Return of the Cafe Racers - Muscle Bound – Blacksilver XJR1300

Muscle Bound – Blacksilver XJR1300

I never thought I was a fan of muscle bikes until I rode a Yamaha XJR1300. It was in 2015 when Yamaha held a global launch event in Sydney for the XJR1300 cafe racer. At the time I hadn’t had much experience riding an inline four, let alone anything with a capacity of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bright Sparks – 3 New Electric Motorcycles

Bright Sparks – 3 New Electric Motorcycles

With many of the major car manufacturers now developing electric vehicles it was only a matter of time before motorcycle makers followed suit. The biggest surprise for me is that Harley-Davidson seems to be leading the way. At EICMA 2018 they unveiled an updated, production-ready version of their much anticipated ‘Livewire’, but…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - MRS Oficina Kawasaki Z900RS

MRS Oficina Kawasaki Z900RS

If you’ve read my ride review of the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS or its cafe racer counterpart, you’d know I‘m rather fond of them. In fact, if I had the spare cash sitting around I’d go out and buy one tomorrow. So it goes without saying that I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Samurai – AMS Kawasaki ZZR600

The Samurai – AMS Kawasaki ZZR600

I’ve been an invited guest at Kustomfest Indonesia for 5 years now. Thanks to the show I’ve made some great friends and enjoyed some epic trips around the Emerald Isle. The one thing that I have loved most about the show is seeing each builder’s skills evolve over time. Three years ago…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Dozen – Moto Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer

Royal Dozen – Moto Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer

When a customer brought his ’76 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 to Czech workshop ‘Gas & Oil Motorcycles’ they were honoured to have the opportunity to work on such an iconic Italian marque. The aptly named ’12 Royal’ is the twelfth build from O&G workshop and they described the experience as a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Mein Motorrad – MZ Skorpion cafe racer

Mein Motorrad – MZ Skorpion cafe racer

The Skorpion Sport was produced by German motorcycle manufacturer MZ (Motorrad und Zweiradwerk) between 1994 and 2004. Although you may have never heard of the Skorpion, or it’s manufacturer, the bike proved very popular in Europe as an alternative to Japanese inline fours. By combining a bulletproof engine with a well-designed frame and capable…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

Ride Review – Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

I’d been burning around town on the Svartpilen 401 for a week. The time had finally come to exchange it for the top of the range Husqvarna Vitpilen 701. This was the one I’d be waiting for. Although Husqvarna doesn’t openly state it, this bike is without a doubt a modern interpretation…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

Ride Review – Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

Too much hype can lead to disappointment. We see it almost every time Apple reveals a new product or there’s another episode added to the Star Wars saga. Marketers feed us juicy images and teaser videos to get us all excited, but when the product arrives it doesn’t deliver. This was my…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Monstrosity – Roissetter Ducati Monster 1100

Monstrosity – Roissetter Ducati Monster 1100

Rebuilding wrecked bikes means being prepared to take on some real challenges. When Marc Roissetter bought his Ducati Monster 1100 he knew he had his work cut out for him. Marc found the donor bike at a wrecker in the United Arab Emirates where he lives. Along with having sustained crash damage it…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 5 motorcycle wiring mistakes (and how to avoid them)

5 motorcycle wiring mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Tom John, the man behind Purpose Built Moto, has 13 years of electrical contracting work up his sleeves. This is evidenced by the bulletproof electrical systems he installs on his own custom bike builds. As part of my ongoing ‘Building a Cafe Racer’ series, I invited Tom to contribute a story about the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Done and Dusted – Honda CB750 K2

Done and Dusted – Honda CB750 K2

It’s been almost a year since I featured Andy Mergerle’s Honda CB750 cafe racer project. It’s not often I publish an incomplete bike. I liked the look of Andy’s CB so much though that I couldn’t pass it up. Since then he’s continued to work on the CB750 K2 and now it’s…

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