Triton by The GasBox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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