Eric Bostrom’s Got Your Back

I was fortunate enough to work alongside pro roadracer Eric Bostrom during the taping of Velocity’s “Cafe Racer” TV series and a more intelligent, thoughtful rider I’ve never met. Bostrom raced for 25 incredible years at the highest echelons of AMA Superbike series and amassed championship status as an AMA Supersport rider, as well as…

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Ghost Bikes of the Recent Past

For our upcoming special Style Issue due out April 1, we’ve been delving deep into our files of classic and contemporary images to chronicle both the form and function of custom cafe racers. We came across one of our very favorite bikes of recent years, one that we were lucky enough to see race in…

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Styles for Miles

Te’re currently working hard to bring you our first-ever special issue of Cafe Racer dedicated to style. Whether it be the unmistakably cool look of ton-up riding gear or the svelte, purposeful lines of a classic cafe bike, Brawny, Ducati street missile from England’s Made In Metal is certainly a contender for Most Stylish Cafe…

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Engaged To Death

It’s not often we hear of classic motorcycle movies we’ve never seen or even heard of before. I’d written a book about the subject of two-wheelers in film way back in 2000,and I’d assumed “Two Wheels on Two Reels” was fairly comprehensive in its coverage. Ah, but there’s always more to learn and I found…

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Valentines Hearts and Women’s Health

During the month of February, one’s mind turns to, well, for me, thoughts of anticipating the incredible rides promised by a fast-approaching spring. And, of course, Valentines Day. This year, us riders of all genders can do something really cool for the community of female motorcyclists – without whom we’d have no one to hand…

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International Motorcycle Show Notes

As this silly photo illustrates, the CRM crew has just returned from the annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Cleveland and what an interesting time was had. First of all, we’ve been remiss in not getting away from our duties at the garage and office as of late. Between building bikes, working on tech features…

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Cleveland Bound

Cleveland Bound With winter coming at us full bore, heading to next weekend’s Progressive International Motorcycle Show at Cleveland’s IX Center is a must. Stop by Cafe Racer magazine’s booth and check out a couple of the recent custom bike builds that have been featured in the mag, and sign up for a subscription and…

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Another Magazine Bites The Dust

The death of print media may have been vastly overstated, but today, multinational media conglomerate Bonnier Corporation announced the closing of popular V-Twin magazine Hot Bike. I remember reading issues of this glossy chopper and custom magazine back in high school during the 1980s, where it provided custom motorcycle fans with a welcome and more…

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Kawasaki’s Retro Twin Returns

Regular readers of CRM will know of our collective fondness for Kawasaki’s W650 parallel twin. Introduced into the North America market back in 1999, the W was a faithful re-interpretation of Kawasaki’s original W1 of the late 1960s. The first machine was a mind-blowing Asian interpretation of BSA’s unit construction twins of the era, only…

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