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Return of the Cafe Racers - Redlines – Magni Black Edition Filo Rosso

Redlines – Magni Black Edition Filo Rosso

As much as I can’t get enough of the modern classic trend sweeping the world of motorcycle manufacturing right now, many of new bikes miss their mark. Technologically they’re amazing, however, no matter how classically inspired they are many fall short of being truly classic looking machines. Instead, we end up with neo-retro…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Keanu Reeves Motorcycles – Arch Method 143

Keanu Reeves Motorcycles – Arch Method 143

If you stayed glued to the television during the 2018 Superbowl ads you would have seen a rather amusing Squarespace advert featuring Keanu Reeves. In the ad, Keanu talks about his own motorcycle company and while you shouldn’t believe everything you hear on TV this is actually the truth. Keanu is an…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Straight Street – Purpose Built Sol Invictus Nemesis

Straight Street – Purpose Built Sol Invictus Nemesis

It can be tough for a new brand to establish themselves with consumers, especially in the “affordable” automotive market. When I had just finished my secondary education a new car manufacturer appeared on the market that went by the name of Hyundai. The car they hoped to tap into the Australian market…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Express Mail – XTR Pepo Mobylette SP 90

Express Mail – XTR Pepo Mobylette SP 90

Writing XTR Pepo and moped in the same sentence is not something we’d usually expected to be doing. Pepo’s custom motorcycle builds tend to have a race-bred edge to them and for many people, myself included, mopeds don’t fit into that equation. Regardless of that this custom Mobylette SP90 moped is XTR…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Enduring Design – Moto Morini Corsaro Ti22

Enduring Design – Moto Morini Corsaro Ti22

Although many manufacturers claim to offer their customers the ability to customize a new motorcycle, the options are usually limited to a choice of paint color and a handful of bolt-on parts. In our humble opinion, a bolt on part doth not a custom motorcycle make and thankfully, Italian manufacturer Moto Morini…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Seventies Citrus – Cleveland HThree Ace 250

Seventies Citrus – Cleveland HThree Ace 250

We all know the big names in motorcycling. The companies that have pioneered two-wheeled transport for decades. Manufacturers like Triumph, Honda, Harley Davidson and Ducati who are the powerhouses of motorcycle engineering. But what about the new manufacturers? The brands who are trying to get their own slice of the motorcycle market.

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Lightweight Heavyweight – Ariel Ace R

Lightweight Heavyweight – Ariel Ace R

Every motor enthusiast remembers the episode of Top Gear where Clarkson test drove the Ariel Atom for the first time. During that episode (season 5 episode 9) Clarkson sat in the V-tec powered, bare bones, Ariel and pushed the accelerator hard to the floor. As the Atom rocketed off we saw his…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Back to Back – FCM Ural Land Speed Racer

Back to Back – FCM Ural Land Speed Racer

If you’ve been following Return of the Cafe Racers for a while you’ll have noticed we have a soft spot for land speed racers. The combination of bulletproof engineering and unique, purposeful styling produces some truly awe-inspiring motorcycles, but it’s what they’re capable of that really boggles the mind. A few weeks…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Odins Fury – Gonzo Motorcycles Nimbus Type C

Odins Fury – Gonzo Motorcycles Nimbus Type C

In the early 1900s Danish vacuum manufacturer ‘Fisker and Nielsen’ turned their interests towards motorcycle production. Already holding the title of being Europe’s first manufacturer of electric motor vacuums the companies founders devised a concept for a unique motorcycle they hoped would outperform and supersede other manufacturers designs. The new manufacturing plant…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Russian Rocket – FCM Landspeed Ural

Russian Rocket – FCM Landspeed Ural

The frozen streets of Moscow are about as far from the sun-scorched salt of Bonneville as you can get. Despite that, Russian workshop ‘Fine Custom Motorcycles’ is determined to make their mark at Bonneville’s illustrious ‘Speed Week’. Along with building award-winning custom motorcycles for esteemed competitions like the AMD World Championship of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - British Brute – Hesketh Sonnet Cafe Racer

British Brute – Hesketh Sonnet Cafe Racer

The automotive industry has always been a torrid one, full of stories of receiverships and liquidations. Motorcycle manufacturing is no exception and many of the world’s current top players have experienced their fair share of problems getting to where they are today. Unfortunately, over the years many smaller motorcycle manufacturers have fallen by…

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