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ICH BIN EIN BOXER. Moto Studio’s ‘Das Moto’ BMW R100RS Cafe Tracker

Posted on June 4, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Tracker. No Comments

After many years of doing mostly Moto Guzzi builds, America’s Bruce McQuiston has swapped his pasta for pork knuckle and taken a little trip to Munich. Here’s his new ‘Das Moto’ BMW R100RS cafe tracker…

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TOOL TIME. The ‘Project VNR’ Norton Commando Cafe Racer from Adam’s Custom Shop

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Sweden’s Adam Nestor is an old hand at this whole Pipeburn feature bike thing. His bikes have been featured by us since 2010, and he’s just dropped this remarkable new build in our laps. Here’s his new Norton Commando cafe racer he built for Swedish toolmaker Verktygsboden…

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WIFE NUMBER SEVEN. Duke Motorcycles’ ‘Mrs Duke’ ‘73 Honda CB500 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

There is nothing in the laws of physics that says leaving parts in a junkyard couldn’t result in the wind turning them into a custom bike; it’s just that the odds are infinitesimal. To make it a sure thing, you only need to park a Ducati Panigale next to a Honda CB500 in the Duke workshop…

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SPACE INVADER. BCR’s Svelte ‘Lane Splitter 54’ Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

For BCR Design’s Benjie Flipprboi, a traffic jammed pick-up truck gave him a little time to daydream about lane splitting. Specifically, he wondered what a bike designed to lane split might look like? Funnily enough, it would probably look a lot like this…

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BOX SET. Mike Dodd’s Spare Parts Suzuki DR650 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

It’s the unwritten rule of all sheds. For every few complete bikes you stash in them, you also should have one that’s been completely disassembled and stuffed into old cardboard boxes. Which is exactly how New Zealand mechanical engineer Mike Dodd first found this Suzuki DR650…

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NEW WAVE KNAVE. Oporto Motor Work’s Pristine ‘74 BMW R90S Restomod

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

When Portugal‘s Oporto Motor Works pulled the trigger on reviving their clapped-out ‘74 R90S in 2015, it was decided that a little bit of the 80s would be mixed in with the 70s original to create something that was as much Duran Duran as it was Porno Moustache. Meet project ‘Boxerlust’…

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ET TWO, BRUTE? Wrench Kings’ ‘Bertus and Brutus’ Yamaha XV1000 Cafe Racers

Posted on May 9, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Like dual solos on a double neck guitar or attempting to make out with the Polaski twins at once, building two custom bikes at once is fraught with double the danger, stress and potential disaster. Make a bad call and you’ve got twice the mess to clean up. But get it right, and ultimate street cred awaits…

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CUSTOM REVOLUTION: Paul d’Orléans’ Petersen Museum Moto Masterpiece

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Café Racer, Classic, Event. No Comments

We’d call Paul d’Orléans a Renaissance man, but 14th Century Italy wouldn’t have enough vintage motorcycles, loafers and Hawaiian shirts to keep him happy. Instead, we’ll just call him a modern day moto legend…

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IMPERIAL TRANSPORT. The ‘Rogue Shadow’ Yamaha XV750 from Cardsharper Customs

Posted on May 7, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Their latest client turned up with a barely rolling bike and an obsession with all things Star Wars. Just months later, Cardsharper sent him on his way with a stunning 1983 Yamaha Virago XV750 Cafe Fighter, the perfect for of Imperial transport, known as ‘Rogue Shadow’…

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FOUR POT SUPERSHOT. A Classic Honda CB550 Cafe Racer from Mellow Motorcycles

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

When Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles revealed their latest custom bike in January, the plan was to have it do the hard yards through Europe’s biggest bike events for the rest of the year. Sadly no one told the bike’s new Spanish owner, who purchased it 10 minutes after the show’s gates opened…

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