Benelli Cafe Racers

Italian manufacturer Benelli motorcycles was established over a century ago in 1911, making it one of the oldest European motorcycle manufacturers still in operation. Benelli's history is steeped in racing which could be attributed to the companies long existence. During the late twenties, Tonino Benelli won multiple Italian championships on the Benelli 175. During the decades that followed 175 and 250 Benellis won numerous national and world championships, including several Isle of Mann TTs. Pressure caused by the introduction of more advanced Japanese motorcycles in the late sixties saw the development of larger capacity models. These new motorcycles helped Benelli to maintain a share of the market. In 1988 Benelli merged with fellow Italian motorcycle manufacturer Moto Guzzi for a short time.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Beautiful Machines Benelli TNT 300

Beautiful Machines Benelli TNT 300

Attending the Art of Speed show has definitely been my automotive highlight of 2018. While the show itself was outstanding the days that followed were also pretty special. Despite his hectic post-show schedule event organiser Asep took the time to show us around town. Having never been to Kuala Lumpur before this…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Proud Father – White Collar Benelli BN 600R

Proud Father – White Collar Benelli BN 600R

You meet the nicest people building motorcycles. A few years back Luke Ray of Fuel Magazine and I took a trip to Bandung in Indonesia. After attending the Kustomfest show in Jogjakarta it became apparent that the West Javanese city was a hive of custom culture and home to many talented builders…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Celebrating Speed – Plan B Benelli 512M

Celebrating Speed – Plan B Benelli 512M

“Let me start by saying that this is not a restoration and it’s not a replica either. Nor is it a proper tribute, but more like a celebration of a very important and iconic machine. The Ferrari 512M Endurance car was a milestone in racing technology which I have represented in this two-wheeled…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Rhapsody in Blue – 1968 Benelli 250 Tribute

Rhapsody in Blue – 1968 Benelli 250 Tribute

Back in the late 1920s, an Italian motorcycle manufacturer run by a widower and her six sons (Yes, you read that right) astounded the racing world. The families youngest son, Antonio, aka. Tonino aka. “The Terror” Benelli displayed exceptional ability on the race track winning 4 Italian Championships aboard a 2-stroke Benelli 175.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

With 30 years of custom motorcycle building under his belt, Wolfgang Batz isn’t about to be influenced by other people’s ideals. As a graphic and industrial designer, he’s developed his own aesthetic and has the skills to conceptualize and fabricate his own components. His latest work is by no means your average, run of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Like Father, Like Son – Scales Studio Yamaha RD250

Like Father, Like Son – Scales Studio Yamaha RD250

“At two years old my father took me down dirt tracks sitting on the tank of his trials bike. I’d have my feet on the head, my backside on the tank and he’d stick a piece of foam to the back of my helmet to keep my head from hitting him in…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Weekend wrap up

Weekend wrap up

Getting ready to hit the sack and see off another great weekend. Thank you God, mother nature, global warming or who ever it was that stopped the rain. Had a great day out on the bike and at the launch party for Fuel Magazines 9th issue. Keep an eye out this month…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Old vs new – Benelli

Old vs new – Benelli

Is it just me or is the older Benelli cooler than the newer?

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dynamite on 2 wheels – The Benelli TNT Cafe Racer 1130

Dynamite on 2 wheels – The Benelli TNT Cafe Racer 1130

With all the classic style bikes on the market it was only a matter of time before someone decided to produce a modern Cafe Racer and the Benelli TNT 1130 is exactly that. Benelli motorcycles have been building motorcycles since 1921 and if you visit their Australian website you will be introduced…

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