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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 - Zero – Officine GP Design GSX-S750

Zero – Officine GP Design GSX-S750

While the major motorcycle manufacturers are unveiling their new models at the EICMA show in Milan there are a handful of custom builders amongst them who are looking to steal some of the limelight. One such builder, who has just revealed his latest creation, is Luca Pozzato the man behind Italy’s Officine…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Grey Flash – XTR Pepo Suzuki Bandit

Grey Flash – XTR Pepo Suzuki Bandit

What’s in a name? Traditionally names given to motorcycles by their manufacturers reflect a bike’s character, but Suzuki’s aggressively named Bandit missed the mark. Sure it sold well, but its performance was tuned for everyday rideability rather than unlawful behavior. The inappropriateness of the Bandit’s name was also evident in its staid…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Golden Touch – John Player Suzuki GS750

Golden Touch – John Player Suzuki GS750

In the world of Formula 1 racing, no one has ever looked as stylish on the track as the 1970’s Lotus John Player Special team. A liberal coat of black paint and gold JPS livery went together to create a look as iconic in racing as Nike’s swoosh is to sneakers. In…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Sharp Lines – Sp9ine Suzuki Katana

Sharp Lines – Sp9ine Suzuki Katana

As promised here’s a follow up to our recent feature from Sydney’s Sp9ine workshop. While Edi was slaving away on his CB900 cafe racer build this motorcycle was patiently awaiting its turn. Purchased on a whim after seeing it for sale on a street verge, the motorcycle started out its life as…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Wife’s New Wheels – ORIGIN8OR GSX1100R

Wife’s New Wheels – ORIGIN8OR GSX1100R

I really wanted my wife to have a motorcycle to ride instead of always sharing whatever bike was ready at the time. Her birthday was coming up so I began searching for a birthday surprise project to build over the winter. Typically I don’t search for a specific bike, rather just a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Rickman Racer – Suzuki GS550

Rickman Racer – Suzuki GS550

After watching more motorcycle building TV shows than I should admit to and a late-night conversation with my wife, we realised how difficult it was finding good quality seats. I’d done all the manufacturing before and had the knowledge to design them so it was just a case of putting that into…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cosimo Comeback – Suzuki Inazuma cafe racer

Cosimo Comeback – Suzuki Inazuma cafe racer

It’s been a few years since I’ve heard from Cosimo at GiaMi Motorcycles in Italy. After being involved in a serious motorcycle accident on his Kawasaki ER6N cafe racer in 2013, he began a difficult healing process and his time in the workshop was reduced to a minimum. It was a long…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 2 Stroke Titan – Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer

2 Stroke Titan – Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer

Back in the late sixties when everyone was saying reliable, large capacity 2 strokes we implausible, Suzuki had an ace up their sleeve. The T500 Titan proved the naysayers wrong and was hailed for its reliability and bulletproof design. Unlike many of the overzealous, smaller capacity 2 strokes from other manufacturers, the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - First Round – Foundry MC Suzuki GSXR

First Round – Foundry MC Suzuki GSXR

“I’m 54 years old, nearly 55. My history with motorcycles began a long time ago, at age 16. I had no parental influence, none of my relatives or friends had bikes, nor any relationship with them. I was a motorcycle dreamer. I bought my first secondhand commuter without realising what was about to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

With 30 years of custom motorcycle building under his belt, Wolfgang Batz isn’t about to be influenced by other people’s ideals. As a graphic and industrial designer, he’s developed his own aesthetic and has the skills to conceptualize and fabricate his own components. His latest work is by no means your average, run of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Inline Raw – Zet73 Suzuki GSXR400

Inline Raw – Zet73 Suzuki GSXR400

Today’s bike is the masterful handiwork of brothers Maxim and Ivan Dozhdev of St. Petersburg’s ‘Steel Art’ workshop. Dubbed the ‘Zet73’, this sleek alloy machine started life as a 1994 Suzuki GSX-R400 before the brothers poured countless hours into the project over nearly two years.

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