A Brilliant Engineer’s Insights

Meeting gifted movers and shakers in the motorcycle industry is a large part of what keeps our wheels turning here at Cafe Racer magazine. We’ve interviewed some awe-inspiring talents during the past 14 years, delving into their skills, motivations and unique insights into the sport that we all dig so much. In our latest August/September…

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Another Amazing Event

  Our team is still in the afterglow of last Sunday’s 13th Annual Reader’s Ride-In Show, an event that surpassed everyone’s expectations. You, our faithful readers turned up in force even with a new virus outbreak threatening to cancel events from coast to coast. The weekend started with the threat of even more rain, but…

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Righteous Racebikes

  We had the pleasure of attending a meet and greet this week with the team of female roadracers currently campaigning Royal Enfield’s Continental GT 650s in the Motoamerica championships. The ladies were selected through RE’s ongoing Build, Train, race program where ordinary motorcycle enthusiasts are chosen to design, engineer and then race the torquey…

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Renaissance Man

  Our August/September issue is out this week and we’re proud to serve our readers the latest in a series of in-depth profiles of motorcycle riders who make cafe racing the fascinating, global phenom that it is. In the latest issue, our ace writer Anthony Conroy catches up with San Fransisco’s Paul d’Orleans, a globetrotting…

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Under The Influence

Professional motorcycle test rider Jeremy Haynes…his job may soon be in jeopardy   Time was when new streetbike model launches were fairly straightforward affairs. Motorcycle manufacturers would issue invitations to journalists specializing in testing and analyzing motorcycles and we’d do our level best to wring the living snot of of said machines until we learned…

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A Bonneville Worth Building

Blake on our original Project Bonneville, circa 2010 We’ve long been of two minds concerning the first-generation Hinckley Triumph Bonnevilles. The air and oil-cooled parallel twins were introduced in 2001 at a time when the retro cafe racer craze wasn’t exactly tops for most motorcycle manufacturers. The 865cc machines weren’t exactly designed to set any…

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Memories of Ride-In Shows Past

We maintain a healthy archive of images from all 12 of our previous Reader’s Ride-In Bike Shows and deep within we find some stirring examples of unique machines that you, our faithful readers have built for the show. It still amazes us that mechanics and fabricators will specifically target the August event with their projects,…

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Something Fishy Here…

  One of my favorite parts of traveling by motorcycle is the strange cultural sites that appear by the roadside. Over the past 40-odd years of riding two-wheelers, I’ve come across some sights that make for excellent post-ride bull sessions with some of the sights in question provoking fond memories and belly laughs many years…

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Collecting Or Hoarding?

In an upcoming issue, we’ll be profiling several motorcycle enthusiasts who share  a common malady: they can’t bring themselves to sell any of their motorbikes. It seems that everywhere we travel, we’re told of people who have amassed enormous, multi-bike collections and the stories behind these assemblages of high-performance metal are as fascinating as the…

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