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ET TWO, BRUTE? Wrench Kings’ ‘Bertus and Brutus’ Yamaha XV1000 Cafe Racers

Posted on May 9, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Like dual solos on a double neck guitar or attempting to make out with the Polaski twins at once, building two custom bikes at once is fraught with double the danger, stress and potential disaster. Make a bad call and you’ve got twice the mess to clean up. But get it right, and ultimate street cred awaits…

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IMPERIAL TRANSPORT. The ‘Rogue Shadow’ Yamaha XV750 from Cardsharper Customs

Posted on May 7, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Streetfighter. No Comments

Their latest client turned up with a barely rolling bike and an obsession with all things Star Wars. Just months later, Cardsharper sent him on his way with a stunning 1983 Yamaha Virago XV750 Cafe Fighter, the perfect for of Imperial transport, known as ‘Rogue Shadow’…

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FOUR POT SUPERSHOT. A Classic Honda CB550 Cafe Racer from Mellow Motorcycles

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

When Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles revealed their latest custom bike in January, the plan was to have it do the hard yards through Europe’s biggest bike events for the rest of the year. Sadly no one told the bike’s new Spanish owner, who purchased it 10 minutes after the show’s gates opened…

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EMPIRE OF THE FUN. Officine 08’s ‘New Dawn’ Yamaha XV750 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

EICMA’s November 2017 show, held in a typically chilly Milan, is the place that many big manufacturers choose to reveal their new metal. But hidden away from all the glitz, glamour and wildly inappropriate booth babes was this little gem from Italy’s Officine 08…

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FASTER & SON. A Honda CB750 Cafe Racer from MT Customs

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Most of the planet got their introduction into what a Father and Son custom bike shop looks like from the hugely popular series American Chopper. But if the motorcycles themselves were terrible, the damage to the relationship was even worse, sending a cautionary tale around the world. But for the family Brewus of Poland, no such problems exist…

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SLOVENIAN SPRING. Boštjan Lukežič’s Sprightly Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

For millennia, the small central European nation of Slovenia has been at the crossroads of the varied cultures that dominate the continent. But despite adopting diverse influences, its population of just two million people remain proudly independent and it’s clear of late something has been stirred into the well of one of the most water rich places on earth. And that thing is speed…

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TEN BUCK COFFEE. Kott Motorcycles’ ’79 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

What if we told you about an opportunity to own a cafe racer by one of the best cafe racer builders in the world? No catches and no tricks. No, there won’t be any steak knives thrown in but it all could be yours for just $10. Interested? Then read on…

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URBANE WARFARE. Cardsharper Customs’ Camouflage K100 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Consider the work of Poland’s Jacek Mulak. As Europe descended into one of its harshest winters in years, Jacek began to realise that his custom crowdfunding project was, as he put it, ‘A disaster.’ His solution? He put everything aside and did what he loves best; he built this…

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LUCKY PUNK. A Moto Guzzi V7 Racer from Lucky Customs

Posted on March 22, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Buying a brand new motorcycle is a big decision. But to then hand it over to be chopped up for modification means you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do you feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk? With a resounding ‘yes,’ Motoplex of Argentina asked Lucky Customs for a bike. Here’s what they got…

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I SPRY. Cohn Racer’s ‘Agile’ Ducati S2R Cafe Racer

Posted on March 15, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Ducati’s mid-noughties SportClassic, designed by Pierre Terblanche and based on the ludicrously beautiful Ducati MH900e, remains one of our all-time favourite factory creations. There’s only a handful of affordable bikes that you’d kick yourself for not buying – the SportClassic is definitely one of them. But what about the humbler Monster S2R?

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