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House of Cool Yamaha Yardbuilt XSR700

Yamaha’s Yardbuilt series is the brainchild of the companies visionary project manager, Shun Miyazawa. The series kicked off back in 2011 and since then its lead to the creation of over 65 collaborative custom builds. The Yardbuilt series has been so successful that it has contributed to the trend for manufacturers to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 10 Mistakes When Building a Cafe Racer

10 Mistakes When Building a Cafe Racer

The crew at Return of the Cafe Racers have collectively been writing, riding and mulling over cafe racers for decades. And while we’re not master builders we know a thing or two about putting together a kickass custom motorcycle. Recently we published a list of the 10 essential ingredients of a cafe…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Same But Different – Thirteen & Co. CB750F

Same But Different – Thirteen & Co. CB750F

Mark Twain once postulated, “There is no such thing as a new idea“. This can definitely be said of the goings-on in the world of custom motorcycles. Ideas are reused and repurposed time and time again. So where the real talent lies is in creating something that either appears unique or is…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Goldtop 1975 Lancer Jacket

Riding Gear – Goldtop 1975 Lancer Jacket

Any riding gear manufacturer can create up a “retro” jacket. But only those who have been around for a while can offer a 70s design pulled straight from their own back catalog. Goldtop from England has been making motorcycle apparel and accessories since 1951, often with an eye on classic cafe racer…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Distinctive Duke – Bolt Motor Co. Monster S2R

Distinctive Duke – Bolt Motor Co. Monster S2R

Ducati has been producing its Monster since 1993. Looking back over the years there wasn’t a lot of variation in the appearance of the iconic naked bike until around 2008. Ducati played with different specs, mufflers, bikini fairings, wheels, and livery, but aesthetically they barely differed from one another. So, as you…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Bell Moto 3 Fasthouse

Riding Gear – Bell Moto 3 Fasthouse

It’s a perfect collaboration. In 2016, renowned helmet brand Bell Helmets brought back their iconic full face Moto 3 after a forty-year absence. Now they’ve teamed up with Fasthouse, a brand steeped in the old-school dirt bike cool of California’s lawless 60s and 70s, to bring out an eye-catching colorway that uniquely…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Blimburn – Tamarit Bonneville Cafe Racer

Blimburn – Tamarit Bonneville Cafe Racer

When you’re on to a good thing, stick to it. Tamarit Motorcycles have a soft spot for Triumphs. They kicked off their business with 5 modest Triumph projects in 2015 during which they developed 5 bolt-on parts. Now, less than 5 years later they’ve built an unfathomable 52 custom motorcycles. What’s even…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Racer Forge Heated Gloves

Riding Gear – Racer Forge Heated Gloves

Modern battery technology isn’t just improving electric cars and smartphones. Better batteries now mean more comfortable rides deep into the heart of winter – without stringing yourself up in wires. A joint effort between riding gear retailer Urban Rider and glove company Racer France, these Racer Forge Heated Gloves utilize two rechargeable…

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