Uncertain Future of Harley-Davidson’s Bronx

  The crew here at CRM were understandably excited when news surfaced in 2019 of an all-new machine from Harley-Davidson. The promised streetbike was a real corker- at least on paper. Fashioned after the emergent streetfighter/supernaked bikes that have now mostly replaced sportbikes in the market, the water-cooled performance bike looked as a futuristic and…

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Meteoric Ride

    In Cafe Racer’s new, April/May issue, our esteemed Managing editor Kim Love takes the first ride aboard the freshly-released Royal Enfield Meteor 350. The new single has been long rumored to be the worthy successor to the Indian forms million-selling Bullet 500 and we were quite honored to be among the first North…

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A World Of Riders

  Coming up in the April/May issue of Cafe Racer, we’re proud to present an eye-opening preview of one of the best motorcycle photography books ever published. International photo-journalist Henry von Wartenburg spent years traveling the world on two wheels, collecting images of everyday motorcycle riders at work and at play. The disparate imagery he…

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They’re Still Out There

  Uncovering a pristine, long-hidden classic motorcycle from someone’s barn or garage is a dream shared by many motorcyclists. For several years, I’ve alternately fascinated and bored stiff listeners subjected to my tale of a guy bringing not one, but two basket-case Nortons to our show booth at the 2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days event….

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A World of Difference

  Whether you’re a regular visitor to Instagram or not, the photo-sharing app has proven endlessly useful in helping us see new custom bikes. case in point, Instagram’s software¬† is designed to nudge viewers towards postings containing content that someone out there in cyberspace assumes a user will pretty much dig. For my feed, that…

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New Forks In Norton’s Road

Regular readers of Cafe Racer know we’ve a serious soft spot for classic Norton motorcycles. We’ve built a trio of the vaunted British parallel twin in the pages over the years, learning a tremendous amount along the way. Last season, we managed to pile a good 1,000 miles on our 1973 Commando 750, and after…

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Piece By Piece

The wild, unpredictable world of motorcycles never ceases to surprise. It was back in Cafe racer’s February/March, 2016 issue that we published a feature story titled “Vanishing Vincents” about the trend these classic British speedbikes were than undertaking. Most of the vaunted Black Shadow and Rapide V-twins were being bought up at auctions by wealthy…

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Golden Goose Guzzis

The photo above depicts one of the prouder, early moments of this, ahem, esteemed publication. Shot n spring, 2011, the customized Moto Guzzi V7 was only the second bike we’d revamped in our then tiny, home garage. Many more would follow as motorbike manufacturers who advertised with us grew increasingly comfortable handing our team new…

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A Monster of a Milestone

I can still remember the first time I set eyes on a Ducati Monster. It was 1995 and I had just abandoned 13 years of Harley riding, having had my eyes permanently opened after borrowing a friend’s Suzuki Katana. After realizing that modern motorcycles could indeed be fun even with functioning brakes, reliability, speed and…

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