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Cafe Racer Parts

Return of the Cafe Racers - Firestone Treadfull tshirts

Firestone Treadfull tshirts

Never in the history of rubber production has there been a tire that is more controversial than the Firestone Champion Deluxe. Over the past couple of years in the custom motorcycle scene it has become one of the most loved and hated tire choices with many a fiery debate occurring around its practicality and application. Regardless of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - XS650 Cafe Racer – Rear sets

XS650 Cafe Racer – Rear sets

My XS650 Yamaha Cafe Racer project has been a slow build to say the least. Moving interstate and then house twice, not having a work space and joining a business tends to get in the way of such things. I am however as keen as ever to get the bike finished and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - RYCA Cafe Racer kits

RYCA Cafe Racer kits

These days finding spare time to do anything, let alone build a custom motorcycle is near impossible for most working professionals which is something the crew at RYCA motors are clearly very aware of. RYCA motors is a Los Angeles based custom workshop that are producing ready-made Cafe Racer kits for budding,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Parts for your Cafe Racer

Parts for your Cafe Racer

  I get a lot of comments and questions about Cafe Racer parts from my readers so in the coming months I will begin reviewing, stocking and selling Cafe Racer parts on Return of the Cafe Racers. I spend so much time looking around the internet at Cafe Racer parts builders and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Modern Motorcycle Company

The Modern Motorcycle Company

The Modern Motorcycle Company is a custom workshop based in Melbourne, Victoria. Owned and run by Christian Condo the workshop specialises in Cafe Racer inspired motorcycles based on the mighty Yamaha XS650. Here’s what Christian has to say about his company… “We set out to recapture a sense of motorcycling that seems…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Custom motorcycle goodness – Boat Rap Japan

Custom motorcycle goodness – Boat Rap Japan

Another of my time wasting/research habits is trawling the internet for custom bike shops who build Cafe Racer style motorbikes and I will be sharing these as time goes by. There’s nothing better than getting paint scheme ideas, mechanical tips, custom parts or design cues from grease monkeys who have already been…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Firestone Champion Deluxe

Firestone Champion Deluxe

My new rubber turned up today, a pair of Firestone Deluxe Champions. I found a couple of dealers in Australia but went with Deus Ex Machina in the end as their price was competetive (thanks again Taka). The tyres look great but I’m holding off fitting them till winters over. Aesthetically these…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - W650 Cafe Racer – Daytona Speedo

W650 Cafe Racer – Daytona Speedo

I dropped in at Deus Ex Machina in Sydney and picked up a new speedo for the W650. As the W650 uses an electircal instrument cluster there aren’t many companies producing custom dials to suit. The unit I purchased is produced by Daytona in Japan who also do a tacho and different…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Vintage Rubber for your Cafe Racer – Firestone Tyres

Vintage Rubber for your Cafe Racer – Firestone Tyres

With any custom bike build it’s the little details which are going to make your bike stand out above the rest and now that my bike is finally on the road I’m starting to look for more such items. This is what lead me to start my search for some vintage looking…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building your Cafe Racer – Sourcing parts online

Building your Cafe Racer – Sourcing parts online

*UPDATE: Check out my updated list of Cafe Racer parts dealers on these pages: Finding Parts for your Cafe Racer Part #1 Finding Parts for your Cafe Racer Part #2 Finding Parts for your Cafe Racer Part #3 I’ve started to collect a fairly extensive list of web sites where you can…

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