Cafe Racer Culture

THE BIKINI PROJECT

THE BIKINI PROJECT

This motorcycle is the antithesis of the LOTUS C-01.  Conceptually, of course. It’s like a “skeleton watch“.  Or, if you prefer this different analogy, it’s like a tall, skinny, platinum-blond fashion model scantily clad in sky-blue bikini.  Where everything is in full view except the little that is hidden and subject to the imagination. The project…

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DUAL DISC CONVERSION

DUAL DISC CONVERSION

When Bill Roberson wrote about BLACKSQUARE in his Essential Guide for Men, THE MANUAL, he ended his alluring article with the prediction “Looks like the Blacksquare is going to get a brother.”  He was right.  BLACKSQUARE is going to have a brother and that brother (a little racier and with the poise of a cresting wave)  is…

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CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES WEBSITES

CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES WEBSITES

Building a custom motorcycle is easy.  Very easy.  There are two prerequisites: Imagination and Inspiration. Imagination is most productive when based on the conviction that everything is possible. The image above provides ample proof of that.  It is a photograph of a real, living caterpillar; the larva of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly.  Extraordinary, isn’t it?  Makes you wonder…

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TIRES FOR HONDA CB550 (and other vintage motorcycles)

TIRES FOR HONDA CB550 (and other vintage motorcycles)

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  • On 3rd December 2015

Finding the right tires for your vintage HONDA CB550 is easy. But like all endeavors, this one, too, requires some advance knowledge.  Simply going to websites like JP Cycles’ and searching for tires to fit your 1977 HONDA CB550K is… an exercise in futility.  Because that search will advise you that a rear tire that…

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CHOOSING A CAFÉ RACER JACKET

CHOOSING A CAFÉ RACER JACKET

No café racer project is complete without the requisite café racer jacket. To stir the pot at the get-go, let me say that what is generally referred to today as a café racer jacket preceded what has been defined as a café racer bike by at least a couple of decades.  Those jackets were better known back then as…

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THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

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  • On 31st March 2015

How powerful is the HONDA CB550 engine? How does it compare to other engines of its day? You are not going to believe the answers.  I guarantee it.  If you already knew the facts that I’m about to relate here pertaining to this “little engine”, the unpretentious HONDA CB550, let me buy you a drink or…

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