Café Racers

Student models Transformer from Norton Commando.

Posted in Café Racers, Motorcycle Rides, Movies by MrAngry | January 11th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Norton Commando Transformer

Artistic talent and imagination are things that you either have or you don’t. Sure you can learn certain artistic skills, but in the end, if you can’t translate them into viewable pieces then they’re pretty much useless. I’ve always been jealous of those with artistic talent as it’s something I’ve always yearned to have, but simply don’t possess. What you are looking at here is a Norton Commando motorcycle that has been modeled into a transformer. It was imagined, created and then brought to life by an undergraduate student named Steve Twist. Taking 8 months from concept to completion, Mr. Twist did this project to obtain his BA in Computer Visualization and Animation at Bournemouth University over in the UK. Keep in mind, this was done for a Bachelors Degree, not a Masters or PHd. That means that this kid is what – 20 years old? Pretty amazing stuff if you ask me…


2011 Kawasaki W800: Is It A Kawaville Or A Bonnesaki?

Posted in Café Racers, Classic, Motorcycle, Triumph by Kurt Ernst | November 5th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Retro classic bikes are hot right now, as Americans who still have jobs and savings accounts can rationalize the purchase of bikes from their youth. Unlike heavy duty cruisers, retro classics tend to have reasonable prices, which adds to their appeal. Triumph’s Bonneville has done fairly well for them over the years, and it’s low cost of entry means that you don’t have to sell a kidney to buy one. Now Kawaski is rejoining the party with their W800, which looks suspiciously like a Triumph Bonneville to me.

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German Man Builds Ducati V8: “Project Elenore”

Posted in Bizarre, Café Racers, Ducati, Motorcycle, Videos by MrAngry | October 20th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Ducati V8 Engine

Motorcycle engines come in a host of different configurations. There’s the V-twin, inline-4, parallel twin, V4, V6 and the triple and by some miracle of modern engineering they all seem to work well on a regular basis. The one that has eluded us though has been the much coveted V8. Sure, there have been those who have shoehorned a small block Chevy between the rails of a Harley, but for the most part the V8 motorcycle is something of a myth. Enter Dieter Hartmann-Wirthwein, the German man who has a flare for Italian motorcycles.
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You Should Have to Pedal Bicycles, Dammit

Posted in Bizarre, Café Racers, Paris Auto Show, Peugeot by Dustin Driver | October 10th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Bicycles are human powered. They don’t have motors. And they certainly don’t have on-board computer systems. They are the perfect amalgam of man and machine. So you, engineer at Peugeot, and you, SolidWorks whiz at ebike: Stop. Peugeot’s electric-assist bicycle reared its bull-horn-shaped grips at the Paris Auto Show, sporting a hub-less wheel. Electric scooter manufacturers smart also unveiled its ebike, which has an iPhone dock. Seriously. Enough is enough. Few things rival the simple joy of riding a bicycle. Don’t make it any more complicated than it has to be. Hit the jump for more photos.

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Too Fast For Your Own Good: A Tribute To The Factory Turbo Bikes Of The 1980s

Posted in Café Racers, Cool Stuff, Corner Carvers, General, Honda, Motorcycle, Sportbikes, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | October 1st, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

In retrospect, the 1980s weren’t entirely bad. Sure, they gave us weird clothing, big hair and some tragically awful music, but they also gave us factory turbocharged motorcycles, at least for a few years. Between 1982 and 1985, you could walk into your local Honda / Suzuki / Yamaha / Kawasaki dealer, plunk down an astonishing amount of cash, and ride out on a factory-built, forced induction bike, complete with a manufacturer’s warranty.

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Spyker Aeroblade

Posted in Café Racers, EcoLust, Spyker by Dustin Driver | September 30th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Aero-fabulous Dutch car crafters Spyker have focused their engineering expertise and supreme metallurgical aesthetics on bicycles. This is the result. The Spyker Aeroblade bike has a titanium frame and aluminum glass fiber coated carbon composite wheels and fenders. Its sumptuous leather seat and grips are made by Royal Dutch Tanners Hulshof. Gearing is handled by a 14-speed Rohloff internal gear hub. Formula disc brakes round out the package. It is the most obsessively designed and executed bicycle I’ve ever laid eyes upon. And I adore it. Spyker’s unyielding attention to detail and adherence to aeronautical cues make my soul soar like a biplane. Only 50 Aeroblades will be made. Cost: $15,000.

Source: CycleEXIF

The Falcon Kestrel, Loose In LA

Posted in Café Racers, Cool Stuff, Motorcycle, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 20th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

We’ve told you about the Falcon Kestrel before, but this new video from Falcon Motorcycles shows the Kestrel running the streets of LA and the concrete canyons of the LA River. In case you’ve never heard of Falcon motorcycles, they’re the product of Ian Barry’s artistic genius. Starting with select components of a classic British bike (in the case of the Kestrel, a Triumph Bonneville motor mated to a BSA transmission), Barry and his team build one-off, custom bikes as his vision guides him. You won’t find any off-the-shelf tanks or fenders on a Falcon Motorcycle, and no two of their bike will ever be identical.

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Cars and Coffee = Hot Rides and Burnt Rubber

Posted in Burnouts, Café Racers, Videos by MrAngry | September 9th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

We’d be lying if we said that we weren’t complete suckers for hot cars doing burnouts, especially when the quality of the video is good. I think this particular Cars and Coffee event was held down in Irvine, CA but odds are I’m probably wrong about that. All I know is that when a bunch of fast cars get together to cause a little a hoonage we’re all for it, just as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. Thankfully this day seem to encapsulate some great rides along with the right amount of wheel spin to make us smile.


Motorcycle Exhaust Bill Passes In California

Posted in Café Racers, Corner Carvers, Emissions, Environment, Legal, Motorcycle, Politics by Kurt Ernst | September 1st, 2010 | 24 Responses |

If you live in California and ride a motorcycle, I’ve got some bad news for you: a bill which would essentially mandate stock exhausts on motorcycles built after 2013 has passed and now goes to the Governator for signature. It’s expected that Governor Swarzenegger will sign it into law as soon as it crosses his desk.

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2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman

Posted in Café Racers, Moto Guzzi, Motorcycle by Dustin Driver | August 11th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Café racers are undeniably gorgeous. There’s something about the stripped-down, DIY racing aesthetic that’s simply stunning. Moto Guzzi knows it and has souped up its sedate (but sexy) V7 Classic to make the V7 Clubman. The bike gets a shiny red frame, a glimmering chrome tank, and some snazzy number plates. From the looks of things, it also gets sportier suspension and an even grumblier exhaust system. No word on whether Moto Guzzi have squeezed some more power out of the V7’s modest 744-cc V-twin. The V7 Clubman will retail in October for about $11,000, $1,500 more than the V7 Classic. Personally, I’d remove the number plates. Or save some cash and run a set of flat or clip-on bars on the already sultry V7 Classic. My neighbor, Gabe Ets-Hokin, runs CityBike and recently had a V7 Classic for review. The bike was a feast for the eyes, a sleek vintage standard that took my breath away every time I passed it on the way to my car. Keep an eye out on CityBike for a full review.

Source: Autoblog