Workshop Series

Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – How to polish aluminum parts

Workshop Series – How to polish aluminum parts

So, you rode your pride and joy to the last bike night of the summer, and after several enthusiasts mentioned your dilapidated side covers, you rode home without either intact. First, you deny it. It’s called a patina, you say. But then you reluctantly agree that years of oxidation really isn’t doing…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Locate a builder – Custom Workshop Map

Locate a builder – Custom Workshop Map

Over the years I’ve featured thousands of custom motorcycles built by talented folks from all over the world. Some have been built by dedicated enthusiasts at home, but most were built by professional workshops. The reason for this is obvious. Not everyone has the skill or the time it takes to build…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Learn how to build a Cafe Racer

Learn how to build a Cafe Racer

There are plenty of arguments for why you should build a cafe racer of your own rather than have it built by a professional workshop. The biggest reason is, of course, the cost. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of reasons why people don’t do it themselves. Lacking the skill to do it…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop series – DIY motorcycle stand

Workshop series – DIY motorcycle stand

Anyone who works on motorcycles knows the importance of a good stand. Raising your motorcycle up off the floor gives you easy access to hard to reach places along with making the whole process much easier on your body. Small lifts and race stands do a great job, but if you’re looking…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 5 motorcycle wiring mistakes (and how to avoid them)

5 motorcycle wiring mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Tom John, the man behind Purpose Built Moto, has 13 years of electrical contracting work up his sleeves. This is evidenced by the bulletproof electrical systems he installs on his own custom bike builds. As part of my ongoing ‘Building a Cafe Racer’ series, I invited Tom to contribute a story about…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Kits

Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Kits

Our workshop series continues this week with an interview from ‘Cafe Racer Kits’ in the United Kingdom. Ian Saxcoburg is a mechanical draughtsman who ran his own engineering businesses prior to starting the Cafe Racer Kits business. Along with his wife Tracey, they produce a range of cafe styled “kit bikes”. The…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Rear Set Install

Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Rear Set Install

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days with Matt at his Krank Engineering workshop. Matt had agreed to help me fit a set of “universal” Tarozzi rearset footpegs. This was a stage of my cafe racer build that I’ve been meaning to do for years so it was a…

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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 - Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Fairing Install

Workshop Series – Cafe Racer Fairing Install

When I set out to build my first cafe racer 12 years ago I had always planned for it to be naked. In my eyes, this was the traditional cafe setup and my goal was to create a bike that would look right at home outside the Ace Cafe in the 1950s.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – The Making of Nexx Helmets

Workshop Series – The Making of Nexx Helmets

I don’t know about you, but I often wonder how brands approach designing and manufacturing protective motorcycle apparel. It’s one thing to make a good looking garment, but to make something that can protect its wearer in an accident is something totally different. Of all the gear we wear it’s our helmets…

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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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