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Café Racer


Hidemo Mod Cafe

Posted on August 9, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

You don’t find many Japanese custom shops creating HD cafe racers. But Hidemo (stands for Hide Motorcycles) are doing it in exceptional style. We friggin love this Harley. The bike is named the Mod Cafe 3 which is obviously a tribute to the cafe racer and Mod scene in Britian. It even has a Quadrophenia logo. For those that weren’t mods in the 60’s, Quadrophenia is the name of British rock band The Who sixth studio album. Overall it’s a beautiful cafe racer and a great tribute to one of the greatest rock bands the world will ever see.


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R100 BMW Rocker

Posted on August 6, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Last September Gateway BMW bought a sorry looking 1988 R100RT and Ryan Manley (pictured) was given the job to transform the R100 into a beautiful cafe racer. The silver tank and seat with black frame, wheels and final drive is a great look. We also dig the new exhaust pipes on it. They are EMGO universal Shorty pipes, which apparently can be heard over a Harley. The seat is not finished in this pic but you can see it on the Gateway BMW site, plus all the details on the build. The bike has been sold to some lucky bastard and I’m sure he hasn’t stopped grinning.


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British Customs

Posted on August 3, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. 5 comments

British Customs in California have parts and accessories for nearly every model of Triumph motorcycle. They sell some great Triumph body accessories like cafe racer seats, fuel tank covers and custom pipes. The black Bonneville below was customised from all their gear. Love the black on black. It looks a little bit cookie cutter at the moment but once you add your own personal touches it could be a really sweet ride. (Would like to see a big dent in that tank as well, looks too new and perfect).


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Hodaka Cafe Racer

Posted on August 1, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

What a great little Cafe Racer. Hodaka was an American-Japanese company that unfortunately didn’t produce motorcycles for very long. Pretty much between 1960 and mid 1970’s. This is a two stroke, single cylinder 1972 Hodaka Ace 100. We love the rawness of this featherweight cafe racer. Stripped back to the basics like they should be. If you are a Hodaka fan or just want to know more, check out Strickly Hodaka for everything Hodaka.



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French lessons

Posted on July 30, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

We love finding new cafe racer sites. We came across this french site called 299kmh.  Although we can’t speak a word of french (except for ‘cafe’) the pictures on the site speak the universal language of love. Especially these Norton Commandos. Worth starting a war for.


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Honda CBX Cafe Racer

Posted on July 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The Honda CBX1000 was the first motorcycle Honda produced with a six cylinder engine. This one is a Moto Martin CBX. Can’t find much information about the bike but I know Moto Martin are legends in the performance motor bike industry. The French company started by George Martin in the 70’s. They constructed special frames for powerful Japanese engines, 2 stroke and four stroke. There were generally several different kits. You could choose the system of exhaust or only the type of frame plus lots of other options. Anyway we rate this Moto Martin and love the look of those sexy CBX pipes.


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Cafe Racer Concept

Posted on July 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 11 comments

Industrial designer Alp Germaner from South Africa is well known for his Peugeot Capsule. A one person, off-road, electric vehicle inspired by the KLR 650 motorcycle. Although it’s his latest concept that is really turning heads. In true cafe racer style it is a stripped down motorbike geared towards speed and style. The rear suspension looks cool but we would have loved to see a more classic cafe racer shape (especially the seat). Overall it’s a bold design but not sure whether it would be welcomed at the Ace Cafe or Ton Up Club. For more pictures of this bike visit Industrial Design Served.


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BSA Thunderbolt 650

Posted on July 25, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

The BSA ThunderboIt Cafe Racer was big in the sixties and just by looking at it you can see why. There was another reason it was big. Appearing in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball (1:30). Yes, product placement was alive and well even in Bond films from the sixties. Blink and you would probably miss the bike, especially with the machine guns and gold fairing. This beautifully restored Thunderbolt recently sold for $5500us (sadly by an old guy retiring from motorcycling). Which seems like a steal considering the immaculate condition it was in. With only 16,500 miles on the clock we wish these kind of buys popped up in Australia. [Although, there is an amazing looking 1973 BSA Rocket for sale that looks ready to race].


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Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 3 comments

Ah, the humble Honda CX500. Born in the late 1970s, with production ending by the mid 1980s. It was Honda’s plan that the CX series would take on the smaller Moto Guzzi and BMW motocycles. They spent a lot of cash to achieve the best design they could. 30 years later it is still a popular cafe racer project bike. We found this beautiful CX500 on the Chopper Charles Forum (great site for those who love their CX500 & GL500’s). Built by a guy in Virginia, USA who goes by the name Pampadori. He loves Honda’s and you can view his collection on this flickr page. Well worth a look.


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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Posted on July 22, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 6 comments

Japanese Ritmo-sereno are famous for their BMW cafe racers. However their website is full of other european bikes like this beautiful Moto Guzzi Le Mans. The Le Mans was Moto Guzzi’s top sports bike in the 80’s. The big bore lOOOcc version was a welcome addition in 1985 but is essentially similar to the 850 Le Mans they had been producing. We wanted to give you the before and after shots of this bike to show the work thats gone into the build. Ritmo have taken this dated Guzzi and turned it into a cafe masterpiece. With its beautiful cafe race seat, purple racer fairing and 2-in-1 stainless steel exhaust. We simply love it.


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