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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Built for Speed – Suzuki GS1000 Cafe Racer

Recently I published our first custom motorcycle build by Mellow Motorcycles in Germany. While I was putting the story about their GS550 cafe racer together I happened across another great looking bike in their stable. It was built using an icon of 1970’s racing, a Suzuki made famous by Wes Cooley when he won the AMA Superbike Championship over two consecutive years, a 1979 GS1000. Not wanting to let it slip by I questioned workshop co-founder Flo Hubert about the bike. As it turned out the custom Suzuki GS1000 was built in close succession to the first bike, but their end goal with this build was less about show and more about go.
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Minsk Motorcycle – Sparta Kawasaki KZ400

I’m always excited to feature a build from a country we haven’t previously visited here on the Return of the Cafe Racers website. This Kawasaki KZ400 was put together in Minsk, Belarus a landlocked country in eastern Europe that’s bordered by Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine.  It also happens to be the result of a collaborative build, something I have undertaken myself and as a result have a huge respect for anyone else that’s done it. This particular build was spearheaded by ‘Sparta Garage’ and showcased at the ‘Recast Moto Fest‘ in Belarus earlier this year. Thanks to the magic of social media I had the opportunity to speak with Sparta Garage owner Spartak Malykevic about the development of the bike and it’s unveiling at the show.
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