The Royal Racer – Kikishop Honda CB500

Issue 10 of Tank Moto magazine has just hit the shelves and we’ve been given the opportunity to publish this exclusive story here on Return of the Cafe Racers. This bike was a collaboration between French motorcycle apparel retailer ‘The Royal Racer’ and one of our favourite French builders ‘Kikishop Customs’. Just like the Kikishop Suzuki GSXE this Honda CB500 is a rolling work of art adorned in top quality and highly functional modifications. Here’s how the story went…
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The Phantom – Clockwork Honda CB750

There’s an elegant beauty to Clockwork.  Dozens of handcrafted components working together with micrometer precision, in a movement that is more than the sum of its parts. Gazing at the motorcycles painstakingly pieced together by Samuel Guertin it’s little wonder he adopted the name of “Clockwork Motorcycles” for his Montreal based workshop.

We’ve featured the work of Clockwork Motorcycles before and once again it’s another of Samuel’s timeless CB750s that have caught our attention. Simple, uncluttered, and exceptionally pretty. As Samuel explains it, this end result is a long way from its origins…
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Ride Review – Yamaha XSR900

“Sport Heritage”

Never has the combination of those two words made as much sense as when applied to the Yamaha XSR900. A couple of weeks ago I joined a team of moto-journalists for the Australian launch of the Sport Heritage XSR900. After already reading European reviews of the bike online my biggest question heading out to the launch was, does the XSR900 lean more towards the sport aspect of its name than the heritage? The answer I came away with was most definitely, yes.
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Honey Rider – Monotronomo Suzuki GS850G

“I was looking for a Honda CB Bol D’or, Moto Guzzi or Kawasaki Z1000 after seeing many cool custom motorcycles based on these models.” recalls Mariano Rodriguez, owner operator of ‘Monotronomo Cafe Racers’. “Then one day when I was picking up my kids from school I got talking with a friend on the subject. I explained to him that I hadn’t been able to find a bike in my price range and he showed an advertisement for a Suzuki GS850G.” Initially he wasn’t interested in the Suzuki since it wasn’t a model on his bucket list, however the price was right and the GS had a kick starter, adding to its retro appeal. Cash changed hands, the Suzuki was ridden back to Mariano’s workshop in Spain and his retro racer project began.

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The Behemoth – Honda Goldwing Racer

Your first ride on a motorcycle is probably as memorable as your first kiss. Full of excitement and fear as your senses are overwhelmed by the roar of the engine and the rush of the wind. It’s an addictive rush and one that affects us all in different ways. Some people get their fix by going fast, others take it off road to challenge their ability and then there’s the builder, who gets their fix by taking a stock motorcycle and transforming it into something truly unique. Our favourite kind here on Return of the Cafe Racers is of course the latter and today’s feature is the perfect example.
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The Behemoth – Honda Goldwing Racer

Your first ride on a motorcycle is probably as memorable as your first kiss. Full of excitement and fear as your senses are overwhelmed by the roar of the engine and the rush of the wind. It’s an addictive rush and one that affects us all in different ways. Some people get their fix by going fast, others take it off road to challenge their ability and then there’s the builder, who gets their fix by taking a stock motorcycle and transforming it into something truly unique. Our favourite kind here on Return of the Cafe Racers is of course the latter and today’s feature is the perfect example.
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Green Scot – VTR Customs DBR9T

German technology, Swiss masterminds, an iconic British marque and a body to die for; There’s more than a touch of 007 to the newest build from VTR Customs – the DBR 9T.

VTR Customs have produced a string of incredible BMW’s, including the Goodwood R1200R featured here previously on Return of the Cafe Racers, however it’s the BMW R nineT that has really captured the imagination of the VTR team. The 1200cc boxer twin has become a popular donor for their custom creations and they’ve been producing a steady stream of amazing R9T builds since the bike was first released back in 2014. When images of this new R nineT based build crossed our desk we got in touch with Daniel Weidmann, owner and GM of VTR Customs and he had this to say about the DBR 9T…
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An Orange Crush – MOD Moto Ducati 750SS

I have to admit orange isn’t one of my favourite colours and despite the potential backlash of this statement, Ducati’s aren’t my favourite bikes either (sorry). However, there are exceptions to every rule and when Olof Persson from Gothenburg, Sweden sent me images of this orange Ducati 750SS I was eating my words. Built for a returning customer Olof and his teammates put the bike together at their MOD Moto workshop earlier this year. It was built for a returning customer who was wanting a cafe racer styled ride. However, rather than going for a classic cafe vibe, they convinced him to lean more towards the racer aspect of the style; and his decision to do so was clearly the correct one.
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Tailor Made – 55 Collection Custom Leather Jackets

In recent years we’ve become spoilt for options when it comes to finding a great looking leather motorcycle jacket. Whether you ride a scrambler, a classic or a cafe racer there’s a style out there that will suit your ride. However when it comes to finding the right fit things can get a little difficult. Slight differences in sizing and proportions from country to country can leave you with an expensive, ill fitting jacket. It’s an experience many of us have gone through at least once during our riding lives. Fortunately there’s now a solution.

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Japanese Oldspeed – Rooshers Honda CB250GT

We love fast things – We prefer custom made – We are visual – We stay pure 

These are words that Daniel Schaefer and Daniel Polle of the ‘Rooshers’ live by. Both men are driven by a lifelong passion for racing, classic cars, motorcycles and design. In 2014 the pair discovered the world of cafe racers at a Kustom Kulture event in Germany and instantly connected with them. Utilising their skills developed restoring historic cars the Rooshers recently completed their first cafe racer build using a Honda CB250G and the result speaks for itself.
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