We’ll be updated the main builder page for Season 2 of Cafe Racer TV soon, stay tuned for that! In the mean-time, below you will find the collection of builders that appeared in Cafe Racer TV Season 1. Take a moment and give these guys some credit, they worked hard and helped us produce a fantastic show! Don’t go anywhere though, Season 2 is going to packed with quality builds, history and enough interesting material to keep you off the streets and in your chair. But don’t trust us, tune in in August and see for yourself!
Ace Motorcycle & Scooter
This small, busy shop is run by Bee Kirchgatterer and Chad McDade, a family team who cover the whole rocker movement from vintage scooters to hand-crafted café racers. McDade’s bread-and-butter work involves maintaining classic British, German and Japanese motorcycles that are ridden daily on Chicago’s merciless streets, but he’s revealed a genuine talent for drawing speed, looks and reliability from a British motorcycle with ease.
Ace Motorcycle & Scooter featured in Episodes – 10, 11 &12
– Original Airs: 12/8, 12/15 & 12/22 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 12/15, 12/22 & 12/29 @ 9:30pm
1042 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Dime City Cycles
Jason Paul Michaels and Herm Narciso have been working together for years; however, it wasn’t until 2009 that they managed to finally transform their mutual dream into something more tangible. Renting a warehouse tucked quietly behind a concrete plant, with a test road long enough to hit "The Ton", the two of them immediately began tearing down Honda 450s while simultaneously building their now well equipped fabrication shop, a small design studio and quite possibly the most comprehensive café racer parts supply website in the industry. From here the combination of Jason’s fabrication talent and Herm’s engineering prowess together they began designing and producing beautiful classic Japanese cafe racers that owe as much to the rockers of mid century England as they do to contemporary race bikes. Their goal? To build bikes with a perfect balance of form and function, and to bring the parts they so tirelessly sought out while building their first bikes to every other guy building a bike in his garage.
Dime City Cycles featured in Episodes – 2, 3 & 4
– Original Airs: 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 10/20, 10/27 & 11/3 @ 9:30pm
Greg Hageman has been blessed with Fred Sanford’s eye for finding treasure among a trash heap, transforming rusty, barn-find Japanese commuter bikes from the 1970s into eye-popping café racers. Greg’s specialty is everything from Yamaha’s XS 650 and shaft-driven XS 750 to Honda’s CX 500 transverse twin. A self-confessed “crazy cat lady” when it comes to classic motorcycles, Hageman possesses the rare ability to create show-winning custom café bikes for less than most riders spend on a new exhaust system.
Greg "Doc’s Chops" Hageman featured in Episodes – 4, 5 & 6
– Original Airs: 10/27, 11/3 & 11/10 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 11/3, 11/10 & 11/17 @ 9:30pm
J&B Moto Co.
From the unlikely locale where Harley-Davidson’s largest manufacturing facility is located comes J&B Moto Co., manned by Brian Leonard and Jeff Metz. The two started their careers painting custom choppers, skills that helped them design and mold their own fiberglass café parts. More recently, they’ve indulged their taste for café racers by building a stunning, 1975 Yamaha RD 350 with exotic Benelli bodywork, a machine that won first place at the Cycle World International show in New York in 2009 and at the AMA’s Vintage Motorcycle Days later that year.
J & B Motor Co. featured in Episodes – 3, 4 & 5
– Original Airs: 10/20, 10/27 & 11/3 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 10/27, 11/3 & 11/10 @ 9:30pm
Loaded Gun Customs
Delaware’s Loaded Gun Customs has achieved acclaim for custom drift cars and hot rods, and more recently, a string of trophy-winning and very fast café racer customs. Loaded Gun’s Kevin Dunworth handles everything from sheetmetal work to custom paint and engine rebuilding and he seems to follow no one’s rules when building motorcycles, whether it be a Ducati Supersport bobber, a Yamaha XS 650 Manx replica, or a vintage Triton hybrid infused with rat rod attitude and modern day running gear.
Loaded Gun Customs featured in Episodes – 11, 12 & 13
– Original Airs: 12/15, 12/22 & 12/29 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 12/22 & 12/29 @ 9:30pm
34676 Horseshoe Drive
Selbyville, DE , 19975
Jay LaRossa got his start customizing led sled cars and working at West Coast Choppers before he felt the tug of the café craze. Jay started off building small displacement Honda twins that caught the eye of some high-profile customers. After a few years honing his craft, Lossa Engineering is now one of the West Coast’s premiere custom café shops, churning out a dozen ground up machines each year, all characterized by handmade steel body work, upgraded suspension and stunning paint work.
Jay LaRossa / Lossa Engineering featured in Episodes – 5, 6 & 7
– Original Airs: 11/3, 11/10 & 11/17 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 11/10, 11/17 & 11/24 @ 9:30pm
Alan Bernard came from France with a love of American motorcycle culture and after a decade spent building show winning choppers and bobbers, he’s set his sights on his true love, café racers. Colorful and mischievous, Alan’s tastes in two wheelers runs from custom café frames featuring high-performance Japanese and, yes, American V-twin motors, to motorbikes that reflect his tastes in rock and roll. The only series builder who can build a motorcycle while singing Elvis tunes in French.
Santiago Choppers featured in Episodes – 7, 8 & 9
– Original Airs: 11/17, 11/24 & 12/1 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 11/24, 12/1 & 12/8 @ 9:30pm
Sixth Street Specials
Since the 1980s, Hugh Mackie, Scottish expat and café racer builder has developed a dedicated following for his highly skilled Britbike and café racer shop located in New York’s Lower East Side. Hugh has collected tens of thousands of parts in a mad, cave-like basement workshop that he figures contains the makings of dozens of café racers. As a result of his experience and dedication, 6th Street Specials has customers from all over the world. His bikes reflect a no bullshit New York attitude, being more about durability and toughness than concourse pretty finishes.
6th Street Specials featured in Episodes – 8, 9 & 10
– Original Airs: 11/24, 12/1 & 12/8 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 @ 9:30pm
Garage Company Customs
Yoshi Kosaka started collecting vintage motorcycles and parts in his native Japan before relocating to L.A. in the 1980s. His appreciation for classic café racers was such that his first shop wasn’t a shop at all, just a storage room for his beloved bikes. Today, Kosaka is invaluable for West Coast café builders, supplying parts, knowledge and support. His designs range from the psychedelic to the museum-level restoration and Garage Company’s professional, well trained team builds café racers with almost military precision.
Yoshi Kosaka / Garage Co. featured in Episodes – 6, 7 & 8
– Original Airs: 11/10, 11/17 & 11/24 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 11/10, 11/17 & 11/24 @ 9:30pm
XPO Street Fighter
A.J. Fulgado and Frank Ford are the biggest name in American streetfighters, a style of customized streetbike considered the 21st century descendant of the café racer. XPO’s creations, like the road burners of the 1950s and 60s, combine high-performance engines with custom body work for a futuristic take on the classic ton-up machine. As subtle as a pair of rusty brass knuckles, an XPO bike is raw, fast and unforgettable.
XPO Street Fighter featured in Episodes – 9, 10 & 11
– Original Airs: 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: 12/8, 12/15 & 12/22 @ 9:30pm