Motorcycle Reviews

Manufacturers have jumped on the retro and custom motorcycle bandwagon. If you want to own a cafe racer or a scrambler styled motorcycle you can now buy one right off the showroom floor. From the latest addition to the Triumph Bonneville range to the updated Ducati Scrambler or BMW R Nine T, we test ride and review them all. If you're interested in owning a retro bike without any of the ongoing maintenance or DIY challenges you can start researching here with one of our in-depth motorcycle reviews.
Return of the Cafe Racers - EICMA 2019 – 10 of the best new motorcycles

EICMA 2019 – 10 of the best new motorcycles

The 2019 Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori, or EICMA as it is commonly known, is in full swing. As always the world’s motorcycle manufacturers have descended on Milan to showcase their up and coming releases for the year ahead. Amongst the many new motorcycles unveiled at the show were a handful…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Ducati Scrambler 1100

Ride Review – Ducati Scrambler 1100

How much difference can 300cc make? I made the mistake of thinking the Ducati Scrambler 1100 wasn’t much more than a hopped-up styling exercise in the ever-expanding Scrambler range. Yes, it had a bigger engine, but how much was that really going to change things? I’d already ridden a wide range of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Ride Review – Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Triumph seems to have created the ultimate Scrambler. They’ve gone a step further than everyone else and built a fully capable, off-road-ready motorcycle worthy of carrying the Scrambler name. After missing the Australian press launch of the Triumph Scrambler 1200 I was looking for the right opportunity to give one a proper…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Conundrum – 2019 Modern Cafe Racers

Cafe Conundrum – 2019 Modern Cafe Racers

If you read through the comments section on any modern cafe racer review you are sure to come across a statement like this… “There’s no such a thing as a factory-built cafe racer!” It’s the opinion of a purist and one we can relate to. How can you name a motorcycle straight…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Yamaha XSR900

Ride Review – Yamaha XSR900

My dog doesn’t care for the Yamaha XSR900. When I arrive home on any other motorcycle the small ball of fur masquerading as a canine runs to the window to stare out at me. But for the last few weeks, I’ve been riding the XSR900, the family furniture destroyer is nowhere to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Triumph Speed Twin

Ride Review – Triumph Speed Twin

O, to be a motorcycle journalist in the 1970s. When men were hairy, and bikes were lairy. With their barely-there brakes, explosive power bands and ‘let’s hope this works’ engineering, bikes back then were about as hard to review as cold beer is to drink. If they didn’t break your bones or…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – 2019 Street Twin and Scrambler 900

Ride Review – 2019 Street Twin and Scrambler 900

It’s been 3 years since the release of Triumph’s water-cooled Bonneville range. Amongst the first of the new Modern Classics to hit showroom floors was the Street Twin. Powered by a 900cc version of the updated parallel twin, it was the entry-level option in the all-new range. At the time of its…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Royal Enfield 650 Twins

Ride Review – Royal Enfield 650 Twins

Royal Enfield lay claim to producing the world’s longest constant production motorcycle design. The first Royal Enfield Bullet rolled out of the UK factory back in 1931. Despite it being produced for some 88 years there are still many similarities between the first Bullet and those being produced today. So, as you…

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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 - Retro Bike on a Budget – 5 Cheap Motorcycles

Retro Bike on a Budget – 5 Cheap Motorcycles

The motorcycle industry as a whole has been struggling through declining sales for several years now. There are plenty of theories as to why this is, but one that I think isn’t being discussed enough is the price. Right now in Australia if you wanted to go out and buy a brand new,…

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

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701-Ride Review

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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