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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 - The Royal Raven – TMW Continental GT 650

The Royal Raven – TMW Continental GT 650

Royal Enfield has been stirring things up in the custom scene with a string of commissioned builds based on their 650 twins. Late last year they invited their Australian dealer network to get involved by creating the ‘Busted Knuckles Build-Off’. A few weeks back we took a look at one entry built…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Sinroja Motorcycles GT 650 Drag Bike

Sinroja Motorcycles GT 650 Drag Bike

The Sinroja Brothers, Rahul, and Birju have just celebrated the 5 year anniversary of their workshop. Looking over their portfolio it’s hard to believe how much they’ve achieved in such a short time. Along with building an impressive collection of custom motorcycles for their customers, they’ve teamed up with brands and manufacturers…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Autologue GT 650 Cafe Racer Kit

Autologue GT 650 Cafe Racer Kit

Royal Enfield has been making waves in the custom scene since the release of their 650 twins. They’ve collaborated with custom workshops and hosted several of their own dealership build offs around the globe.  What makes these bikes great as a basis for customization is that they’re amazingly well priced and how…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Under Pressure – Project RE Continental GT 650

Under Pressure – Project RE Continental GT 650

What happens when you task an Avengers-style dream team of builders with a crazy 6-week deadline? In short, this Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 cafe racer. ‘Project RE’ is the result of a collaboration between  Billy of Western Australia’s Rogue Motorcycles and Ric Steele of MotoMAX. Ric approached Billy to see if he…

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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 - Royal Enfield 650 Review

Royal Enfield 650 Review

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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