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Café racer builders, Japanese style

Ped Baker, 07 November 2009 13:00

Custom built café racers are usually the domain of the back street garage.Small teams working out of cramped lock-ups, producing personal and unique machines. But in Japan there's one firm that does it a little differently. Ritmo Sereno are a west Tokyo based bike shop that specialise in BMW R80 and R90 based café racers. The bikes they produce are ...

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Jet turbine bike on Ebay

Ped Baker, 06 November 2009 11:18

This isn't the first bike to be fitted with a jet turbine and perhaps it isn't the prettiest either but it certainly could be the cheapest. Listed on the US Ebay site, with a starting price of $12,000, the Honda Magna custom is fitted with a Boeing T-50 jet turbine that produces a claimed 300lbs of thrust. Power can allegedly ...

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2010 Zero Engineering calendar on sale

Ped Baker, 28 October 2009 16:46

Japanese custom bike builders Zero Engineering have just launched their 2010 calendar and for the first time it's available outside of the US. Famous for pioneering vintage, old school style rigid framed bikes, Zero customs are a classy cut above the norm and next years calendar is just as special. Featuring both custom and Zero’s ‘kit build’ bikes the calendar ...

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Modern Classics - 70's style Honda CB450 café racer

Ped Baker, 26 October 2009 15:12

Turning Honda's CB450 into a café racer isn't exactly new (BCR versions are exquisite) but this bike spotted in South America has a chic 1970's take on the rocker look. Frame, swing arm and wheels appear to be stock Honda items but the tank and seat unit look as if they're hand made. Scallops on the tank clear the tubes ...

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Honda CX500 gets café cool

Ped Baker, 19 October 2009 14:41

It seems the most unlikely starting point for a café racer but these Honda CX500 engined bikes somehow pull off the look. Honda CX500s for sale Spotted on café racer blog 8negro the mods vary from a simple single seat and ace bars conversion to a bespoke tank, seat and chopped back rear subframe. The coolest part is that a ...

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