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Norton Cafe Racers

No motorcycle marque holds as much significance in the cafe racer scene than Norton. The Norton featherbed frame was arguably the ultimate basis upon which to build a cafe racer. Often merged with Triumph engines to form 'Tritons' or Vincents to become 'Norvins', the featherbed was a motorcycle engineering breakthrough. Norton also won loyal followers with consistent race wins using their own engines. Norton dominated the Isle of Man TT recording an astounding 94 wins with models like the legendary Manx. During the early 70's Norton suffered the same fate as other British motorcycle manufacturers and struggled to stay afloat. Thankfully today Norton is alive and well producing handbuilt bikes from their UK based factory. The current range pays homage to some of the brands most iconic models, seamlessly blending classic styling with modern technology.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Custom classics by Heiwa Motorcycles

Custom classics by Heiwa Motorcycles

What is it about the Japanese that allows them to keep producing such original looking custom bikes? The following 3 jaw droppingly good looking bikes are the work of Japanese workshop HEIWA Motorcycles.  They are are three of the most original looking custom builds I’ve seen in some time and I’m really…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Norton Manx 500 by Works Racing

Norton Manx 500 by Works Racing

What do you do when you have a few old 500s Manx Norton’s in the shed that need fixing up, but you just can’t seem to find the parts you need? Simple, buy yourself a CNC mill, draw up perfect 3D CAD replicas of every single engine part (after learning how to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - F*CK WORK LETS RACE by Kristina Fender

F*CK WORK LETS RACE by Kristina Fender

I’ve been a huge fan of Spanish photographic rockstar Kristina Fender for some time. Not only does she take a mean photo but she’s an avid two wheel enthusiast shooting all the best events and riding a very nice, lightly modified Honda CB550. She’s got an amazing eye and is one of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - JMC Norvin Cafe Racer

JMC Norvin Cafe Racer

Peas and gravy, spaghetti and meatballs, Sonny and Cher. It seems some things are just made to go together. Take the Norton featherbed frame for instance, arguably Norton’s greatest achievement, it was the frame that every Cafe Racer rider wanted in the fifties and is still highly regarded today; add to that one…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - eBay find: Triton racing pair

eBay find: Triton racing pair

Got a spare $45,000 (or more) and the desire to own two race bred Tritons? I just stumbled across this awesome auction on eBay to bid on Willie and Bob, a 500cc Norton ES2 and a Triton 808cc each built around a genuine 1962 Norton Manx featherbed frame. The owner is based in Red…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - MCN Cafe Racer test

MCN Cafe Racer test

After the release of the Norton 961 Commando in 2009 MCN decided to pull together some of the best “off the shelf” modern Cafe Racers on the market for an all out open throttle review. With a Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer, Ace 904 Thruxton Special, Hyde Harrier Jubilee and Royal Enfield Clubman fueled up and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Norton Commando 961 by Johnny Crash

Norton Commando 961 by Johnny Crash

If there’s one things we love more than a beautiful Cafe Racer motorcycle it’s a well composed photo of one. Check these out… This stunning series of photographs were shot by San Francisco based photographer Johnny Crash. If you didn’t already want one of the all new Norton 961 Commando Cafe Racers I’m sure you…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Norton Fastback Cafe Racer

Norton Fastback Cafe Racer

We love seeing new custom motorcycles turn up in our email from far away places, especially when they look as good as this Norton. Built by Mochammed Ballazam of Bella Norton in Jakarta, Indonesia this Norton instantly became a hot favorite of ours with it’s ultra low lines and unmistakable Cafe Racer styling.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Classic motorcycle images by Paul Hart

Classic motorcycle images by Paul Hart

In our opinion there’s nothing better than when a talented photographer turns his camera’s attention to classic motorbikes. These shots come from photgrapher Paul Hart of Vespamore photography whose website showcases a selection of albums featuring Vespas, Lambrettas and more importantly motorcycles…lovely classic and tastefully customised motorcycles. Mr Hart is a lover of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Monday Motorcycle Blues

Monday Motorcycle Blues

No more riding for me until the new year! (no this isn’t my bike…I wish!) My two wheel fix will have to come through great shots like these on the interwebs.

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Seeley Norton MkII Racer

Seeley Norton MkII Racer

This outstanding Norton is, in my opinion, one of the best motorcycles to appear on Cafe Racer TV. The stunning Seeley Norton was built by Kenny Cummings and Dan Rose and recently appeared on season two of the Discovery HD series. With the increasing popularity of vintage racing in the US, Kenny…

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