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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stile Italiano Laverda 750SF

Stile Italiano Laverda 750SF

We rank Stile Italiano as one of our favourite custom builders in the world. Everything they do pulls at our heartstrings from their signature black/gold/silver colour schemes to the incredible alloy bodywork they painstakingly shape by hand. But most of all it’s their propensity to build cafe racer styled rides and the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Kraftrad Noeda MZ ETZ 250

Kraftrad Noeda MZ ETZ 250

During the 1950s, under the leadership of racing engineer Walter Kaaden, Motorenwerke Zschopau GmbH, otherwise known as MZ, developed a breakthrough exhaust system known as an expansion chamber. Unfortunately for MZ their factory rider Ernst Degner fled East Germany and headed straight to Suzuki. One year later Ernst won Suzuki their first…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mix N Match – Pikes Peak Aprilia Tuono

Mix N Match – Pikes Peak Aprilia Tuono

“I have to say that I am simply an enthusiast of bikes and specifically Italian bikes and especially Aprilia. I am not a professional.” This was how my email conversation with Gwenael Barthélémy kicked off. It was a humble introduction and one that could leave you thinking that this Swiss-born Aprilia enthusiast…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - FCM Puncher – Record Holding Ural

FCM Puncher – Record Holding Ural

Land speed racing on the Bonneville salt flats is no walk in the park. Running a heavily tuned engine on its redline for 3 miles presents some serious engineering challenges. Racers also have to battle against intense environmental, physical and psychological stresses. Small problems can quickly turn into life-threatening situations but none…

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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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