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The Missing Piece - Puzzle Garage Honda Rebel

In 2015 Italian restauranteur Alessandro Dell?unto rented a small workshop space 500m from his restaurant. Why" Because when he?s not refining his lat...
23-04-2018 21:21

Riding Gear - Fuel Sergeant Waxed Pants

If you?re the kind of rider who spends their weekdays on asphalt and their weekends on dirt these new riding pants from Fuel Motorcycles will serve yo...
21-04-2018 21:20

Evolutionary Design - Auto Fabrica Yamaha XSR900

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the Muharremi brothers, the duo behind the United Kingdom?s ?Auto Fabrica?. At the time of visitin...
20-04-2018 21:21

Streetwear vs Riding Gear - Buying a Leather Motorcycle Jack

When it comes to riding gear every motorcyclist should own a good leather jacket. Historically leather has played a huge role in motorcycling and with...
15-04-2018 21:20

Pure Insanity - Darkus Madness 598 R

44 year old financial consultant and economics lecturer Jordi Soldevila is probably the last person you?d expect to be behind the creation of this ama...
12-04-2018 21:21

Roads We Ride - Waterfall Way

Here?s the latest edition of 'Roads We Ride', a collaboration between the folks at Pipeburn, Stories of Bike and Transport for NSW. In this ed...
10-04-2018 21:20

Fantastic Four - XTR Pepo Honda Hornet

Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo has been in the custom motorcycle building business for more than twenty years and he certainly doesn?t seem to be losing any ...
09-04-2018 21:21

Gear Review - Hedon Heroine Helmet

I have a penchant for motorcycle helmets and I will be the first to admit I have too many of them. I have 5 times as many helmets as I do motorcycles....
05-04-2018 21:24

Family Ties - Kaspeed Honda CB500

My name is Jimmy Dressel and together with my twin brother Mick and our dad Karsten we build bikes in our workshop, Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles. We res...
05-04-2018 21:24

Triple Shot - Bad Ass Triumph Speed Triple

From street fighter to café racer. This Triumph Speed Triple is barely recognizable beneath its new, retro exterior. This wild transformation is the w...
05-04-2018 21:24

Century Racer - Steve Caballero Honda Racer

Fabian Campos and David Morales of the Denton Moto Collective are all about helping people realize their two-wheeled dreams. At their shared workshop ...
01-04-2018 21:26

Riding Gear - Speedway 40L Backpack

For a great weekend trip away on your motorcycle you need a good pack. The wrong one can leave you with a sore back, soaked clothes, or not enough gea...
29-03-2018 21:25

Skin Deep - Honda CM400 Cafe Racer

One of the things that isn?t often talked about when we feature a custom motorcycle build is what condition the donor bike was in. Buying secondhand m...
28-03-2018 21:25

Black Panther - Seven Motors ZRX1100

No this isn?t the motorcycle belonging to Marvel?s top-grossing superhero. It is rather the latest build from Italian workshop Seven Motors. At the re...
27-03-2018 21:24

Riding Gear - Icon 1000 AXYS gloves

Builders of inventively unique motorcycles and makers of tough and functional riding gear, Icon 1000 are a company of riders with a stated goal of pro...
24-03-2018 21:25

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 o...
22-03-2018 21:24

Big in Japan - Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer

Sadly it looks like Yamaha's venerable SR400s time is coming to an end. Like so many other motorcycles falling victim to strict emissions rules, Y...
22-03-2018 21:24

Cut Snake - BMW R100RT café racer

When he?s not working on superyachts Sydney based engineer Brock gets his kicks tinkering with motorcycles. His latest bike is a BMW R100RT which he b...
20-03-2018 21:25

Riding Gear - Ace Cafe Box Hill Jacket

London?s Ace Cafe opened in 1938, became a legendary hub of rock ?n? roll and cafe racer motorcycle culture, then closed in 1969. Thirty or so years l...
18-03-2018 21:26

Wabi CB - Rollin Bikes Honda 750

The Japanese aesthetic philosophy of Wabi Sabi can be loosely translated as the acceptance of imperfection and transience. Applying this philosophy to...
15-03-2018 21:26

Black Beauty - JM Customs BMW R45

"This project kicked off with a stock 1982 R45 that had laid dormant in our client's garage for almost a decade," says JM Customs workshop owner J...
13-03-2018 21:24

Bullitt 821 ? Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

For years now I've been harping on about the Ducati Monster becoming the poster child for the café racer scene. Style wise the Monster offers a gr...
11-03-2018 21:25

Workshop Series - Earnest Hardin Overall

Welcome to our new "Workshop Series". In this new series, we will be revisiting our roots and returning to the workshop where this site began. Back th...
08-03-2018 21:23

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 ...
06-03-2018 21:23

Gear Review - Nexx XG100 R Helmet

If you're anything like me and have a strange obsession with motorcycle helmets you would have noticed the green and gold item that appeared along...
05-03-2018 21:24

Tokyo Trash - Yamaha SR400 Dustbin Racer

In motorsport, race teams are always looking for new ways to improve lap times. Back in the fifties when motorcycles were almost all naked teams began...
04-03-2018 21:22

Deus Goose - Custom Kawasaki Z900RS

As a follow up to our recent ride review of Kawasaki's new retro sports bike I thought we should take a look at one of the very first custom build...
02-03-2018 21:21

Riding Gear - Husqvarna Pilen Helmet

With the release of the Vitpilen 401 and 701 motorcycles in 2018, Husqvarna will re-enter the street bike market. To mark the occasion they?re offerin...
28-02-2018 21:22

Redline - Magni Black Edition Filo Rosso

As much as I can?t get enough of the modern classic trend sweeping the world of motorcycle manufacturing right now, many of new bikes miss their mark....
27-02-2018 21:21

The Mongrel - 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...
25-02-2018 21:20

The Other Half - Ask MC Honda XLR250R

All good things come in pairs. Take for instance Rad Yamamoto?s (aka Ask Motorcycles) latest project.  This is the second custom build that Rad displa...
24-02-2018 21:21

Riding Gear - Icon 1000 Varial Jacket

In time for the Northern Hemisphere?s spring comes the Icon 1000 Varial motorcycle jacket (which will do quite nicely for the Southern Hemisphere?s fa...
23-02-2018 21:20

Keanu Reeves Motorcycles - Arch Method 143

If you stayed glued to the television during the 2018 Superbowl ads you would have seen a rather amusing Squarespace advert featuring Keanu Reeves. In...
22-02-2018 21:20

Ride Review - Kawasaki Z900RS

Towards the end of 2017 when the Tokyo Motor and EICMA shows took place I got more than a little excited about the year that lay ahead. This is becaus...
19-02-2018 21:21

The Half Next Era 200 - Ask MC Honda TLR200

The Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom Show is a playground for large capacity custom motorcycles. American manufactured machines dominated the 2017 s...
15-02-2018 21:20

Riding Gear - AGV X3000 Legends Helmets

Italian manufacturer AGV has been protecting riders? heads for seventy years now. To celebrate, they?ve released their Legends Collection, a line of v...
14-02-2018 21:20

La Impetuosa 1262 - Valtoron Ducati Diavel

I?ve had many conversations with custom enthusiasts about dying crafts. Skills that have been replaced due to advancements in technology or simply bec...
12-02-2018 21:22

Roads We Ride - Commuting in Sydney

The Roads We Ride series continues this year with more insights into some of Sydney?s best-known riding roads and how to safely navigate them. This ti...
08-02-2018 21:21

Gear Review - Arkiv Modular Backpack

A backpack for any occasion.As a motorcyclist, finding the right backpack can be challenging. For years I've struggled to find a solution that ful...
08-02-2018 21:21

Simply Stunning - NitroCycles Suzuki GS850

"Make it simple?. With those few words, the owner described to me what he was after. I insisted we sat together a while longer so I could coerce a few...
07-02-2018 21:22

Formerly FRKNSTN - Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Following in the footsteps of champions is no mean feat. Before the dust had even settled at the end of the 2017 ?Sultans of Sprint? series a pair of ...
05-02-2018 21:23

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 ...
02-02-2018 21:21

Ride Review - Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer

After being away from home for the last half of 2017 and without a motorcycle I was chuffed when Moto Guzzi Australia offered up one of their latest m...
31-01-2018 21:22

Eighties Overhaul - Free Kustom Cycles CB500

Honda motorcycles CB series is undoubtedly one of the most popular choices for cafe racer conversions. The CB became the world?s first superbike with ...
28-01-2018 21:22

Riding Gear - Fuel Downtown Denim Jacket

From building custom motorcycles to manufacturing riding gear is there nothing Fuel Motorcycles can?t do" From their Barcelona based HQ, the Fuel MC t...
28-01-2018 21:22

First Cafe Racer build - CGL Kawasaki KZ550

I?m sure you?re all aware by now that I?m a sucker for a great first-time build. Nothing pleases me more than seeing a slick bike built by an amateur ...
23-01-2018 21:20

Straight Street - Purpose Built Sol Invictus Nemesis

It can be tough for a new brand to establish themselves with consumers, especially in the ?affordable? automotive market. When I had just finished my ...
19-01-2018 21:20

Riding Gear - 78 Sakura Gloves

High-end fashion for your fingers. There's no denying riding apparel has come a long way in the last decade. From manufacturing processes through ...
18-01-2018 21:20

Duke Redux - Barn Built Bikes SS1000DS

It?s not often we get to revisit a past project. We are all so focused on the future that we forget about the great things we?ve done in the past. Bac...
14-01-2018 21:20

Indo Style - 2017 Kustomfest Show

2017 marked Return of the Café Racers fourth trip to Jogjakarta for Indonesia?s premiere custom culture show, Kustomfest. Along with Luke Ray from Fue...
11-01-2018 21:20

Riding Gear - REV'IT Millburn Jacket

With winter well underway in the northern hemisphere, any time out on your motorcycle requires specialised gear. So if you?re planning on braving the ...
09-01-2018 21:20

Riding Gear - Scorpion Covert 3-in-1 Helmet

Hot on the heels of the Star Wars 'The Last Jedi? movie comes this Empire-esque helmet from US riding gear manufacturer, Scorpion. The white Scorp...
09-01-2018 21:20

Red Line - Tank Machine BMW R9T

It?s no secret that manufacturers have been watching what?s been happening in the custom scene. They?ve been releasing motorcycles aimed at those of u...
07-01-2018 21:20

Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2017

2017 was a great year. The custom motorcycle scene has continued to produce some truly incredible builds and we were honoured to feature many of them ...
03-01-2018 21:20

Riding Gear - Velomacchi Speedway Duffel

There are two types of people in this world. Those who pack their bag like they're taking part in the World Tetris Championships, and those who li...
02-01-2018 21:19

SSaga - Thor Cycles Ducati 900SS

Ducati - my second favourite Italian motorcycle manufacturer. There is no doubt that the Bologna factory has produced more than their fair share of le...
31-12-2017 21:20

Almost There - Andys Honda CB750 K2

With the end of 2017 right around the corner what better way to wrap up the year than with a build that epitomises what this site is all about, gettin...
23-12-2017 21:19

Kawasaki KZ1000 Mystery Ship

The ?Mystery Ship? was an aftermarket Kawasaki KZ1000 designed by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Craig Vetter in 1980.Motorcycle designer Vetter...
21-12-2017 21:19

From Trail to Tarmac - Vida Bandida Honda Tornado

As I'm typing this I find myself thinking that it actually makes a lot of sense to use a trail bike as the basis for a cafe racer build. They?re l...
18-12-2017 21:23

Riding Gear - Dainese Toga72 Jacket

If there's one Italian riding gear brand that's as iconic as the countries most recognised motorcycle manufacturer (sorry Guzzi fans I'm r...
17-12-2017 21:19

Chalcolithic Café Racer - BMW R100 R Mystic

Mankind has been discovering clever uses for copper since 9000BC. The stuff has been used to fashion tools, tile church roofs, build a supersized lady...
16-12-2017 21:19

Unexpected Places - Defined Motorcycles Yamaha XS

For most people, a small capacity Japanese bike probably doesn?t sound like an ideal trade-off for a classic Triumph TR6, but for 'Defined Motorcy...
13-12-2017 21:20

Rolling Thesis - Walter Castrogiovanni?s Ducati Valchiria

Do you remember what you were doing when you were 23" It was only a few years ago for me, around the time I got my first motorcycle and I was only jus...
11-12-2017 21:19

Cafe Contenders - Yamaha SR400 and SR500

At some stage, the tide turned against Yamaha?s SR400 and SR500. It might just be that I?m in Australia and we?ve been saturated with years of Deus-bu...
08-12-2017 21:18

Express Mail - XTR Pepo Mobylette SP 90

Writing XTR Pepo and moped in the same sentence is not something we'd usually expected to be doing. Pepo?s custom motorcycle builds tend to have a...
06-12-2017 21:19

Proud Father - White Collar Benelli BN 600R

You meet the nicest people building motorcycles. A few years back Luke Ray of Fuel Magazine and I took a trip to Bandung in Indonesia. After attending...
04-12-2017 21:18

Reversible Replica - Unikat Ducati GT750

"This motorcycle marked a new era for our workshop," says Micha? Pamu?a of Poland's UNIKAT Motorworks. "Not only did UNIKAT purchase and import th...
02-12-2017 21:18

The Curva - Honda CB550 K2

We?re big fans of ?backyard builds? here on Return of the Cafe Racers. During the past week, we have been fortunate enough to feature 2 very slick bik...
27-11-2017 22:20

Repli Racer - Spencer Motoworks Suzuki T500

If Ralph Spencer?s Suzuki T500 could talk it would have some epic tales to tell. From its life before Ralph when it was run into the ground and left f...
24-11-2017 22:18

Enduring Design - Moto Morini Corsaro Ti22

Although many manufacturers claim to offer their customers the ability to customise a new motorcycle, the options are usually limited to a choice of p...
21-11-2017 22:18

Bigzy - Broken Spoke Kawasaki Z1000ST

Joe Gibbons had a tough 2016. Along with a string of health and personal problems dragging him down he lost his job just before Christmas. Things were...
18-11-2017 22:12

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Revealed

In our recent feature discussing the cafe racer styled motorcycles at EICMA 2017 we left something very important out, but it was no accident. We'...
16-11-2017 22:18

Riding Gear Giveaway

Christmas is about giving, well at least that's what my mother told me. So, here at Return of the Café Racers, we're getting into the festive ...
14-11-2017 22:22

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...
12-11-2017 22:18

EICMA 2017 Cafe Racer Collection

Milan was once again buzzing with motorcycle mania as the world's top manufacturers gathered to showcase their latest developments at EICMA 2017. ...
09-11-2017 22:14

Zero - Officine GP Design GSX-S750

While the major motorcycle manufacturers are unveiling their new models at the EICMA show in Milan there are a handful of custom builders amongst them...
07-11-2017 22:14

Grey Flash - XTR Pepo Suzuki Bandit

What?s in a name" Traditionally names given to motorcycles by their manufacturers reflect a bike's character, but Suzuki?s aggressively named Band...
06-11-2017 22:14

Riding Gear - S&S Straight Savage Collection

Since 2009 Speed & Strength have been redefining riding gear with their "Two Wheel Communal Consciousness" approach. Creating well priced protective a...
04-11-2017 22:23

200 Meters of Madness - The Sultans of Sprint

It seems that the custom scene has been bitten by the drag racing bug. As motorcyclists, we all have an inherent love for speed, but when you combine ...
01-11-2017 22:24

Gold Rush - Espiat Yamaha XJR1200

It?s not often we deviate from our café racer theme, but every now and then something pops up that warrants a mention. This street tracker styled Yama...
30-10-2017 22:27

Gear Review - Jack Stillman Commodore Messenger Bag

 I think of bags kind of like jeans - once you?re on to a good brand and fit you?re set, at least until you inevitably wear them to death. But, trying...
29-10-2017 22:21

Made in China - Mandrill BMW R90

Since the launch of Return of the Cafe Racers in 2006 we?ve published stories covering custom motorcycle builds from workshops all over the world. Tho...
27-10-2017 22:13

True Spirit - 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

Honda's CB750 may very well have held the title of the world's first superbike but it was Kawasaki that knocked them off their perch with the ...
25-10-2017 22:15

Golden Touch - John Player Suzuki GS750

In the world of Formula 1 racing, no one has ever looked as stylish on the track as the 1970?s Lotus John Player Special team. A liberal coat of black...
22-10-2017 22:21

Seventies Citrus - Cleveland HThree Ace 250

We all know the big names in motorcycling. The companies that have pioneered two-wheeled transport for decades. Manufacturers like Triumph, Honda, Har...
20-10-2017 22:13

Ever Fallen in Love - Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

This whole adventure began when my partner in crime, Blake Bailey, a recreational custom motorcycle builder and founder Motobailey Shoe Co. bet me tha...
18-10-2017 22:18

Steely Blue - Harley Davidson Cafe Racer

If ever there was a person who was destined to become a metal fabricator it would have to be Josh Steele. If you look past his uncannily appropriate s...
15-10-2017 22:22

Lightweight Heavyweight - Ariel Ace R

Every motor enthusiast remembers the episode of Top Gear where Clarkson test drove the Ariel Atom for the first time. During that episode (season 5 ep...
12-10-2017 22:21

Dynamic Duo - Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

People who tinker with motorcycles are a special breed. What makes them truly unique though is their ability to bond with others who share the same ob...
10-10-2017 22:16

Riding Gear - Jane Motorcycles Driggs Jacket

?Our lives involve riding motorcycles every day and we needed a jacket that we could wear on and off the bike.?From New York?s Jane Motorcycles comes ...
07-10-2017 22:15

Times Two - Honda CB900F Cafe Racers

This project began last September. I had just sold my ?79 CB750 named ?smooth sailing? to a famous NFL player. I had a lot of fun building that bike a...
06-10-2017 22:16

Odd Job - Speedtractor Yamaha SRV250

Despite its underwhelming capacity, Yamaha?s SRV250 was a true performer. Yamaha already had the SR250, a downscaled version of the SR400, but it lack...
03-10-2017 22:16

Riding Gear - Icon 1000 Truant 2 boot

?Is it a moccasin" Is it a hi-top" Literally, no one knows.?The Icon 1000 approach to marketing their new Truant 2 riding boots may sound a bit like a...
02-10-2017 22:17

Sake Racer - XTR Pepo Honda Hornet

If there?s one builder who perfectly blends race track styling into his road going motorcycles it?s Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo. However, to assume these ...
01-10-2017 22:23

Back to Back - FCM Ural Land Speed Racer

If you?ve been following Return of the Cafe Racers for a while you?ll have noticed we have a soft spot for land speed racers. The combination of bulle...
30-09-2017 22:24

Finishing the Job - Purpose Built CB350F

Fixing other peoples mistakes may not sound all that appealing, but it can sometimes offer great rewards. Tom Gilroy of Purpose Built Moto in Queensla...
28-09-2017 22:27

Hanko - George Woodman?s Yardbuilt XSR700

Yamaha?s XSR700 falls into what Yamaha refers to as their Sport Heritage range, a category similar to Triumph?s Modern Classics or BMW?s Heritage seri...
26-09-2017 22:24

Riding Gear - RSD Trent Jacket

Roland Sands Designs has quickly become one of the hottest names in classically styled motorcycle apparel. Their latest offering, the Trent hooded jac...
25-09-2017 22:36

S is for Style - Meister Engineering BMW R100S

If there?s one thing every builder should strive to achieve when they customise a motorcycle it?s to improve upon its original construction. Many of t...
23-09-2017 22:23

Form and Function - Octane Motorcycles CBF600N

Sacrificing comfort for the sake of style is a common oversight of custom motorcycle building. It?s no secret that certain aspects of cafe racer styli...
20-09-2017 22:31

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