Building a Café Racer

Are you thinking of building a Café Racer? You're in the right place! Whether you're bolting a few parts onto your motorcycle or transforming it into a bonafide 1950s styled café 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 café racer project.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Café Contenders – The Kawasaki W650

Café Contenders – The Kawasaki W650

It seems strange now, but Kawasaki actually beat Triumph to the punch when it came to retro-styled motorcycles. First released in 1999, the W650 was a complete anachronism in the world of water-cooled, high-revving street snarlers that dominated the late 90’s motorcycle scene. So while the rest of the world was obsessed…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when building your own Cafe Racer, or any style of custom motorcycle for that matter is selecting a donor bike. Some time ago I published a story on this same topic that covered older motorcycles . Today I thought I’d take a look at some modern alternatives…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - 8 Ways to Avoid Builder Burn Out

8 Ways to Avoid Builder Burn Out

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Rob Chappell of ‘Origin8or Cycles’ in Ontario Canada. I work a 9-5 job in graphic design, run a freelance web-design company, have a partner that keeps me busy most evenings and I build custom motorcycles on the weekends and during any spare time I…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Racer Parts – Cognito Moto Fork Swap Kits

Cafe Racer Parts – Cognito Moto Fork Swap Kits

Have you ever wanted to swap out the tired old telescopic forks on your retro ride for a pair of modern upside down items? Well, just like the pro workshops you can thanks to the crew at Virginia’s ‘Cognito Moto’. Upgrading your motorcycles old suspension is one of the best things you…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Motorcycle Maintenance Made Easy

Motorcycle Maintenance Made Easy

I’ve been maintaining my own motorcycle for years now. Learning how to do each task properly myself was, at times, a challenging experience. Not having the right tools, skills or even a proper understanding of what I was doing lead to some rather frustrating experiences. Back when I started down the DIY…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - DIY Delight – Moto8ight cafe racer kit

DIY Delight – Moto8ight cafe racer kit

Let’s face it. We’re not all experienced mechanics, welders, fabricators or industrial designers. We don’t know how to model in CAD or have access to the latest CNC machinery. We’ve never mixed resin with a catalyst, don’t know anything about clay modeling and couldn’t explain the difference between mig, tig and stick…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Custom Parts for you Cafe Racer #3

Custom Parts for you Cafe Racer #3

Welcome to the third instalment of ‘Custom Parts for your Cafe Racer’. As per part 1 and part 2 of this series I’ve pulled together a collection of Cafe Racer parts that stand out as some of the best looking and best-made aftermarket parts on the market. Whether you’re building a Cafe Racer…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Custom Parts for your Cafe Racer #2

Custom Parts for your Cafe Racer #2

Here’s the next instalment of “Custom Parts for your Cafe Racer” a series designed to help you find the very best parts or hard to find bits for your Cafe Racer. Covering everything from indicators to wiring components I’m pulling together all my favourite parts from around the globe to help you…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Parts for your Cafe Racer project

Parts for your Cafe Racer project

One of the most difficult aspects of building a Cafe Racer or custom motorcycle can be sourcing cool custom parts. You can spend hours if not days trawling the internet to find a part that satisfies your own unique aesthetic. Some time ago I ran a series of features about ‘finding parts…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Racer parts and accessories

Cafe Racer parts and accessories

image via wrenchmonkees.com To welcome in the new year I’ve put together an updated list of online stores where you can buy all the parts you need for your 2013 Cafe Racer project. Since my last Cafe Racer parts post a lot has changed in the custom scene, theres some new kids…

Continue Reading
Return of the Cafe Racers - Building a Cafe Racer: Selecting a motorcycle

Building a Cafe Racer: Selecting a motorcycle

So you’ve decided to have a go at building a cafe racer. By far the most important and difficult choice you will have to make is choosing your donor bike. Back in the fifties, Cafe Racers were a kind of Frankenstein creation, using 2 bikes to make one, pairing the most powerful…

Continue Reading