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Retro Special - The Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
Yamaha continues their push to dominate the retro-styled motorcycle category with their latest, limited edition Sport Heritage XSR900. Thanks to ties with Yamaha's MotoGP team they've collaborated with aftermarket performance experts Abarth to create the XS...
Cafe Racer, custom and classic motorcycles from around the globe. Featuring the world's top builders of custom motorcycles and Cafe Racers since 2006.
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Yamaha's are the best to ride in my opinion.
Love the Retro Special
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Gold Panther - Moto Motivo Honda CX500
Thanks to a huge increase in the popularity of the custom motorcycle scene many hobby builders have turned a passion for building bikes into a career. For Johann Keyser and his North Carolina-based Moto Motivo workshop, his transition into the world of cust...
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It's a beauty!
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Remodelling a Motard - Ducati 796 HyperCafe
This year marks the 10th birthday of Ducati's Hypermotard. Back in 2007, I was huddled around a computer screen with a bunch of workmates, jaws dropped to the floor as we watched Ruben Xaus drift the new 1100cc Hypermotard around a track. It was the ultimat...
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Gear Review - Velomacchi Speedway Backpack
Brace yourself - the Velomacchi Speedway costs $300USD. I thought I’d tell you that first, so I don’t get your hopes up. But despite the ambitious price tag, I loved the look of it so much I went and bought one, eating instant noodles for a month to ease th...
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2 Stroke Titan - Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer
Back in the late sixties when everyone was saying reliable, large capacity 2 strokes we implausible, Suzuki had an ace up their sleeve. The T500 Titan proved the naysayers wrong and was hailed for its reliability and bulletproof design. Unlike many of the o...
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Hoofing Bike - Cyclecraft Norton Commando
As it happens, the first motorcycle I ever went on as a kid was a Norton Commando 850 and since that day I have always had a special affinity for the legendary English motorcycle. Nowadays most of my riding buddies have Commandos (I’m not even joking, it’s ...
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Riding Gear - RSD Carson Jacket
Inspired by the fearless riders of the Motordromes in the early 1920's Roland Sands Designs have developed the Carson riding jacket. Although leather safety gear wasn't a luxury racers of the 1920s were fortunate to have, the Carson's timeless design and sa...
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Ride Review - Triumph Bonneville T100
Looking back over the past decade of publishing this website I can't think of a year that offered more exciting new motorcycles than 2016. It's clear that manufacturers have bought into the "new wave" of motorcycle customisation, recognising the attraction ...
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Start up cycle - Brogue CB750 Nighthawk
"Brogue Motorcycles LLC was an idea that evolved over a long period of time and actually stemmed from a serious eye injury at work." explains workshop founder  Mike Schartz.  "After multiple surgeries and some pretty tough times recovering, I decided I was ...
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Return of the King - Vintage Addiction Yamaha R1
I can clearly recall when Yamaha released their R1 back in 1998. Anyone who had a vague interest in motorcycles was talking about the bike and the number of curious tyre kickers walking into Yamaha dealerships increased by 1000%. The YZF R1 revolutionised s...
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The Queen B - Kawasaki KZ1000
In my hometown of Melbourne, we're lucky to have a great cafe racer community. Thanks to clubs like the "Melbourne Cafe Racers" there's always something going. It's also a great way to meet like-minded people who ride some pretty awesome motorcycles. Take f...
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True Potential - Ruffo Black Kawasaki KZ650
Today’s quick update has been a long time in the making. As we’ve seen here before the Kawasaki KZ650 has real potential. By the late 1970’s the DNA from Kawasaki’s all-conquering Z1 had trickled down to the KZ650, earning it a reputation for great handling...
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Introduction
Return of the Cafe Racers takes a look at the new breed of Cafe Racer motorcycles hitting the streets, the trends that influenced their creation and the future of Cafe Racer culture. It's a salute to the past and the present custom motorcycle scene and the people whose passion fuels it.
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