The Ultimate Kit Bike

The image above illustrates just what can be accomplished with a very functional and comprehensive kit available from England’s Cafe Racer Kits. The firm has cornered a market for made-to-order custom parts designed for both Honda’s CX500 and Triumph’s early 1990s, 900cc triples. Regular readers will know that we’ve a 1995 Speed Triple in our…

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Rock Store Survives!

Great news surfaced early today when we managed to reach Rock Store owner Rich Savko who confirmed that the beloved So Cal motorcycle meeting place had not, in fact burned down. Savko was surprised to find the restaurant, located on Mulholland Highway in the tiny hamlet of Cornell, California, had just escaped the ferocious Woolsey…

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Time To Get Testy

Ah, fall riding season. A time of brisk mornings, warm afternoon roads and watching every treeline for hormone-crazed deer. This is also the time of year when the world’s motorcycle manufacturers let us writers loose on their early-release new bikes, which is akin to Christmas and your birthday all rolled into a single crazy season….

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Shuffle off to Buffalo

We received an invite recently from our friends at Buffalo, New York’s City Limit Moto, to host an evening of movies and chat. It’s been a few good turns of the old spokes since we met with our fellow cafe racer enthusiasts so we’re looking quite forward to the occasion. Come Saturday, December 7, I’ll…

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China Parts Crisis Ending?

Say goodbye to this sort of cheap knock-off sportbike bodywork from overseas. To date, I believe myself to be one of the few remaining Americans who choose to receive his daily news in print form. No big fan of electronic media and having worked as a newspaper columnist for 20 years, print newspapers still –…

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Rare Chance To Commission a Hageman Special

The custom motorcycle market is indeed a fickle mistress. Bikes that were under-loved cast-offs a few years back now command wallet-flattening prices while some makes and models that were recently considered the pinnacle of perfection, become also-rans. In the wake of such a topsy-turvy marketplace, the specials builders have to ride each of these unpredictable…

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Chopistick Impressions

For a mode of transportation, motorcycling generates a great deal of unique creativity. In our current, October/November issue, Cafe Racer profiles once such two-wheeled visionary, the artist Makoto Endo. The Japanese painter spent much of his career in design and advertising before realizing he’d rather express his love of motorbikes on canvas. That decision has…

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Enfield Twins Are Stunners

      Just back from San Jose in foggy Northern California for the four-day global launch of Royal Enfield’s new twins. The much-anticipated bikes have been in the pipeline for several years and to say they’re an important step in the Indian manufacturer’s program is an understatement. We always dug the Continental GT 535…

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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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