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Can A Diversion Be Cool?

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Yamaha XJ600s …”Morpheus”
This write comes to us from James Moir at JM Customs.
When Morpheus arrived it was a tired, mundane commuter. A gauntlet was thrown down when a friend said ” A Diversion could never be cool, ever!”
Never being one to shy away from a challenge , I got to work. Stripping away all the unnecessary weight, we cut off the subframe and fabricated a new , lightweight frame with a distinctive point at the back. Hand crafted a seat unit , encompassing LED Tail lights/turn signals.
We ran with the stock tank, as we loved the long flat line to the top of the tank. After milling away the bar risers, we added new clip on bars , switch gear and levers .
With a single speedo to the centre, it keeps everything minimal up front. Looking clean.
To maintain the lines of the bike we fabricated a wrap around plate mount which looks killer! Rebuilding the stock front forks , we upgraded the rear shock with a fully adjustable Hagon shock!  We wrapped out the headers for that old school look and installed a sweet can that we got from Caferacerpartsuk!
Laying on our  custom mixed gunmetal grey with metallic blue, it looks awesome set off amongst the satin black powder coating! We are proud of this transformation.
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It looks like a new generation of  Cafe Racers, and we love it!  Frank Marcus, a sports teacher in the Netherlands, led this project. He wanted get students interested in learning to build. They just  presented bike at the Interclassic Show in Maastricht. This school project not only got these 16 and 17 year olds interested in the technical part but they fell in love with the nostalgia (and loved all the attention) they got showing off this Cafe Racer. They had  7 offers on the bike. But, since it wasn’t built with money in mind, they turned down the offers and preferred to enjoy it. “In short, we achieved more goals then we had in mind,” said Frank.

 

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Below is an excerpt in Frank’s words about why they wanted to do this and why he led the project. There are so many great builders and bikes but it all starts in a shack or garage ones. I find the whole Caféracer and Scramblerscene to be very sympathetic. Here it’s not about the money but about making cool bikes, as it should be… We can not compete with a professional builder but with the funding we had (max 2000 euro all-in) we were able to make a cool bike that is worth wile showing.

I selected 5 students who were motivated to be in this project. For the built we used the knowledge of Marcel Schepers, who is owner of Schepers Motor Design. He is known for building very nice bikes and  currently has some Kawasaki w800’s in his shop that he rebuild into

cool scramblers. His latest project is a flat tracker that he is building for the Glemseck meating in 2016 in Germany. For the saddle and bag we could rely on Jowi Paulissen. He is a local magician with leather, makes saddles, baggs and all kinds of upholstery. For the paint job we can thank  local garage Beckers who painted our tank for free.

This project is meant to show kids that working in the technical sector can be fun. We are losing a lot of interest from our youth in thisstudy and line of work and with this project we try to show that it can be a great education and that there are a lot of jobs to be found. The two students that worked on the bike André and Floyd, have been busy grinding, measuring, bending, making brackets, painting (exhaust), brake revision and more. Fenders, metal plates on the side, saddle plate and several brackets have been hand made by these guys.

The engine itself we left untouched, we found this 34 year old XJ650 with only 8000 miles on the counter. If its reliable we don’t temper with it. Thanks Frank, keep up the good work!

 

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Julia Haltigan’s “Finish The Line” Contest – The Video is Here!

Alright Cafe Racer fans, last month we gave you all the opportunity to finish the line and provide lyrics for Julia Haltigan’s [LIKE Julia on Facebook today!] new single “Fast Lane.” The results were announced and as we promised here’s Julia’s recording of “Fast Lane” live from her living room in NYC with your lyrics in replacement of hers!

Again a big thanks to the winners, Russel Ramsdell, Vanessa Raymond & Rick Scott! We hope you all are enjoying your free signed copy of her new CD, the season 2 Cafe Racer TV DVD set and a Cafe Racer TV tee.  As always watch the CRTV BLOG and Facebook pages today for videos and contests for your chance to win free CRTV swag and don’t forget to tun into Velocity for reruns of Season 3 of Cafe Racer!

Go go Cafe Racer!

Finish The Line – Clip 3, Check it out, take a guess and win from SWAG!

Alright Cafe Racer fans, here’s the third and final clip from Julia’s new single “Fast Lane.” You know the drill, from here it’s up to you to head on over to http://www.facebook.com/CafeRacerTV and post your version of what you think the finished words should be on the top-most thread titled “Finish The Line w/ Julia Haltigan.” Julia will be picking a winner daily from the comments who will receive a free signed copy of her new CD, the season 2 Cafe Racer TV DVD set and a Cafe Racer TV tee. How great is that?

But wait…there’s more! The stunning and sweet Julia will be performing a live intimate and acoustic session of “Fast Lane” via a live video feed in the coming weeks. In addition to performing the complete song she’ll also be performing a version of the song with her favorite fan comment lyrics in exchange for her own. Sounds like more fun than setting the valves on a bevel drive Ducati 750, no?

So, let’s recap:

– There’s no cost the enter the contest
– Watch the CRTV BLOG and Facebook pages today for the videos and posts to comment your version of the finished lyrics
– Tune in to Velocity on June 7th at 10PM EST to see Julia’s Video Premier and the Season Finale of Cafe Racer
– Watch CRTV BLOG and Facebook pages on Friday the 8th for the announced winners and the link to watch Julia perform live

Great’s like Billy Joel think it’s a tall order to write a song about motorcycles. Do you think our girl Julia has what it takes to hit the musical ton? Stay tuned and find out!

Finish The Line – Clip 2, Check it out, take a guess and win from SWAG!

Alright Cafe Racer fans, here’s the second clip from Julia’s new single “Fast Lane.” You know the drill, from here it’s up to you to head on over to http://www.facebook.com/CafeRacerTV and post your version of what you think the finished words should be on the top-most thread titled “Finish The Line w/ Julia Haltigan.” Julia will be picking a winner daily from the comments who will receive a free signed copy of her new CD, the season 2 Cafe Racer TV DVD set and a Cafe Racer TV tee. How great is that?

But wait…there’s more! The stunning and sweet Julia will be performing a live intimate and acoustic session of “Fast Lane” via a live video feed in the coming weeks. In addition to performing the complete song she’ll also be performing a version of the song with her favorite fan comment lyrics in exchange for her own. Sounds like more fun than setting the valves on a bevel drive Ducati 750, no?

So, let’s recap:

– There’s no cost the enter the contest
– Watch the CRTV BLOG and Facebook pages today, and June 6th for the videos and posts to comment your version of the finished lyrics
– Tune in to Velocity on June 7th at 10PM EST to see Julia’s Video Premier and the Season Finale of Cafe Racer
– Watch CRTV BLOG and Facebook pages on Friday the 8th for the announced winners and the link to watch Julia perform live

Great’s like Billy Joel think it’s a tall order to write a song about motorcycles. Do you think our girl Julia has what it takes to hit the musical ton? Stay tuned and find out!

Finish The Line – Help finish Julia Haltigan’s new single “Fast Lane”

Alright Cafe Racer fans, season 3 of your favorite ton-up throttle twisting music loving motorcycle series is almost over. Sad, we know…but because we love you, we’ve got something a little special just for you to round out the best season yet of vintage motorcycles and culture on Velocity. It’s called “Fast Lane” and it’s the HOT new soon-to-be-released and debuted on Cafe Racer TV, single and music video by vintage Triumph riding, guitar picking vocal belting beauty Julia Haltigan.

And if getting a glimpse of this gorgeous yet gritty wrench turning diva isn’t enough for your petrol pounding heart, take a look below at the video clip. Julia thought it would be fun to get the fans involved to help finish the lyrics “in your own words” for the three main verses of her new single. We’ll be launching three video clips, the first one today and then on June 4th and 6th to give you a taste of Julia’s sweet sultry sounds. Checkout the into clip and clip one below!

Here’s the first video, watch, listen and come up with your own lyrics! READ BELOW first though, there’s more details!

From here it’s up to you to head on over to http://www.facebook.com/CafeRacerTV and post your version of what you think the finished words should be on the top-most thread titled “Finish The Line w/ Julia Haltigan.” Julia will be picking a winner daily from the comments who will receive a free signed copy of her new CD, the season 2 Cafe Racer TV DVD set and a Cafe Racer TV tee. How great is that?

But wait…there’s more! The stunning and sweet Julia will be performing a live intimate and acoustic session of “Fast Lane” via a live video feed in the coming weeks. In addition to performing the complete song she’ll also be performing a version of the song with her favorite fan comment lyrics in exchange for her own. Sounds like more fun than setting the valves on a bevel drive Ducati 750, no?

So, let’s recap:

– There’s no cost the enter the contest
– Watch the CRTV BLOG and Facebook pages today, June 4th and 6th for the videos and posts to comment your version of the finished lyrics
– Tune in to Velocity on June 7th at 10PM EST to see Julia’s Video Premier and the Season Finale of Cafe Racer
– Watch CRTV BLOG and Facebook pages on Friday the 8th for the announced winners and the link to watch Julia perform live

Great’s like Billy Joel think it’s a tall order to write a song about motorcycles. Do you think our girl Julia has what it takes to hit the musical ton? Stay tuned and find out!

And for those of you looking for more information on Julia or her CD to purchase, head right on over to her Website by clicking the photo below or simply point your browser to http://www.juliahaltigan.com/ you can also give her a like on Facebook, we know she’ll appreciate it! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Julia-Haltigan/39641218654

Be sure to stay tuned on Velocity for re-runs of Cafe Racer TV Season 3 and be on the lookout for Season 4. We’ve hit 100mph and before you know it, we’ll be back with another 13 episodes of classic motorcycle culture, rockin’ tunes and custom motorcycle builds!

– The Cafe Racer TV Team