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Transforming a Tourer – Si Mantas R1200RT

In full dress, the BMW R1200RT tips the scales at hefty 259kg. This is by no means an ideal starting point for any cafe racer build. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done though. With a 110 bhp, 120Nm Boxer protruding from its frame the R1200RT packs plenty of punch. However, it…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Show Stopper – Thornton Panigale 1299

Show Stopper – Thornton Panigale 1299

This year the London Bike Shed show played host to an astounding 281 custom motorcycles and over 17,000 visitors. As I watched the event unfold from the other side of the world it was obvious the quality of builds has reached all new heights. Amongst all the incredible bikes at the show,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - One Hand Made – MV Agusta Brutale

One Hand Made – MV Agusta Brutale

Try tying your shoes with one hand behind your back. Now imagine building a custom motorcycle like that. There’s no denying this custom MV Agusta Brutale by ONEHANDMADE in Taiwan is an incredible piece of rolling art. However, once you know more about its creator your appreciation of the bike will be…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Aquila Nera – Le Mans 1000 Cafe Racer

Aquila Nera – Le Mans 1000 Cafe Racer

I want a Moto Guzzi. I love the simple frames, huge engines and shaft driven rear wheel. The absence of a chain, cables, rods and wires pleases my eyes. To me, a Moto Guzzi makes the perfect minimalist café racer and time and time again custom builders prove my point. Side Rock…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bigger Badder Beemer – Gallows Garage K120

Bigger Badder Beemer – Gallows Garage K120

Perth’s Kaylan Galloway is a guy who likes to do things the hard way. Probably because he can. A welder by trade, he is a one-man band on a mission. Being a long time BMW K-series fan this bike, a BMW K100 based cafe racer, is his second. The first was a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Kurva Gang – Bullita CB750 Bol d’Or

Kurva Gang – Bullita CB750 Bol d’Or

I love a good backstory. For many builders, it was the influence of a family member or friend that got them started with customising bikes. Others had professions that gave them the skills to do the job or were simply driven by their desire and passion to build something unique. The story…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Gear Review – Goose Motorcycle Tent

Gear Review – Goose Motorcycle Tent

I feel the need… the need to go camping! I don’t know about you, but the idea of heading out on a motorcycle for a few days of camping sounds like the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Gear Review – Pando Moto Steel Black 9 Jeans

Gear Review – Pando Moto Steel Black 9 Jeans

Call me a hipster, but if there’s one thing I like more than my blue Levi’s it’s my black ones. I’ve been searching for a good looking pair of black motorcycle jeans…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – REV’IT! Tracer Air Overshirt

Riding Gear – REV’IT! Tracer Air Overshirt

The hotter it gets, the harder it is to properly suit up for a ride — over 35c, the idea of a jacket just doesn’t appeal. The range of REV’IT overshirts offer…

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