Matthew Perkovic

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Momoto SR500: blueprint for a budget cafe

Half a century ago, a café racer was a bike stripped to the essentials. Tuned for maximum performance over the short haul, it was usually a secondhand bike that didn’t break the bank—and was tweaked on a budget.<p>These days, the true modern café racer is probably a ‘streetfighter,’ a battered GSX-R …

Low flyer: Yamaha XS650 by Clutch Custom

We’ve probably used every superlative in the book to describe the Clutch Custom style by now. <i>Propriétaire</i> Willie Knoll builds bikes that we just can’t tear our eyes away from.<p>As we’ve come to expect from the Paris-based builder, this XS650 is low-key and refined. But it’s stacked with hand-made …

Moriwaki's 40th Anniversary Honda CB1100

Think of Moriwaki, and you probably think of snarling racebikes tearing around Suzuka in the 70s and 80s. Invariably piloted by hairy-chested legends like Graeme Crosby (above) and Wayne Gardner.<p>These days, the family-run race team is also a big name on the Japanese custom scene, with a huge range …

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