Motorcycle Reviews

Manufacturers have jumped on the retro and custom motorcycle bandwagon. If you want to own a cafe racer or a scrambler styled motorcycle you can now buy one right off the showroom floor. From the latest addition to the Triumph Bonneville range to the updated Ducati Scrambler or BMW R Nine T, we test ride and review them all. If you're interested in owning a retro bike without any of the ongoing maintenance or DIY challenges you can start researching here with one of our in-depth motorcycle reviews.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Retro Rehash – The 2020 Honda CB-F concept

Retro Rehash – The 2020 Honda CB-F concept

Many of 2020s most significant motorcycle shows have been cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Amongst them was the 47th edition of Japan’s seminal Tokyo Motorcycle Show. This left many manufacturers with no option than to be creative with their 2021 model releases. To reveal their upcoming range Honda produced an…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Return of the Cafe Racers Top 10 for 2019

Return of the Cafe Racers Top 10 for 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’ve just finished sifting through the past 12 months of articles to assemble the top 10 cafe racers of 2019. Some made the cut because of their dedication to the cafe racer ethos while others blew us away with their originality and expert levels…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Indian FTR 1200 Review

Indian FTR 1200 Review

The Indian FTR 1200 is almost spectacular. It handles perfectly, it’s astonishingly well put-together and its power delivery is aggressive, linear and full of v-twin nastiness. It’s incredibly good-looking, well-built and will be a benchmark of reliability in the years to come. But it’s still only almost spectacular. It’s not riddled with…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Motorcycle Fails – 10 Worst Factory Customs

Motorcycle Fails – 10 Worst Factory Customs

The purists will tell you there’s no such thing as a factory-built custom motorcycle. But if you’re not one of them there’s no better time to be alive. Virtually every motorcycle manufacturer has a decent factory custom on offer. But it hasn’t always been this way. Over the years there have been…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - EICMA 2019 – 10 of the best new motorcycles

EICMA 2019 – 10 of the best new motorcycles

The 2019 Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori, or EICMA as it is commonly known, is in full swing. As always the world’s motorcycle manufacturers have descended on Milan to showcase their up and coming releases for the year ahead. Amongst the many new motorcycles unveiled at the show were a handful…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ducati Scrambler 1100 Ride Review

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Ride Review

How much difference can 300cc make? I made the mistake of thinking the Ducati Scrambler 1100 wasn’t much more than a hopped-up styling exercise in the ever-expanding Scrambler range. Yes, it had a bigger engine, but how much was that really going to change things? I’d already ridden a wide range of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE Ride Review

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE Ride Review

Triumph seems to have created the ultimate Scrambler. They’ve gone a step further than everyone else and built a fully capable, off-road-ready motorcycle worthy of carrying the Scrambler name. After missing the Australian press launch of the Triumph Scrambler 1200 I was looking for the right opportunity to give one a proper…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Conundrum – 2019 Modern Cafe Racers

Cafe Conundrum – 2019 Modern Cafe Racers

If you read through the comments section on any modern cafe racer review you are sure to come across a statement like this… “There’s no such a thing as a factory-built cafe racer!” It’s the opinion of a purist and one we can relate to. How can you name a motorcycle straight…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Yamaha XSR900 Ride Review

Yamaha XSR900 Ride Review

My dog doesn’t care for the Yamaha XSR900. When I arrive home on any other motorcycle the small ball of fur masquerading as a canine runs to the window to stare out at me. But for the last few weeks, I’ve been riding the Yamaha XSR900, the family furniture destroyer is nowhere…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Speed Twin Ride Review

Triumph Speed Twin Ride Review

O, to be a motorcycle journalist in the 1970s. When men were hairy, and bikes were lairy. With their barely-there brakes, explosive power bands and ‘let’s hope this works’ engineering, bikes back then were about as hard to review as cold beer is to drink. If they didn’t break your bones or…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 2019 Street Twin and Scrambler 900 Ride Review

2019 Street Twin and Scrambler 900 Ride Review

It’s been 3 years since the release of Triumph’s water-cooled Bonneville range. Amongst the first of the new Modern Classics to hit showroom floors was the Street Twin. Powered by a 900cc version of the updated parallel twin, it was the entry-level option in the all-new range. At the time of its…

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