In the late ’80’s, Honda experimented with a number of very unusual motorcycles. The GB500 was one of them. It took its style from the old cafe racers – which is why i like it so much. One of the best things to come out of the 80’s in my humble opinion (and of course hyper colored tshirts).
The GB500 was a moderate success in Japan, but in the US sales were hindered by the American love for large engines and dislike of the fairly high price tag. Which is why it’s relatively rare bike and has a bit of a cult status.
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This is the Ace Cafe Racer named Little Miss Dynamite built by the Stonebridge Motor Company. What a beautiful machine. It’s a modern take on a cafe racer and packs a might punch. The 100ci S&S v-twin makes 135bhp and 105lb/ft of torque at 75% throttle and 5,000rpm. Other specs include 18” wheels running 120 width tires on the front and 160 on the rear, Öhlins suspension and Stonebridge Motor Company’s own Featherbed ‘Super’ Wideline frame. The 100ci S&S SB Sportster engine is mated to a Baker XL six-speed gearbox. [Via Hell for Leather]
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Wow, these bikes are sweet. Ritmo-Sereno is a japanese custom bike shop turning vintage european bikes into awesome cafe racers. Its not often you see many european cafe racers in japan. Not with all the Yamaha’s and Kawasaki’s over there. They also have a great collection of used bikes on their website. Helps if you can read Japanese though. Toire wa doko desu ka?
Came across these guys in my travels. They are called Spooky Tooth Cycles and are based in Tuscon Arizona. By combining standard bicycles with small two stroke engines, Spooky Tooth are creating some cool looking motor-cycles for their own thrill seeking purposes. They even fought the law in Arizona (and won) to have these bikes legal without registering them. Check this link to read more about that story.
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This blog’s name is inspired by this legendary cafe so i thought i should write a blurb about it. The Ace Cafe is full of history – it was originally built in 1938 to serve as a road side cafe stop for truckers using the new North Circular Road. It was open 24 hours a day – and being on one of the fastest roads in the country – bikers soon started to appear. It was bombed during the war then rebuilt in 1949 – it was the heart of the Mods and Rockers war – it was the home of Rock ‘n’ Roll and it owned the 50s. If you ride a bike the Ace Cafe was and still is THE place to meet.
Unfortunately the cafe closed it’s doors in 1969 and has been a bookies, a filling station and more recently a tyre depot – but importantly the building itself didn’t change. Then in 2001 Mark Wilsmore re-opened the Ace as a bikers cafe again – after years of work getting it off the ground. If you are ever in London it should be high on your list of places to visit. Theres always something on there. Live bands, theme nights and race meets.
This is a pretty cool jacket. Pays homage to the classic movie Easy Rider. Schott NYC make quality gear so this should be no exception. Not sure if they deliver it worldwide but at $590 its not bad. It doesn’t have the american flag on the back like the one in the movie which i believe is a good thing… millions of americans would probably disagree with me.
Ok. I was just on the Deus site and noticed they sell a kit for the SR400 to turn it into what they call a Grievous Angel. Looks so nice all black. Could be an option for my project. Check out these pics to see the kit and what the SR400 looks like after operation….
Now i thought i better post something other than a SR400. I feel like i have been too bias. I love the W650. It looks like a british bike and the japanese manufacturer Kawasaki don’t deny they copied some early british bikes. They are proud of what they created. Why wouldnt they be… Its an awesome looking machine and a great start to a cafe racer.
The Kawasaki W650 is designed to resemble British motorcycles of the early 1960’s. The styling is particularly based on the Triumph Bonneville. However, while British twin-cylinder motorcycles of the period had pushrod engines, the W650 is distinctive in having an shaft-driven overhead camshaft similar to those used on single-cylinder motorcycles from Ducati and Velocette.Heres a couple of pics to get you excited. I particularly love the b&W pic…