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Trident Cafe Racer

Posted on December 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 4 comments

First spotted this amazing Triumph Trident Cafe Racer on the Bikebolt picture site, then traced it back to wedding and motocross (unusual mix) photographer Chad DeRosa who has taken some killer pics of this super clean cafe racer. The pipes and tank are worthy of a modern art exhibition. Speaking of which, there is a thorough thread by the owner on the Jockey Journal with many detailed pics of the build, starting with those eye catching pipes. Although the best piece of ingenuity must be the rear tail cone, which was made out of a 1928 Model T Headlight bucket – Macgyver would be very proud. Built from the ground up by Carl Bjorklund, Mark Bjorkland and Young Pon, I have a feeling we are going to see a lot more from this beautiful bespoke motorcycle and it’s talented builders. Also check out the making … Read More »


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Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

Posted on December 13, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

Found this Honda CL350 cafe racer on the unusually named motorcycle blog watermelon18. Kenny, the owner of this motorcycle and blog is no professional bike builder, “just a guy who’s always liked the old style racers and decided to try and make his own”. We think he has done a sensational job.


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Triumph Thruxton SE

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

This is the delicious new 2010 Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer Special Edition. Expected to be released in July 2010, it’s essentially the same Thruxton just with a striking red, white and black retro paint job. The other new feature is the cafe racer style headlight cowl. We really dig the red powder coated frame and red stripe that runs down the tank and cowl. The Special Edition Thruxton will have the same 865cc air-cooled, twin cylinder that makes a pretty solid 69hp and 51lb ft of torque. They haven’t announced how much this bike will cost, no doubt Triumph will charge a premium for the privilege.


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Harley XLCR Cafe Racer

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

Webb’s have announced another auction of Important and Vintage Motorcycles. One of the bikes included in the auction is this beautiful Harley XLCR, America’s first attempt at a Cafe Racer. We take our hat off to Willie G. Davidson, the grandson of Mr Davidson who had the balls to start manufacturing this bike which was so different to what Harley was making at the time. We have to agree with Webb’s when they say ‘The all-black steel tank and fiberglass tail piece coupled with the unique black Siamese exhausts made the XLCR arguably the most attractive bike of its era’. With only a few thousand of these made over a 3 year period this XLCR should go for a handsome price. The auction is being held on November 25 at Deus in Auckland but overseas phone bidders are welcome. Hit … Read More »


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Aprilia Cafe Racer

Posted on November 21, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

This Super Cafe Racer is one of the most unique and spectacular builds we have seen in a while. It is named ‘Taimoshan’ which is the highest mountain in Hong Kong and building this bike was no small feat. You see, it’s been built around the classic Norton featherbed frame using a 2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 engine. Given the fact that the featherbed frame is over 50 years old there was a lot of thought put into strengthening the frame and working out how to hide all the technology within it. We think the owner/builder (a fellow Aussie) who goes by the name ‘Norzilla’ on the Aprillia Forum has done an exceptional job combining old school cafe racer style with all the modern features of todays bikes. We love the handmade aluminium Manx tank and the custom cafe seat (although unfinished … Read More »


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Deus Sportster Nightster

Posted on October 29, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Café Racer. 5 comments

We received some pics from Deus today of this nasty looking 2008 Sportster Nightster. This bike truly deserves the words ‘Deus Special’ painted on its tank. Some of the work done includes changing both F&R rims to alloy (front is 19″ dia and the rear is now 18″ dia), stainless spokes, sticky tires, lowered F&R suspension (Ikon), clip on bars, small electronic speedo, Yamaha SR400 petrol tank (thought that looked familiar), solo seat, chopped rear frame section, shorty F&R fenders, modified Vance & Hince 2 into 1 exhaust with HPC matte black coating, and lastly the “special” Deus paint job. After they had finished, this HD had lost 15kg of junk. We love it when Deus get their junk out. [Thanks to Andy for finding this in between the covers while riding a Virgin].


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Honda CL350 Café Racer

Posted on October 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 8 comments

This beautiful red 1973 CL350 is owned by a lucky man that goes by the name of Jonathan Wood. John has had the bike restored and modified to a very high standard. Some of the work includes the fenders, fork lowers, headlight bracket and triple-trees all powdercoated black. The seat is custom shaped foam and custom covered on a stock CB seat. His favorite part, and the part that he says gets the most attention from fellow riders, is the custom headlight bracket.


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Nortozuki

Posted on October 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

This custom bike was built by Ben Rumbelow from Crap Chicken. We don’t know which name is better, Rum Below or Crap Chicken, but usually they both end up making us sick. When we say Ben built this bike, we mean he built it in photoshop. You see Ben is an artist, photographer and designer who also has a love of motorcycles. This creation is named the Nortozuki, obviously by combining a 1962 Norton Manx and a Suzuki together plus many other motorcycle parts. Some other features include a KTM690 stunt running gear, Ohlins rear shocks, Kawasaki Z750 engine from a wrenchmonkees bike and mounted using bolts from a Confederate P120. If you want to see more of Ben’s motorcycle mashups visit his unique gallery.


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Redbull Racer

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

Formula Supervee driver Marc Crocetti sent me some photo’s of his 1971 Triumph T100 R that he turned into a Redbull Cafe Racer. He purchased it a year ago from a friend who had the Triumph in numerous boxes and hadn’t been ridden for about 12 years, prior to that it was used as a dirt bike for 15 years. It seemed like a big project but Marc had the vision to turn this bike into something special. He started with a BSA starfire gas tank and extending it 4 inches, then he added a Ducati style seat that he widened 2.5 inches at the front to fit the Triumph frame. It also has Ceriani front forks that were lowered 2.5 inches, a Honda 450 front wheel that he drilled out for better brake cooling and a fiberglass front fender that looks very Dunstall in style. Then he rebuilt the engine, the head, the transmission, clutch and primary drive. Marc even did the Red Bull paint job himself, inspired by his love of motorsport (we bet he consumed a can or two working late in his garage as well). By the looks of it we think this Red Bull Triumph will really give you wings.


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Motor Garage Goods SR

Posted on October 18, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. No Comments

Motor Garage Goods are an up and coming Japanese custom shop in Itami City, near Osaka. Like most Japanese shops they love the ever so popular SR400. They have done a great job creating this awesome SR in true cafe racer style. It’s low, light, lean and mean. Not to mention a beautiful paint job with matching fairing and tank. We also love that fat stainless Yoshimura muffler that looks like it packs a mighty bark. For more from these guys check out their sweet gallery including some Harley Davidson’s that are hotter than wasabi.


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