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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Return of the Cafe Racers - 10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

Is there such a thing as a factory built cafe racer? If you ask a purist they’ll tell you no way, but Honda, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and several other manufacturers are determined to have you thinking otherwise. It’s become pretty clear that this Cafe Racer fad is well and truly here to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - CROIG 003 – Triumph Street Cup

CROIG 003 – Triumph Street Cup

If you’re on Instagram and you’re not following ‘@caferacersofinstagram’ go do it now. Now that’s done you’ll be enjoying a feed filled with awesome custom two-wheeled eye candy. Cafe Racers of Instagram is the brainchild of motorcycle addicts David Chang and Andrew Blaschko. On their page, which is well on its way…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Neon Noir – Helmade Ducati 999S

Neon Noir – Helmade Ducati 999S

If I was to sum up the Glemseck 101 event with one sentence it would be; “Looking good and going fast.” The events spectacular 1/8th-mile drag races are unlike any other. Reading through the Sprint race entry requirements conjures up memories of the Wacky Racer cartoons from my childhood. It’s all about…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Lessons Learned – Peter’s Yamaha XV1100

Lessons Learned – Peter’s Yamaha XV1100

The saying ‘to bite off more than you can chew’ is one that many budding bike builders can relate to. It’s a common tale that you may have experienced yourself. A man browses online, finds incomplete project bike for sale, checks bank account, daydreams for hours or days and then buys project…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - For This – AD HOC Cafe Racers Film

For This – AD HOC Cafe Racers Film

I’ve watched Ad Hoc Cafe Racers evolve since featuring one of their very first builds back in 2012. Frontman David González has developed a unique style that is somehow raw and refined. Despite his workshops cafe racer oriented name, his portfolio boasts a wide range of scramblers, trackers and cafe styled builds. It’s always…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Fifty Shades of Grey – Deep Creeks BMW K100

Fifty Shades of Grey – Deep Creeks BMW K100

Building custom motorcycles is all about solving problems. This could be working around a modern electrical system, extracting additional horsepower from an engine or nutting out how to retrofit custom bodywork. The difference between a good build and a great one, however, is the ability to solve a problem in an aesthetically pleasing…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - FCM Puncher – Record Holding Ural

FCM Puncher – Record Holding Ural

Land speed racing on the Bonneville salt flats is no walk in the park. Running a heavily tuned engine on its redline for 3 miles presents some serious engineering challenges. Racers also have to battle against intense environmental, physical and psychological stresses. Small problems can quickly turn into life-threatening situations but none…

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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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