New Direction – Kawasaki Z1000 Cafe Racer

It may come as a surprise, but cafe racers aren’t the only style of custom motorcycle I admire. Back when I launched Return of the Cafe Racers I was (obviously) obsessed with the cafe style, but over time I’ve developed a soft spot for pretty much all manner of motorcycle customisation. Thankfully,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Breaking Limits – AC Calella Harley Sportster

Breaking Limits – AC Calella Harley Sportster

For most of its existence, the AMD World Championship of bike building has focused on chopper styled builds. Thankfully in recent years that’s changed. AMD has cottoned on to the fact that there are other styles that are just as popular as choppers…like, for instance, cafe racers. As a result AMD now…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - HANDCRAFTED – Aussie bike builder documentary

HANDCRAFTED – Aussie bike builder documentary

Although I spend a lot of time traveling to international shows, what excites me the most is the work of Australia’s homegrown talent. Handcrafted is a new Australian custom motorcycle documentary from the crew at Purpose Built Moto and Electric Bubble. It’s a beautifully shot and directed documentary that interviews a handful…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Honda Neo Sports Cafe CB1000R – Ride Review

Honda Neo Sports Cafe CB1000R – Ride Review

In the world of modern-retro motorcycles, there’s a new player who is somewhat of a black sheep. That’s mainly due to the fact that this motorcycle isn’t as “retro” looking as it’s brethren. To get around the issue its manufacturer (Honda) has created a new category of motorcycle which they’ve coined ‘Neo…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Avanzata – Buell M2 Cyclone

Avanzata – Buell M2 Cyclone

When Eric Buell released the Buell M2 Cyclone it sat in a sweet spot in his tubular framed range. The sportier S1 Lightning was quick but known for being uncomfortable while the S3 Thunderbolt sports tourer was a bit on the portly side. Sitting between the 2 was the Cyclone that bettered…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Motor Bike Expo Yamaha XJR1300

Motor Bike Expo Yamaha XJR1300

When you are the organiser of what is arguably the biggest custom motorcycle event in the world it goes without saying you should be riding a custom bike of your own. Federico Agnoletto is the man behind the Verona based ‘Motor Bike Expo’ which attracted an astounding 167,000 visitors in 2018. After…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Akin Alpha 2.0 Jacket

Riding Gear – Akin Alpha 2.0 Jacket

From the crew at Australian riding gear outfit Akin, comes the second edition of their awesome Alpha motorcycle jacket. After the release of the first Alpha jacket, the Akin crew put it…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Rokker Gentleman Racer Boots

Riding Gear – Rokker Gentleman Racer Boots

One of the better ways to beat the doldrums at the office is to ride to work. But if you don’t like the idea of doing a complete wardrobe change when you…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Hedon Mirage Reflective Jacket

Riding Gear – Hedon Mirage Reflective Jacket

London based Helmet manufacturer Hedon has expanded their range to include a revolutionary new motorcycle jacket. The Mirage is a reflective jacket that greatly improves safety by increasing rider visibility. The Mirage jacket…

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