Buell Cafe Racers

Buell Motorcycles was founded by ex-Harley Davidson engineer Eric Buell in Wisconsin, USA in 1983. They produced sportbikes that were initially powered by Harley Davidson v-twin engines. Later when Harley-Davidson sold their interest in the brand the US v-twins were replaced with Austrian made Rotax engines. Buell motorcycles are attributed with developing several innovations in motorcycle design including the perimeter floating disc brake, a fuel in frame chassis, storing oil in the swingarm and computer controlled exhaust routing for maximized torque. Their design philosophy was to create motorcycles that focused on superior handling, comfort, ease of maintenance and 'real-world performance'.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Buell XB9S Glory Cafe Racer

Buell XB9S Glory Cafe Racer

Some new photos of an old favorite, the Buell XB9S based Glory from Hide Motorcycles Japan. “The 3 month build included the application of a custom tank, custom frame, oil tanks, bars, rims, exhaust and fairings. In their own words “This is most our super custom machine. Like a old racers and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mac dreams become a reality

Mac dreams become a reality

After what could have been a show stopping announcement by Buell, Mac motorcycle founder Ellis Pitt and his team kept their eyes firmly fixed on their goal and as a result will soon achieve a significant milestone in the companies history, the completion of their first working prototype. The prototype bike will…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mac Motorcycles – no longer a Blast.

Mac Motorcycles – no longer a Blast.

Mac motorcycles were on the verge of starting production of their awesome Modern Cafe Racer style custom motorcycles when Buell announced the death of the of the Blast (in quite spectacular fasion). The Buell Blast was originally released in 2000. It was the smallest CC and only single cylinder (thumper) to be…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mac and Me – photoshopped Cafe Racers

Mac and Me – photoshopped Cafe Racers

After staring at pictures of Mac Motorcycles Roarer, I wanted to give the bike a bit more of a Cafe Racer appearance so with the magic of Photoshop I cut, pasted, blended, skewed and reworked their Roarer in to my very own Mac based Cafe Racer. They are a bit rough but…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mac Motorcycles

Mac Motorcycles

If you’re in to the custom scene or stay up to date with motorcycle news you would have already heard of Mac Motorcycles by now. They’ve created a bit of hype online and when you take a look at their Buell powered range of “non-conformist” styled motorcycles you’ll see why. Here’s the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hide Motorcycles – The Buell XB9S “Glory”

Hide Motorcycles – The Buell XB9S “Glory”

Hide Motorcycles Japan recently completed the build of another outstanding custom with Cafe Racer influenced styling. Starting with a Buell 2005 XB9S Lightning Hidemo have applied a healthy dose of custom parts to create this original and unique motorcycle. The 3 month build included the application of a custom tank, custom frame,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 21st Century Cafe Racer? – The Buell 1125 CR

21st Century Cafe Racer? – The Buell 1125 CR

In the same vein as Benelli’s TNT Cafe Racer 1130 the Buell 1125CR isn’t your typical Cafe Racer…so why do they make this claim? Firstly here it is in Buell’s own words… “Blending radical styling with state of the art technology. The 1125CR motorcycle is not just a seriously intimidating-looking machine; it…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Buell XB12R Krugger Goodwood

Buell XB12R Krugger Goodwood

Beautifully shaped steel, old-school styling, and hi-speed performance. Krugger Motorcycles have perfected the recipe for my type of custom motorcycle cocktail. The Krugger Buell XB12R ‘Goodwood’ was a 6-month project built from scratch by Fred Krugger as a Bonneville salt flats special. The shaped steel bodywork gives the bike 50’s or 60’s old school styling…

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