BSA Cafe Racers

The Birmingham Small Arms Company, or BSA for short, was a British motorcycle manufacturer that operated between 1919 and 1972. In 1973  they joined Triumph and Norton as part of a government initiative to resurrect the British motorcycling industry which tragically failed in 1978. During its heyday, BSA was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Their motorcycles were sold as affordable, everyday machines that offered solid performance and reliability. Despite being designed for the 'average user' BSA developed a reputation after the second world war for racing motorcycles. They enjoyed racing success with their single cylindered Gold Stars and twin cylinder Shooting Stars that included a first to fifth place sweep at the 1954 200 mile Daytona beach races. This was the first time any motorcycle manufacturer had recorded such a win.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Cyclops BSA A7 Plate Armor Bobber

Cyclops BSA A7 Plate Armor Bobber

The Japanese custom motorcycle scene is without a doubt the most intriguing in the world. You only have to see images from some of the big shows like Mooneyes Yokohama and the Joints Custom Bike Show to know our friends from the East have it going on. Unfortunately distance, language barriers and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - BSA M33 Manx style Cafe

BSA M33 Manx style Cafe

The Cafe Racer scene in Indonesia is alive and kicking. Despite the unavailability of large capacity motorcycles and the high expense involved with purchasing parts from other countries, skilled builders are fabricating their own parts to meet customer demands and the resulting build are nothing short of world class. This is the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Oil Stained Brain motorcycle exhibition

Oil Stained Brain motorcycle exhibition

Tim Kills BSA A65 Bobber On November 3rd & 4th I co-hosted a custom motorcycle exhibition in Melbourne named Oil Stained Brain. We had two very talented photographers at the show who documented the whole exhibition. I’m really excited to be releasing a gallery of these shots in a few days so…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Motorclassica 2012 motorcycle highlights

Motorclassica 2012 motorcycle highlights

What a weekend! First up was the 2012 Motorclassica at the Royal Exhibition Center in Melbourne with Luke from Fuel Magazine, then it was off to the Camperdown Cruise for a day filled with Hot Rods, Rockabillys and Rock n Roll with Jimmy from Oil Stained Brain. While the Camperdown Cruise is…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bonneville Speed Week 2012 photos

Bonneville Speed Week 2012 photos

The 2012 Bonneville Speed Week is wrapping up for another year. Thankfully it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more coverage from the event this time round with the folks from Low Brow Customs, MegaDeluxe,  El Soltario MC and some Jalopy Journal members all in attendance. While we eagerly wait for…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - F*CK WORK LETS RACE by Kristina Fender

F*CK WORK LETS RACE by Kristina Fender

I’ve been a huge fan of Spanish photographic rockstar Kristina Fender for some time. Not only does she take a mean photo but she’s an avid two wheel enthusiast shooting all the best events and riding a very nice, lightly modified Honda CB550. She’s got an amazing eye and is one of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Classic motorcycle images by Paul Hart

Classic motorcycle images by Paul Hart

In our opinion there’s nothing better than when a talented photographer turns his camera’s attention to classic motorbikes. These shots come from photgrapher Paul Hart of Vespamore photography whose website showcases a selection of albums featuring Vespas, Lambrettas and more importantly motorcycles…lovely classic and tastefully customised motorcycles. Mr Hart is a lover of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Melbourne Mods vs Rockers 2011

Melbourne Mods vs Rockers 2011

The 2011 Melbourne Mods vs Rockers annual ride has been and gone. The event was a huge success with around about 100 more motorcycles and scooters than last year. Kustom Lane Gallery‘s car park was overflowing with classic and modern Cafe Racers, scooters of all shapes and sizes and some choppers, bobbers…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Best of the 2011 AMD Championships

Best of the 2011 AMD Championships

The results are out and the winners have been announced but what bikes were our favourite custom motorcycles from the 2011 AMD Custom Bike Building Championships? Over the last few years the look of the AMD lineup has changed dramatically with the popularity of Cafe Racers and other custom styles gaining popularity,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Beezerker is back

Beezerker is back

With AMD just around the corner I thought I’d take a quick look back at a hot fave from last year, the Beezerker

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mods vs Rockers 2010

Mods vs Rockers 2010

Sunday the 7th of November was the date for this years Mods vs Rockers ride in Melbourne. It was my first time attending the event after moving to Melbourne from Perth and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I arrived at the South Brighton Baths expecting a group of 50 or so…

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