Yamaha XJ900R Seca by Hageman MC

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The Yamaha XJ900R Seca is a bit of a unicorn in the USA, it was only imported by Yamaha for one year in 1983, before its relatively low sales numbers forced the Japanese manufacturer to pull it from the market. There were a few reasons for the dismal sales, Yamaha was competing directly with the…

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BMW R nineT by JANE Motorcycles

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JANE Motorcycles is the brainchild of Adam Kallen and Alex DiMattio, the men have been friends for years and they share a passion for motorcycles, coffee and good menswear. They started the cafe/store/garage in 2013 and it’s quickly become one of Brooklyn’s most popular stores, they count Bill Murray and David Beckham amongst their clientele,…

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Triton by The GasBox

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In some respects, the Triton is the two wheeled equivalent of the Chimaera from ancient Greek mythology. It was a custom motorcycle built from a Triumph engine, a Norton Featherbed frame and often suspension, brakes and other parts from other marques. In the early days of the café racer, the Triton was the king of the…

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Richard Hammond’s Triton

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The Triton is almost certainly the most famous motorcycle to have never been built in a factory – the name came from a contraction of Triumph (who supplied the engine) and Norton (who supplied the Featherbed frame). Those who made it through a semester of Greek mythology will also tell you that Triton was a Greek god and…

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Ducati Monster by Deus Ex Machina

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The Ducati Monster is a motorcycle we’ve seen customised six ways from Sunday, so whenever we find one that looks genuinely unique, it always grabs our interest. Dubbed “The Dreamliner”, this Ducati is the work of Michael Woolaway – he’s the Design Director at Deus Ex Machina’s American garage and a former professional motorcycle racer….

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Behind The Ton Up Boys

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Behind The Ton Up Boys is a short film from the ’60s showing the original era of the cafe racer, the 59 Club and the Ace Cafe. There isn’t much good footage out there of the period – especially footage shot from moving vehicles of the Ton Up Boys in action, so this film is…

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Honda GB250 by Ellaspede

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The Honda GB250 is a motorcycle that came about as a derivative of a derivative – but despite this it’s one of the most genuinely fun little motorcycles I’ve ever ridden. The single cylinder 250cc engine in the GB250 started life as a 349cc unit in the early-80s Honda XR350R enduro racer, it was sleeved…

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Honda CB360 by Purebreed Cycles

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The Honda CB360 is a motorcycle that I’d probably recommend above all others as a first bike – it’s light, nimble, reliable and it does a valiant job of keeping up with the big boys when you want to take it out canyon carving (after you’ve taken an MSF safety course, obviously). Honda introduced the…

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Harley-Davidson Sportster Cafe Racer

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Harley-Davidson Sportster cafe racers are becoming so popular it’s almost worth giving them their own genre. A superficial look at the motorcycles produced by Harley would tend to give you the impression that they’re not particularly well suited to cafe-racerization – they’re heavy and cumbersome with relatively primitive engines and a riding position almost better…

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Maria’s Yamaha SRV250

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The Yamaha SRV250 was a hat tip to the classic cafe racer long before the modern resurgence of the genre, they essentially took the V-twin out of a 250 Virago and retuned it from 21hp to 27hp and then bolted it into a frame that bears more than a passing resemblance to the iconic Norton Featherbed. The…

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