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DUCATI DREAMING – 1965 Ducati Sebring 350

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

Over recent decades Ducati has sat near the top of the Superbike pack, with the new Panigale V4R now the absolute benchmark and undefeated in WSBK competition. But when the company introduced the Sebring 350 in 1965 it was the biggest bike in their line up and often raced against multi cylinder machines with twice the capacity. So to pay tribute to the little bike that could, Stephen Brisken has taken a beat up ’65 and beautifully transformed it into a machine that is a perfect mix of cafe and racer.

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DOUBLE ESPRESSO – Ducati Monster S2R

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Keith Treder

When it comes to motorcycles, it turns out that if you ask for ‘just what the doctor ordered’ then the answer is a tricked out Ducati. To discover this, we didn’t just turn to any old medicine man, but Dr Chris Stout who was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow. They’re serious credentials and he’s a busy man, so to build his perfect weekend weapon to deliver that two-wheeled therapy he assembled a talented crew. Together they’ve brewed up a potent café racer from the unique Ducati Monster S2R: they call it the ‘Double Espresso’!

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BALLS & CHAIN. 485 Design’s Tough Yamaha XV920 Cafe

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

We wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to Yamaha’s good ol’ Virago Vee. We bloody well love ‘em. But boy, we’ve seen a heap of them. So needless to say that it takes something a little special for us to notice them. Enter Denver’s 485 Designs and their rather unique chain-driven XV920…

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MOTO PHOTOS. 2019 Machine Show, Braidwood, Australia

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Event, Racer. No Comments

The same thing happened every year. I’d promise myself that I’d go to Australia’s Machine Show and then at the very last minute the reality of travelling three hours south of Sydney would kick me in the family jewels. With a six-hour round trip, it’d either be a seriously big day or I’d have to organise accommodation…

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ROUGH AND READY. Pasquale’s ‘111’ Honda CB500 Cafe Brat

Posted on March 26, 2019 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Roadster. No Comments

Gustavo from Pasquale and his dad are fucking legends.” That’s how our man Marlon described the family powerhouse that is Colombia’s Pasquale Motors, and he’s harder to impress than Vladimir Putin. We don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the whole custom scene in Colombia looks to them…

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BIRD OF PRAY. Hookie’s Evil ‘Crow’ Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 23, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

In just about every ancient culture that spans the globe exists a mythology around the crow, and it almost always leads to death. So imagine yourself sitting alone in the middle of the night, stopped at a red light in the bad part of town, when as if from nowhere this blacked out harbinger of death rolls up beside you…

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WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be calling…

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QUICK SILVER. Stephen Brisken’s Ducati 900 SS Cafe

Posted on March 20, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

How many 21-year-olds do you know with an amazing bike collection? The answer is probably zero. That’s because getting older seems to be a distinct benefit in the bike scene. In retirement many of us find ourselves in a position where those dream bikes we’ve always wanted are finally within reach….

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JEWEL, BRITANNIA. Old Empire’s ‘Gypsy’ Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 15, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

When you’re as good as suffolk’s Old Empire Motorcycles you don’t need to go hunting for work. Hell, their incredible history of customising classic motorcycles has customers practically begging them to create a bike. And that’s what’s happened with their latest creation, a 1976 Honda CB360…

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PIPEBURN EXCLUSIVE: A Behind The Scenes Look At Royal Enfield’s New 650 Twins

Posted on March 6, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Review, Roadster. No Comments

It’s September 26th, 2017. Through a series of events I still don’t quite understand, I’m sitting in the boardroom of the new Royal Enfield Technical Centre at Bruntingthorpe in the UK. Next to me is Siddharth Lal who’s the son of Vikram Lal, one of India’s richest men. ‘Sid’, as he’s called, is the CEO of Royal Enfield…

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