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More Racer Than Cafe: NCT’s stunning Ducati 848 Evo

Superbikes don’t typically make us weak at the knees—but if we had to spring for something racy, it would probably be Italian. We wouldn’t say no to the 140 horsepower Ducati 848 Evo, for example.<p>So when NCT Motorcycles told us they had just finished an 848, we assumed the bike had been crashed. …

Motorcycles

Cognito Moto’s XS650 is the Perfect Modern Classic

We’ve spotted a rising trend over the last couple of years that we can get behind: classic bikes with modern tech upgrades. And if we were working on a project in that vein, Cognito Moto would be getting a call.<p>Started by brothers Devin and Nicholas Henriques, the Richmond, Virginia company is …

Retro

‘GS-XY’ Suzuki GSX1100 – Ed Turner Motorcycles

Karl Renoult heads the curiously named custom shop Ed Turner Motorcycles, in Nantes, France. We’ve been following his builds for the last few years …

Key Zed 650 by Ruffo

1978 <i>Kawasaki KZ650</i> by <i>Ruffo Black Customs</i>, red inazumized <i><br>Construction: Ruffo black Customs | Upholstery: Hector Herrera | Triple tree, rotors,</i> …

Smooth Sailing - Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

When he's not out designing race-winning catamarans, French-Canadian professor in electronics, Sylvain Carignan likes to turn his hand to custom …

A custom Yamaha XJR inspired by … the BMW R nineT

A half-chopped Yamaha, a head full of crazy ideas and a friendly wager: those were the ingredients for Jorge Rodrigues’ first build. And the results are pretty tasty.<p>Jorge is a director at a software firm in Portugal—but more importantly, he’s a motorcyclist who’s always wanted to build a custom …

Motorcycles

‘One.Sixteen’ BMW R nineT – Chandlers Bikes

Black is white. Dogs are cats. Bike dealer are customisers. If there was ever a gauge of just how far the custom bike scene has come on its …

Lucky 14: Cafe Racer DOHC CB750

The CB750 is no stranger to the cafe game. The SOHC or Single OverHead Cam, inline-four has seen just about every take on cafe racer there is. It's …

Side Project: Bryan Heidt’s Ducati 860 cafe racer

Somewhere round the back of every custom shop is an unloved bike that’s been sitting there for months, waiting for its moment in the limelight.<p>In the Atlanta, Georgia shop of Fuller Moto, the unloved bike was this classic Ducati. Of course, it didn’t look anything like the sleek cafe racer we see …

Motorcycles

deBolex Triumph Street Twin

Remember when you were a kid and you’d just picked up the latest baddass pair of sneakers and proudly walked down the park or into the youth club …

Diamond Atelier Designs A Cafe-Flavored BMW R100R Motorcycle

Home » Cars & Bikes » Diamond Atelier Designs A Cafe-Flavored BMW R100R Motorcycle<p>The guys from <b>Diamond Atelier</b>, a custom bike shop from Munich, seem …

Roland Snel’s 1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer Will Get You Excited

Home » Cars & Bikes » Roland Snel’s 1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer Will Get You Excited<p>Let’s be honest, the <b>Yamaha TR-1</b> or XV920R didn’t really catch on …

The Bomb by Valtoron

La Bomba is a 1974 <i>Kawasaki H1</i> 500cc heavily modified by Valtoronin Madrid.<p>Thanks to the tuning with <i>Wiseco</i> high- comp. pistons, expanded chambers and …

Yamaha XV750 – Peters Dog Cycles

Even if you're not a basketball fan, everyone old enough to remember the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 will have memories of the Dream Team. Arguably …

Jaw Dropper: A gnarly Honda CB from the 80s

The Chappell brothers are no strangers to these pages. Over the years, they’ve produced an impressive string of bikes—despite living hundreds of miles apart.<p>That distance has proved hard to manage, so these equally talented builders each handle their own projects nowadays. Chris operates as …

Fabrication

Tangerine Dream: Roland Snel’s Yamaha TR1 cafe racer

Every manufacturer has a few oddball motorcycles in its back catalog. Bikes that sounded like a great idea on paper, but never really caught the imagination of the public.<p>In Yamaha’s case, one of those bikes is the TR1—a V-twin tourer from the 1980s, closely related to the more successful …

Motorcycles

The world's most stylish Yamaha XV750 cafe racer?

Yamaha’s underrated Virago from the 1980s is really gaining favor as a custom base. Classified Moto have already shown the way, and here’s another terrific example—this time from Greg Hageman of Hageman Cycles. It’s a 1982 Yamaha XV750, and it was built for Season Two of Discovery Channel’s Cafe …

Reborn Customs Black Belt

The Black Belt. An achievement only acquired through intense training, practice and passion. A sign of ones dedication and fortitude and yet a thinly …

Back To The Future: custom Honda Nighthawk

Some custom shops like to breathe new life into old motorcycles. Others put a vintage spin on modern machinery.<p>Tito and Jose of Spain’s Macco Motors have gone for the vintage approach with this CB750, and it works a treat. You’d never guess at first glance, but it’s actually a 2002 Honda—the model …

Back to the Future

BMW R nineT Montreal Twins

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>BMW<br>• Motorcycles<br>• Retro<p>When the BMW R nineT was released in 2015 it grabbed the attention of a lot of riders, its design was …

Motorcycles

A killer BMW RnineT from Clutch Customs in Paris. My lord, how we love the nineT... (via 4h10.com)

Nitro Cycles Ducati GT1000

Every time I spy a Ducati Sport Classic out on the street I can't help but think of what Ducati missed out on. Inspired by TT racers and sports bikes …

Triumph Bonneville - The Bullitt

<i>Written by Martin Hodgson.</i><p>In the café racer scene few motorcycles are as important as the parallel twin-powered Triumph Bonneville. From the early …

Motorcycles