Another Magazine Bites The Dust

The death of print media may have been vastly overstated, but today, multinational media conglomerate Bonnier Corporation announced the closing of popular V-Twin magazine Hot Bike. I remember reading issues of this glossy chopper and custom magazine back in high school during the 1980s, where it provided custom motorcycle fans with a welcome and more…

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Kawasaki’s Retro Twin Returns

Regular readers of CRM will know of our collective fondness for Kawasaki’s W650 parallel twin. Introduced into the North America market back in 1999, the W was a faithful re-interpretation of Kawasaki’s original W1 of the late 1960s. The first machine was a mind-blowing Asian interpretation of BSA’s unit construction twins of the era, only…

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Classified Ads Launched

In a day and age when online advertising threatens to eclipse all others, we’ve decided to take a very retro turn: starting in the February/March issue of Cafe Racer, readers can place tried and true print classified ads to sell motorcycles, parts, services, or whatever’s hanging around your garage that’s outlived its use. Why launch…

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Mad, Bad and Very Funky Modern Triton

Though there’s plenty to dislike about the Internet, we occasionally come across images that really knock our collective socks off. One such photo has become the permanent desktop computer backdrop as the technical expertise and sheer audacity of this British special is truly deserving of the label. From the numberplate we can tell this is…

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Monkeying Around

Few submitted images for our regular “Curbside Customs” section have produced as many goofy smiles as the set of photos recently sent in by reader Chris Tope. The West Virginian has previously laid wrench to a 1967 Honda CB450- the fabled Black Bomber edition- and decided to retro fit a 1977 50cc Honda Z50. The…

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1990s Cafe Cool

A good 20 years ago when I penned stories for the now-defunct custom harley magazine IronWorks, the late editor Dennis Stemp amassed an impressive collection of motorbikes. Mostly British classics, American V-twins and the like, he also had a taste for custom cafe racers. I recovered this advertisement for a long-gone North Carolina aftermarket firm…

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Where Did All The Bling Bikes Go?

s Ah, it all seems so quaint just 15 years on, but I recently found a batch of photos from the early Aughts of myself test-riding a collection of fat-tire extreme sportbikes. The wild, over-the-top machines were quite the rage in the early years of the 21st Century, back before the global recession of 2008…

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Mulholland Moonscape

Few images we’ve seen have driven home the devastation of the Woolsey wildfire like this one, sent by a reader from the roadside overlook atop Mulholland Highway. The Rock Store motorcycle hangout is just a mile or so below this scorched mountainside, and has miraculously escaped the fire’s wrath. Visit their website www.rock-store.com and check…

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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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