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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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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stirred and Shaken – Renard SWM Martini Racer

Stirred and Shaken – Renard SWM Martini Racer

Located on the gulf of Finland, Estonia’s capital of Tallinn is best known for it’s ‘Old Town’, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. A couple of year’s ago I visited the Eastern European capital with zero expectations when it came to custom motorcycle workshops. However, after a chance encounter with a friendly…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Battery Powered Belgian – Sarolea Manx7

Battery Powered Belgian – Sarolea Manx7

In 1850 a Belgian weapons manufacturer by the name of Joseph Saroléa directed his attention toward motorcycle manufacturing. His company hand-built motorcycles that proved their ability by competing in arduous long distance, reliability and hill climb competitions. By the early 1920’s his sons had expanded the business and Saroléa Motorcycle’s future was…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Electrifying – Zero Emission Yamaha Fazer 600

Electrifying – Zero Emission Yamaha Fazer 600

While all of the major car manufacturers have adopted electric motors, motorcycle manufacturers seem to be dragging their heels. Despite there being a global push towards zero emission vehicles and racing events like the Isle of Mann TT offering classes especially for electric bikes (TT Zero), the transition to hybrid or 100%…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 100% Carbon – VanderHeide Gentleman’s Racer

100% Carbon – VanderHeide Gentleman’s Racer

Over the last decade the use of carbon fiber in automotive applications has become common place. From bodywork and chassis construction to protective racewear it has revolutionised the industry. Carbon fibers light weight and superior strength make it a great alternative to traditional alloys, but it comes at a cost. In fact…

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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 - How to kill a cat at Glemseck 101

How to kill a cat at Glemseck 101

There’s an intriguing rivalry about to take place at Glemseck 101 on September 6. Thanks to its success in previous years the Lucky Cat Garage​ Sprintbeemer has become the bike to beat during the events 1/8th mile sprint races. Séb Lorentz of Lucky Cat Garage has remained unbeaten since his bike first…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Plan B Buell Cherry Salt

Plan B Buell Cherry Salt

The 2015 Glemseck 101 is coming! As with previous years the event, which has been hailed as one of the biggest custom and classic motorcycle gatherings in Europe, is taking place on September 4th, 5th and 6th in Leonberg, Germany and it’s going to be huge. This years 1/8th mile ‘Sprint’ race…

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