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Monkee Magic

Posted on July 6, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. No Comments

We are big fans of the Wrench Monkees from Denmark, Copenhagen. They have so many great bikes on their website but this Honda CB750 is one of our favourites. They mix up their project bikes from the classic SR500 and XS650 through to some less obvious rides like the z750B and Z1000A. Whatever the model they are turning them all into unique custom bikes that we really dig.


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Kawasaki KZ400

Posted on June 24, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

This is a bike that doesn’t get much airplay anymore. Apart from the legendary KZ400.com (appropriate name). Originally run by Odd Ivar Bekkelund, who was obsessed with the KZ400. Unfortunatley he passed away last year (2008) and his son has left all his Dads posts and hard work up in memory of his Dad. The “original” Kawasaki KZ400 was a 398cc twin cylinder produced from 1974-1984. These motorcycles were marketed as fuel efficient transportation back in the 70’s. So you could say they were like the Prius of the bike world. It doesn’t make a bad Cafe racer either.


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The Norvin

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

The Norvin is a very beautiful bike. It’s essentially a Vincent engine mounted in a Norton frame and has been made since the 1950’s. It is such an impressive looking 1000cc engine but does come with a downside. This downside is the weight of the Vincent engine which obviously effects the handling of the bike. Whatever the case it’s still a classic motorcycle that has made it’s place in cafe racer history.  Hailwood Motorcycle Restorations in the U.K still builds brand-new 1000cc to 1200cc Vincent motors to modern specs if you are in that part of the world.


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Deus W650 Bobber

Posted on June 22, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Café Racer. 2 comments

I just love this Deus W650 Swing Bobber. It puts the schwing back in swing bobber. If i took it to a swinger party I could not throw the keys in the hat, even if another hottie was ready for a kick start. No, not even some slutty, sexy, eurotrash Triumph kneel and bobber that was begging for a ride.


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Thrilla in Manila

Posted on June 18, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 3 comments

One of our readers from Manila sent me some pics of his local cafe racer scene. It’s always good to see how they roll in different countries. Thats his GB500 with the original tank re-chromed and a custom seat from the boys at Benjes. The real surprise is the bike the dude is sitting on is an old police CB77 mainly made from salvage yards around Manila. [Thanks Dante and Noli for the pics.]


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VD Classic

Posted on June 14, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

The French are famous for many beautiful things. Like french fries, french models and now custom SR500’s. We love VD Classic and love the bikes they make. Especially their take on the Japanese classic SR500. We are big fans of the SR500 and even bigger fans of Cafe Racers. So to see VD using a lot of chrome and clip-ons is always a good thing. Also love the simplicity of their sr500 street tracker.


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Fast food

Posted on June 6, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

This photo hypnotized me when i first saw it. Its the coolest ad for Coco pops I have ever seen. Packed full of 100% cafe racer goodness. Shot by Ben Part at Part B, his moto photography gallery is truly inspiring. He shot that timeless advertising campaign for Davida. Found this gem on the one and only Arsehole customs.


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Vicious Cycle

Posted on June 5, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

Vicious Cycle is a custom shop in Portland, Oregon renound for producing performance CB160 and Cb170 cafe racers with attitude. Love the simplicity of their bikes, stripped down in true cafe racer style. They look like they’d be loads of fun around the race track.


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MV Agusta

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

MV Agusta are an old italian company that started life as an aviation company. After the Second world war they started making scooters for the demand for cheap transport. Their first prototype was ironically called ‘Vespa 98’ which they later learned was already registered by Piaggio.

They started making cafe racers in the 1950’s and 60’s. Then stopped making bikes altogether in the 80’s. The name has been sold and traded over the years and is now owned by Harley Davidson. Will be interesting to see where Harley take the company. Lets hope they keep the classic Italian soul.


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2009 Norton Commando

Posted on May 30, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

The new Commando looks amazing. Made from the best parts money can buy. Brembo brakes, ohlins suspension and lightweight carbon fibre wheels. Watch Motorcyclenews take it for a test drive.


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