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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 - Building a Café Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Shakedown

Building a Café Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Shakedown

In this third and final instalment on Blacktrack Motors BT02 Triumph ‘Thruxman’, we learn about the final build stage. Sacha Lakic explains the rebuild process and the all-important safety shakedown. Sacha also shares some insights into the direction he is heading with his Blacktrack brand and what we can expect to see from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 3×3 – Competizione Triumph Speed Triple

3×3 – Competizione Triumph Speed Triple

In 1992 Ducati’s Monster redefined the naked motorcycle category. Then in 1994 Triumph took things a step further. Their Speed Triple used a revolutionary design that motorcycling press quickly labelled as the ultimate hooligan bike. Prior to its creation, the only bikes bearing the same mix of styling and performance were those…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building A Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Build

Building A Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Build

In part 2 of our ‘Building a Cafe Racer’ series with Blacktrack motorcycles, we discuss the build of their Norton Manx inspired BT02 Thruxman. With a design concept set in stone Sacha Lakic and his team begin translating the design into functional components to fit to their Triumph Thruxton R donor bike. Here…

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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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