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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 - 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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Return of the Cafe Racers - Michael Bolt-on – MCM custom Triumph T100

Michael Bolt-on – MCM custom Triumph T100

When I’m not obsessing over motorcycles or writing features like this I like to watch people building things on Youtube. This includes cars which lead to me following MOOG and Marty, 2 Aussie automotive enthusiasts who run a channel called ‘Mighty Car Mods’. On their often amusing channel, they usually work on…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hammer Kraftrad Triumph Rocket 3

Hammer Kraftrad Triumph Rocket 3

Michael Hammer’s workshop, Hammer Kraftrad, is located in the northern reaches of Bavaria. So it’s no surprise he loves his BMW’s. Michael knows more about German K’s than a Berlin raver and has more experience with horizontal twins than a 70’s rock star. But this time around he’s turned his talents to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Tasteful Triton – Berry Bads’ Norton featherbed

Tasteful Triton – Berry Bads’ Norton featherbed

The Japanese custom automotive scene is bursting with unbound creativity and world-class craftsmanship. So for a photographer whose passion lies in custom automotive its a bucket list destination. This feature comes to us directly from Japan thanks to two such photographers. Christine Gabler and Marc Holstein travelled to the land of the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - SUNDAY SCREENING – ESCAPE THE CITY LIMITS

SUNDAY SCREENING – ESCAPE THE CITY LIMITS

This week’s Sunday Screening was produced by French moto-apparel brand Age of Glory. ‘Escape the City Limits’ celebrates the companies ethos that is rooted in vintage motorcycles and motorcycling. The film features 2 very desirable classic bikes being enjoyed in the French countryside. A Triumph Rickman Metisse and classic Husquvarna 250 similar…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Winter Blues – CROIG Triumph Ice Racer

Winter Blues – CROIG Triumph Ice Racer

With over a million Instagram followers ‘Cafe Racers of Instagram’ (aka CROIG) have one of the world’s biggest social motorcycle followings. It’s a huge achievement and one that comes with a few rewards. Back in 2018, they teamed up with Triumph Motorcycles for the build of CROIG 003, a tightly customised Street…

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