Return of the Cafe Racers - Forgotten Twin – Crooked Motorcycles CB450

Forgotten Twin – Crooked Motorcycles CB450

Their name may conjure up images of a suspect automotive salesman, but rest assured Crooked Motorcycles is anything but dodgy. Run by two German mates who share a passion for building bikes Crooked MC are now in their second-year business and things are going great guns. For their latest project, the pair…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bare it All – Hammer Kraftrad Rocket 3

Bare it All – Hammer Kraftrad Rocket 3

The Triumph Rocket 3 is a lot of things. A monstrous cruiser. A torque powerhouse. A modern classic. But it can also be the blanket that the proverbial mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, bumbag-wearing crowd gravitate to. They commission bikes adorned with chrome and airbrushed women riding dragons. Such bikes need rescuing and Germany’s Hammer…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Gear Review – Gerbing Heated Clothing

Gear Review – Gerbing Heated Clothing

Let’s be honest. Being cold and wet isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. So if you’re planning to ride during winter you’ll need the right gear to be comfortable. There’s plenty of options out there designed to keep you dry, but staying warm is a little more challenging. Riding gear experts…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Golden Touch – Cognito BMW R75/5

Golden Touch – Cognito BMW R75/5

Of all the boxers the BMW R75/5 models with the “toaster” tank are a firm favourite. They are less angular and sharp compared to their more modern brethren. I love the classic silhouette, the alloy airbox and the early-style rocker covers. I certainly don’t consider myself a purist anorak but I do…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Conundrum – 2019 Modern Cafe Racers

Cafe Conundrum – 2019 Modern Cafe Racers

If you read through the comments section on any modern cafe racer review you are sure to come along a statement like this… “There’s no such a thing as a factory-built cafe racer!” It’s the opinion of a purist and one we can relate to. How can you name a motorcycle straight…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dardevle in Disguise – Nova Motorcycles KZ1000

Dardevle in Disguise – Nova Motorcycles KZ1000

All hail the late 70’s; when men were men and motorcycles were deadly – really deadly. During the ’70s engine development was advancing in leaps and bounds while chassis and brake design were still striving to be called ‘adequate’. This resulted in several rather dangerous machines hitting the streets that earned a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Revzilla Recommends – 2019 Best Cafe Racer Gear

Revzilla Recommends – 2019 Best Cafe Racer Gear

We regularly feature motorcycle gear that appeals to those who are partial to custom, classic and cafe racer style motorcycles. If you fall into this category then, like us, you appreciated gear that looks great, complements your ride and offers the latest in safety technology. Revzilla, the indisputable experts in riding gear…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Pragmatic Motorcycling – Officine Rossopuro T3 850

Pragmatic Motorcycling – Officine Rossopuro T3 850

When it comes to the Moto Guzzi brand there are a handful of custom builders we’d consider experts on the subject. Amongst them is Filippo Barbacane, the man behind Officine Rossopuro. Filippo has 25 years of Moto Guzzi experience under his belt. So it’s fair to say there aren’t many who know…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - A Super Clean CB750 by Scales Studio

A Super Clean CB750 by Scales Studio

Scales Studio is 2 man workshop that specialises in fabrication work and high-end paint. Based in Houston, Texas their list of recent projects include an award-winning 1970 Porsche 911 Targa in pastel blue and a 550bhp LS3 powered Porsche Cayman. Alongside their four-wheeled projects, you’ll always find motorcycles in their workshop. Right…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Yoxall Waxed Canvas Jacket

Riding Gear – Yoxall Waxed Canvas Jacket

If you’re looking for a non-leather motorcycle jacket with timeless style, waxed cotton is the answer. The most iconic waxed cotton design of all is the 4 pocket, long-waisted cut of this motorcycle jacket by UK outfit Merlin Bike Gear. From it’s construction to its styling the Merlin Yoxall waxed cotton jacket…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - TÜV Approved – HB Customs Honda CB900F

TÜV Approved – HB Customs Honda CB900F

Everyone needs a hobby. German-born Holger Breuer found his back in 2004 when he built his first custom motorcycle. Since that project, Holger was built an impressive 30+ custom bikes. What’s equally impressive is that building bikes remains his hobby despite now taking commissions for builds. His full-time career as a mechanic…

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Cafe Racers are a style of custom motorcycle that emerged in England in the 1950s. They were built by riders who wanted to recreate race bikes that were unavailable to the public. Riders would strip down factory bikes and make speed and handling focused modifications.

Cafe Racers were typically ridden by Rockers or “Ton-Up Boys”. They could often be seen congregating at transport cafes close to Britains arterial highways. The cafes were often used as a starting/finishing point for illegal street races.

Today the cafe racer style remains true and many manufacturers now produce off-the-shelf cafe racers.