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82′ BMW R100RS – Route 62 Customs

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Scott in Café Racer. 5 comments

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With the boom in popularity of the R series BMW’s of late the men who designed and worked on its many incarnations must be sitting back and scratching their heads, this they would say is not what they had in mind; BMW until recently had always been a very conservative manufacturer. That’s even more true of the R100rs that was built with the purpose of slapping on some panniers and cruising the highways of Europe, with the first review by Cycle Magazine describing it as a “Basic long-haul BMW”. But Craig and Thor of Route 62 Customs from Port Elizabeth in South Africa saw in this a 1982 BMW R100rs what so many others have seen, solid engineering, mechanical strength and a sense of unique style that would be perfect for their shops first custom.

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‘74 Honda CB750 – Cognito Moto

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 32 comments

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For all the attention the craziest new builds receive, the ones displayed at bike shows on spinning podiums, there is something very special about an understated bike that comes along that just does everything right. So it should come as no surprise that such a machine comes from Richmond, Virginia’s kings of cool, clean and celerity, Cognito Moto. “We wanted to do something that spoke to the weekend bike builders out there that want a badass bike without all the headaches,” explains Cognito’s Devin Henriques. So it is that this 1974 Honda CB750 proves nothing serves a weekend biker as well as a machine that will carve the canyons, hammer in a straight line, look the goods parked up and importantly starts with the first hit of the button.

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2013 KTM 690 Duke by DSR

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Scott in Racer. 18 comments

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For a car guy, he sure builds an amazing motorcycle; that was the consensus a few years back when Darrell Schneider from DS Restorations (DSR), an award winning car builder of many decades, turned his hand to custom bike building and truly knocked it out of the park with his DSR GP250R café racer. Three years later he’s back with another bike build and just like before the workmanship is first class and it’ll leave many debating once again how exactly do you categorise a DSR build. Starting with a 2013 KTM 690 Duke “The goal was to redesign the bike with a factory race bike theme without loosing the distinct KTM angular, edgy style. I wanted people to see KTM (design and color) but wonder what model or class it was in” explains Darrell. We think he nailed it.

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A RICH, SMOKY FLAVOUR. Krossover Custom’s ‘Batch #44’ Yamaha RD350 Cafe Tracker

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Tracker. No Comments

In the age of social media, everyone has an opinion on absolutely everything and if your work involves creative endeavour then chances are you’re copping twice as much abuse. But award-winning painter Kacey Elkins of Krossover Customs is having none of it. He spends his days keeping his clients very happy…

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NO FORKS GIVEN. JSK Moto Co’s ‘Rhodium Omega’ Yamaha GTS 1000 Neo Racer

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

A longtime Yamaha GTS fan has turned to Samuel Kao of JSK Moto and with his most vivid of imaginations describe the brief; a back to the future vision of where convention is considered ill-informed. Here’s the Project Rhodium Omegal; a 1993 Yamaha GTS 1000 racer that makes the truly unique original seem downright bland…

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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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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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LIKE A JUNGLE SOMETIMES. Moto Studio’s V9 Moto Guzzi Urban Scrambler

Posted on March 16, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler. No Comments

When it comes to the Italian brand that is Moto Guzzi, it’s easy to argue that the qualities of individuality and uniqueness go hand in hand with the marque. So when Moto Guzzi America was searching for four builders to take part in their V9 Pro Build series, those two characteristics were essential…

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