Bringing you the world's best cafe racers, trackers, scramblers, bobbers & custom motorcycles.


Goldenboy Bonneville

Posted on March 20, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

The Northern Italian city Parma is home to one of the oldest Universities in the world, but it’s the Gallimoto Factory Works who have a ‘Masters Degree’ in building cafe racers. They say a true cafe racer must meet very specific rules: low handlebars, a single seat, a pair of thundering exhausts and lots of chrome like the Triumphs, Tritons, and Nortons of the past. This Bonneville SE they have appropriately called the ‘Goldenboy’ ticks all those boxes and more.


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Carpy Wrenching

Posted on March 16, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 13 comments

It’s not everyday you get to witness a master at work – like Steve “Carpy” Carpenter from the amazing CB750 Cafe doing a bit of ‘wrenching’. Ok, so this might not be the way Carpy usually takes to a cafe racer but it makes an awesome photograph. Shot by talented Los Angeles photographer Jared Schoenemann who is obsessed with two things in life; photography and cafe racers. So when the opportunity arises to combine both his passions, he never looks back.


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Motto Moto CB750

Posted on March 14, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 9 comments

Jason Koschnitzke is an industrial designer by trade and has been wrenching part-time on bikes for many years and many late nights. Recently he decided to follow his dreams and make wrenching his full-time job. So he created Motto Motorcycles which are based in Chicago and have a passion for Japanese style cafe racers and street trackers. The first project was to build a ‘barn fresh’ style bike that looked like it had “40 years of stories to tell”. He purchased a 1978 Honda CB750 for the project and started to create a bad ass 70’s cafe racer that conjured up visions of being discovered in the barn on an old farm in the middle of nowhere – the look he refers to as “barn fresh racer”.


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Think Biker Commercial

Posted on March 12, 2010 by Scott in Video. 10 comments

We have posted quite a lot of motorcycle safety commercials recently, including one from Australia, one from Norway and now here’s a pretty good one from Britain. The Department of Transport has launched this new ad created by London agency Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO as part of its THINK! campaign. This ad was inspired by research stating that drivers who personally know a motorcyclist are much more careful and aware while driving – so by using these huge Vegas style neon signs they make you feel like you know these riders. It made me think what my sign would say, maybe something like “extremely handsome, witty and suffers from a delusional disorder”. But seriously, would love to get your feedback on the commercial and whether you think it will be effective. Also check out the making of video if you are curious about how they did it. [Found on Rippin Kitten]

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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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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 7, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments

Discovered this beautiful CB550 on the frequently updated and entertaining Motorcycle Picture of the Day blog. Completely garage built by a guy called Eric, he goes into great detail about how he created this cafe racer. Eric says he “fitted a set of forks from a 2004 GSX-R 600, using a Harley narrow glide wheel which fit surprisingly well between the calipers; it was almost a plug-n-play operation. The rotors are 320mm units from a Hayabusa which required 10mm spacers underneath the calipers. The eBay front end also came complete with clipons & controls so I decided to go ahead and use them; the right control wouldn’t fit with the bar-end mirror so I binned it in favor of a Motion Pro throttle assembly and start/kill switch from an R6. The rearsets are Tarozzi universals mounted to the passenger peg mounts. The rear wheel is a Harley 3.5×18 rim that I laced to the 550 hub with Buchanan stainless spokes. I popped the top end off the engine and freshened it up a bit with a set of 59mm pistons and camshaft from a SOHC CB650 for a little extra oomph”. Eric has really stamped his individuality on this CB550, we particularly love those Norton commando peashooter exhausts which look like they produce a mighty bark. Check out more pics of this stunning bike and the full story on MPOTD.


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Imperial Cycles

Posted on March 6, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 12 comments

Custom motorized bicycle companies seem to be popping up everywhere, but no one is building fresher looking bikes than the guys at Imperial Cycles. Created by Eric Soriano and Jerome they describe their company as “constantly pushing envelopes, opening new doors, and boldly going there. Inspired by the 1920’s board track racers our bike designs incorporate a fresh look using new bike technologies, and innovations”. The bike pictured is their popular ‘Bullet’ and comes with a Vintage Schwinn frame, bare metal tank, aluminum mags, Brooks Saddle, Quill Stem, Oury grips, shortened bars and a dropped springer to give it a lower, more aggressive stance. The ‘Bullet’ sells for a very reasonable price of $1200 and it looks like they ship these bikes worldwide. If you are interested in seeing more from Imperial, check out their Blog which showcases the other models they are building.


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Bell Custom 500 Range

Posted on March 4, 2010 by Scott in Other. 5 comments

Back in 1954 Bell founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fiberglass and named it the “500”. That humble helmet was to change the entire modern motorsport helmet industry. Bell’s 2010 Custom 500 range pays homage to these original classics, although luckily now they are designed with loads more protective technology. The ‘500’ range are some of the coolest lids we have seen since the Steve McQueen replica that Bell released last year, and unlike the Biltwell helmets these are DOT-compliant. Most of the designs are limited editions and can be purchased through The Bell Store which post worldwide. The ‘Bloodshot Eye’ design in particular looks like it was inspired by legendary skateboard and rock poster artist Jim Phillips. Check out his amazing range of work if you appreciate this style of illustration.


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Triumph Flashback 900

Posted on March 2, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

It wasn’t long ago we featured another Mr Martini custom, but this Triumph Thruxton 900 was burning a hole in our inbox. Sent to us by the talented Mr Martini himself, we couldn’t wait to post it. Although it isn’t his latest creation, it’s still one of our favourites. To create this incredible Thruxton-based bike or “Classic Urban Racer” as it has been nicknamed, Mr Martini took a fresh out of the factory pre-series bike and completely modified it. He started by adding Wilbers suspensions, a bigger rear rim and classic Metzeler tires. The forks rigidity plate has been replaced because the cut fender has been placed below to draw it up to the tire. The rear fender has been cut and the rear light has been set inside the seat, and in true cafe racer style loads of unnecessary components, standard speedometer included, have been thrown away. The beautiful long manifolds and megaphone pipes have been custom made and painted to give the bike a striking look. From an aesthetic point of view, this built “Flash Back” Triumph is a well balanced mix of modern and classic styling. Check out his other bikes at the Italian based Mr Martini site, particularly the tasty Triumph Flashback Racer.


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Poor Bastards

Posted on February 27, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

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Portland, Oregon has become a hotspot for the vintage racer scene, especially old Honda’s like the CB160. We have previously mentioned Vicious Cycles but we recently stumbled across another shop called Poor Bastard Cycle Works. They are a small repair, service and fabrication shop in Portland that specialize in creating custom exhaust pipes to get the most out of vintage Japanese and European motorcycles. We particularly like their “Y” pipe which are fabricated by owner Will Jones and not only give the bikes greater performance, they are also very pleasing to the eye. Just by the name alone you can tell the guys at Poor Bastard Cycles have a great sense of humor, but you can also see they are seriously good at what they do. Check the Poor Bastards blog to see more from Will and his team.


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