motorcycles Make For Great Translators

  Recovering this month from some fairly extensive surgery on my banged-up kick start foot has left me lots of time for catching up. And not just on much-needed sleep and a few good books, but on my list of places to go once I’m all recovered and healthy in a couple of months. In…

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A Stellar Feat of Engineering

  Few feature bikes in the 14-year history of this magazine have garnered the sort of universal praise and admiration of our current cover bike. The one-of-a-kind Yamaha R1 cafe racer designed by Chicago’s Rob Cantanese and Union, Illinois’ Framecrafters is that rare combination of exceedingly great design and serious, no-bullshit performance. In each and…

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Tried and Tested – 2021

It’s been a whirlwind year for test riding motorbikes at Cafe Racer magazine with new streetbikes being served up nearly monthly by the major manufacturers. It’s one area of producing this bi-monthly magazine that’s good for both the readers and our mortal souls as flying to So Cal, mounting up on a half dozen or…

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The Past is Fast Catching Up To The Future

    While Italy just wrapped up their annual EICMA motorcycle industry showcase, England’s NEC Show unfolded with its share of surprises for the two-wheeled fraternity this past week. Chief among the jolts of great news concerning the United Kingdom’s burgeoning motorcycle industry is the re-emergence of BSA, a vaunted brand that’s been dormant since…

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Cafe Racer TV is Back!

It’s been a good five plus years since the TV series known as Cafe Racer wrapped its last episode on Discovery’s Velocity motorsports network. Much has changed since then, with teh global cafe racer phenomenon only moving from strength to strength as more riders, builders and manufacturers feed energy into the ton-up motorcycle genre. We…

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Over The Hill

  The era of classic British transport cafes is often romanticized on this side of the pond and for good reason. The roadside eateries were among the few places where the original Ton-Up boys and girls could congregate in a very uptight mid-century England and the high-speed antics that took place on the adjacent roads…

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From Nefarious To New Beginnings

We’ve written extensively about the re-birth of the Norton Motorcycles Company, featuring their Donnington Park production facility on the cover of Cafe Racer’s 7th issue. After test riding their 961 Commandos several times and finding the air-cooled retros to be quick, well-styled machines, we figured all was well with the re-born British brand. However, just…

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From Our Pages To Your Walls

  Back when I was a yoof, my bedroom walls were plastered with images from my favorite motorcycle magazines. Anytime I encountered a particularly sharp image of a new bike or one of those cheesy Dave Mann centerfolds popular in the pages of “Easyriders” magazine, out came the box of thumb tacks and onto the…

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The Original GOAT Tribute Bike

  With the current Moto GP season quickly (and some would say very, very quickly) drawing to a conclusion, many pundits are lamenting the pending retirement of Italy’s Valentino Rossi. The onetime wunderkind of professional motorcycle racing is now in his 40s, and the insatiable drive that led Rossi to an amazing nine world championships…

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