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French lessons

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

We love finding new cafe racer sites. We came across this french site called 299kmh.  Although we can’t speak a word of french (except for ‘cafe’) the pictures on the site speak the universal language of love. Especially these Norton Commandos. Worth starting a war for.


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Triumph Hard Ass

Posted on July 30, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat, Classic. No Comments

We came across this beautiful looking 1967 T120R Triumph Hard Tail on the very cool Cycle Zombies Blog. The blog has a great mix of motorbikes, surf and skate material (heres where I do a plug for the hopkin skate shop). Anyway back to the Triumph. It is actually for sale for $7,500 which sounds very reasonable considering the work thats gone into it. For more pics and details hit this zombie link.


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Honda CBX Cafe Racer

Posted on July 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The Honda CBX1000 was the first motorcycle Honda produced with a six cylinder engine. This one is a Moto Martin CBX. Can’t find much information about the bike but I know Moto Martin are legends in the performance motor bike industry. The French company started by George Martin in the 70’s. They constructed special frames for powerful Japanese engines, 2 stroke and four stroke. There were generally several different kits. You could choose the system of exhaust or only the type of frame plus lots of other options. Anyway we rate this Moto Martin and love the look of those sexy CBX pipes.


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Cafe Racer Concept

Posted on July 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 11 comments

Industrial designer Alp Germaner from South Africa is well known for his Peugeot Capsule. A one person, off-road, electric vehicle inspired by the KLR 650 motorcycle. Although it’s his latest concept that is really turning heads. In true cafe racer style it is a stripped down motorbike geared towards speed and style. The rear suspension looks cool but we would have loved to see a more classic cafe racer shape (especially the seat). Overall it’s a bold design but not sure whether it would be welcomed at the Ace Cafe or Ton Up Club. For more pictures of this bike visit Industrial Design Served.


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BSA Thunderbolt 650

Posted on July 25, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

The BSA ThunderboIt Cafe Racer was big in the sixties and just by looking at it you can see why. There was another reason it was big. Appearing in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball (1:30). Yes, product placement was alive and well even in Bond films from the sixties. Blink and you would probably miss the bike, especially with the machine guns and gold fairing. This beautifully restored Thunderbolt recently sold for $5500us (sadly by an old guy retiring from motorcycling). Which seems like a steal considering the immaculate condition it was in. With only 16,500 miles on the clock we wish these kind of buys popped up in Australia. [Although, there is an amazing looking 1973 BSA Rocket for sale that looks ready to race].


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Triumph Street Tracker

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Scott in Racer, Tracker. 2 comments

BellaCorse are a large seller of Triumph Bonneville parts and accessories in Michigan, USA. The owner Michael Selman also built this mean Street Tracker. Project Swiss Misfortune is an eyecatcher that started life as a 2002 790cc Bonnie. The engine has been bored-out to 904cc and has Keihin Racing FCR-39mm flat slide carbs and a BellaCorse Air Box Elimination kit installed. The 2-1 exhaust is from Zard of Italy and is a Titanium-alloy construction. The alloy tank and seat were hand-made and are loosely patterned after the H-D XR750. You can definitely see the resemblance especially in the seat. With all that chrome and a powerful moan, who wouldn’t want to take it home. For more Triumph Trackers check out the legendary Triumph Flat Track blog.


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Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 3 comments

Ah, the humble Honda CX500. Born in the late 1970s, with production ending by the mid 1980s. It was Honda’s plan that the CX series would take on the smaller Moto Guzzi and BMW motocycles. They spent a lot of cash to achieve the best design they could. 30 years later it is still a popular cafe racer project bike. We found this beautiful CX500 on the Chopper Charles Forum (great site for those who love their CX500 & GL500’s). Built by a guy in Virginia, USA who goes by the name Pampadori. He loves Honda’s and you can view his collection on this flickr page. Well worth a look.


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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Posted on July 22, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 6 comments

Japanese Ritmo-sereno are famous for their BMW cafe racers. However their website is full of other european bikes like this beautiful Moto Guzzi Le Mans. The Le Mans was Moto Guzzi’s top sports bike in the 80’s. The big bore lOOOcc version was a welcome addition in 1985 but is essentially similar to the 850 Le Mans they had been producing. We wanted to give you the before and after shots of this bike to show the work thats gone into the build. Ritmo have taken this dated Guzzi and turned it into a cafe masterpiece. With its beautiful cafe race seat, purple racer fairing and 2-in-1 stainless steel exhaust. We simply love it.


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Drag Star Cafe Racer

Posted on July 20, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Café Racer. 2 comments

This is a conversion of a 1998 Yamaha XVS 650 Drag Star (Star V Star 650 in the US) called the Beachstar. It’s been described as a cross between a cafe racer and a board tracker. With or without the 60’s looking fairing this bike looks awesome. The Beachstar was built by a German by the name of Mario Baer. Baer needed only one summer to modify this old 1998 Yamaha Drag Star, working only in the evenings. Thats impressive work. It’s not just a show bike either, it’s also a commuter. He rides the Beachstar to work nearly every day and last year the Beachstar won some impressive shows including the world-renowned 2008 Intermot show in Cologne. We are looking forward to seeing Baer’s next project which he describes as “Hmmm…something exceptionally spectacular with a huge rear wheel and a small front wheel. Something completely crazy!”. [More pics on Motorcycle Cruiser].


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Goldwing Cafe Racer

Posted on July 19, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

Now we’ve seen it all. This is a 1976 Honda GL1000 Goldwing. Yes you heard me right, a Goldwing Cafe Racer. The GL1000 was one of the original Goldwings before they incorporated the fairing into the main body. Would never have thought we’d see it turned into a cafe racer. Everything was fabricated by a GW enthusist from Sweden. The lamp hood is from a HD night rod, and the muffler is a Yoshimura. To see more pics of this awesome beast and more inspiring Goldwings check out Naked Goldwings.

 


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