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Honda CB550F

Posted on October 13, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 4 comments

This beautifully restored 1976 Honda CB550F Super Sport sat unfinished, perfectly stored in a garage for 12 years before Larry Pearson convinced the owner to part with it. The previous owner, a very talented machinist had already done some work on the vintage road racer. Like a perfect era-correct Kerker exhaust, laid down rear shocks and made almost all of the beautiful aluminum engine covers, the rear sets, the ventilated rear brake hub, the fork brace, clip-ons, muffler hanger and more. Then Larry built the tail section from scratch using the gas tank’s rear half as a mold (genius). He also made the seat, built all the mounts for the fairing and then painted it to his picture perfect standard. It appeared in Cycle World as the “American Flyer” (Aug. ’04) and more recently it took second place in it’s class at the ’08 Legend of the Motorcycle (1/2 point out of first place). We love this Honda CB Cafe Racer and we look forward to sharing Larry’s next project with you. [If you have a project for Larry contact us and we will give you his details]


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Monkee #3

Posted on October 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

A little while ago we showed you how the Wrench Monkees customized a Harley Davidson, now here’s how they transformed a Kawasaki Z1000 into a performance Cafe Racer. In my humble opinion the stock Kawasaki Z1000 isn’t the most attractive bike in the world but it does command respect. We love how WM have turned a Z1000 into a thing of beauty whilst keeping it’s performance heart and soul. A Z 1000 A engine, Wiseco piston kit, Wilbers rear shocks, Supertrapp muffler, and loads more WM goodies. For all the specs and more pics of this racer check the WM Gallery. [Photography by Ben Part]


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MC Collection

Posted on October 10, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

MC Collection is a museum in Stockholm Sweden showing an impressive collection of motorcycles from the 19th century until today. The exhibition represents the personal collections of Christer R Christensson and Ove Johansson. The theme for this year will be Harley-Davidson, possibly the best-known brand in the world of motorcycles. In the exhibition, they will present 20 amazing bikes from the most popular eras in HD’s history from the oldest example made in 1912 all the way to the latest model, a “V-rod” from 2008. One of our favourite bikes in the collection is this HD XR 1000 Racer by the guys at V-Twin Cycle Shop in NY (their website is still yet to launch). What a spectacular looking racer, would give my right hand to ride a few laps on that beast (might be hard with one hand though). If you do find yourself in downtown Stockholm then definitely check out this museum. To see more of the motorcycles in the MC Collection visit the gallery.


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Garage Company CB750

Posted on October 8, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. 1 Comment
Yoshi Kosaka is the 49-year-old founder of the Garage Company in Los Angeles which is widely regarded as one of the best classic bike shops in the country. The Garage Company not only sells motorcycles but also parts and service manuals, vintage decals and posters, history books and videos, helmets and goggles – anything and everything that caters to the classic bike aficionado. Yoshi owns about 150 motorcycles, just to name some of the bikes in his shop: Norton, Triumph, Ducati, MV Augusta, Harley-Davidson, BSA, Matchless… and Honda, like these magnificant CB750 Cafe Racers. Some of the specs include Yoshimura motor, ARD magneto, Kimtab magnesium wheels, A&H brakes, GP fork, Webber carburetors and painted by the legend SKRATCH. These bikes are for sale if you have some spare cash burning a hole in your pocket. For cost and more details visit their website.

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Moto Guzzi Classic Le Mans

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 4 comments

If you have a Moto Guzzi and live in Europe then you have probably heard of Dynotec in Germany. The word on the street is that these guys are the masters at Guzzi engine modifications and restorations. This high spec Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer is their latest project with Ohlins shocks, Excel Talon Supermoto Wheels and a beautiful electric blue powder coated frame. Would love to give you the full build specs but unfortunately I can’t read ze German… Scheisse! There is loads of great pics on their website showing the whole build process. [Found @ Racing Cafe]


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XRTT Cafe Racer

Posted on October 5, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments
This 1750cc XRTT Harley Davidson Cafe Racer was built by Bill Nigro from American Motorcycle Parts. Bill Nigro, owner of AMCP has a long history of building some very unique custom motorcycles. Specializing in American built choppers it’s refreshing to see him build a XRTT Cafe Racer. Judging by this powerful American cross British styled beast we hope he decides to build more. Check out the AMCP gallery to see more from this legend.

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2010 CB1100

Posted on October 4, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

Wasn’t long ago we were admiring the CB1100 concept and hoping that Honda wasn’t just prick teasing, but would actually start producing a modern retro styled CB. Well, they have finally confirmed production in 2010. No exact dates or pricing confirmed but we hope they price this bike competitively. If it is a success we would love to see Honda starts making many other retro styled bikes including a CB750. The red CB1100 pictured has been slightly customized with a cafe racer styled seat, fairing and black powder coated pipes. Just gives you a taste of what can be achieved. Can’t wait to see these bikes fully customized by the public. [Pic via Hell for Leather]


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The Pimp CB750

Posted on September 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Ian Halcott from Twinline Motorcycles in Seattle has always had a passion for Japanese motorcycles. This awesome CB750 was one of Ian’s first custom projects. He spent almost a year perfecting this bike. Here’s a taste of some of the work on this beautiful cafe racer. A genuine Yoshimura pipe, a glass airtech bimota style tank, the seat was fabbed out of 20 gage steel, they built a fresh motor, powder coated the frame gold, reservoir shocks and lots more. Check out his website to see more of Twinlines amazing creations. [Ian tells me that he’s going to update his website soon but keeps finding a wrench in his hand instead of the computer mouse.]


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CB1000 Cafe Racer

Posted on September 24, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 5 comments

We were sent this CB1000 by one of our readers, Nik from Moscow. He built a lot of the bike himself. Nik hand made the clip-ons, tach cover and even the exhaust cans with titan pipes from Japan. It also has Brembo calipers, TSS shocks and a radial front master cylinder from a GSX-R1000. Unlike the popular CB550 and CB750 you don’t see many CB1000’s done cafe racer style. It actually makes a mean looking modern cafe racer and we take our helmets off to you Nik. [Unfortunately Nik crashed this bike 2 weeks after completing it. We hope it wasn’t too bad mate].


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Suzuki GS1000S

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 8 comments

This 1979 Suzuki GS1000S sat in a backyard in Washington USA for six years until Larry Pearson got his greasy hands on it. Larry is no stranger to motorbikes. He has been custom painting and restoring bikes for years (having 8 amazing bikes in his possession). About 14 months ago he started his dream of turning this GS into a tribute to Wes Cooley’s Superbike. It all started with a beautiful original Yoshimura racing pipe. The engine only had 17K miles on it, and ran like new. He did a complete front end rebuild, all new seals, bearings. Same for the swing arm, and the entire brake system with the addition of stainless lines. Continental “Cont-Blyz” tires, ’80 Suzuki rotors, “83 Honda CB1100F rear shocks and front fender. Tarozzi rear sets. He cut two inches off a 1980 GS seat foam bottom, and had it professionally upholstered. He wanted to build this bike for 30 years after seeing Wes Cooley, Eddy Lawson, and Freddie Spencer race Superbikes. Well, we think it was worth waiting for and we take our helmets off to you mate. Larry is about to embark on restoring and painting bikes for a living, so if you want him to build you a masterpiece contact us and we will give you his email. (We will post some more of Larry’s creations in the following weeks).


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