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 - Limited Edition – Unikat Triumph T100

Limited Edition – Unikat Triumph T100

For custom motorcycle builders making ends meet is a tough gig. Sometimes it takes more than just waiting for customers to come walking through the door. Poland’s Unikat Motorworks have set out to solve the problem by developing an off-the-shelf custom solution for new Triumph Bonneville T100 customers. Working closely with Triumph…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Six Fifty Stile – Triton Cafe Racer

Six Fifty Stile – Triton Cafe Racer

There are plenty of custom motorcycles born of mixed parentage. Some should never have been conceived and yet others like the Triton cafe racer were a match made in two-wheeled heaven. Take one of the best frames of the 1960s, a Norton Featherbed, and marry it to one of the fastest engines…

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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 - Made of Metal – Triumph Speed Triple

Made of Metal – Triumph Speed Triple

One place where form should never compromise function is in the world of motorcycle customisation. This is particularly relevant when customising a motorcycle such as the Triumph Speed Triple. The Speed Triple lays claim to being one the first factory built bikes to adopt the streetfighter style. This was a bold move…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe King – Thruxton Triumph Factory Custom

Cafe King – Thruxton Triumph Factory Custom

Triumph certainly seem to have gotten the formula right when they released their Thruxton R. I’ve heard both seasoned motorcycle journalists and Thruxton R owners state that there’s nothing they’d change about the top of the range cafe racer. For the most part, I’d agree, but I’m also a big believer that…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Racers of Instagram 003 Street Cup

Cafe Racers of Instagram 003 Street Cup

If you’re on Instagram and you’re not following Cafe Racers of Instagram go do it now! Now that’s done you’ll be enjoying a feed filled with awesome custom two-wheeled eye candy. Cafe Racers of Instagram is the brainchild of motorcycle addicts David Chang and Andrew Blaschko. On their page, which is well…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Tribute – Trophy Cafe Racer

Triumph Tribute – Trophy Cafe Racer

Great bikes should be ridden. Matt built his Triumph Trophy cafe racer as a tribute to a motorcycle once ridden by his late father. Pieced together over 3 years the Trophy was always destined to be raced. So, when the Bike Shed London held the first ever Cafe Racer Cup Matt signed…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building a Café Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Shakedown

Building a Café Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Shakedown

In this third and final instalment on Blacktrack Motors BT02 Triumph ‘Thruxman’, we learn about the final build stage. Sacha Lakic explains the rebuild process and the all-important safety shakedown. Sacha also shares some insights into the direction he is heading with his Blacktrack brand and what we can expect to see from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 3×3 – Competizione Triumph Speed Triple

3×3 – Competizione Triumph Speed Triple

In 1992 Ducati’s Monster redefined the naked motorcycle category. Then in 1994 Triumph took things a step further. Their Speed Triple used a revolutionary design that motorcycling press quickly labelled as the ultimate hooligan bike. Prior to its creation, the only bikes bearing the same mix of styling and performance were those…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Building A Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Build

Building A Cafe Racer – Blacktrack BT02 Build

In part 2 of our ‘Building a Cafe Racer’ series with Blacktrack motorcycles, we discuss the build of their Norton Manx inspired BT02 Thruxman. With a design concept set in stone Sacha Lakic and his team begin translating the design into functional components to fit to their Triumph Thruxton R donor bike. Here…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Smoked MT777 – Triumph Daytona 675

Smoked MT777 – Triumph Daytona 675

En route to the tropical paradise that is Bali, the average Joe would be looking forward to lazing on the beach, drinking cheap cocktails and buying bargain-priced fashion rip-offs. For yours truly though the best that Bali has to offer is its awesome custom motorcycle workshops. Sure you could just make a…

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