Le Gicleur Noire is French for “always bet on black”, it’s also the (rather fitting) name chosen by Deus Ex Machina for this, their beautiful new Kawasaki W650 custom.
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 Kawasaki ZX-7 is a relatively rare motorcycle, 1994 was the final model year before Kawasaki brought out the far more famous Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R. That said, the ZX-7 does have a loyal following in the US and around the world meaning spare and custom parts are easy to come by.
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.
This custom Yamaha SR500 is one of my favourite recent builds from Stinky, they’ve gone to a lot of trouble here to give the bike…
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.
In my heart of hearts I don’t think that Datsun should have changed their name to Nissan, the name Datsun evokes so much racing heritage it seems a shame to have lost it all.
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.
Honda CX500 cafe racer conversions are becoming more and more popular, the unusual, shaft-drive bike’s from Honda never really saw huge commercial success when they were first released so it’s nice to see them having a renaissance of sorts in the modern day.
The Kawasaki W650 is one of the best modern foundations for a flat track style motorcycle, the engine is staggeringly reliable, the frame is solid, the stock suspension can take a beating and it can be turned into a flat tracker with relatively minimal effort.
It’s always great to find random gems on eBay, this beautiful old Yamaha YM-1 2-stroke is currently sitting at $3,300 with the reserve not met and about a day left on the bidding.