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Ducati Cafe Racers

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati has been producing motorcycles since 1926. Recognised for the bold red livery and revered for their racing heritage the Ducati brand is considered the two-wheeled equivalent of Ferrari. Although most commonly recognized for their sports bikes Ducati's street bikes have played a very important role in the growth of the company and motorcycling history. The Monster revolutionized the naked motorcycle category and the Scrambler is set to become one of their best selling models of all time. Ducati cafe racers carry the kudos of race-bred Italian engineering.
Return of the Cafe Racers - La Impetuosa 1262 – Valtoron Ducati Diavel

La Impetuosa 1262 – Valtoron Ducati Diavel

I’ve had many conversations with custom enthusiasts about dying crafts. Skills that have been replaced due to advancements in technology or simply because people are happier to look for easier solutions. Though, in the pages of Tank Moto Magazine, you’ll find motorcycles that have been modified using techniques that were first developed…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Formerly FRKNSTN – Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Formerly FRKNSTN – Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Following in the footsteps of champions is no mean feat. Before the dust had even settled at the end of the 2017 ‘Sultans of Sprint’ series a pair of aspiring racers were working a deal with the winners to purchase their bike. The 2017 European Sultans of Sprint series was won by…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Duke Redux – Barn Built Bikes SS1000DS

Duke Redux – Barn Built Bikes SS1000DS

It’s not often we get to revisit a past project. We are all so focused on the future that we forget about the great things we’ve done in the past. Back in 2015, Sven Decoux’s 900SS graced the pages of Return of the Cafe Racers and since then he’s amassed an impressive…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017

Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017

2017 was a great year. The custom motorcycle scene has continued to produce some truly incredible builds and we were honoured to feature many of them here on Return of the Cafe Racers. So this year we’ve pulled together this Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017 list. Top 10 lists have never…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - SSaga – Thor Cycles Ducati 900SS

SSaga – Thor Cycles Ducati 900SS

Ducati – my second favorite Italian motorcycle manufacturer. There is no doubt that the Bologna factory has produced more than their fair share of legendary motorcycles. Everybody loves a good legend and today’s tale comes from Miguel, the creator, and manager of Thor’s Cycles. Miguel, the lucky sod, lives and works in…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Rolling Thesis – Walter’s Ducati Valchiria

Rolling Thesis – Walter’s Ducati Valchiria

Do you remember what you were doing when you were 23? It was only a few years ago for me, around the time I got my first motorcycle and I was only just starting to understand how carburettors worked. I was having a few issues with my bike and when I fixed…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Reversible Replica – Unikat Ducati GT750

Reversible Replica – Unikat Ducati GT750

“This motorcycle marked a new era for our workshop,” says Michał Pamuła of Poland’s UNIKAT Motorworks. “Not only did UNIKAT purchase and import this collector’s motorcycle to Poland for our client, but we have also served as advisor and custom builder. One of our regular customers, Rafał wanted to add a classic Ducati…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Green with Envy – Sabotage Cycles Imola 860 GT

Green with Envy – Sabotage Cycles Imola 860 GT

Of all the motorcycles Ducati has created during its 67 years of production there are few that are as iconic as the green framed 750 Imola. In 1972 Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari crossed the finish line riding 750cc Ducatis in successive first and second place at the Imola 200 and the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ducati Duology – Slayer House Streetfighter & Scrambler

Ducati Duology – Slayer House Streetfighter & Scrambler

Bangkok based custom motorcycle workshop ‘Slayer House’ are all about relationships. Workshop owner Nattaphat Janyapanich, otherwise known as ’Peach’, works with his associates in the motorcycle design industry to develop concepts for his projects. He builds bikes for his friends and he even chooses donors for his builds that are of a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - From Bad to Great – Redmax Speed Shop 1000SS

From Bad to Great – Redmax Speed Shop 1000SS

Dropping your motorcycle is upsetting, but having it mindlessly vandalised by some low life degenerate is heartbreaking. Dan, a Ducati owner living in central London knows too well how painful the experience can be after his pride and joy, a 1000SSie, fell victim to vandals. Fortunately, with the help of Steve and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Infinity – Metalbike Garage Monster S4R

Infinity – Metalbike Garage Monster S4R

If there was one shop class in high school that I wish I had paid more attention to it was metal work. Instead of fashioning misshapen ninja stars with my classmates, I could have acquired some really useful skills. Take for instance the techniques used in the creation of this handcrafted Ducati…

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