End of The (Cycle) World

As a print magazine publisher, you nevedr want to see our diminishing field shrink any further than it already has. However, it is with very mixed feelings I report the announcement that long-running periodical “Cycle World” magazine has ceased publishing come October. For those who once cherished this venerable Motor Trend of two-wheeled monthlies, this…

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Help For Your Addictions

Longtime CRM contributor Blair Powell shared this week’s post with us and in the middle of a double deadline with not one but two issues of Cafe Racer magazine to get ready for the newsstand, it provided a much-needed laugh. It appears that Mr. Powell suffers from the same malady as do many of our…

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Deus Retrospective

In an age when garages that have produced one or two custom cafe racers court fame and celebrity like reality show contestants, it’s refreshing to meet a builder content to let his work speaks for him. Such a guy is the humble and extraordinarily talented Mike “Woolie” Woolaway, featured in this issue’s cover story. Mike…

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Three Times The Fun

We’ve received a good deal of feedback on one of the bikes featured in the current July/August issue, a customized Yamaha XS750 triple. The Yamaha is an odd choice for cafe builders as the model is frequently overshadowed by its smaller brother, the twin-cylinder XS650. There’s no great mystery as to why the 650 reins…

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Idle Hands Time

We’d recently posted on Instagram a newly-launched effort to see just what sort of bikes were being dreamed up and constructed by riders spending more time at home during the current Coronavirus pandemic. With many people cancelling vacations this summer and even more working from home or laid off, the aftermarket parts industry is booming…

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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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