Return of the Cafe Racers - Retro Rehash – The 2020 Honda CB-F concept

Retro Rehash – The 2020 Honda CB-F concept

Many of 2020s most significant motorcycle shows have been cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Amongst them was the 47th edition of Japan’s seminal Tokyo Motorcycle Show. This left many manufacturers with no option than to be creative with their 2021 model releases. To reveal their upcoming range Honda produced an…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ready to Shred – RSD MV Agusta Dragster

Ready to Shred – RSD MV Agusta Dragster

It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a cafe racer roll out of the RSD workshop. But rest assured they haven’t lost their knack for nailing the cafe style and performance formula. Based on a 2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800RR, the more aggressive version of the Brutale, this project saw Roland…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Hyper Cafe – Cowboy’s Chopper Hypermotard

The Hyper Cafe – Cowboy’s Chopper Hypermotard

Despite his Taiwanese workshops rather specific name, Alex Gao’s ‘Cowboy’s Chopper’ builds all manner of custom motorcycles. One thing that is consistent across his portfolio, however, is his tendency to think outside of the box. Cafe racers are a common addition to the lineup and his latest build is one of our…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Pro Street 1135R – VSB Moto Suzuki Katana

Pro Street 1135R – VSB Moto Suzuki Katana

Few motorcycles have stirred emotions and polarised opinions like the Suzuki Katana. A true product of its era the Katana was released in 1981 with the kind of futuristic styling synonymous with 80s sci-fi movies. It was the product of German design firm Target Design which was formed by 3 former BMW…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Flight Ready – Kraftrad Noeda BMW K100 RS

Flight Ready – Kraftrad Noeda BMW K100 RS

When it comes to customising older BMW motorcycles the R series airheads are the most popular weapon of choice. Fuss-free naked styling, an accomodating chassis and the iconic boxer engine configuration are all part of the appeal. But popularity has its drawbacks. R series bikes are getting harder to source and more…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stile Italiano Laverda 750SF

Stile Italiano Laverda 750SF

We rank Stile Italiano as one of our favourite custom builders in the world. Everything they do pulls at our heartstrings from their signature black/gold/silver colour schemes to the incredible alloy bodywork they painstakingly shape by hand. But most of all it’s their propensity to build cafe racer styled rides and the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dave Woll and the Pigeon Whole Podcast

Dave Woll and the Pigeon Whole Podcast

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by David Woll for his candid interview series the Pigeon Whole Podcast. As per his Podcast’s manifesto, David interviews people from around the world who are involved in the custom motorcycle scene “digging into the tales beyond the bikes”. His interviews cover everything from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Jerolamo SR – Mr Martini Street Triple R

Jerolamo SR – Mr Martini Street Triple R

Building a short series of custom motorcycles is a great way for a workshop to be financially viable. In most cases, this means taking a specific make and model of motorcycle and creating a group of identical machines to be sold as a limited edition. But for Italian builder Nicola Martini, aka…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Thoroughbred Italian – Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

Thoroughbred Italian – Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

About three years ago I was visiting my friend Joel at his shop, Custom Bike Electrics in Willeton, Western Australia. Joel was hunched over a sickly Harris Kawasaki Magnum while talking to its owner. Naturally, I took the chance to have a good stickybeak around the shop. A low, lean Moto Guzzi…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Project X – Taverne Motorcycles Buell M2

Project X – Taverne Motorcycles Buell M2

Every time I hear the words ‘Buell Motorcycles‘ uttered melancholy descends over me. I imagine the amazing motorcycles that Erik Buell would have developed if Harley Davidson hadn’t pulled the pin on his enterprising. Now, all we are left with are ageing examples of his efforts. I can’t help but think that…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Unlikely Candidate – Strakell Motorcycles Triumph Sprint 900

Unlikely Candidate – Strakell Motorcycles Triumph Sprint 900

If you’re on the lookout for a donor bike for you next cafe racer build have you considered a tourer? In many cases, tourers are developed on very capable performance platforms. Usually, a tourer will feature a re-tuned engine to deliver power appropriately and a more robust frame and utilitarian bodywork added…

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