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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mein Motorrad – MZ Skorpion cafe racer

Mein Motorrad – MZ Skorpion cafe racer

The Skorpion Sport was produced by German motorcycle manufacturer MZ (Motorrad und Zweiradwerk) between 1994 and 2004. Although you may have never heard of the Skorpion, or it’s manufacturer, the bike proved very popular in Europe as an alternative to Japanese inline fours. By combining a bulletproof engine with a well-designed frame and capable…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Reborn in Britain – John Fallon Bimota DB1

Reborn in Britain – John Fallon Bimota DB1

Anyone who has a passion for Italian motorcycles is sure to know the significance of Bimota. The small privately owned manufacturer made their mark building quality performance focused motorcycles using existing engines from other manufacturers. Although Bimota started out using Japanese made engines, in 1985, after mounting pressure from local fans, they…

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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 - Power Packed – Manx7 Electric Motorcycle

Power Packed – Manx7 Electric Motorcycle

An electric motorcycle with a 330km range and a 25 minute charge time. The game is quickly changing in the world of electric bikes. Thinking back to when Harley unveiled their LiveWire concept in 2014 it had a dismal range of 85km. In just 4 short years battery technology has advanced enough…

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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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