Motoblot Moves Along

It’s become an unfortunate part of the motorcycle world that rallies and events are constantly being cancelled, postponed or modified. The most recent gathering to find itself altering course due the Coronavirus outbreak is one of our favorites; Chicago’s annual Motoblot festival, slated for September 25-27, has recently announced a major change of plans. Instead…

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Picture This

Since the earliest days of forming the nucleus of Cafe Racer magazine, generous people have been donating their rare, historical images to us. Once, back in 2009, we posted a simple flyer on the community cork board at London’s Ace Cafe asking to see photos from the original ton-up era. The response was so overwhelming…

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Breaking News Bike Show Cancelled

Just days after receiving a green light from our local government, we received a call today informing us that this year’s Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show has been cancelled. We’d struggled to keep the annual event on pace but with the landscape of ever-shifting restrictions on crowd size and virus safety measures, it proved inevitable that…

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Fingers Crossed For Custom Show

There’s just over a month until Cafe racer’s 13th Annual Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show takes place and we’d like to clear up a few issues. We’ve been deluged with messages from folks planning to attend this year’s show who are concerned that the shifting landscape of Coronavirus-related restrictions may affect the event. Those concerns are…

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Auction Action Resumes

These past few months of relative social lockdown have left many of us biking types eager to get out there and socialize with other riders. Unfortunately, most every motorcycle gathering previously scheduled for this summer has been cancelled, leaving us to ride without the usual cameraderie and group fellowship important to many in the sport….

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Lining Up Our Ducs

We’ve long been fans of Italian motorbikes here at CRM, having transformed a 999 track bike of ours into a funky, post-modern streetfighter a couple of years back. That particular build, that centered on maintaining the 999s focus on blistering speed while making the Italian screamer more everyday rideable really struck a chord with readers,…

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Game Changers

The CRM team is back in sun-drenched So Cal this week, testing an array of new 2020 streetbikes for upcoming issues of the magazine. The market seems to me finally shrugging off it’s sluggishness as thousands of people who are tired of living inside their homes are discovering and re-discovering the thrills of two-wheeled travel….

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Taking A Shine To It

A sudden rainstorm in recent days left our 1973 Norton Commando looking, as our British friends tend to say, a little second-hand. It’s a source of endless amusement here at the CRM HQ that England, a country with perpetually rainy weather, can also be credited with popularizing cafe racers sporting shiny, polished alloy bodywork. Back…

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Twelve Years of Shifting Gears

Blake Kelly’s inspired Honda CB450 build in Cafe Racer’s J Cafe Racer’s latest, June/July issue hits the newsstands this week and we’ve cooked up a real treat of a feature for custom motorcycle fans. We’re generally so busy spinning wrenches in the CRM garage that we seldom have time for reflection, but just recently, contributor…

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