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Staff Blog: Yard Built, Yamaha Blessed

Steve Hunt, 22 November 2013 10:40

After years of bubbling just below the surface, the 'café-racer scene', this once underground segment of the custom-bike world now finds itself cresting the mainstream wave; shows on Discovery Turbo, the celebrated launch of bikes such as BMW's recent NineT and the resurgence of old, classic brands as trendy fashion labels (see the recently launched, Kate Moss-fronted Matchless clothing line; ...

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Is this the ultimate Honda CBX1000?

MCN, 16 March 2012 13:31

A “breakthrough for the Japanese motorcycle industry” was one headline when Honda’s stunning six cylinder CBX was first announced in 1977 and the first photographs which appeared in MCN that year certainly left a lasting impression on one West Country teenager. Thirty five years on Paul Pursey now owns seven of the iconic sixes including this, which features an 1170cc ...

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Video: MCN's Yamaha SR500 cafe racer project running

Anonymous, 30 January 2012 10:30

MCN designer Simon Relph bought this rust bucket 1979 Yamaha SR500 at the beginning of the year for just £50 with the aim of turning the bike in to a cool cafe racer. Now, after plenty of hard graft the SR500 cafe racer project is complete. Watch the video below to hear the bike running.  brightcove.createExperiences();

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Made in Britain. Chopped in Japan

Conrad Leach, 04 January 2012 12:24

Custom British choppers and bobbers were the main feature at the Mooneyes Show in Yokohama, the world's most prestigious custom bike show of 2011, and it was a fitting tribute to the halcyon days of British motorcycle engineering. But Japanese builders have a unique appreciation and an idiosyncratic interpretation of the versatile twins and singles that dominated the world of ...

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Deus Yamaha SR custom dirt tracker

MCN, 15 July 2011 14:47

The Oddjob is Sydney based Deus' latest pared-down dirt track inspired take on the Yamaha SR500. The original air-cooled 499cc single cylinder was bored out to 542cc and blueprinted by Carl Batley of Cafe Racer, with a Carillo rod thrown in for good measure. A Keihin FCR39 carb lets the motor breathe and a high-level exhaust completes the performance mods. ...

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Dominator transformed into desert racer

MCN, 08 July 2011 17:39

This 1997 Honda Dominator encapsulates the notion of transforming a sow's ear into a silk purse. This is third Dominator that Welshman Andrew Greenland has transformed with a total rebuild, shedding the dated plastics for a pared down retro desert racer style. Modifications include gold anodised 17" rims front and rear, custom hand-made seat unit, Baja designs headlamp and CG125 fuel tank. ...

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New ultra-light Ducati special

MCN, 24 June 2011 16:53

It's got the power-to-weight to match a Moto2 bike, the looks to murder it and it's green too. Well, it's built around recycled Ducati ST3 engines. The RAD02 Corsa Evo is a reworked RAD02 Corsa launched in 2007 by Spain's Radical Ducati. The main differences are a new, narrower fairing, lighter sub-frame and a redesigned solo seat. The complete bike ...

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Video: A kind of passion

Ped Baker, 19 May 2011 13:08

Beautifully shot video of the Classic Moto 2011 festival at the Jarama circuit near Madrid.Not so sure about the soundtrack though, would rather hear the bikes...

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Café Cowboy details the café racer revolution in the states

Austin Lindberg, 15 April 2011 17:32

Kott Motorcycles is at the fore of the café racer revolution in the states. Based outside of LA, this shop specialises in converting 1970s Japanese motorcycles into a custom American take on the style Britain made famous in the late 1950s. To get a feel for where Kott’s designs come from, check out this short film entitled “Café Cowboy,” by ...

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The ultimate touring bike… a Ural Cross 750?

Dan Aspel, 07 April 2011 17:24

This 355kg, 40bhp flat-twin bearing Ural Cross 750 could be the world’s greatest touring bike, and the owner intends to find out… by taking it to Mongolia. Equipped with Brembo brakes, a Sachs shock, Herzog gears, an Odyssey Extreme racing battery, the alternator from a Toyota Hilux and electrics by Ducati - “Yeah, they’re Italian, but I’d prefer that to ...

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