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…
Yamaha is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the SR400/500 motorcycle series. This is a limited edition 2008 SR400 they have released. I am guessing it will be quite hard to get your hands on one. I would almost keep it stock if i bought one. no point turning one into a cafe racer. they do look beautiful as is. You can still buy these in Japan at reasonable prices. There’s also rumours that Yamaha are going to stop producing the SR400 in 2009 so these could really be collectors items.
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