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Hodaka Cafe Racer

Posted on August 1, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

What a great little Cafe Racer. Hodaka was an American-Japanese company that unfortunately didn’t produce motorcycles for very long. Pretty much between 1960 and mid 1970’s. This is a two stroke, single cylinder 1972 Hodaka Ace 100. We love the rawness of this featherweight cafe racer. Stripped back to the basics like they should be. If you are a Hodaka fan or just want to know more, check out Strickly Hodaka for everything Hodaka.



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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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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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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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1969 Hishiki Sumiya CR750

Posted on July 18, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. No Comments

This Honda CR750 Replica has been in the making for 6 years. Painstakingly built by a guy called Simon from Cheshire in the U.K. It started life as a beat up old CB750. Some of you might be wondering about the 80’s ski suit looking colour scheme. It’s actually the 1969 Suzuka 8-hour winning colour scheme ridden by Honda development riders Hishiki and Sumiya (who died in 1975 racing). Those crazy japanese loved their bright colours. We really like how he had the balls to choose this colour scheme instead of the more common red and silver. Simon we take our helmets off to you mate. Brilliant job and we look forward to seeing the vid of this machine on the move. If you want more detail on this build you can find Simon on the SOHC Forum. [Thanks to Gav for this tip]


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Jay Leno’s Superhawk

Posted on July 16, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Video. No Comments

Jay Leno has an amazing collection of cars and motorbikes. Just some of his motorcycles include a couple of Vincents, a Ducati Desmosedici and a rare 1930 Brough Superior. His garage where he keeps all his machines is about 17,000 square feet, sizeable, to say the least, for a private garage. Anyway heres a little vid from Jay Lenos Garage talking about his beautiful 1962 Honda 305 Superhawk.

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CB350F Cafe Racer

Posted on July 15, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 2 comments

Hail the Honda! The CB350F is one of the smallest and most sophisticated mass produced four-cylinders ever built. It was only built for two years from 1972-74. This 1974 Honda CB350F Cafe Racer was recently sold on ebay. The seller threw in the url cb350F.com to sweeten the deal. Judging by the new owners comments on his site like “sexist bike on the planet” he is obviously head over heals in love with his new purchase. Why wouldn’t he be? It’s a beautiful example of what a classic cafe racer should look like. Clip-ons, uncomfortable cafe seat and lots of chrome. For more pics check out this flicr gallery.

 


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Ward Brothers Collection

Posted on July 15, 2009 by Scott in Classic. 2 comments

This Saturday 19th July the Ward Brothers’ Collection of vintage motorcycles and automobiles go to auction. The auction will take place at Henley-on-Thames, UK but overseas bidders are welcome via phone/online. For those collectors out there this will be one you won’t want to miss. They have a range of vintage bikes from a 1920’s AJS through to 1950’s Vincent’s, Norton’s and BSA’s (if only i had room in my garage!). They even have a very rare 1928 McEvoy-JAP that’s expected to sell for more than 120,000 pounds (thats around $200,000 us). If you are interested or just want to drool over the auction catalogue visit Bonhams.

 


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1934 Husqvarna 500 TT Replica

Posted on July 11, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 2 comments

This 1934 Husqvarna 500 TT Replica is owned by Chris Carlson of California. Rumour has it that no factory models of this year exist anywhere in the world. Unfortunately due to accidents at loading docks (there’s one in the ocean), crashes and a truck-fire none have survived. A handful of these replicas were built in Smaland, the same region as Huskvarna. After 9000 hours of work, No shortcuts such as buying similar parts were taken. Everything was built by hand using old factory drawings and borrowed original parts as templates. What a beautiful bike. Now I’m off to go scuba diving to find one of these damn original bikes… might be a little bit rusty by now.
[Pic from The World of Motorcycles]


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