Earlier this year See See Motorcycles put on the ‘The One Motorcycle Show‘ with a few other local shops in the Portland area. See See Motorcycles was formed 2 years ago by Drake Mcelroy, Jared Kenyon, and Thor Drake. “See See is a motorcycle brand that values the origins of motorcycles and an emphasis on aesthetics. What that boils down to is, we want to build some amazing bikes, race to win, and create a community of two wheelers.
After two blown engines Englishman Chris Simpson decided to try and squeeze a R80 RT engine into his 1979 BMW R45 frame. “The powers that be said the engine wouldn’t fit, as you can see it obviously does” Chris explains. “The only engine mods were a lightweight flywheel and the air box was removed and replaced with a Bellmouths. It has custom stainless 2-1 exhausts with a stainless megaphone, fully custom sub frame with hidden battery under the seat pod, a large EARLS oil cooler from a Ford Cosworth.
We love receiving emails from Ted at XS650chopper.com because he knows we get excited by Yamaha café racers. Frank Derris the owner and builder of this immaculate bike writes: “The concept was to blend old with new hence the crossover Yamaha racing paint scheme with the ton up stripe. I wanted the bike to handle and run as good as it could on tube tires and it does. I wanted to be able to look through the bike and see nothing but hard parts (no wiring, bolts or unsightly junk) 3 years of part time work. You judge the finished product.”
As far as donor bikes go, the humble Suzuki S40 Savage probably isn’t on top of many peoples list. Casey Stevenson had trouble finding a suitable bike for his Café Racer project but eventually stumbled upon the S40 and decided to turn this ‘ugly duckling’ into a very sexy swan. “I was in the market for a new motorcycle and wanted a lightweight thumper to get around the streets of L.A. I quickly discovered the lack of available options, so I started working on a new design. I was imagining a motorcycle with a Japanese engine and classic cafe styling, but more sleek and modern than the single cylinder customs based on old bikes that are popular at the moment.
The Italian owner of this Moto Guzzi café racer Michelangelo Possidente turned 18 a few months ago and had to decide on his first motorbike. “I had to choose whether to buy a Japanese bike or a power limited Guzzi V35 III, I decided to buy the V35 III and build a unique bike!” Michelangelo explains. This Guzzi is his first ‘creation’, and he goes into detail about what he has done to this V35.
Roland Sands has just completed this mean looking high performance Harley Davidson XR1200. Needless to say this RSD creation is loaded with a long list of features including a single-sided swingarm with Ohlins shock and Ducati linkage, GSX-R front fork and Turbo wheels with a black on black Tuxedo finish.
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To pay tribute to the Ace Cafe – the birthplace of the café racer, Richard Weslow and his good friend Kurt Schwengle built this beautiful little 1976 CB200 to show at the Rocker Box Motofest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The guys at Moto-Scoot in Milwaukee helped him with parts and tires, and the folks at T/A Graphics did the checkered tank and the historic ’59’ fender paintwork. Apparently if you look close at the graphics there’s even a picture of Richard’s late grandad who introduced him to motorbikes as a kid. Richard is now in the process of building a 1973 68hp mono shock RD350 for the Rocker Box 2010 which we will do a follow up article when complete. To view more outstanding pics of this vintage café racer visit Richard’s Flickr page.
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C-51 Customs are located in Novato in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jason Steed from C-51 has just finished building this beautiful 1977 Triumph 750 T140. The stunning 5 gallon tank was made by The Tank Shop out of Scotland and took 8 months to receive but “was well worth the wait”.
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German bike builder Axel Budde has been modifying Moto Guzzi Le Mans for over 14 years, and it definitely shows. These two Moto Guzzi‘s have been built with meticulous attention to detail. Axel told us “to describe all the modifications would take too long, so here are the most important ones…
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We were sent this fantastic Harley Sportster Café Racer by Nolan Woodbury from Vintage Motorcycles Online, if you haven’t visited his extensive site you’ve been missing out. This stunning Ironhead is owned by Ron Gee who is a photographer from Iowa. Gee has always been a big fan of British and Italian motorcycles so the thought of creating a Harley Café Racer wasn’t really on his bucket list.
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