Cut Snake – BMW R100RT café racer

When he’s not working on superyachts Sydney based engineer Brock gets his kicks tinkering with motorcycles. His latest bike is a BMW R100RT which he built after hours in the engine room of a 40 million dollar superyacht (that’s definitely a first for this website!). After purchasing the bike in Byron Bay it was shipped to Sydney where Brock quickly tore it down to begin building what he calls his ‘cut snake’ café racer.

Riding Gear – Ace Cafe Box Hill Jacket

London’s Ace Cafe opened in 1938, became a legendary hub of rock ‘n’ roll and cafe racer motorcycle culture, then closed in 1969. Thirty or so years later, the iconic cafe reopened and have been kicking goals ever since. Recently they opened a location in the USA and to celebrate the establishment of the new venue Ace Cafe has released their new ‘Leather Collection’, six, retro-inspired, but thoroughly modern motorcycle jackets – all designed with riding function and rider protection in mind. Of the six available today, we’re taking a closer look at this, the Ace Cafe Box Hill motorcycle jacket.

Wabi CB – Rollin Bikes Honda 750

The Japanese aesthetic philosophy of Wabi Sabi can be loosely translated as the acceptance of imperfection and transience. Applying this philosophy to a custom motorcycle build is a difficult concept for anyone who lives in a western culture where we constantly strive for perfection. But for Marcin Janusz of Poland’s Rollin Bikes Wabi Sabi is something he and his team strive to embrace with each bike they build.

Black Beauty – JM Customs BMW R45

It’s not often I get to feature custom motorcycle builds from my hometown of Perth, Western Australia. Perth often gets labeled as a sleepy town where not a lot happens, but since I left there 7 years ago a lot has definitely happened. The city is now a hub for internationally acclaimed cultural events and more importantly, it’s developed a thriving café racer community. In today’s feature, we hear from a workshop that is helping to invigorate Perth’s custom motorcycle scene, JM Customs.
“This project kicked off with a stock 1982 R45 that had laid dormant in our client’s garage for almost a decade,” says workshop owner James Moir. “We set out to redesign and reinvigorate this tired old workhorse, tearing the bike down to its bare essentials. Our concept was to transform it into a sleek, classically styled JM Customs one off Café Racer.”


Bullitt 821 – Ducati Monster Cafe Racer

For years now I’ve been harping on about the Ducati Monster becoming the poster child for the café racer scene. Style wise the Monster offers a great platform for the cafe treatment with its stripped back naked styling and a solid platform for performance upgrades. There’s also a glut of them available in the secondhand motorcycle market and they can be acquired for very reasonable sums of cash. Despite this, my prediction is yet to come true.

Workshop Series – Earnest Hardin Overall

Welcome to our new “Workshop Series”. In this new series, we will be revisiting our roots and returning to the workshop where this site began. Back then it was all about building my first café racer and this series looks to reintroduce ‘how to’ and advice features into our regular content stream. As part of the series, we will also take a look at gear, such as workwear and tools that have proven themselves valuable to us. If there’s anything you’d like to see us cover feel free to contact us or to post a comment at the end of this feature.

The Hardin Overall is constructed from Earnest’s tightly woven 100% cotton 12-ounce duck canvas and it’s as good as it sounds. With triple reinforced seam work, double layer reinforced panels in high wear areas and even a padded breast pocket for your phone it sounds like the perfect pair of overalls (or “coveralls” as our photographer is quick to point out) that have been updated to satisfy the demands of 21st Century customers.

Reborn Bonnie – Gasoline Motor Co Triumph Blak

The fear associated with crashing a motorcycle is two-fold. From an outsiders view it is the rider who they fear for the most, for the rider it’s his beloved motorcycle. It defies logic but as you pick yourself up off the road before you’ve even assessed the damage to your own body you’re already fearing the worst for your bike. This was undoubtedly the feeling that Sydney rider Mixy experienced when he laid his 2014 Bonneville down. Thankfully his body wasn’t too badly battered, unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for his beloved bike.

Gear Review – Nexx XG100 R Helmet

If you’re anything like me and have a strange obsession with motorcycle helmets you would have noticed the green and gold item that appeared alongside our custom Bonneville T120, the ‘Mongrel’. The helmet, which looks as though it was made to go with the bike, is actually a standard colour scheme in Nexx Helmets new X.G100 R range. After the shoot, I managed to slip away with the helmet under my arm so after riding with it for a few weeks here’s my review of Nexx’s latest lid.


Tokyo Trash – Yamaha SR400 Dustbin Racer

In motorsport, race teams are always looking for new ways to improve lap times. Back in the fifties when motorcycles were almost all naked teams began experimenting with aerodynamics. Inspired by the nose cones of aircraft they built fairings that cocooned almost two-thirds of the motorcycle and its rider. These outlandish fairings were referred to as dustbins and they proved to be very effective. A dustbin fairing could make a significant difference to a motorcycles straight line speed, but due to some of their pitfalls, they were banned from mainstream racing by the International Motorcycling Federation in 1958.

No Reserve: 1997 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

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This 1997 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Soft Tail Classic was purchased by the seller two years ago from the widow of the original owner. Currently showing just over 18k miles, the bike is equipped with a windscreen, crash bar, accessory lights, and saddle bags. Power comes from an 80ci V-twin, which is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and has been fitted with a Stage 1 carburetor kit and a 2 into 1 exhaust. An oil change has been performed during the seller’s ownership, and a fresh battery was also added along with new tires. This Softail Classic is now being offered at no reserve with a fringed factory dual seat, a bolt-on luggage rack, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name. The bike is finished in Vivid Black, and optional equipment includes a windshield, accessory lights, and crash bars. The seller notes a minor nick on the front fender, as well as a small chip and light scratch on the gas tank. A few scratches and a scuff can also be seen on the rear fender from where the pillion passenger seat was once mounted. The windshield was recently replaced due to age-related wear, and new whitewall tires were also fitted along with new rim bands and inner tubes. A Badlands run, brake, and turn signal module was added for safety and converts the rear turn signals into running and brake lights while still retaining turn signal functionality. Cargo can be stored in studded leather saddle bags mounted on either side of the rear wheel. The seller has added approximately 500 miles during his two years of ownership. Power comes from a 80ci V-twin mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. An aftermarket Thunderheader 2 into 1 exhaust and a Stage 1 carburetor kit have been added. No service records are available as the original owner was an aircraft mechanic who performed all necessary maintenance personally. The seller had the oil changed, the carburetor rebuilt, and a new battery installed by the local Harley Davidson dealer in 2016. A passenger pillion seat is included, as is a fringed Harley Davidson dual seat with removable driver’s backrest and a bolt-on luggage rack with passenger backrest. The seller has provided videos of both cold and warm starts and a brief drive by.