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Return of the Cafe Racers - Limited Edition – Unikat Triumph T100

Limited Edition – Unikat Triumph T100

For custom motorcycle builders making ends meet is a tough gig. Sometimes it takes more than just waiting for customers to come walking through the door. Poland’s Unikat Motorworks have set out to solve the problem by developing an off-the-shelf custom solution for new Triumph Bonneville T100 customers. Working closely with Triumph…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Motorway Maverick – WM83 GPZ900R Ninja

Motorway Maverick – WM83 GPZ900R Ninja

In 1986 girls swooned and guys headed to the nearest motorcycle dealership at the sight of Tom Cruise astride his Top Gun GPZ900R Kawasaki Ninja. Fast forward 33 years and you’d think that both Tom and the Ninja would have passed their prime, but that clearly isn’t the case. With all the new releases…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Green with Envy – Vanity BMW R80RT

Green with Envy – Vanity BMW R80RT

I’ve seen enough BMW cafe racer builds to last a lifetime. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to see any more of them. I just want to know that when one appears on these pages it’s done right. Take for instance the work of Pete Hodson from Side Rock Cycles in the United…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - What lurks beneath – Ellaspede Ducati 848

What lurks beneath – Ellaspede Ducati 848

Is it a Ducati 748/749 with bigger muscles or a trimmed down 1098? The Ducati 848 was a new bike in the Italians lineup for 2008 and we’ve found that 10 years later it might just be one of the perfect donor bikes for a custom build. When it was released the Ducati…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Locate a builder – Custom Workshop Map

Locate a builder – Custom Workshop Map

Over the years I’ve featured thousands of custom motorcycles built by talented folks from all over the world. Some have been built by dedicated enthusiasts at home, but most were built by professional workshops. The reason for this is obvious. Not everyone has the skill or the time it takes to build…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Six Fifty Stile – Triton Cafe Racer

Six Fifty Stile – Triton Cafe Racer

There are plenty of custom motorcycles born of mixed parentage. Some should never have been conceived and yet others like the Triton cafe racer were a match made in two-wheeled heaven. Take one of the best frames of the 1960s, a Norton Featherbed, and marry it to one of the fastest engines…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stir it up – Honda Hornet Cafe Racer

Stir it up – Honda Hornet Cafe Racer

Having the luxury of being able to build motorcycles at your own pace isn’t something most professional workshops enjoy. For the backyard builders though, time generally isn’t an issue. That can be both a blessing and a curse. What starts out as a project fueled by naive enthusiasm can transform into a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Honda Garage Dreams CB1000R Build Off

Honda Garage Dreams CB1000R Build Off

When Honda finally joined the new wave modern retro movement with the CB1000R Neo Sports Cafe we knew it was only a matter of time before we started seeing them customised. However, rather than waiting for workshops to take it upon themselves to modify the bikes, Honda has kickstarted things with several…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Sunday Screening – DeBolex Energica Eva

Sunday Screening – DeBolex Energica Eva

Today’s edition of Sunday Screening is brought to you by the chaps at The Bike Shed London. In this film, Ross from BSMC chats with  Calum Pryce-Tidd about the latest project to roll out of the DeBolex Engineering workshop. Built on an Energica Eva electric motorcycle platform the bike was created to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Kompact Racer – BMW K1100 RS Cafe Racer

Kompact Racer – BMW K1100 RS Cafe Racer

When a builder chooses to convert a tourer into a cafe racer it’s always a bit of a surprise to me. Such bikes tend to be on the heavier end of the spectrum and although the BMW K1100 RS weighed in less than its predecessor, the LT, it was still a hefty…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe by Rizoma

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe by Rizoma

While most aspects of motorcycle design have come a long way since the 70s, there and several that haven’t. Take for instance indicators. On many modern bikes, we are still seeing oversized blinkers jutting out like babies arms with clenched fists. Then there’s the run of the mill big round plastic mirrors,…

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