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Royal Enfield Cafe Racers

Royal Enfield has been producing motorcycles since 1901. They provided two-wheeled transport during both world wars with production taking place in the UK. After World War II manufacturing moved to India with the first Indian made motorcycle debuting in 1949. Due to their popularity in India, Enfield enjoys some of the highest sales figures of any motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Royal Enfield also lays claim to producing the first factory-built cafe racer named the Continental GT. In 2017 Royal Enfield announced a new parallel twin, 650cc engine developed in the UK and it can be found in the latest iteration of their Continental GT cafe racer.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Up For Adventure  – Wrench Kings Himalayan

Up For Adventure – Wrench Kings Himalayan

There’s very little that dual-sport bikes share in common with cafe racers. When it comes to customisation though every builder shares a common goal of creating a better performing, better-looking bike. Take for instance this new build by Netherlands based workshop the Wrench Kings. Based on a Royal Enfield Himalayan this custom…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Royal Enfield 650 Twins

Ride Review – Royal Enfield 650 Twins

Royal Enfield lay claim to producing the world’s longest constant production motorcycle design. The first Royal Enfield Bullet rolled out of the UK factory back in 1931. Despite it being produced for some 88 years there are still many similarities between the first Bullet and those being produced today. So, as you…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Lock Stock – Royal Enfield 650 Twin

Lock Stock – Royal Enfield 650 Twin

I’m in Sydney for the Australian release of the new Royal Enfield 650 twins. During the next couple of days, I will be spending time in the saddle of both the 650 Continental GT and Interceptor 650 and will publish a full ride review soon afterward. In the meantime, let’s take a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bandit9 Continental GT Cafe Racer

Bandit9 Continental GT Cafe Racer

Most of the bikes in the Bandit9 portfolio would look right at home exhibited in London’s Tate Modern. Bandit9 chief Daryl Villanueva fettles futuristic bodywork from sheet metal and merges it seamlessly with the raw mechanics of each donor motorcycle. However, for his latest project, Daryl has returned to more of a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

Is there such a thing as a factory built cafe racer? If you ask a purist they’ll tell you no way, but Honda, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and several other manufacturers are determined to have you thinking otherwise. It’s become pretty clear that this Cafe Racer fad is well and truly here to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Racer – Enfield Bullet Cafe Kit

Royal Racer – Enfield Bullet Cafe Kit

Do you want a Royal Enfield cafe racer? You could just go out and buy a Royal Enfield Continental GT, but what if you’re after something a bit more unique? Indian workshop J&D Custom Co is in the final stages of developing a bolt-on kit that will transform any run of the mill…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Roads We Ride – Commuting in Sydney

Roads We Ride – Commuting in Sydney

The Roads We Ride series continues this year with more insights into some of Sydney’s best-known riding roads and how to safely navigate them. This time around rather than heading out into the countryside we tag along with Jimi Swan on his Royal Enfield 500 during his ride to and from work.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - EICMA 2017 Cafe Racer Collection

EICMA 2017 Cafe Racer Collection

Milan was once again buzzing with motorcycle mania as the world’s top manufacturers gathered to showcase their latest developments at EICMA 2017. This year we were pleased to see a glut of retro-styled, “modern classic” motorcycles amongst the new releases. While that is great news for nostalgic types like us, what was…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Rossi Racer – MotoKraft Customs MK46

Rossi Racer – MotoKraft Customs MK46

There’s one thing that the people of India like more than cricket and that’s motorcycles. Motorcycles and mopeds rule the streets of India, in fact, there’s more than 37 million of them helping India’s population to get where they’re going. With that many people riding motorcycles it’s only natural there’s a strong…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Unnaturally Aspirated – Royal Enfield Continental GT-T

Unnaturally Aspirated – Royal Enfield Continental GT-T

Royal Enfield’s Continental GT has been with us for a few years now. A single cylinder 535cc fuel injected engine with a Harris Performance designed frame, Paioli shocks, Brembo brakes, classic retro looks and a reasonable price tag have made it one of the more common Royal Enfield models I see thumping…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Heart transplant – Tony 535 Cafe Racer

Heart transplant – Tony 535 Cafe Racer

When all this Cafe Racer business started in the fifties, a common practice among builders was to transplant high powered engines into the best handling frames. Back then motorcycle manufacturers had different design strengths so home builders would leverage them by mixing their own cafe racer cocktails. Today things are a bit…

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