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Honda Cafe Racers

Honda is currently the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Japan. In the 1960s they became a household name in the USA thanks to their "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" advertising campaign. By the 1980s, they produced upwards of 3 million bikes a year. The Honda CB750 has been credited with being the world's first superbike and has become the poster child of the modern cafe racer scene.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Carbon Neutral –  Karsenbarg Hornet 600

Carbon Neutral – Karsenbarg Hornet 600

Everyone knows by now that fossil-fueled transportation is inherently bad for the environment. This, of course, includes our beloved motorcycles. Despite this it’s rare we hear sustainable practices and motorcycles mentioned in the same conversation. Today we’re bucking that trend with a build by Louis Karsenbarg. Louis has just completed his Honda…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - ANX Prototypes Honda VF500C

ANX Prototypes Honda VF500C

For Nick Xiromeritis working as an automotive designer has had its benefits. Born in Detroit Michigan Nick has been lucky enough to have had a career that has taken him around the world. Working for companies like Mazda and Renault he’s lived in Japan, Paris and currently resides in Cologne, Germany. Along…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - All In – Plus 3 Motors Honda CBX 750

All In – Plus 3 Motors Honda CBX 750

Late in 2019 three friends in the Spanish town of Almoradí joined forces to launch Plus 3 Motors. Each with their own specialised skill set they split their workshop into dedicated areas for metal fabrication, fibreglass and composite work, a paint booth and an area for assembly and mechanical work. To kickstart…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Sunday Screening – Moto Content Lockdown Relief

Sunday Screening – Moto Content Lockdown Relief

During this week’s edition of Sunday Screening, we feature new motorcycle videos from the US, Japan and France. First up is a custom Honda CB750 by first time builder Brent Bekker with the guidance of the crew at Flying Tiger Motorcycles. We then join Koichi Fujita of An-Bu Custom Motors in Nagoya,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - La Psycho – Señor Motorcycles CB900 Bol d’Or

La Psycho – Señor Motorcycles CB900 Bol d’Or

Living with a classic bike is like being in a relationship. If you’re not prepared to make compromises it’ll never work. The big difference though is that old motorcycles can be modified to correct any shortcomings. Nacho Fernández, of the Spanish workshop Señor Motorcycles, is a dab hand at making over motorcycles.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - In Your Element – Alchemy Motorcycles CB500T

In Your Element – Alchemy Motorcycles CB500T

Alchemy Motorcycles is a tidy little shop that makes tidy little bikes. Based out of downtown San Diego, Michael Valle and his team can fab up anything for your bike. Stellar exhausts. Gorgeous seats. Tidy welding. But their best work’s complete builds like this – a gloriously understated 1975 Honda CB500T. It’ll…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Sam Troy’s Trophy – Honda GB400 TT Cafe Racer

Sam Troy’s Trophy – Honda GB400 TT Cafe Racer

In recent years we’ve seen a spate of new motorcycles inspired by classic bikes. Models like the Kawasaki Z900RS and the Triumph Thruxton R were released with convincing backstories explaining why they were made and what influenced their creation. It’s a clever marketing tactic used to coax us into believing these bikes…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Brotherly Build – Fabbris Moto Honda CB750

Brotherly Build – Fabbris Moto Honda CB750

Michele and his brother Marco launched their workshop, Fabbris Moto, in 2007. The pair share a passion for both race bikes and classic motorcycles. This, of course, means the brothers have a penchant for building cafe racers and their latest project follows suit. Based on a ’92 Honda CB750 the UJM has…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Reversa – Imbarcadero 14 Venice CB1000R

Reversa – Imbarcadero 14 Venice CB1000R

Despite Honda’s categorisation, we think the CB1000R Neo-Sports Cafe is anything but standard. With 143bhp on tap and radical neo-retro styling, it’s a machine that is worthy of a lot more attention than it’s been given. Since the CB1000Rs release, very few have been modified by professional builders. So far we’ve seen…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Sfida – Officine Uragani Custom CX500

The Sfida – Officine Uragani Custom CX500

Huge events like Verona’s Motobike Expo offer custom builders the opportunity to try something different. After all, how else are they going to stand out amongst the hundreds of other vendors and workshops displaying their wares? Attending the Verona show is an experience I’ve yet to have thanks to a 25-hour flight…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Same But Different – Thirteen & Co. CB750F

Same But Different – Thirteen & Co. CB750F

Mark Twain once postulated, “There is no such thing as a new idea“. This can definitely be said of the goings-on in the world of custom motorcycles. Ideas are reused and repurposed time and time again. So where the real talent lies is in creating something that either appears unique or is…

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