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Return of the Cafe Racers - Lotus Motorcycles C-01

Lotus Motorcycles C-01

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 2 years since we first laid eyes on the Lotus C-01. With so much hype surrounding the unveiling of the motorcycle and so little progress to report ever since, it was starting to look like a thing of myth and legend. The 3D renders…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Automator Puch Magnum

The Automator Puch Magnum

As I’m sure anyone who has built a custom motorcycle would concur, things don’t always turn out as originally planned. Whether it’s a part that wasn’t compatible, a performance modification that did the opposite to what it was supposed to or a body piece that just wouldn’t fit, these hurdles are intrinsic…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Flat Packer – JVLT 014 Motorbike

Flat Packer – JVLT 014 Motorbike

Ok, I’m going to get in there before anyone else… Check out the latest rage in custom motorcycle styling, they’re calling it the… “Flat Packer”! Cheesy jokes aside this is one beautifully designed, totally impractical motorcycle. But no one is trying to claim otherwise. The JVLT 014 Motorbike is a project put…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Nero Mark 2 by Bandit Nine

Nero Mark 2 by Bandit Nine

The lines are beginning to blur, not because we’re all driving too fast, it’s because styles, attitudes, and tastes are changing. Sure there are plenty of purists who will post endless comments about why a bike isn’t a Cafe Racer because of the tires it’s running, but for many of us it’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Wildstyle Zt Ultima Cafe Racer

Wildstyle Zt Ultima Cafe Racer

After my post about the award winning Cafe Racers at the 2013 AMD World Championship of Bike Building, the team at Wildstyle dropped me an email about their “Zt”. The powder blue, Ultima powered Zt took out 6th place in the freestyle class and while it looks pretty crazy it actually appears…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Caviga 350 Poptah by Ad Hoc

Caviga 350 Poptah by Ad Hoc

It’s been less than a year since David from Ad Hoc Cafe Racers sent me pictures of his first workshop build, the incredible custom Moto Morini K2 that had everyone sitting up and taking notice. Since then he’s managed to roll 2 more stunning custom builds out of his workshop in Spain…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dozer Garage Ural 650 Fashion

Dozer Garage Ural 650 Fashion

Here’s the first Ural I’ve ever featured on Return of the Cafe Racers and I’m sure you will agree it’s worthy of a mention. Ural motorcycles have been around since 1939 so I’m a little ashamed to admit it’s the first, but the truth is that custom Ural’s don’t come along all…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Moto Rumi Competition SS Hunchback

Moto Rumi Competition SS Hunchback

As World War 2 came to an end factories who had turned to producing weaponry and munitions for the war effort had to quickly rethink their product. As a result companies such as Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) moved to producing motorcycles to fulfill a need for affordable, efficient transport. In 1950 Italian entrepreneur Donnino Rumi ceased…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Moto Islo 175cc Carrera

Moto Islo 175cc Carrera

In the late 1950’s the Italian ‘city-to-city’ street races were infamous for being some of the most spectacular motorcycle racing events in the world. The Milan to Taranto race was over 1400km which took riders on small capacity motorcycles at least 14 hours to complete, racing non-stop over 2 days through city…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Moto Morini Adhoc Cafe Racer

Moto Morini Adhoc Cafe Racer

What is it with the Spaniards and custom motorcycles? It seems like every other week a new workshop appears that produces nothing but kick ass Cafe Racers! This week the nomination for best build goes to Ad-hoc Cafe Racers for their Moto Morini K2 Cafe Racer. For this exclusive feature, I tracked…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Espresso Racer smallframe Vespa

Espresso Racer smallframe Vespa

The way I see it the Mods had it all wrong. If they put their money into engine performance rather than mirrors, foxtails and Parkas, they may have been able to give the Rockers a run for their money around the back streets of London. I may be missing the point all…

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