Triumph Motorcycles

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. Whilst Triumph never struggled to produce beautiful and successful motorcycles, the company struggled to stay afloat and went through a series of splits, sell-offs, and separations. Despite British government intervention the company finally went into receivership… only to then re-emerge in the hands of a former plasterer determined to keep the brand alive. Triumph has gone on to become one of the most popular motorcycle brands across the globe and is arguably the leader in the “everything old is new again” retro bike wave.

Return of the Cafe Racers - Smoked MT777 – Triumph Daytona 675

Smoked MT777 – Triumph Daytona 675

En route to the tropical paradise that is Bali, the average Joe would be looking forward to lazing on the beach, drinking cheap cocktails and buying bargain-priced fashion rip-offs. For yours truly though the best that Bali has to offer is its awesome custom motorcycle workshops. Sure you could just make a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building a Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 design

Building a Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 design

It’s fair to say that a hell of a lot of work goes into the custom motorcycles I feature. So much in fact that it can’t all be covered in a single story. From sourcing the donor bike to designing and fabricating individual parts and right through to the final test ride,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triple Shot – Bad Ass Triumph Speed Triple

Triple Shot – Bad Ass Triumph Speed Triple

From street fighter to café racer. This Triumph Speed Triple is barely recognizable beneath its new, retro exterior. This wild transformation is the work of French motorcycle enthusiast and custom builder, Jean-Francois Thomas. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the 48 year old left his nine to five to refocus his life’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Titan – Tamarit Thruxton 900

The Titan – Tamarit Thruxton 900

Turning your passion into a successful business venture is a dream that many of us share. It’s no mean feat, but if what you do strikes a chord with other enthusiasts your life can take a whole new direction. This is the story of Spanish workshop Tamarit Motorcycles success. After the companies founder, a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Reborn Bonnie – Gasoline Motor Co Triumph Blak

Reborn Bonnie – Gasoline Motor Co Triumph Blak

The fear associated with crashing a motorcycle is two-fold. From an outsiders view it is the rider who they fear for the most, for the rider it’s his beloved motorcycle. It defies logic but as you pick yourself up off the road before you’ve even assessed the damage to your own body…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Mongrel – Our Custom Triumph T120 Bonneville

The Mongrel – Our Custom Triumph T120 Bonneville

One of the perks of running a custom motorcycle website like ‘Return of the Café Racers’ is being invited to special events in the motorcycle industry. Back in 2016, I had the privilege of flying to London to attend the official launch of the new Triumph Bonneville range. It had been 15…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - New Order – Custom Triumph Speed Triple

New Order – Custom Triumph Speed Triple

“The integration of post-punk, electronic and dance music made New Order one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s, but that brilliance came out of tragedy. The members were originally part of the band Joy Division until the lead singer Ian Curtis tragically committed suicide. I was always…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bonneville Test Bed –  Baptism Moto Triumph

Bonneville Test Bed – Baptism Moto Triumph

In 2011, I moved to Pensacola Beach from Miami. I also decided that I wanted to learn how to ride motorcycles since it’s a great and somewhat safe area to ride around. It wasn’t long before I got my license and started riding with my father-in-law using his Honda CBR250 until I…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bullet Time – Alo’s Cafe Thruxton R

Bullet Time – Alo’s Cafe Thruxton R

There’s no denying Triumph’s Thruxton R is a great looking bit of kit. The Hinkley team created a new version of their top of the range Modern Classic that exceeded pretty much everyone’s expectations. Their designers took cues from classic race bikes of the 50s and 60s and blended them with the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Café Contenders – 2001 to 2016 Triumph Bonneville range

Café Contenders – 2001 to 2016 Triumph Bonneville range

For years the de facto choice when building a cafe racer was the air-cooled, 865cc Triumph Bonneville. With very few changes it dominated the retro market for a generation – from its Hinkley manufactured beginnings in 2001 to its final EFI form rolled out of Thailand fifteen years later. And that’s because…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when building your own Cafe Racer, or any style of custom motorcycle for that matter is selecting a donor bike. Some time ago I published a story on this same topic that covered older motorcycles . Today I thought I’d take a look at some modern alternatives…

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