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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A Truly Grand Prize

Classy BD’s Cycles paint adorns this timeless Honda four. Your bike could be next. With so many of this year’s motorcycle events cancelled or postponed, it’s a bright spot for ton-up aficionados to know our 13th Annual Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show is still a go for Sunday, August 16. This year’s gathering at Sewickley’s War…

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Adventure Hogs

We’re just putting the finishing touches on Cafe Racer magazine’s June/July issue which includes some fun, informative stories about our favorite brand of custom motorcycles. Our esteemed columnist Robert Pandya’s Inside Line story for this issue focuses on something most of us never knew existed. Robert, who has worked deep inside the motorcycle industry for…

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Better Than The Real Thing?

The current issue’s cover story has generated quite a bit of feedback from readers who were thrilled to see the intense level of craftsmanship and detail that goes into creating a show-winning Vincent V-twin replica. The two bikes featured were both built in the Iowa garage of Greg Hageman, a custom motorcycle wizard who has…

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Big, Bold BMW Bobber

We’ve been salivating over spy photos of BMW’s long-awaited R18 bobber for some time. After throwing a leg over Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber a couple years back, we’re newly converted to the Church of the Power Cruiser, a faith previously thought of as anathema to the very idea of cafe racing. However, the new generation of…

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The Rare Bright Spot

The pandemic that has shut down not only most of the U.S. but much of the world has had few bright sports for anyone to celebrate. We’re hopefully emerging from the shutdown that’s crushed the economy and casued millions of folks to lose their jobs, but CRM buddy and Los Angeles native Alonzo Bodden recently…

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Run ‘Em Hard and Often

With spring nearly ready to make its permanent appearance in these parts, there’s been a flurry of wrenching at the CRM garage to get the bikes ready for a season’s riding. It’s been incredibly helpful to have various team members stop by the garage during the public lockdown (that hopefully will end soon) to lend…

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Open For Business

Our August Custom Bike Show Should Proceed As Usual In recent days we’ve received several emails and calls from concerned readers who are worried that CRM may be closed temporarily due to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. Well, dear readers, we’re here to inform you that Cafe Racer is not only cranking along with our usual…

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Hail To The Chief

One of my favorite aspects of the modern cafe custom movement is its limitless adaptability. Though some old schoolers would strongly disagree, the world has embraced customizing bikes for style and speed on very open terms. So instead of designing and building the speedbike of one’s dreams based one a pre-conceived notion of what’s considered…

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