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CB1000 Cafe Racer

Posted on September 24, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 5 comments

We were sent this CB1000 by one of our readers, Nik from Moscow. He built a lot of the bike himself. Nik hand made the clip-ons, tach cover and even the exhaust cans with titan pipes from Japan. It also has Brembo calipers, TSS shocks and a radial front master cylinder from a GSX-R1000. Unlike the popular CB550 and CB750 you don’t see many CB1000’s done cafe racer style. It actually makes a mean looking modern cafe racer and we take our helmets off to you Nik. [Unfortunately Nik crashed this bike 2 weeks after completing it. We hope it wasn’t too bad mate].


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Suzuki GS1000S

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 8 comments

This 1979 Suzuki GS1000S sat in a backyard in Washington USA for six years until Larry Pearson got his greasy hands on it. Larry is no stranger to motorbikes. He has been custom painting and restoring bikes for years (having 8 amazing bikes in his possession). About 14 months ago he started his dream of turning this GS into a tribute to Wes Cooley’s Superbike. It all started with a beautiful original Yoshimura racing pipe. The engine only had 17K miles on it, and ran like new. He did a complete front end rebuild, all new seals, bearings. Same for the swing arm, and the entire brake system with the addition of stainless lines. Continental “Cont-Blyz” tires, ’80 Suzuki rotors, “83 Honda CB1100F rear shocks and front fender. Tarozzi rear sets. He cut two inches off a 1980 GS seat foam bottom, and had it professionally upholstered. He wanted to build this bike for 30 years after seeing Wes Cooley, Eddy Lawson, and Freddie Spencer race Superbikes. Well, we think it was worth waiting for and we take our helmets off to you mate. Larry is about to embark on restoring and painting bikes for a living, so if you want him to build you a masterpiece contact us and we will give you his email. (We will post some more of Larry’s creations in the following weeks).


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Distressed CB750

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Rat. 3 comments

Kott Motorcycles is a small custom shop near Los Angeles California, specializing in the restoration and customization of 1970’s era Honda 750’s, 550’s, and 350’s. Like us, the owner Dustin Kott has a passion for cafe racers. We love the raw look of his bikes especially this 750 named ‘Distressed’. With clubman bars, hand formed racer seat and no fenders, this bike has been done in true cafe style. Check out more bikes from Kott and this nicely shot video of Kott in action.

 


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Marvel-Us-Triton

Posted on September 5, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Marvel-Us Customs are a small custom shop from Phoenix, Arizona. They specialize in building cutting edge vintage and pre 80’s bikes to show stopping quality. They also have a love for British bikes. Like this beautifully restored Triton. Here’s a list of specs (deep breath)… The bike is a 1956 Triumph T110 pre unit motor with a 750cc morgo kit and dual 930 amal carbs. The frame is the classic 1964 Norton featherbed slimline. The rims are Akront high shoulder rims, it has 19″ dunlop front and back. Haward belt drive and the swing arm was streched 2 1/2″ for a longer base and to fit the 19 x4.0 in the narrow norton swing arm. Got all that? In simple terms it’s one stunning ride that has us rabid like Cujo.


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Cafe Racer Documentary

Posted on August 28, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Video. No Comments

Found out about the release of this film on the best cafe racer blog ‘The Return of the Cafe Racer’. Two years in the making, “Cafe Society” is the first, full-length documentary film to chronicle the origins, legacy and rebirth of this, one of the world’s most unique motorcycles and motorcycle subcultures. Filmed on location throughout the UK, Europe and U.S. by crews from Chet Burks Productions and Mike Seate of Cafe Racer magazine, “Cafe Society” brings viewers a rare, intimate view of the Ton-Up culture. For more info, previews and pics visit Cafe Society Film. Heres a preview of the film…

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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on August 25, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 13 comments

One of our favourite forums is the SOHC4 forum. They always have the most amazing Cafe Racers being posted by their members. Like this spectacular yellow 1976 Honda CB550 by Chris from New Jersey. He purchased the original bike for only $600 and has turned it into one of the sweetest cafe racers we have seen this year. We are definitely bias to the Benjies style of cafe racer. The tank, seat and paint job are absolutely perfect. Hit the jump to see Chris’s build pics and more details about this beast.


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GS750 Cafe Racer

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Rat. 12 comments

We all like it a bit rough and ready now and then. Sometimes I hate posting bikes that are too perfect. The soul of a cafe racer sometimes lives in the imperfections. Like a few scratches on the tank or a handmade seat that has a few random bolts. Like this awesome 1978 Suzuki GS750 I found on an old cafe racer thread (if you own it please let me know). There’s a great article on McNews about how the GS750 back in it’s day was the first Japanese superbike to get it right. The CB750 and Kawasaki Z900 both didn’t handle as well as the GS750 (I’m sure some of you will disagree). Anyway, as you can see it’s a great platform for a cafe racer. If you are looking to rip your arms off, check out this unique Nitrous Oxide running Dirt Drag GS750 for sale on Bikepoint.


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Hidemo Mod Cafe

Posted on August 9, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

You don’t find many Japanese custom shops creating HD cafe racers. But Hidemo (stands for Hide Motorcycles) are doing it in exceptional style. We friggin love this Harley. The bike is named the Mod Cafe 3 which is obviously a tribute to the cafe racer and Mod scene in Britian. It even has a Quadrophenia logo. For those that weren’t mods in the 60’s, Quadrophenia is the name of British rock band The Who sixth studio album. Overall it’s a beautiful cafe racer and a great tribute to one of the greatest rock bands the world will ever see.


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R100 BMW Rocker

Posted on August 6, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Last September Gateway BMW bought a sorry looking 1988 R100RT and Ryan Manley (pictured) was given the job to transform the R100 into a beautiful cafe racer. The silver tank and seat with black frame, wheels and final drive is a great look. We also dig the new exhaust pipes on it. They are EMGO universal Shorty pipes, which apparently can be heard over a Harley. The seat is not finished in this pic but you can see it on the Gateway BMW site, plus all the details on the build. The bike has been sold to some lucky bastard and I’m sure he hasn’t stopped grinning.


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British Customs

Posted on August 3, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. 5 comments

British Customs in California have parts and accessories for nearly every model of Triumph motorcycle. They sell some great Triumph body accessories like cafe racer seats, fuel tank covers and custom pipes. The black Bonneville below was customised from all their gear. Love the black on black. It looks a little bit cookie cutter at the moment but once you add your own personal touches it could be a really sweet ride. (Would like to see a big dent in that tank as well, looks too new and perfect).


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