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BMW R80 Cafe Racer

Posted on May 24, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 13 comments

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After two blown engines Englishman Chris Simpson decided to try and squeeze a R80 RT engine into his 1979 BMW R45 frame. “The powers that be said the engine wouldn’t fit, as you can see it obviously does” Chris explains. “The only engine mods were a lightweight flywheel and the air box was removed and replaced with a Bellmouths. It has custom stainless 2-1 exhausts with a stainless megaphone, fully custom sub frame with hidden battery under the seat pod, a large EARLS oil cooler from a Ford Cosworth.

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Yamaha XS650 Café Racer

Posted on May 22, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 5 comments

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We love receiving emails from Ted at XS650chopper.com because he knows we get excited by Yamaha café racers. Frank Derris the owner and builder of this immaculate bike writes: “The concept was to blend old with new hence the crossover Yamaha racing paint scheme with the ton up stripe. I wanted the bike to handle and run as good as it could on tube tires and it does. I wanted to be able to look through the bike and see nothing but hard parts (no wiring, bolts or unsightly junk) 3 years of part time work. You judge the finished product.”

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Pony Express

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Scott in Racer. 3 comments

This beautiful machine named ‘Pony Express’ was built by brilliant Israeli industrial designer Amir Glinik. Unfortunately he didn’t build it with a wrench but in 3D with his computer mouse. Amir’s artwork is some of the best we have seen, his bikes look so real you can almost smell your jeans burning on the pipes.


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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 6, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 8 comments

This CB550 has been lighting up the switchboard on the SOHC4 forum for the past month. The bike was fastidiously built by a guy from Portland who goes by the forum name Paulages. Paul said on the forum that “When i originally built my CB550, the engine was simply cleaned up and painted, and all bearings and bushings replaced, etc. then, I eventually built the 718cc powerplant, and found that the rest of the bike wasn’t quite what the engine needed”.


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Union Ducati 900ss

Posted on March 9, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 13 comments

Union Motorcycle Classics work out of a remodeled 100 year old dairy barn in Idaho which they describe as “no longer home to lowing bovines, we now attend to the gentle rumblings of a slightly more untamed beast”. Formed by a group of guys who all had different skills but one passion… classic motorcycles. Luke is professionally trained motorcycle mechanic, Bret is the owner of Glass From The Past (GFTP) which manufacture killer looking cafe racer fairings, race seats, fenders and tanks. Mike, Jeff and Andy are all graphic designers who love nothing more than getting their hands greasy on a vintage classic.


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Bonneville Speedweek

Posted on February 3, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 9 comments

This breathtaking photograph is just one in the series by Los Angeles based photographer Jerry Garns. If this shot doesn’t inspire you to head to the 2010 Bonneville Speed Week then nothing will. Jerry tells us that someone once said that “if you are a Buddhist you go to Tibet, but if you are a motorhead, you go to Bonneville”. Jerry had been wanting to go to Bonneville since he was a kid so when he finally arrived last year this is how he described the life long dream: “Once you leave the paved road and roll out onto the salt, you feel like you are in another world. The expanse and flatness, along with the history of racing, creates a sense of place that is beyond written description. Everyone should go to the salt flats at least once in your life to experience it for your self”. To see the other spectacular shots in the series, including legendary Shinya Kimura and Randy Speranza check out Jerry’s portfolio.


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1950 Vincent ‘Grey Flash’ Replica

Posted on February 1, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 3 comments

This beautiful Vincent Grey Flash Replica was sold at auction a few years ago for $29,250. Quite a lot of money but when you hear that only 31 were ever built (less if you look at Vincent official records) then an authentic Flash would probably sell for well over $100k. This classic British motorcycle was briefly manufactured between 1949 to 1952 and was advertised as the new racing “thoroughbred from the Vincent stables”. It was based on the Vincent Comet and the 1000cc Black Lightning but was stripped down to 330 lb (149kg) as a 500cc single. Unfortunately most of us will never afford one but we can still dream of finding one in a country barn, just like in the book written by Tom Cotter called ‘The Vincent in the Barn‘. For more specs and a list of every Grey Flash manufactured check out this comprehensive Vincent site.


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BMW R75/5 Cafe Racer

Posted on January 24, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 6 comments

Chris Hodgson, owner of San Jose BMW (SJBMW) has been building and racing BMW’s for over 35 years. This stunning R75/5 Cafe Racer was built a couple of years ago when Chris discovered he “had enough spare parts to build a new airhead”- we wish we had enough spare parts lying around to build a bike of this calibre. That’s not to say that this bike was built overnight. It was a year in the making with Chris ensuring the bike was built to be period correct, either using vintage parts or having them custom made.


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1962 Norton Manx 500

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This stunning illustration is by Australian artist Gaston Vanzet. Gaston is completely obsessed with drawing and painting classic motorcycles. Each picture usually takes him around 3 weeks to finish and this is how Gaston describes the experience: “I love painting these motorcycles, I become one with the machine as I end up knowing every detail, every curve and fin, they become mine”. These days he does the painting on his computer using a Wacom tablet – “the technique is nearly the same as the old days of paint and turpentines except there is no mess”. Each stroke is still done by hand except for the backgrounds which are combinations of photographs mostly from his local area. To view all these amazing illustrations visit the gallery at Custom Motorcycle Art, also check out Gaston’s blog to get some history about the artist.


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Motorcycles of the 20th Century

Posted on January 16, 2010 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

It’s truly amazing what you can find on the internet. This exquisite picture is a 1963 Kreidler Renn Florett and is just one of 700 high quality rendered images on Bert Knoester’s extensive archive of historically interesting motorcycles, scooters and mopeds of the twentieth century. The site is called Motorcycles of the 20th Century and features most of the best motorcycles ever manufactured, ranging from a 1907 Harley Davidson through to the world famous 1987 Buell RR1000 Battletwin. Whether you need some inspiration for a project or just want to see the vast number of unique motorcycles the world has produced over the past 100 years this site won’t disappoint. Another site worth checking out is The Blueprints which also has a huge selection of almost 2000 motorcycle pictures, drawings and models. The site even offers higher quality images to those that choose to register … Read More »


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