Suzuki Cafe Racers

Although Suzuki Motorcycles was a relative latecomer to the scene (1955), historic racing wins during the sixties and the decades that followed have established them as a global brand. Iconic models like the futuristic looking Katana and the groundbreaking GSX-R750 shook the motorcycling world during the 1980s. Then in 1999, they set a new standard in speed with the release of the 300kmh+ Suzuki Hayabusa.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Pro Street 1135R – VSB Moto Suzuki Katana

Pro Street 1135R – VSB Moto Suzuki Katana

Few motorcycles have stirred emotions and polarised opinions like the Suzuki Katana. A true product of its era the Katana was released in 1981 with the kind of futuristic styling synonymous with 80s sci-fi movies. It was the product of German design firm Target Design which was formed by 3 former BMW…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Iron Horse GSXR750 – Bandisca Motorcycles Suzuki SV650

Iron Horse GSXR750 – Bandisca Motorcycles Suzuki SV650

Suzuki’s SV650 offers riders a cheap entry point into the mid-sized sportbike category. That doesn’t make the twin-cylinder UJM sound all that exciting, and to be honest, it isn’t. That comment is probably going to get me in a bit of strife with SV650 fans, but it’s the truth – deal with…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Firing on all Synapses – A Lightweight Custom GSXR 750

Firing on all Synapses – A Lightweight Custom GSXR 750

My name is Bill Layer and I’m a recently retired mechanical engineer. I’ve had almost 40 years experience designing machinery with the last 33 spent in the semiconductor industry. As a lifelong motorcyclist, I’ve enjoyed owning many different bikes over my 69 years, but have most enjoyed building and riding high-performance bikes…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Freewind Racer – Cafeina Suzuki XF650

Freewind Racer – Cafeina Suzuki XF650

This year is gearing up to be the year of cafe racer kits. We’ve already published a feature documenting a stunning new Yamaha Fazer kit from the UK and an equally impressive set up for the Royal Enfield 650 twin platform out of India. Today we have a kit from the Portuguese…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Boy’s Rare Racer – Suzuki Egli GT750

Boy’s Rare Racer – Suzuki Egli GT750

The Suzuki GT750 dished out white knuckles, wide eyes and closed casket funerals when it was released in 1971. Blessed with exceptional power delivery and cursed by poor handling, noted chassis guru Fritz Egli built three experimental frames in the ’70s to try and tame the beast. Only one survived. Or so…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stylish Suzuki – Mounsiff Yettefti’s GSX400

Stylish Suzuki – Mounsiff Yettefti’s GSX400

Mounssif Yettefti resides in the Netherlands capital of Amsterdam. Despite Amsterdam’s streets being some of Europe’s most colourful, he stands out from the crowds. He is a self-confessed fashion addict whose dapper look has earned him a presenter role on a lifestyle magazine channel. The 31-year old’s appearance is best described as…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Buy It Now – Icon 1000 Major Tom GSXR750

Buy It Now – Icon 1000 Major Tom GSXR750

I’m a big fan of Icon 1000 riding gear. It looks great, is well priced and does exactly what it promises, but that’s not why I fell in love with the brand. The crew behind Icon 1000 build their own bikes and have a dedicated workshop at Icon HQ in Portland, Oregon.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Lucky Legend – IDM Suzuki Bandit

Lucky Legend – IDM Suzuki Bandit

Italian Dream Motorcycles are a patriotic lot who have a plan for many of the bikes they’ll be building in the future. For the next six years, they’re going to dedicate one bespoke motorcycle to each of the six Italians who have won GP championships. The first is this – a Suzuki…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dream Rubber – Retro Suzuki GSXR750

Dream Rubber – Retro Suzuki GSXR750

Back in 2014, I flew to Indonesia to attend my first Kustomfest show. I was unsure exactly what to expect from the local bike builders. My only experience with Indonesia prior to that was limited to lazing on the beaches of Bali, and the only bikes I’d seen were beaten up scooters…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Simply Stunning – NitroCycles Suzuki GS850

Simply Stunning – NitroCycles Suzuki GS850

“Make it simple”. With those few words, the owner described to me what he was after. I insisted we sat together a while longer so I could coerce a few more fragments of information out of him. As I dug deeper I deducted that what he really wanted was a bike built…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Repli Racer – Spencer Motoworks Suzuki T500

Repli Racer – Spencer Motoworks Suzuki T500

If Ralph Spencer’s Suzuki T500 could talk it would have some epic tales to tell. From its life before Ralph when it was run into the ground and left for dead in an old barn, to its days as an AHRMA Formula 500 racer and finally how it returned to the road…

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