This Honda CB750 cafe racer by Steel Bent Customs is a fantastic example of minimalist custom motorcycle building, there’s nothing on the bike that doesn’t need to be there from a purely functional perspective and I kind of think that this is how it should be.
I was happy to learn last week that Norton Motorcycles have begun customer deliveries of the new Norton Commando 961 model. There had been some concern that the bikes weren’t ever going to ship due to financial issues but it now appears that, in true British style, they’ve hunkered down through the tough times and made it through. With a cup of tea in one hand and a biscuit in the other.
This minimalist Honda CB750 cafe racer is a quintessential Steel Bent Customs motorcycle, all the unnecessary nonsense is in the garbage leaving just a raw, almost skeletal motorbike that’ll happily carve up mountain roads with the best of them.
The Honda S90 is one of those bikes that doesn’t get the cafe racer treatment nearly often enough. The ultra lightweight motorcycle was manufactured by Honda between 1964 and 1969, it was fitted with a 4-stoke, air-cooled single cylinder engine capable of 8hp and capable of just over 60mph (with a light rider).
The Storz Performance SP1200RR Cafe Racer is a bolt on cafe racer kit for 2004-present Harley-Davidson Sportsters, each of the kits elements can be bought individually meaning it’s possible for bike builders to pick and choose which parts they want and which parts they want to forgo or make in-house. The base kit includes a hand-formed aluminum…
The humble Yamaha XS400 isn’t a bike that we see getting converted into cafe racer form all that often, it seems a shame as the bike has serious potential.
The story behind the Cortadito Cafe Racer is one of those happy coincidences, it was a story that fell into my lap and along with the discovery of a great little cafe racer was the discovery of a great new Miami bike builder for us to keep an eye on.
Deus Ex Machina has a refreshingly heretical approach to cafe racer building, this bike is one of their latest creations and you can tell at a glance that it’s a signature, antipodean cafe belter.
Alexandre is one of those guys who seems to have life better figured out than me. Not only is he training to be a luxury yacht captain, he’s living in Guadeloupe, a stupendously beautiful Caribbean island paradise.
Nortorious is one of those highly unusual custom café racers that only comes along once in a blue moon. Although it looks fairly straight forward it’s actually a turbo-charged engineering tour de force featuring more custom engine components than any other bike we’ve ever posted on Silodrome.
The Harley-Davidson café racer genre is a little corner of the café racer world that I’ve grown very fond of, I love the history of the brand and although the modern offerings aren’t really my cup of tea, they are designed to be customised by their owners and their owners almost always oblige.
You may not have noticed this yet, but take a look at how low down the clip-ons are mounted on this old Norton cafe racer.