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 - Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer

Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer

I’ve been following the development of the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer closely since it was showcased at the Indian Auto Expo in the beginning of 2012. This week the Continental GT has been unveiled at the Ace Cafe London and will go on sale to the public for the bargain price…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Fox Royal Enfield Bullet

The Fox Royal Enfield Bullet

The ‘Genus V’ is a series of 5 custom built motorcycles designed  as “affordable and attainable” builds by Norfolk based workshop, Old Empire Motorcycles. The Fox is the first Genus V build to roll out of the OEM workshop and was built in the image of their Royal Enfield Electra ‘Pup’ from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Enfield 535 Cafe Racer

Royal Enfield 535 Cafe Racer

Since its first appearance at the International Auto Expo in Delhi, the Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer has been touring the international expo circuit. Originally sporting some fairly high-end components the latest iteration has had some changes that will lower production costs. This suggests that it is much closer to the bike that…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Enfield Bullet Cafe Racer

Royal Enfield Bullet Cafe Racer

I will never again complain about my workspace. Check out this inspiring Royal Enfield Cafe Racer build from India. Working out of a modest workshop, packed with parts spilling out on to the street, these guys turned out one of the nicest looking Royal Enfield Cafe Racers I’ve seen. The “Richënfield” Cafe…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Enfield Electra Pup

Royal Enfield Electra Pup

This might not be the first time you’ve seen the Pup by UK based workshop, Old Empire Motorcycles. It was on Pipeburn a few months back and has been popping up all over the place ever since. Alec Sharp of OEM shared his inspiration behind the build with me along with their new video…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - V Twin Royal Enfield Bulldog

V Twin Royal Enfield Bulldog

In collaboration with Fuel Magazine I recently interviewed Guy Brown, founding member of Carberry Motorcycles. Carberry was a Melbourne based company that developed a double barrell engine using Royal Enfields 500cc single as a base. This bike which Guy affectionately calls the Bulldog, is one of only a handful of the Carberry…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Enfield Cafe Racer

Royal Enfield Cafe Racer

When it comes to selecting the best factory built Cafe Racer it looks like Royal Enfield’s Continental GT could take out first place. The Continental GT Cafe Racer, which is scheduled to be released in 2013, sports the first new chassis to be released by the Indian motorcycle manufacturer in 50 years.…

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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 - Royal Enfield pin striping pro

Royal Enfield pin striping pro

It’s one thing to see a motorcycle roll out of a factory but when you get to see some of the skill that goes in to piecing each machine together it’s a beautiful thing. Could this guy be any faster/smoother with his pin striping?! Take note of how many tanks there are…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Boardtrackers are the new black

Boardtrackers are the new black

Although Board Tracker styling has influenced the custom motorcycle world for years it’s seems 2010 has been the year of the Board Tracker. Although the sport died almost 80 years ago and the Board Tracker design isn’t a practical one for a daily driver, the legend of the sport and it’s fearless…

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