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Triumph Cafe Racers

The origins of this famous British motorcycle marque go back to 1884, well before the first actual Triumph motorcycle appeared in 1902. By the 1920’s Triumph was building 30,000 cars and motorcycles a year. During the 50s many cafe racers were powered by Triumph engines due to their ability to reach the revered 'ton' or 100 miles per hour. Triumph is arguably one of the most popular motorcycle brands in the world and is arguably the leader in the “everything old is new again” retro bike wave.

Return of the Cafe Racers - Nova Motorcycles Triumph Thruxton 900

Nova Motorcycles Triumph Thruxton 900

Prior to Hinckley releasing their acclaimed water-cooled Bonnevilles they’d had a great run with their air-cooled predecessors. Despite not offering the same refined level of performance as the newer models they amassed a huge global following during their time in the spotlight. Despite their popularity, the most disappointing of the air-cooled Bonnies…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Omega Racer Cafe’d Triumph Bonneville

Omega Racer Cafe’d Triumph Bonneville

As efficient as automation is has been responsible for the death of many age-old skills. In the world of aftermarket motorcycle parts, this definitely rings true. Finding someone who can fabricate a part from scratch for your cafe racer project can be very difficult. Worse still, when you do find someone capable…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bad Blood Tamarit Motorcycles Thruxton 1200 R

Bad Blood Tamarit Motorcycles Thruxton 1200 R

If you’re a Triumph owner living in Europe and you want to modify your bike you’re spoilt for options. There’s a long list of amazing European custom workshops who can realise your two-wheeled fantasy. Amongst them, however, is a handful of garages who specialise in reimagining Triumph’s modern classics. One such workshop…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Well Nourished – Berry Bad Triton Racer

Well Nourished – Berry Bad Triton Racer

I think the term ‘patina’ is often misused in the custom world. Nowadays it seems to be applied to any old rust bucket that’s been left to rot in a barn. We probably have the whole rat bike scene to blame for that. Stating that a motorcycle had patina used to be…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Sunday Screening – Thornton T120 & BMW R18

Sunday Screening – Thornton T120 & BMW R18

Here’s a little something to get you through another night glued to the couch. Our latest instalment of the Sunday Screening motorcycle video series takes a look at 2 very different bikes. The first is a Bonneville Triumph T120 by Thornton Hundred Motorcycles in the UK customised for a repeat customer. The…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bob the Boosted – Mr Martini Triumph Legend TT

Bob the Boosted – Mr Martini Triumph Legend TT

Nicola Martini, aka Mr Martini, aka the Mad Hatter, is an Italian custom bike builder, restauranteur and retailer. The self-proclaimed dreamer embraces individuality and has earnt himself a reputation for building motorcycles that push boundaries and raise eyebrows. This Triumph Legend TT project gave Martini the chance to try something a little…

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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 - Triple the Triton – Jim Hodges T150 Cafe Racer

Triple the Triton – Jim Hodges T150 Cafe Racer

What better way to kick off a new year of cafe racers than with a classic? This Triton cafe racer is the work of seasoned British bike expert and design engineer, Jim Hodges. It seems serendipitous that Jim’s workshop, Team R&D Motorcycles, is located in the birthplace of cafe racer culture, the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Charleston – Citroën 2CV Inspired Bonneville

Charleston – Citroën 2CV Inspired Bonneville

This wildly customized Bonneville is the handiwork of Triumph aficionados, South Garage Moto Co. It was created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the iconic Citroën 2CV. The French automobile manufacturer tasked South Garage with building the bike at their workshop in Milan. Nicknamed ‘Charleston’, after one of the most iconic iterations of…

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

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE Ride Review

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 - Bare it All – Hammer Kraftrad Rocket 3

Bare it All – Hammer Kraftrad Rocket 3

The Triumph Rocket 3 is a lot of things. A monstrous cruiser. A torque powerhouse. A modern classic. But it can also be the blanket that the proverbial mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, bumbag-wearing crowd gravitate to. They commission bikes adorned with chrome and airbrushed women riding dragons. Such bikes need rescuing and Germany’s Hammer…

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