Return of the Cafe Racers - Quintessential UJM – AdHoc Cafe Racers CB750

Quintessential UJM – AdHoc Cafe Racers CB750

The Honda CB750 is often referred to as the original Universal Japanese Motorcycle. This is shortened to UJM, as most motorcycle enthusiasts like you, dear reader, are probably aware. First released in 1969 the CB750 was touted as the most sophisticated motorcycle ever, with its front disc brake and 190+km/h top speed.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - EICMA 2019 – 10 of the best new motorcycles

EICMA 2019 – 10 of the best new motorcycles

The 2019 Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori, or EICMA as it is commonly known, is in full swing. As always the world’s motorcycle manufacturers have descended on Milan to showcase their up and coming releases for the year ahead. Amongst the many new motorcycles unveiled at the show were a handful…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Wiese Crack – ’76 CB550 Cafe racer

Wiese Crack – ’76 CB550 Cafe racer

Remember the first time you swung a leg over a bike? Mathias Wiese does. At the tender age of eight, his dad dinked him around town on the family CB550. There was something about that afternoon’s ride that stuck with him. That feeling, that smell, and that inline-four snarl gave the young…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – AGV X70 Helmet

Riding Gear – AGV X70 Helmet

If you’re looking for retro riding gear with genuine heritage you can’t go past AGV helmets. The Italian manufacturer has been making helmets since 1947. During the past 7 decades, they’ve fine-tuned their products on race tracks around the world. Today the company is owned by fellow Italian riding gear manufacturer Dainese.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Fueling the Fire – Stoker Motorcycles ZX-6RR

Fueling the Fire – Stoker Motorcycles ZX-6RR

It’s hard to imagine that any good could come from breaking your neck. Things could have gone very differently when Antti Eloheimo’s doctor prescribed him no track time while his neck healed. But rather than sitting on the couch, binge-watching Netflix, Antti decided to turn his unfortunate situation into an opportunity. Laying…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Gear Review – GEAR’D ZX2-1116 Watch

Gear Review – GEAR’D ZX2-1116 Watch

The Gear’d Hardware ZX2-116 Stealth watch is one tough timepiece. US-based watch manufacturer Gear’d Hardware is the brainchild of Kris Cram, a competitive bodybuilder, and self-confessed horsepower addict. Kris created Gear’d Hardware after being unable to find a watch that could handle the rigors of a rugged, active lifestyle. His company manufactures…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Nineties Revival – Tovazzi Ducati 900 Supersport

Nineties Revival – Tovazzi Ducati 900 Supersport

What was once old is new again. 1993 doesn’t seem all that long ago. It was the year Bill Clinton was president of the United States, Jurassic Park smashed box office records, Grunge Rock was at its peak, and I graduated from high-school. Put it into numbers though and it equates to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Spidi X Village Boots

Riding Gear – Spidi X Village Boots

If you’re a fan of Moc toe boots but want footwear that’ll keep your paws properly protected then consider these XPD X-Village motorcycle boots. The XPD brand was developed in 2000 by riding gear experts Spidi and their footwear can be seen on riders in the Moto GP and World Superbike series.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Treatment – Kromworks Bullet 500

Royal Treatment – Kromworks Bullet 500

For years it was the west who produced the best custom motorcycles. The greatest rides were done by cashed-up Europeans or well-heeled Americans. But in the last few years, there’s been a dramatic shift as the developing world has been the one to really watch when it comes to creativity. Take exhibit…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Rev’It! Worker Overshirt

Riding Gear – Rev’It! Worker Overshirt

Overshirts have become commonplace in motorcycle riding gear catalogs. They can’t promise the same level of protection as a full leather suit, but they offer a casual streetwear look without sacrificing your safety altogether. The REV’IT! Worker overshirt is the perfect example of what a good motorcycle overshirt should offer. Boasting a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hellion Honda – Origin8or CB750 Brat

Hellion Honda – Origin8or CB750 Brat

The decision whether to customize a pre-eighties Honda CB750 or not is becoming a tough one to make. There was a time when these older CB750s were hot favorites with backyard builders and custom motorcycle workshops. The bikes sold in huge numbers between ’69 and ’78 so there were plenty of affordable…

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