The Ultimate Greaser

  It took a couple of days, but the news of the death of rockabilly legend and vintage motorcycle rider Robert Gordon eventually made its way to the CRM offices. More than a few of us have been longtime fans of the NYC-based retro rocker, who burst onto the global stage back in the late…

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Binary Beemers

  regular readers of Cafe Racer magazine will notice an uptick in the frequency of classic BMW-based customs being featured in our pages. It seems every couple of issues, we’re treated to an invitation to photograph a tasty Teutonic machine that’s been radically re-worked by some talented motorcycle engineer which is a great development for…

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Head Start On The Holidays

I know, I know, it’s barley time for Halloween and pumpkin carving, but I’ve learned from experience that now is the time to begin shopping for the forthcoming holidays. There’s few feelings to match the disappointment of nearing the final days before late december only to find the items you’d made a mental note to…

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A Grand Guzzi Gathering

            Just back from the Moto Guzzi 100th Anniversary celebration in the brand’s vibrant, picturesque hometown of Mandello Del Lario, Italy. I long knew that Moto Guzzi was a respected marquee that instilled passion and loyalty in its riders, but the sheer size and enthusiasm of the thousands of riders…

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2022 Show Proves a Hit

  It took our crew a good two weeks to recover and re-organize after our August 14th Reader’s ride-In Custom Show, evidence of just how much work, dedication and sweat equity our people invest in making the annual event a success. We held steady through a cloudy morning’s threat of rain to stage one of…

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Ton-Up TV

Interview By Gary Hallobeck Last year, we announced the imminent return of Cafe Racer TV that ran on Discovery Velocity network from 2010 to 2015. The series was expected to stream on the Xcelerate platform, but the show’s creator and host (and this magazine’s editor) Mike Seate had other ideas. “After waiting months for the…

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Where Have All The Fighters Gone?

  Trends in custom motorcycles have a tendency to fade away without our noticing much. For a while in the early 100s, rigid framed choppers were common sights at bike nights and rallies both local and national, but suddenly, the pop and roar of their oversized V-twin engines went missing. I’ve recently noticed the same…

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New Show Attractions

  Planning each year’s Reader’s Ride-In Custom Show is an exercise in odd jobs as each member of the CRM team has to wear multiple hats in order to make the event happen. In addition to writing stories, manning the desks, wrenching on and test-riding bikes and other none-too-exciting clerical duties, we each take on…

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All Hail Valhalla

  Spending the weekend at Chicago’s annual Motoblot custom culture festival and yesterday’s launch party was one for the books. A capacity crowd surged into the Cobra Lounge starting at 4pm, attracted by the most excellent (excuse Wayne’s World reference) craft beer, good bar grub and waaaay too much loud heavy metal music. I was…

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