R18

Secrets Revealed – Zon BMW R18

The custom motorcycle world has been full of collaborations in the past few years. Manufacturers have recognised the influence custom builders have on the bike scene and have been inviting them to work their magic on their latest models. This particular collaboration was between BMW Motorrad and Japan’s Custom Works Zon, but…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Two of a Kind – Engineered to Slide R Nine TE

Two of a Kind – Engineered to Slide R Nine TE

I am Nigel Petrie from Engineered To Slide and I want to share with you my new BMW R Nine T Racer build. For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with cars and motorcycles. I have been heavily involved in Motorsport for the past 15 years. Motorcycles have…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stronger – The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Stronger – The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Each year more than 100,000 riders gather at 650 locations around the world to ride as one. The majority of them ride classically styled or custom motorcycles and all of them are dressed to impress, or as the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride calls it ‘Riding Dapper’. Anyone that’s taken part in the event…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Muscle Bound – Blacksilver XJR1300

Muscle Bound – Blacksilver XJR1300

I never thought I was a fan of muscle bikes until I rode a Yamaha XJR1300. It was in 2015 when Yamaha held a global launch event in Sydney for the XJR1300 cafe racer. At the time I hadn’t had much experience riding an inline four, let alone anything with a capacity of…

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