Return of the Cafe Racers - Modern Heritage – Road Burner BMW R80

Modern Heritage – Road Burner BMW R80

Two motorcycle obsessed friends building bikes for a living. It sounds like the perfect life to be living. This is the work environment of Cédric and Ludovic of Road Burner Garage. The pair are high school friends who went on to study as coachbuilders and share a passion for customising motorcycles. They…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Icon 1000 Nightbreed Collection

Riding Gear – Icon 1000 Nightbreed Collection

You don’t have to put out a poll to know which colour riding gear wins out over all others. It’s black. Black has always been the stand out winner in motorcycle apparel and Icon 1000 has taken the colour to the extreme with their Nightbreed collection. Blacked-out yet reflective, comfortable yet protective…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Petrolettes Wrench Off – 650 Twin Build Off

Petrolettes Wrench Off – 650 Twin Build Off

Europe’s first all-female motorcycle festival, the ‘Petrolettes‘ has teamed up with Royal Enfield to create the ‘Petrolettes Wrench Off’. The Wrench Off is a freestyle custom build-off created by Petrolettes founder Irene Kotnik. Created as a way to connect female and inspire riders the Wrench Off challenges 4 all-female teams from 4…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Art of Speed Malaysia 2019

Art of Speed Malaysia 2019

I’ve just returned home after attending Malaysia’s premier custom automotive lifestyle event ‘Art of Speed’ and it was a helluva good time! After my first visit to the show in 2018, I was counting the days till I headed back to Kuala Lumpur. The 2019 show would be a chance to reconnect…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Destined to Guzzi – Marcin’s T3 Cafe Racer

Destined to Guzzi – Marcin’s T3 Cafe Racer

If you don’t get Moto Guzzis or you don’t like their looks that’s ok; Guzzis are not a flash-in-the-pan affair. It’s more of a slow burn that like all good things, takes time to develop. Not only am I a long-time Moto Guzzi fan, but I also find the Moto Guzzi T3…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – SKRAM Motorcycle Glasses

Riding Gear – SKRAM Motorcycle Glasses

Riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous business. There’s plenty of riding gear out there to keep your head, hands, torso, legs and feet safe, but what about protecting your most important riding tool, your eyes? Those who wear visorless open-face or 3/4 helmets are at the greatest risk of injury. Low…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hornet Queen – Taverne Honda CB600F

Hornet Queen – Taverne Honda CB600F

Honda’s evergreen Hornet has been sold in the tens of thousands since its release in ’98. As a result, there are plenty of them available on the secondhand market at very affordable prices. So if you’re planning a custom Hornet build you’ll need to make something pretty radical to stand out from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building a Cafe Racer – MessnerMoto Parts

Building a Cafe Racer – MessnerMoto Parts

Producing aftermarket parts seems like a natural progression for any successful custom motorcycle builder. If people love your bikes there’s a good chance they’ll love your parts too. It’s no easy task though. Producing unique aftermarket parts takes a lot of research time and money; not to mention the skill to create…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mean Green Customs Street 750

Mean Green Customs Street 750

I know a guy who reviews beer. The best part about his gig is that he gets to drink every beer he is reviewing. This never bothered me, given I don’t get to ride every bike I review. That is at least until now. Here is a bike I am thirsting to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Angry Lane Pacsafe anti theft backpack

Angry Lane Pacsafe anti theft backpack

As a motorcyclist keeping my belongings safe generally means carrying them at all times. A backpack offers the easiest solution, but what about those times when carrying a backpack and helmet isn’t an option? This was the problem Hong Kong workshop Angry Lane wanted to overcome. So they contacted the folks at…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hammer Kraftrad Triumph Rocket 3

Hammer Kraftrad Triumph Rocket 3

Michael Hammer’s workshop, Hammer Kraftrad, is located in the northern reaches of Bavaria. So it’s no surprise he loves his BMW’s. Michael knows more about German K’s than a Berlin raver and has more experience with horizontal twins than a 70’s rock star. But this time around he’s turned his talents to…

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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.