Cafe Racer Art

Though none of us are dedicated followers of social media, occasionally, images emerge through the cyber stew that are truly inspired. Our next issue features a retrospective on the ton-up artistry of the Japanese illustrator Kamau 666. Little is known about this Instagram regular who routinely posts vividly colorful illustrations of people and machines from…

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The New Breed

feedback from you, our readers plays a very large part in deciding what sort of custom motorcycles to feature in the pages of Cafe Racer. This is invaluable information to have as with a readership that covers a vast demographic spectrum – our youngest subscriber is aged 14, the oldest 83 – there are many…

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Super Sunday

2019 Reader’s ride-In Custom Bike Show Is A Go! If you’ve got a customized speedbike and want to show the world what you ride, this year’s show is the place for you! Cafe Racer’s annual Reader’s ride-In is the ONLY custom cafe racer show of its kind, attracting growing crowds each year for a day…

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Vintage Honda Racing

It’s easy to forget in today’s highly specialized streetbike market that way back in the early 1970s, race bikes were built from ordinary motorcycles. There were few, if any, purpose-built factory racers along the lines of today’s superbikes so if the roadracing bug bit, would-be competitors had to modify their everyday rides for the track….

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Showtime!

Spring is finally here, but we’re busy planning Cafe Racer’s biggest event of the summer- our 12th Annual Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show. Get those handbuilt speedbikes ready as the event happens at Sewickley’s War memorial park on Sunday, August 11. The response to the show both from you, our stalwart readers and the motorcycle industry…

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Downtown Eureka Springs is truly One-of-a-Kind

Sponsored Content From Best western Inn of The Ozarks The expression, “There’s nowhere quite like it,” is one of those overused phrases people say a lot. However, when folks are talking about historic downtown Eureka Springs, you can take them at their word. They are, in fact, being quite literal. Picture an eclectic combination of…

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Doing Splits

We’re in the habit of picking up old Britbike engines around here, be it for better or for financial ruination. Delving into the old air-cooled parallel twin motors is always a fascinating learning process as the pool of active restorers dwindles with each passing year, leaving us to either lean the craft now, or forever…

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Eric Bostrom’s Got Your Back

I was fortunate enough to work alongside pro roadracer Eric Bostrom during the taping of Velocity’s “Cafe Racer” TV series and a more intelligent, thoughtful rider I’ve never met. Bostrom raced for 25 incredible years at the highest echelons of AMA Superbike series and amassed championship status as an AMA Supersport rider, as well as…

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Ghost Bikes of the Recent Past

For our upcoming special Style Issue due out April 1, we’ve been delving deep into our files of classic and contemporary images to chronicle both the form and function of custom cafe racers. We came across one of our very favorite bikes of recent years, one that we were lucky enough to see race in…

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