How to build a Cafe Racer

Are you looking for advice on how to build a Cafe Racer? You've come to the right place! Whether you're bolting a few parts onto your motorcycle or transforming it into a bonafide 1950s styled cafe racer, the stories you'll find here will help you get it done. You'll find everything from how-to guides to aftermarket parts features, and even some motorcycle reviews designed to help you choose the right donor for your cafe racer project.
Return of the Cafe Racers - I Draw Motos – Moto Mucci Interview

I Draw Motos – Moto Mucci Interview

David Mucci is an Industrial Designer and Custom Motorcycle Builder working out of Portland, Oregon. Since his 17th birthday, David’s been tinkering on his own vehicles. The obsession lead to him studying product and transportation design and over time he’s learned the hands-on mechanical know-how to execute his ideas. Working under the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – How to polish aluminum parts

Workshop Series – How to polish aluminum parts

So, you rode your pride and joy to the last bike night of the summer, and after several enthusiasts mentioned your dilapidated side covers, you rode home without either intact. First, you deny it. It’s called a patina, you say. But then you reluctantly agree that years of oxidation really isn’t doing…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - RetroRides K100 Cafe Racer

RetroRides K100 Cafe Racer

Brazillian workshop Retrorides is the result of forty years of hard work by two generations of the Lourenço family. Nestled a couple of hours out of São Paulo in the town of Campinas, Gustavo, Rodrigo and their father José make all sorts of magic out of old motorcycles and cars. And every…

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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 - Sunday Screening – Cognito BMW R75 Build

Sunday Screening – Cognito BMW R75 Build

Our friends over at Cognito Moto have been toiling away on their latest custom BMW R75 project. The project was completed in a super fast 6 week turn around in order to showcase it at the 2019 EuroBike Raleigh. To share the process they documented the entire build on their Youtube channel.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building a Cafe Racer  – Motogadget M Unit

Building a Cafe Racer – Motogadget M Unit

The name Motogadget appears a lot on these pages. The German company produces motorcycle parts and accessories which have become the ‘go to’ resource for many of the world’s top custom builders. And it’s easy to see why. Their products have been developed through extensive research and the company prides themselves on…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Locate a builder – Custom Workshop Map

Locate a builder – Custom Workshop Map

Over the years I’ve featured thousands of custom motorcycles built by talented folks from all over the world. Some have been built by dedicated enthusiasts at home, but most were built by professional workshops. The reason for this is obvious. Not everyone has the skill or the time it takes to build…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe by Rizoma

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe by Rizoma

While most aspects of motorcycle design have come a long way since the 70s, there and several that haven’t. Take for instance indicators. On many modern bikes, we are still seeing oversized blinkers jutting out like babies arms with clenched fists. Then there’s the run of the mill big round plastic mirrors,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Learn how to build a Cafe Racer

Learn how to build a Cafe Racer

There are plenty of arguments for why you should build a cafe racer of your own rather than have it built by a professional workshop. The biggest reason is, of course, the cost. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of reasons why people don’t do it themselves. Lacking the skill to do it…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop series – DIY motorcycle stand

Workshop series – DIY motorcycle stand

Anyone who works on motorcycles knows the importance of a good stand. Raising your motorcycle up off the floor gives you easy access to hard to reach places along with making the whole process much easier on your body. Small lifts and race stands do a great job, but if you’re looking…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2018 – Editor’s Choice

Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2018 – Editor’s Choice

That’s a wrap for another year of cafe racer coverage from around the globe. This year was Return of the Cafe Racers twelfth birthday and we celebrated it with a new look website, a renewed focus on workshop and DIY stories and, as always, a plethora of top-notch cafe racer builds. As I…

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