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Triumph Cafe Racers

The origins of this famous British motorcycle marque go back to 1884, well before the first actual Triumph motorcycle appeared in 1902. By the 1920’s Triumph was building 30,000 cars and motorcycles a year. During the 50s many cafe racers were powered by Triumph engines due to their ability to reach the revered 'ton' or 100 miles per hour. Triumph is arguably one of the most popular motorcycle brands in the world and is arguably the leader in the “everything old is new again” retro bike wave.

Return of the Cafe Racers - Michael Bolt-on – MCM custom Triumph T100

Michael Bolt-on – MCM custom Triumph T100

When I’m not obsessing over motorcycles or writing features like this I like to watch people building things on Youtube. This includes cars which lead to me following MOOG and Marty, 2 Aussie automotive enthusiasts who run a channel called ‘Mighty Car Mods’. On their often amusing channel, they usually work on…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hammer Kraftrad Triumph Rocket 3

Hammer Kraftrad Triumph Rocket 3

Michael Hammer’s workshop, Hammer Kraftrad, is located in the northern reaches of Bavaria. So it’s no surprise he loves his BMW’s. Michael knows more about German K’s than a Berlin raver and has more experience with horizontal twins than a 70’s rock star. But this time around he’s turned his talents to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Tasteful Triton – Berrybads’ Norton featherbed

Tasteful Triton – Berrybads’ Norton featherbed

The Japanese custom automotive scene is bursting with unbound creativity and world-class craftsmanship. So for a photographer whose passion lies in custom automotive its a bucket list destination. This feature comes to us directly from Japan thanks to two such photographers. Christine Gabler and Marc Holstein travelled to the land of the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - SUNDAY SCREENING – ESCAPE THE CITY LIMITS

SUNDAY SCREENING – ESCAPE THE CITY LIMITS

This week’s Sunday Screening was produced by French moto-apparel brand Age of Glory. ‘Escape the City Limits’ celebrates the companies ethos that is rooted in vintage motorcycles and motorcycling. The film features 2 very desirable classic bikes being enjoyed in the French countryside. A Triumph Rickman Metisse and classic Husquvarna 250 similar…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Winter Blues – CROIG Triumph Ice Racer

Winter Blues – CROIG Triumph Ice Racer

With over a million Instagram followers ‘Cafe Racers of Instagram’ (aka CROIG) have one of the world’s biggest social motorcycle followings. It’s a huge achievement and one that comes with a few rewards. Back in 2018, they teamed up with Triumph Motorcycles for the build of CROIG 003, a tightly customised Street…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Made in Metal Top Shelf Triton

Made in Metal Top Shelf Triton

Take the most powerful engine in the Triumph modern classic range and shoehorn it into one of the most revered frames in the history of motorcycling. What do you get? A modern-day Triton cafe racer. An absolute masterpiece that could quite well be the ultimate cafe racer. Lo and behold this happens…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - In Full Flight – TCD Thruxton 900

In Full Flight – TCD Thruxton 900

Russia’s not just the home of borscht, vodka and Oscarworthy dashcam footage. In recent years there’s been some stellar motorcycle builds coming out of the motherland. And one of our favourites has been by Moscow’s TCD – this low-slung, jet-inspired Triumph Thruxton 900 that makes our hearts soar. TCD, which stands for…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Triumph Speed Twin

Ride Review – Triumph Speed Twin

O, to be a motorcycle journalist in the 1970s. When men were hairy, and bikes were lairy. With their barely-there brakes, explosive power bands and ‘let’s hope this works’ engineering, bikes back then were about as hard to review as cold beer is to drink. If they didn’t break your bones or…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Coffee Racer  – PBM Triumph Scrambler

Coffee Racer – PBM Triumph Scrambler

Ask anyone who’s ever tried. Running a successful custom motorcycle shop is no easy feat. Now imagine only having 2 days a week to devote to it. Tom at Purpose Built Moto has built up quite a name for his small Gold Coast garage, and he did it all while working a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Limited Edition – Unikat Triumph T100

Limited Edition – Unikat Triumph T100

For custom motorcycle builders making ends meet is a tough gig. Sometimes it takes more than just waiting for customers to come walking through the door. Poland’s Unikat Motorworks have set out to solve the problem by developing an off-the-shelf custom solution for new Triumph Bonneville T100 customers. Working closely with Triumph…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Six Fifty Stile – Triton Cafe Racer

Six Fifty Stile – Triton Cafe Racer

There are plenty of custom motorcycles born of mixed parentage. Some should never have been conceived and yet others like the Triton cafe racer were a match made in two-wheeled heaven. Take one of the best frames of the 1960s, a Norton Featherbed, and marry it to one of the fastest engines…

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