Genius of the GS

Come our huge, 100-page October/November issue, we take a look at one of the unsung bargains of the retro custom world, Suzuki’s fabulous GS750. released in 1978, the Gs was Suzuki’s first big four-stroke machine. The very modern double overhead cam engine is still a peach to unleash as it’s smoother, quicker and more tractable…

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London Balling

This year marked the 21st year that I’ve been visiting London’s annual Ace Cafe Reunion. The fabled transport cafe, built in 1938, was the home of a tire depot when the first reunion was held in 1994 and after re-opening in 2001, the crowds that gather for the ride from North London down to the…

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Lost and Now Found

Thanks to the assistance of you, our readers, we managed to locate the winner of the 2nd Place Best Japanese Cafe Racer trophy at our August 12 Custom Bike Show. We couldn’t have completed our special, 12-page photo essay on the amazing entries at this year’s event without you, so a tip o’ the pint…

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Missing Winner

In the weekend-long hustle, bustle and confusion of staging this year’s Reader’s Ride-In Custom Bike Show, a few things inevitably go wrong. In this instance, we mistakenly handed off the crucial information allowing us to contact the Second Place winner in the Best Japanese Cafe Racer category. His bike was a stunner of a silver…

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A Little Marquez On The Side

Though we’re being careful not to release any images of the various trophy class winner’s from this months Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show, we decided to share one of the more memorable- and unexpected – entries. Sidecar rigs may not, in fact, qualify as pure cafe racers, but the popularity of the three-wheelers has proven consistent…

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Show Stoppers

Our 11th Annual Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show is in the history books now and despite a weekend-long threat of rain and thunderstorms, the event was a smash. The collection of antique and custom iron on display was far different in its scale and scope than before, proving there’s more innovation and mechanical experimentation going on…

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Classic Bike Crystal Ball?

There was a long discussion recently within the CRM garage about which classic and custom machines will become the top money sellers of the near future. As anyone who has restored a vintage motorcycle can attest, such project are generally undertaken for a love of doing so, not for any prospective profits that may or,…

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Hogs of The Future Have Arrived

With North American streetbike sales lingering in the toilet, manufacturers are growing increasingly clever when it comes to increasing sales and broadening the market. It’s taken years for the OEMs to realize that simply cranking out big-bore machines has limited appeal beyond the Baby Boomers who’ve long desired heavyweight motorcycles. Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson, for example, have…

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Our Lame Duck Story

Been busy tearing into the crashed Ducati 999 track bike as of late, discovering some fascinating mechanics behind this 170 MPH road missile. Having read a hardcover book about the creation of this, the bike unfortunate enough to relpace Ducati’s iconic and much-beloved 916/9996 series, the 999’s futuristic styling was not to everyone’s tastes. The…

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