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Return of the Cafe Racers - Retro Rehash – The 2020 Honda CB-F concept

Retro Rehash – The 2020 Honda CB-F concept

Many of 2020s most significant motorcycle shows have been cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Amongst them was the 47th edition of Japan’s seminal Tokyo Motorcycle Show. This left many manufacturers with no option than to be creative with their 2021 model releases. To reveal their upcoming range Honda produced an…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ready to Shred – RSD MV Agusta Dragster

Ready to Shred – RSD MV Agusta Dragster

It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a cafe racer roll out of the RSD workshop. But rest assured they haven’t lost their knack for nailing the cafe style and performance formula. Based on a 2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800RR, the more aggressive version of the Brutale, this project saw Roland…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Hyper Cafe – Cowboy’s Chopper Hypermotard

The Hyper Cafe – Cowboy’s Chopper Hypermotard

Despite his Taiwanese workshops rather specific name, Alex Gao’s ‘Cowboy’s Chopper’ builds all manner of custom motorcycles. One thing that is consistent across his portfolio, however, is his tendency to think outside of the box. Cafe racers are a common addition to the lineup and his latest build is one of our…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Icon Pursuit Gloves Series

Icon Pursuit Gloves Series

It’s a rare thing when your first purchase for a new hobby or past time turns out to be one of the best you’ll ever make. This was my experience when I bought my first pair of motorcycle gloves some 15 years ago. Despite not being the most feature-packed and certainly not…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Pro Street 1135R – VSB Moto Suzuki Katana

Pro Street 1135R – VSB Moto Suzuki Katana

Few motorcycles have stirred emotions and polarised opinions like the Suzuki Katana. A true product of its era the Katana was released in 1981 with the kind of futuristic styling synonymous with 80s sci-fi movies. It was the product of German design firm Target Design which was formed by 3 former BMW…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Flight Ready – Kraftrad Noeda BMW K100 RS

Flight Ready – Kraftrad Noeda BMW K100 RS

When it comes to customising older BMW motorcycles the R series airheads are the most popular weapon of choice. Fuss-free naked styling, an accomodating chassis and the iconic boxer engine configuration are all part of the appeal. But popularity has its drawbacks. R series bikes are getting harder to source and more…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Merlin Trance Leather Jacket

Merlin Trance Leather Jacket

A classic silhouette, everyday versatility and modern safety. The Merlin Trance Jacket fuses 3 styles into one to create a CE Level AA approved motorcycle jacket. Merlin has created the Trance jacket by blending the safety of a traditional leather motorcycle jacket with the streetwear style of a Bomber jacket and the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stile Italiano Laverda 750SF

Stile Italiano Laverda 750SF

We rank Stile Italiano as one of our favourite custom builders in the world. Everything they do pulls at our heartstrings from their signature black/gold/silver colour schemes to the incredible alloy bodywork they painstakingly shape by hand. But most of all it’s their propensity to build cafe racer styled rides and the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dave Woll and the Pigeon Whole Podcast

Dave Woll and the Pigeon Whole Podcast

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by David Woll for his candid interview series the Pigeon Whole Podcast. As per his Podcast’s manifesto, David interviews people from around the world who are involved in the custom motorcycle scene “digging into the tales beyond the bikes”. His interviews cover everything from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Icon 1000 Brigand Boots

Icon 1000 Brigand Boots

Riding gear brand Icon are, without a doubt, experts at what they do. Their motorcycle apparel has proven its ability to protect riders for years. It’s also some of the slickest, most uniquely styled gear on the market. Icon’s roots are in sports bike, stunting and hooligan styled gear, but the Icon…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Jerolamo SR – Mr Martini Street Triple R

Jerolamo SR – Mr Martini Street Triple R

Building a short series of custom motorcycles is a great way for a workshop to be financially viable. In most cases, this means taking a specific make and model of motorcycle and creating a group of identical machines to be sold as a limited edition. But for Italian builder Nicola Martini, aka…

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