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POM STAR. A Unique Triumph Bonneville Cafe Mashup by Kerkus

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 27 comments

There are plenty of interesting brand combinations in the world of motorcycles. You’ve got the classic Tritons, Tribsas and Norvins. Then there’s JAPS and Broughs. Hell, BMW and Peugeot even teamed up at one point. But I’m pretty confident when I say that we’ve never, ever featured a bike…

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LOW BLOW. FMW Motorcycle’s ‘Hurakàn’ Harley Cafe Racer

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 20 comments

The Italians sure do have a way with words – especially when it comes to naming fast machines. For their bikes, there’s the ‘Brutale’, the ‘Pantah’ and the ‘Devil Lusso’ to name but a few. Look further a field and you’ll find cars named the ‘Diablo’, the ‘Murcielago’ and even the ‘Millechili’…

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SECA AND YOU SHALL FIND. A Yamaha XJ600 Racer by Foundry Motorcycles

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 24 comments

There’s a whole lot of customs out there that fly pretty close to the definition of cheating. You can do up a SR500 to look like an old school cafe racer easily enough and bikes like the W650 come as a pre-packaged halfway point to a great looking custom…

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BAT INTO HELL. Macco’s ‘Dark Angel’ Yamaha XJR1300

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 21 comments

If you’ve ever ridden any of the larger capacity UJMs, you’ll know that a lack of caution when applying the throttle can be a biblical experience, metaphorically or otherwise. With sub three second 0-100 times for most of these colossally-motored motos…

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FASTER DAUGHTERS. Tattoo Custom’s ’74 Honda CB360 Brat Cafe

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 24 comments

When it comes to a custom builder’s inspiration, we thought we’d seen it all. Bikes inspired by Japanese swords, lightspeed spaceships and sociopath hit men? Been there, done that; as with most truly creative pursuits, inspiration can come from almost anywhere…

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PRECIOUS MENTAL. The “Goldenrod” Honda CB750 from Steel Bent Customs

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 30 comments

In the 2017 world of custom bikes there is an enormous number of styles of motorcycles being built with new names like Neo Racer and Cafe Fighter emerging over time. But for all of the custom builders around the world there are a handful who simply create, the style takes care of itself…

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A FLYING START. Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues’ Honda Gold Wing Cafe Bobber

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat, Café Racer. 23 comments

Here’s a fun fact. Shoichiro Irimajiri, the Honda engineer who designed the first generation Honda Gold Wing engine, had spent the previous 10 years making Grand Prix engines. His initial concept for the Gold Wing was a 1500cc flat six engine that put out 80bhp and propelled the test bike to well in excess of 140mph…

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BLACK HOLE FUN. Mike Andrew’s Wicked Honda CB1300 Muscle Racer

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer, Other. 36 comments

Motorcycles are more than just moving pieces of metal or basic transportation, for those of us who truly love the two-wheeled world, each bike becomes a chapter in our life’s tale. And so it goes that from the land of the long white cloud one man experienced the best and worst of life as he built his dream machine. The result is this low and lean beast that started life as a 1997 CB1300 X4.

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GROUP THUG. Mike Thalmann’s Team-Built Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

Posted on November 6, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 16 comments

Pipeburn is full of stories concerning engineering genii who make us all look like drunken monkeys when it comes to customising a bike. Guilty as charged. But for the most part, it’s average Joes and Joannes who build bikes. The trick is knowing when to bring in the big guns. Clearly not one to do things by half measures, Switzerland’s Michael Thalmann pulled the pin on European custom’s equivalent of a nuclear weapon to help him out and the end result is a Ducati Monster cafe racer that’s blowing our minds.

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AIR-COOLED AIRLINES. KickMoto’s Flying Suzuki GS1150 Neo-Racer

Posted on November 4, 2017 by Andrew in Café Racer. 39 comments

More than a decade ago I watched a team rebuild a 1000+hp Subaru engine in just over 20 mins with the lead mechanic screaming, “just slap it together!” On the very next run it broke its class world record; incredible to observe but not the attitude I hoped the Qantas engineers would adopt for the aircraft flying me home. So when a client with a background in aviation engineering approached KickMoto in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they decided to adopt that meticulous aircraft attitude for the build. The result is KM006 an incredible 1985 Suzuki GS1150 Neo-Racer.

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