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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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AC Sanctuary Kawasaki GPZ900R

MCN, 28 September 2012 17:59

This stunning Kawasaki GPZ900R was created by Japanese specials builder firm AC Sanctuary. It’s got Ohlins suspension, a Nitro exhaust, OZ wheels and Brembo brakes.  The firm says it’s made for ‘ease of handling during long touring’. We say it’s for blasting about.

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Radical Ducati Pantah

MCN, 15 June 2012 17:14

This gorgeous reinterpretation of the original Ducati Pantah 500 is the latest from Spanish firm Radical Ducati. It’s actually based on a mid-‘80s Cagiva Alazurra 350 (which used Ducati engines before Cagiva took over Ducati completely), but with a modified Paso 750 engine, one-off rear end, 851 forks and mudguard, Ducati Monster wheels, Pantah-style fiberglass tank and solo seat by ...

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1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

MCN, 24 February 2012 17:04

This is the latest example of the increasing number of immaculate cafe racers coming out of America. Called the Honduki, it's an award winning build based on a 1975 Suzuki GT550 but, as you can see, it looks nothing like the pudgy streetbike Japan intended it to be. It's made by Motohanger, a burgeoning custom bike shop specialising in cafe ...

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Britain’s Got Biking Talent – The 12 winners

MCN, 23 September 2011 14:37

The voting has closed and thousands of votes have been cast and here are the 12 winners of Britain’s Got Biking Talent 2011: Harley/Norton café Racer, Andy Teare Norton Rotary Café Racer, David Brown Me + C and J Racing, Gavin Cupit Martek/Suzuki Custom Build, Kevin Roberts Honda RC162 Hailwood Tribute, Martin Dyke Allsorts Handmade, Morgan Price Harley-Davidson WLC Custome, Nick Gale Moto Guzzi Le Mans ...

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RSD Tony Hawk custom Harley-Davidson

MCN, 15 July 2011 11:15

This is the second Tony Hawk project bike that Roland Sands Design (RSD) have built for the Tony Hawk Foundation, which raises money to help build skate parks in low income cities in the US. Based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster XL Nightster, the bike features the RSD café kit, Boss Wheels, Turbine air cleaner, master cylinder cap, new café seat ...

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Honda CX500 StreetTracker

Dan Aspel, 13 May 2011 10:51

Proving that a home-made custom project doesn’t have to be glamorous to impress is this dolled-up CX500 'StreetTracker'. Builder Graham Braid of Street Tuff Customs describes the original CX500 as "one of the ugliest bikes you can find", but it didn’t put the former machinist and precision engineer off making it his first custom build. Braid told MCN: "The CX500 ...

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Kott Motorcycles, an American take on the café racer

Austin Lindberg, 15 April 2011 17:39

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. As MCN showed you Café Cowboy, we thought we’d give you some photos of what liberties Kott Motorcycles are ...

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New Kawasaki ZX-10R gets mean (not green) makeover

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 17:02

Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R may have lost the outright power battle with the BMW S1000RR and the handling scrap to Aprilia’s RSV4 APRC but it’s determined to walk away from the tussles head held high in the styling department. To that end Kawasaki USA’s taken the big Ninja to the ‘king of custom sportsbikes’ Robert Fisher, boss of Florida’s Roaring Toyz, ...

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Carpy's latest CB750 cafe racer

MCN, 25 February 2011 17:55

This is Carpy's latest Honda CB750-based creation which shows exactly why his work is in such demand by everyone from rock stars to your average, well, rocker. Dubbed the Cyclone, the bike follows Carpy's usual recipe of SOHC CB750 rolling chassis then given the cafe racer treatment plus a mind-boggling degree of rebuilding, re-finishing and customising. Read more in this ...

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