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Triumph Thruxton SE

Posted on December 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

This is the delicious new 2010 Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer Special Edition. Expected to be released in July 2010, it’s essentially the same Thruxton just with a striking red, white and black retro paint job. The other new feature is the cafe racer style headlight cowl. We really dig the red powder coated frame and red stripe that runs down the tank and cowl. The Special Edition Thruxton will have the same 865cc air-cooled, twin cylinder that makes a pretty solid 69hp and 51lb ft of torque. They haven’t announced how much this bike will cost, no doubt Triumph will charge a premium for the privilege.


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Wrenchmonkees #9 – BMW R65/7

Posted on December 7, 2009 by Scott in Brat. 1 Comment

The BMW R65 is personally one of my favourite BMW motorcycles. It was BMW’s answer to the new generation of Japanese bikes hitting the market in the late 70’s. Built shorter and smaller to compete with these Japanese light and middleweight street bikes flooding the markets. Now 30 years later it’s great to see the Wrenchmonkees (WM) work their magic on this German icon. Firstly by placing a R80 engine in the R65 frame, adding Gazi Gas rear shocks and many custom WM features like their megatron muffler, and a no-nonsense monkee seat. The old-school Firestone Deluxe Champion tires are the final icing on the cake. Not sure whether the debadging of the BMW logo is an anti-establishment statement or just WM claiming complete ownership of their creation. Whatever the case, it just works. For more pics of this uber cool … Read More »


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Honda CS90 Racer

Posted on December 5, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 1 Comment

Maejima “Ted” Takeshi the owner of Japanese Shop Ted’s Special has a passion for vintage Honda’s. Ted has been racing and restoring these little beauties for over a decade. Back in the 60’s the Honda CS90 was a bit of a legend. Powered by the Super Cub 90 engine and featuring a lightweight pressed steel frame, this machine earned a reputation for excellent performance in Japan. Although they only produced 8bhp, the ultra-lightweight (191lbs) CS90 was a pocket rocket. After Ted has modified them for the race track these classics become hypersonic Honda’s. Check the Ted’s Special gallery for more pics of these miticulously restored motorcycles. [Via HFL]


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1965 Harley-Davidson CRTT

Posted on December 2, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 4 comments

Christmas has come early this year, thanks to a reviewer’s copy of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection landing on my desk. This coffee table book is the most comprehensive record of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles ever assembled (it also weighs about the same as a Fat Boy). With over 600 exquisite studio photographs by Randy Leffingwell and an interesting story of every Harley-Davidson made over the past 100 years, including the rare bicycles and snow mobiles they briefly manufactured. Fortunately the founders of Harley-Davidson had the foresight to keep examples of all their motorcycles. Although some of the collection were only acquired recently, like this immaculate 1965 CRTT Road Racer (pictured). The HD archives apparently purchased this rare motorcycle in 1998. With only 35 of these CR models built in their Italian factory for competition in 1965. The company sold them … Read More »


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Honda CB350

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

This beautiful orange CB350 cafe racer is the handy work of Australian, Ben Shaw. Ben runs a custom bike shop called Extreme Creations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He started the business from his garage over 10 years ago, but after 2 years of receiving projects from word of mouth he needed to find a bigger premise to work from. We can see why his business keeps on growing. This 50’s styled CB350 cafe racer is simply breathtaking, so different from the streetfighters Ben has become renound for. You can find more pics of this amazing bike on the Extreme Creations gallery. [Thanks Troy]


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Royal Enfield Military

Posted on November 26, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 1 Comment

You can definitely imagine Steve McQueen escaping the Nazi’s on the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Military. This will surely be a favorite among military and history enthusiasts around the world. The Bullet 500 is not a bad looking ride (if you are a fan of Olive drab), especially for the base price of $5,545 USD. Although it looks like something your Grandpa rode in World War II, it has lots of modern features, like a highly-tuned engine that has 23 BHP at 5500 RPM. Recent updates include lower emissions and better fuel economy (75 mpg). If you like this bike you will probably also enjoy Harley-Davidson’s Military Appreciation campaign using supermodel Marissa Model. It definitely got my soldier standing up at attention.


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H-D Streetfighter

Posted on November 25, 2009 by Scott in Streetfighter. 1 Comment

Joey Silvestera the owner of this beast is no newcomer to motorcycles. He grew up racing dirt bikes as a kid, so when he moved to New York to start his business ‘Blackstones’ he decided it was time to get a bike for running around in traffic. He decided to call Duncan MacDonald at Lucky Charm Choppers to discuss a brief.


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Halcyon Goggles

Posted on November 24, 2009 by Scott in Other. 7 comments

Halcyon Goggles were made famous by WWII fighter pilots in the 1940’s but it was the cafe racer culture that brought them back in the 1950’s and 60’s. There’s something really special and nostalgic about Halcyon Goggles. It may be that in this disposable world where everything is being manufactured in mass quantities in China it’s reassuring to know that Halcyon frames are still being made in Britian from brass, and plated in chrome. They are the quintessential classic goggle with over 70 years of history and adventure in every pair. You know that saying ‘It’s never been a better time to buy’, there seriously hasn’t been a better time to buy these goggles. With the British pound sterling taking a beating in this tough economic climate these goggles are now better value than ever. You can order them straight from Halcyon … Read More »


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Harley XLCR Cafe Racer

Posted on November 22, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

Webb’s have announced another auction of Important and Vintage Motorcycles. One of the bikes included in the auction is this beautiful Harley XLCR, America’s first attempt at a Cafe Racer. We take our hat off to Willie G. Davidson, the grandson of Mr Davidson who had the balls to start manufacturing this bike which was so different to what Harley was making at the time. We have to agree with Webb’s when they say ‘The all-black steel tank and fiberglass tail piece coupled with the unique black Siamese exhausts made the XLCR arguably the most attractive bike of its era’. With only a few thousand of these made over a 3 year period this XLCR should go for a handsome price. The auction is being held on November 25 at Deus in Auckland but overseas phone bidders are welcome. Hit … Read More »


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Aprilia Cafe Racer

Posted on November 21, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

This Super Cafe Racer is one of the most unique and spectacular builds we have seen in a while. It is named ‘Taimoshan’ which is the highest mountain in Hong Kong and building this bike was no small feat. You see, it’s been built around the classic Norton featherbed frame using a 2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 engine. Given the fact that the featherbed frame is over 50 years old there was a lot of thought put into strengthening the frame and working out how to hide all the technology within it. We think the owner/builder (a fellow Aussie) who goes by the name ‘Norzilla’ on the Aprillia Forum has done an exceptional job combining old school cafe racer style with all the modern features of todays bikes. We love the handmade aluminium Manx tank and the custom cafe seat (although unfinished … Read More »


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