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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Yamaha XV950 by Marcus Walz

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Since the beginning of the Yamaha Yard Built program we’ve seen a surprisingly diverse array of motorcycles developed by custom bike builders from all four corners of the globe. The number of different ways the new Yamaha XV950 platform has been interpreted by the different builders has been interesting to see and it gives me…

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Yamaha XV950 Custom

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The new Yamaha XV950 is a motorcycle designed to target the fast growing mid-size cruiser segment, Yamaha released the model in 2013 and it’s quickly found a strong foothold for itself not just in the United States by across Europe and Asia as well. I have to admit that when I first saw the bike…

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1969 Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

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The Honda CL350 was the marque’s best selling model for a number of years between 1968 through 1973, over 250,000 of them were produced and a significant number of them are still on the road thanks to the hard-to-kill nature of Honda’s engines. With a dry weight of 328lbs (149kgs) and a horsepower output of 36 at…

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Kawasaki H2 Cafe Racer

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The recently announced Kawasaki H2 is a motorcycle that’s likely to be remembered as a milestone in superbike design and it’s certainly going to be interesting to see what Ducati, BMW, Suzuki and Honda being respond with. With a supercharged 4-cylinder engine capable of a rumoured 300bhp, the H2 is a motorcycle that’s only going…

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Kaillie’s XS650 by Loaded Gun Customs

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We’ve seen a new generation of female motorcyclists emerge over the past 10 years or so, whilst there have always been women who ride it seems that there have never been quite as many as there are now. One of the defining characteristics of modern generation of female riders is their refusal to sit on…

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Tickle Manx T3

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The Tickle Manx is a bit of a historical curiosity, it’s a result of the sale of the AMC race shop to the famous Colin Seeley in 1966 – As part of the deal Seeley acquired the rights to the Norton Manx as well as the Matchless G50 and AJS 7R, by 1969 he had…

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Yamaha SR500 by ExesoR Motorcycles

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Christian from ExesoR Motorcycles is one of those quietly talented custom bike builders who spends months at a time hammering a way in a shed, before rolling out a motorcycle so beautiful it stops even seasoned motorcycle critics in their tracks. The previous custom from ExesoR was featured here on Silodrome and it was one…

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