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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 - The Titan – Tamarit Thruxton 900

The Titan – Tamarit Thruxton 900

Turning your passion into a successful business venture is a dream that many of us share. It’s no mean feat, but if what you do strikes a chord with other enthusiasts your life can take a whole new direction. This is the story of Spanish workshop Tamarit Motorcycles success. After the companies founder, a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Reborn Bonnie – Gasoline Motor Co Triumph Blak

Reborn Bonnie – Gasoline Motor Co Triumph Blak

The fear associated with crashing a motorcycle is two-fold. From an outsiders view it is the rider who they fear for the most, for the rider it’s his beloved motorcycle. It defies logic but as you pick yourself up off the road before you’ve even assessed the damage to your own body…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Mongrel – Our Custom Triumph T120 Bonneville

The Mongrel – Our Custom Triumph T120 Bonneville

One of the perks of running a custom motorcycle website like ‘Return of the Café Racers’ is being invited to special events in the motorcycle industry. Back in 2016, I had the privilege of flying to London to attend the official launch of the new Triumph Bonneville range. It had been 15…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - New Order – Custom Triumph Speed Triple

New Order – Custom Triumph Speed Triple

“The integration of post-punk, electronic and dance music made New Order one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s, but that brilliance came out of tragedy. The members were originally part of the band Joy Division until the lead singer Ian Curtis tragically committed suicide. I was always…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bonneville Test Bed –  Baptism Moto Triumph

Bonneville Test Bed – Baptism Moto Triumph

In 2011, I moved to Pensacola Beach from Miami. I also decided that I wanted to learn how to ride motorcycles since it’s a great and somewhat safe area to ride around. It wasn’t long before I got my license and started riding with my father-in-law using his Honda CBR250 until I…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bullet Time – Alo’s Cafe Thruxton R

Bullet Time – Alo’s Cafe Thruxton R

There’s no denying Triumph’s Thruxton R is a great looking bit of kit. The Hinkley team created a new version of their top of the range Modern Classic that exceeded pretty much everyone’s expectations. Their designers took cues from classic race bikes of the 50s and 60s and blended them with the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Café Contenders – 2001 to 2016 Triumph Bonneville range

Café Contenders – 2001 to 2016 Triumph Bonneville range

For years the de facto choice when building a cafe racer was the air-cooled, 865cc Triumph Bonneville. With very few changes it dominated the retro market for a generation – from its Hinkley manufactured beginnings in 2001 to its final EFI form rolled out of Thailand fifteen years later. And that’s because…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when building your own Cafe Racer, or any style of custom motorcycle for that matter is selecting a donor bike. Some time ago I published a story on this same topic that covered older motorcycles . Today I thought I’d take a look at some modern alternatives…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Spirit Racer – Hedonic Triumph Thruxton R

Spirit Racer – Hedonic Triumph Thruxton R

Is it possible to improve on perfection? After spending some time in the saddle of a Thruxton R you could easily argue no. The Brits did a stellar job with their top of the range Modern Classic. From the bike’s external appearance to its impressive performance the Thruxton ticks all the boxes…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Bonneville T100 – Ride Review

Triumph Bonneville T100 – Ride Review

Looking back over the past decade of publishing this website I can’t think of a year that offered more exciting new motorcycles than 2016. It’s clear that manufacturers have bought into the “new wave” of motorcycle customisation, recognising the attraction of classically styled motorcycles to backyard builders. One manufacturer, in particular, stood…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Back in Black – Triumph Trophy TR6C

Back in Black – Triumph Trophy TR6C

Andy is the hardest working man his son Ryan knows. He’s been up at 5 am every day since Ryan can remember, to run his own construction company in Connecticut. He’s a tough man to deal with and has high standards, always pushing Ryan to do his best. Andy’s also always had…

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