Royal Enfield Cafe Racers

Royal Enfield has been producing motorcycles since 1901. They provided two-wheeled transport during both world wars with production taking place in the UK. After World War II manufacturing moved to India with the first Indian made motorcycle debuting in 1949. Due to their popularity in India, Enfield enjoys some of the highest sales figures of any motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Royal Enfield also lays claim to producing the first factory-built cafe racer named the Continental GT. In 2017 Royal Enfield announced a new parallel twin, 650cc engine developed in the UK and it can be found in the latest iteration of their Continental GT cafe racer.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Treatment – Kromworks Bullet 500

Royal Treatment – Kromworks Bullet 500

For years it was the west who produced the best custom motorcycles. The greatest rides were done by cashed-up Europeans or well-heeled Americans. But in the last few years, there’s been a dramatic shift as the developing world has been the one to really watch when it comes to creativity. Take exhibit…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Full Metal Jacket – J&D Continental GT 535

Full Metal Jacket – J&D Continental GT 535

Jay Patel of J&D Custom Co. knows his way around a Royal Enfield. The last time we spoke he’d just launched a bolt-on Royal Enfield cafe racer kit for the Bullet. Today we’re taking a look at his latest build that also happens to be built on his favourite platform, the Royal…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Petrolettes Wrench Off – 650 Twin Build Off

Petrolettes Wrench Off – 650 Twin Build Off

Europe’s first all-female motorcycle festival, the ‘Petrolettes‘ has teamed up with Royal Enfield to create the ‘Petrolettes Wrench Off’. The Wrench Off is a freestyle custom build-off created by Petrolettes founder Irene Kotnik. Created as a way to connect female and inspire riders the Wrench Off challenges 4 all-female teams from 4…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Chop Talk – Madhouse Royal Enfield Indian

Chop Talk – Madhouse Royal Enfield Indian

It takes a lot of courage to dare to be different. For our latest ‘Chop Talk’ Progressive Insurance collaboration, we hear from J. Shia of Madhouse Motors. At her Boston based workshop, J. Shia specialises in antique motorcycle maintenance and restoration. It would seem though that when she has spare time on…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Nought Tea – Royal Enfield GT 650

Nought Tea – Royal Enfield GT 650

During the press launch of the Royal Enfield 650 Twins, they announced plans to work closely with custom builders in 2019. Well, they’ve certainly kept their promise! To date, they collaborated on an impressive 12 custom projects with both workshops and aftermarket brands. Amongst them is an S&S performance recording breaking land…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Up For Adventure  – Wrench Kings Himalayan

Up For Adventure – Wrench Kings Himalayan

There’s very little that dual-sport bikes share in common with cafe racers. When it comes to customisation though every builder shares a common goal of creating a better performing, better-looking bike. Take for instance this new build by Netherlands based workshop the Wrench Kings. Based on a Royal Enfield Himalayan this custom…

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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 - Lock Stock – Royal Enfield 650 Twin

Lock Stock – Royal Enfield 650 Twin

I’m in Sydney for the Australian release of the new Royal Enfield 650 twins. During the next couple of days, I will be spending time in the saddle of both the 650 Continental GT and Interceptor 650 and will publish a full ride review soon afterward. In the meantime, let’s take a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bandit9 Continental GT Cafe Racer

Bandit9 Continental GT Cafe Racer

Most of the bikes in the Bandit9 portfolio would look right at home exhibited in London’s Tate Modern. Bandit9 chief Daryl Villanueva fettles futuristic bodywork from sheet metal and merges it seamlessly with the raw mechanics of each donor motorcycle. However, for his latest project, Daryl has returned to more of a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

Is there such a thing as a factory built cafe racer? If you ask a purist they’ll tell you no way, but Honda, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and several other manufacturers are determined to have you thinking otherwise. It’s become pretty clear that this Cafe Racer fad is well and truly here to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Royal Racer – J&D Enfield Bullet Cafe Kit

Royal Racer – J&D Enfield Bullet Cafe Kit

Do you want a Royal Enfield cafe racer? You could just go out and buy a Royal Enfield Continental GT, but what if you’re after something a bit more unique? Indian workshop J&D Custom Co is in the final stages of developing a bolt-on kit that will transform any run of the mill…

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