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An Agrentina Build With Great Detail

Dino Maltoni of Mendoza, Argentina sent us this build of a Kawasaki Zephyr 550. Below he tells us in his own words about the build.

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Cafe Racer Before & After

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Check out these before and after shots sent to us by Philipp Dewies. He’s a 23year old mechanical engineering student at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He got some great practical experience in his field while working on this Cafe Racer project with his dad.  The idea to build a Cafe Racer was born out of necessity. Philipp says that he didn’t have enough money to buy a cool bike from a dealer.

He bought what he calls “a cheap” BMW R65 and started to unscrew the whole bike.  He and his dad built new parts, fixed problems and enjoyed the time together in their garage. They had so  much fun, they decided to build another one, a better one. They bought the 1985 BMW R80 RT you see pictured above. They worked on it every weekend for about nine months in their home garage.

“My dad and I were in scale modelling for many years, so we had all the tools we needed already at home,” Philipp told us.

The paint is the original Porsche Aetna Blau from the legendary 1960 Porsche 356B. They integrated a Motogadget Tiny Speedster in the lamp body, powder coated the engine, and many other parts. For the perfect clean shape of the seat they decided to put on a very small Kellermann indicator/backlight combination. He used the leather from the seat to cover the handles. The helmet was painted also in the Porsche Blau. Philipp grinded it in spots to get a cool design. Then he put a clear lacquer on it. The helmet makes a great touch. Tell us what you think. If you have a project you’d like to show, just send it to us through this Contact Us form .

“And The Wind-Up..” By: Mike Seate

For a series just working its way through its second year, I’m often amazed to find the wide and disparate range of people who dig Café Racer TV. I’ve had little old grandmas approach me in my neighborhood grocery store to gush about how much their sons and grandsons enjoy the show and I always appreciate the unexpected surprise when some guy in a suit and tie rushes over to my motorcycle in a parking lot to tell me that he’s planning on building one just like it- only faster, of course- because he’s seen café racers whizzing across his TV screen every week. OK, there is a downside to becoming more recognizable to the public-at-large; if one more person mistakes me for professional stunt rider Jason Britton – who happens to be a good six inches shorter than and a decade younger than, myself- I’ll burst a blood vessel. That said, one of the cooler and most memorable experiences to occur during the current season’s shooting schedule happened last spring down in Florida where we had a chance to check out a Philadelphia Phillies pre-season game and meet some of the players. I used to frequent a pub near my Pittsburgh home that catered to members of the Pittsburgh Pirates who played nearby and the players often stepped outside to se me off, asking endless questions about my custom café racer. So it was no surprise to see how many of the Phillies were Café Racer fans. We got a blast out of talking clip-ons, rearsets and ton-up tales with the team’s manager Charlie Manuel who told us he never misses an episode, while some of the team’s top talent, including ace pitcher Roy Halladay got a chance to sit aboard the custom Harley-Norton hybrid special built by Alan Bernard of Florida’s Santiago Choppers. After filling in members of the team on the Norley’s impressive performance specs, we tossed some sports analogies at the players, explaining that the 1200cc Norley could travel about 50% faster than Halladay’s 90 MPH fastball. While shooting the breeze with several team members including Cole Hamels, groups of Phillies fans drifted over to check out the motorcycle and it was a gas to overhear them guessing what sort of machine it was.

What was a shocker came later when several players learned that the motorcycle – which appears in tonight’s episode of Café Racer TV – would be auctioned off to support the Curing Kid’s Cancer charity. Several pulled us aside and explained how much they’d like to add a custom café racer to their toy collections, but they did so out of earshot of team manager Charlie Manuel as Major League Baseball forbids its players from riding motorcycles while contracted to play. One player, who shall remain nameless, told us that he already owned several high-performance sportbikes and a few cars capable of approaching the double-ton mark, but if the men in the team office found out, the bikes would have to go. “I plan to build me one of these the week after I retire,” we were told more than once, a statement that provided a rare insight into the world of professional sports. Sure, it must be great to throw a 90 MPH pitch and make tens of millions, but me? I’d rather have my motorcycles, risks and all.

– Mike Seate

Cafe Racer Season 2 Builder Recap

Due to the foundation of “cafe culture” being established by the building of low budget speed machines with whatever the gents who were turning wrenches had access to the available talent for custom builders is both varied and vast. In season 2 of Cafe Racer TV you’ll see some familiar faces along with some new ones, some of which are responsible for the original cafe movement that took place in London. Take some time and research these guys, look at their websites, check their facebooks pages. They do what do for you, and for the love of the machine and each and every one deserves a bit of your time. We’ve got a stellar cast lined up for you this season folks, we hope you enjoy it! Go Go Cafe Racer!

British Customs

British Customs began with a vision to manufacture quality bolt-on parts that even a novice rider could install and use. With just a few thousand dollars to start, British Customs has grown from an out-of-the-garage home business into the leading manufacturer of aftermarket parts and accessories for Triumph Motorcycles. The initial focus was to improve overall performance starting with air boxes and exhaust pipes, but owner Jason Panther quickly saw the need for styling and designing quality products to specifically match the fit and finish of the Triumph Motorcycle line. With more than 18 years of experience in the industry, British Customs is the expert source and one-stop-shop for all things Triumph.  Their mission is to provide quality, simple to install bolt-on parts while improving a bike’s appearance, handling and performance a perfect segway for the next generation of Cafe Racers!

Bike Specifications: 2011 Triumph Thruxton

Frame: Stock
Subrame: N/A
Engine: Stock
Carburetion or FI System: EFI
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 17”
Front Wheel (Size): 18”
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): Hagon Nitros
Clip-Ons or Bars: LSL Clip-ons w/ British Customs Triple Tree
Seat: Stock
Tank: Stock
Rear Sets: Stock
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: N/A
Tires (Sizes): 130/70-18 Front, 170/55-17 Rear (British Customs Wide Tire Kit)
Exhaust: British Customs 2-into-1
Paint: White Pearl w/ Gold Hue and Silver Accent Striping

British Customs featured in Episodes – 11, 12 & 13

– Original Airs: 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
18426 South Broadway
Gardena, CA 90248
Phone: (877) 999-2748
Email: sean@british-customs.com
Website: www.british-customs.com

Bryan Fuller – Fuller Hotrods

Bryan Fuller is no stranger to cutting things up and making them gleem. Having worked with Chip Foose on a series of one-week custom builds for the TV series “Overhaulin” is no easy feat for any man! In addition to cutting and grinding with the best of them Bryan has also been a co-host for SPEED’s “Two Guys Garage” which is the oldest how-to automotive TV show currently on the air. Combine those elements with the mind to bend metal and chase speed and his talented crew and you’ve got a formula for one heck of a Cafe Racer!

Bike Specifications: Honda CB750

Frame: Modified stock, Fuller Rear Section
Subrame: N/A
Engine: 1969 CB750 w/ 836 Kit
Carburetion or FI System: CR
Rear Swing Arm: Custom Fuller, Retains Engine Oil
Rear Wheel (Size): 5.50-18”
Front Wheel (Size): 3.50-18”
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): Fox
Clip-Ons or Bars: Custom, Fuller w/ Beringer Controls
Seat: Custom Aluminum Fuller
Tank: 1969 CB750 Modified stock, Fuller Custom
Rear Sets: Custom Fuller
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: N/A
Tires (Sizes): 110/80-19 Front, 180/55-18 Rear
Exhaust: Custom Fuller w/ Cone Engineering Mufflers
Paint: JDK w/ Stripping by Papa Studios, Plating & Polishing by Pro Plating Atlanta

Bryan Fuller featured in Episodes – 1, 2 & 3

– Original Airs: 8/3, 8/3 & 8/10 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
250 Arizona NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (310) 704-3855
Email: bryan@fullerhotrods.com
Website: www.fullerhotrods.com

Classic Bike Experience

A bunch of guys who like to work on old British bikes (and yes, occasionally some other stuff).  Their group includes many former Brit bike mechanics, racers and aerospace engineers.  They started as a small club operating out of a heated garage, dubbed “The Classic Bike Cooperative”.  And cooperate they did, to the point where we outgrew the space!  And now, their favorite parts supplier in NH has decided to do more retirement related activities.  So, after purchasing his inventory and a move into their new location in Essex Junction VT they open for business turning out some the most classic cafe iron running the streets.

Bike Specifications: Norton Commando

Frame: Norton Commando
Subrame: Stock Norton Isolastic
Engine: 750 Norton Commando
Carburetion or FI System: Mikuni 2 into 1 –  34mm
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 19”
Front Wheel (Size): 19”
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): Stock
Clip-Ons or Bars: Norman Hyde “M” bars
Seat: Corbin Gunfighter
Tank: Commando Roadster
Rear Sets: N/A
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: N/A
Tires (Sizes): Avon 19”
Exhaust: Pattern Dunstall
Paint: Custom

Classic Bike Experience featured in Episodes – 14, 15 & 16

– Original Airs: 10/26, 11/2 & 11/9 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
104 Center Rd. 05452
Essex, VT
Phone: (802) 310-878-6961
Email: jack@classicbikeexperience.com
Website: www.classicbikeexperience.com

Greg “Doc’s Chops” Hageman

Back for another season of Cafe Racer, Greg Hageman is still bless for an eye for finding “Pickers” quality treasure among trash-heaps, transforming old and forgotten, Japanese commuter bikes from the 1970s into stunning café racers. Greg’s specialty is everything from Yamaha’s XS 650 and shaft-driven XS 750 to Honda’s CX 500 transverse twin as you all know, but this year he’s taken on something new, a Yamaha Virago. Hageman hasn’t let us down yet, but lets be honest people, this is a Yamaha Virago one of the ugliest motorcycles every produced. Greg’s gonna have his work cut out for him so stay tuned and you be the judge!

Bike Specifications: Yamaha Virago 750

Frame: Stock
Subrame: Handbuilt
Engine: 750cc
Carburetion or FI System: Dynojet Carburetion
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 15 x 3″
Front Wheel (Size): 18 x 3″
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): Showa
Clip-Ons or Bars: Tarozzi
Seat: Moto Lanna
Tank: Benelli Original NOS
Rear Sets: Tarozzi
Radiator: Stock
Fairings: N/A
Tires (Sizes): Front 120/90-18, Rear 140/90-15
Exhaust: Jardine
Paint: Custom by Kenny Chains

Greg Hageman featured in Episodes – 15, & 16

– Original Airs: 11/2, 11/9 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
Email: docschops@yahoo.com
Website: www.docschops.net

Dave Degens – Dresda Triumph & Triton Tuning

Dave Degens, while he didn’t build a specific bike for Cafe Racer TV Season 2 deserves mention amongst our fantastic list of builders. Why? Because along with folks like Mark Wilsmore of The Ace Cafe, Degens helped pioneer “Cafe Racer Culture” and has been instrumental in its furtherment around the globe. In Daves’ words- “The whole idea was a racer you could use on the road, or the nearest you could get to it.” And was he ever right… Famous around the globe for tuning Triumphs and his most famous game-changing production bike, “The Triton” the youth of cafe culture owes a great debt to Degens. Here’s a sampling of what Dave likes to do in his later years, custom one-off purpose built machines. In this case, a rare Rudge. If you’re going to watch any of the features in Cafe Racer TV, this is the one!

Dave Degens featured in Episode – 1

– Original Airs: 8/3 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
Howells, Friday Street
Rusper, West Sussex RH12 4QA
Phone: (011) 44 1293 871 887
Email: dave@dresda.co.uk
Website: www.dresda.co.uk

Dime City Cycles

Back for another season, the boys in red at Dime City Cycles have arguable become the go to guys for vintage Honda parts. In addition to their access to hard to find Honda items, they’ve also managed to amass and build what may be the largest source of universal cafe racer parts on the web.  Loaded with high quality product images and witty product descriptions it’s confirmed, these boys love to have when it comes to work.  So whether you’re building a vintage Honda or Yamaha or even a modern Triumph they’ve got it all! In addition, they also turn out some of the coolest Honda Cafe Racers pounding the pavement.

Bike Specifications: Honda CB400F Super Sport “The Four Hundred”

Frame: Modified stock chromoly track frame
Subrame: N/A
Engine: Yoshimura 466cc CB400F
Carburetion or FI System: CR Race on big-bore carburetors
Rear Swing Arm: Modified stock chromoly track swingarm
Rear Wheel (Size): 18” Aluminum shouldered
Front Wheel (Size): 18” Aluminum shouldered
Steering Stabilizer: Custom valved hydraulic
Rear Shock(s): Progressive
Clip-Ons or Bars: Tarozzi
Seat: Handbuilt fiberglass
Tank: Replica fiberglass Ducati GP
Rear Sets: DCC/Loaded Gun
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: Customized replica Ducati GP
Tires (Sizes): 120 Metzler rear and 110 Metzler front
Exhaust: Custom DCC/MAC stainless steel & ceramic coated
Paint: Custom by Tribby, Pin Striping by Liza aka: Von Dutch’s Daughter

Dime City Cycles featured in Episodes – 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15

– Original Airs: 9/7, 9/14, 10/19, 10/26 & 11/02 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
2025 Lake Ave. SE, Unit C
Largo, FL 33771
Phone: (727) 386-9735
Email: thecrew@dimecitycycles.com
Website: www.dimecitycycles.com

Framecrafters

Framecrafters is a performance motorcycle fabrication shop located in northwest Illinois. Originally a design and fabrication shop for chassis only, Framecrafters has methodically expanded their focus to the entire motorcycle. While still specializing in frame and associated parts fabrication, Framecrafters also offers their expertise of building, converting, and restoring motorcycles to their customers. Randy, Justin, and Karsten are life long motorcycle enthusiasts who ride and race. Street, trail, track, each type is viewed by Framecrafters as an important part of motorcycling that should be fun and exhilarating. From building a ground up racer to resuscitating your old street bike, Framecrafters is up to the task and a solid member of the Café Racer team!

Bike Specifications: Framecrafters Custom YZ450F

Frame: Custom, Bi-Metallic
Subrame: Custom, Solo Aluminum
Engine: 06’-09’ Yamaha YZ450F
Carburetion or FI System: 42MM Keihin
Rear Swing Arm: 06’-09’ Yamaha YZ450F
Rear Wheel (Size): Galespeed Aluminum 5” x 17”
Front Wheel (Size): Galespeed Aluminum 3.5” x 17”
Steering Stabilizer: 100MM Shindy
Rear Shock(s): RaceTech G3-S w/ FC Linkage
Clip-Ons or Bars: Vortex
Seat: Battle Factory Honda RS250 Fiberglass
Tank: Custom, Aluminum
Rear Sets: Battle Factory Honda RS250
Radiator: Custom, 06’-09’ Yamaha YZ450F
Fairings: Battle Factory Honda RS250 Fiberglass
Tires (Sizes): 120/70-17 Dunlop KR106 Front, 165/55-17 Rear
Exhaust: Custom Stainless Steel
Paint: N/A

Framecrafters featured in Episodes – 10, 11 & 12

– Original Airs: 09/28, 10/05 & 10/12 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
Email: randy@framecrafters.net
Website: www.framecrafters.net

Yoshi Kosaka – Garage Co & Jay LaRossa – Lossa Engineering

Lossa Engineering and Garage Company have teamed up to build one of the baddest RD’s out there.  By far one of the fastest and most popular 2 strokes from the 70’s, the RD 350/400’s were the bike of choice for those looking for white knuckles.  Jay and Yoshi wanted to build a purpose built vintage race bike and still make it street-able.  No modern stuff here folks, just parts and style straight from the 70’s.  Yoshi rebuilt the RD350 motor and hand made the 2 stroke exhaust from flat steel while Lossa built the tail from a old SR500 gas tank and stretched n lowered the Dayton Special gas tank.  The Lossa team also de tabbed the frame, made the seat hoop and reinforced the whole frame.  Garage Co. supplied the rare Yamaha TZ front end with clip ons and a flanged hoop.

Bike Specifications: Yamaha RD400

Frame: Stock
Subrame: Stock
Engine: Rebuilt, RD350
Carburetion or FI System: Dual Mikuni
Rear Swing Arm: Custom Aluminum, Lossa
Rear Wheel (Size): 18”
Front Wheel (Size): 18”
Steering Stabilizer: Kawasaki H1
Rear Shock(s): Hagon
Clip-Ons or Bars: Vintage
Seat: Custom Steel, Lossa (From SR500 Fuel Tank)
Tank: Custom RD400 Daytona Special, Lossa (Stretched 2-1/2” and Lowered 1”)
Rear Sets: Loaded Gun
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: N/A
Tires (Sizes): Dunlop
Exhaust: Custom, Yoshi
Paint: House of Kolor Black Gold w/ Chrome Yellow & White Striping

Yoshi & Jay featured in Episodes – 14 & 15

– Original Airs: 11/03 & 11/10 @ 8:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info: (Jay)
2659 Junipero Ave
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Phone: (562) 899-8389
Email: info@lossaengineering.com
Website: www.lossaengineering.com

Contact info: (Yoshi)
956 W. Hyde Park Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302
Phone: (800) 393-3766
Email: yoshi@garagecompany.com
Website: www.garagecompany.com

Joker Machine

With roots in aviation product design Joker Machine holds itself to the absolute highest level of standards in the industry. Begining under the name C&W the Joker emblem was scrawled on a hand-full of custom parts produced for their first v-twin project and it was an instant success! Thus, the name was changed to Joker Machine. With a list of distributors of their over 700, manufactured in-house skus, like Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited it’s no surprise that the brand and company took off with great success. As they’ve developed their brand and parts list they’ve produced quite and offering for the Honda CB750 which is arguable, the most iconic Japanese Cafe Racer ever built.

Bike Specifications: 1975 Honda CB750 SOHC

Frame: Stock
Subrame: N/A
Engine: Stock CB750 SOHC
Carburetion or FI System: Stock Keihin Carburetors
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 18” Aluminum Excell
Front Wheel (Size): 19” Aluminum Excell
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): Hagon
Clip-Ons or Bars: Flanders (Triple tree & controls by Joker Machine)
Seat: Classic City Cycles
Tank: Stock Honda CB750
Rear Sets: Joker Machine
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: Customized replica Ducati GP
Tires (Sizes): Bridgestone Battleax 19” Front, 18” Reart
Exhaust: MAC 4-into-1
Paint & Powdercoat: Corsair Powdercoating & Specialized Coatings

Joker Machine featured in Episodes – 7, 8 & 9

– Original Airs: 9/7, 9/14 & 9/21 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
1931 Yeager Ave.
La Verne, CA 91750
Phone: (909) 596-9690
Email: rpw@jokermachine.com
Website: www.jokermachine.com

Morrie’s Place

With an eye for the original, the team at Morrie’s Place found a gem in a Norton Chopper and along with the rest of their classic custom works, have created a stunning original representation of what the chopped up, raked out metal sled resembled in it’s hay-day. With a major basis of their business being resurrecting English iron, they have the tools, knowledge and experience to revive even the most forgotten of motorcycles!

Bike Specifications: 1948 Norton

Frame: Garden Gate Norton Plunger
Subrame: N/A
Engine: 1948 Norton 500cc OHC International Single Cylinder
Carburetion or FI System: Amal TT10
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 20”
Front Wheel (Size): 21”
Steering Stabilizer: Friction Knob Damper
Rear Shock(s): N/A
Clip-Ons or Bars: Clubmans
Seat: British Solo
Tank: 1947 Norton Manx
Rear Sets: N/A
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: N/A
Tires (Sizes): 3.50×20 Rear, 3.25×21 Front
Exhaust: Straight Pipe w/ Megaphone
Paint & Powdercoat: Period Correct Two-Tonw White and Black

Morrie’s Place featured in Episode – 12

– Original Airs: 10/12 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
5410 Austin Ct.
Ringwood, IL 60072
Phone: (815) 653-7000
Email: morriesplc@aol.com
Website: www.morriesplacecycles.com


Kenny Cummings – NYC Norton

Kenny Cummings is a four-time AHRMA National Champion racer, who campaigns a Seeley Norton Commando and a Manx Norton throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. After many years of building and perfecting his own racing bikes, he has put his skills toward building and tuning bikes for others who want a high level of performance from their classics. Based in NYC, he quietly opened his shop, NYC Norton, to a few select customers last year and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm. On the lifts currently are several racing bikes in various states of completion, including a couple that will be campaigned by world-class racers at this year’s Barber Vintage Celebration, as well as a handful of high-performance street bikes.

Bike Specifications: Custom Norton Commando

Frame: Seeley MK2, fabricated by Roger Titschmarsh and imported from Minnovation Racing in the UK
Subrame: N/A
Engine: Highly modified Norton Commando 750cc
Carburetion or FI System: Amal MK2 36mm
Rear Swing Arm: Seeley
Rear Wheel (Size): 18″ Flanged Alloy w/Dunlop KR164
Front Wheel (Size): 18″ Flanged Alloy w/Dunlop KR825
Steering Stabilizer: Ohlins Damper
Rear Shock(s): Works Performance Lightweight Alloy Trackers
Clip-Ons or Bars: Minnovation
Seat: Seeley MK2
Tank: Seeley Short Circuit
Rear Sets: Barleycorn Engineering
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: Kirby w/ Belly-pan
Tires (Sizes): KR164 = 130/70, KR825 = 80/80
Exhaust: Steve Maney Racing
Paint & Powdercoat: None – Bare frame exposing absolute TIG-brazing

Spannerland featured in Episode – 11

– Original Airs: 10/5 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
Email: nycnorton@gmail.com

Santiago Choppers

Hailing from France, Alain Bernard is most often found with a hammer in his hand and Elvis playing on the background. Fortunately, for both the hammer and Elvis, he brings them both into the best possible light. An artist who combines the best of all marques, Alain Bernard created a stunning KZ1000 in Season One and is back with his Norley a hybrid Norton Featherbed Frame powered by a Sportster Engine. The crew of Santiago Choppers always delivers with a punch and this season is no exception!

Bike Specifications: 2011 Norley

Frame: JW Motorcycle/Santiago Chopper –
Subrame: N/A
Engine: 74ci Harley Davidson Sportster
Carburetion or FI System: CR
Rear Swing Arm: Norley
Rear Wheel (Size): 17” Norley
Front Wheel (Size): 17” Norley
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): Norley
Clip-Ons or Bars: Ducati Frontend & Tripple Trees w/ Votex Clip-ons
Seat: Norley
Tank: Norley
Rear Sets: Storz
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: None
Tires (Sizes): 17×3.5” Front & Rear
Exhaust: Norley
Paint & Powdercoat: Paint by Craig

Santiago Choppers featured in Episodes – 9, 10 and 11

– Original Airs: 9/21, 9/28 and 10/05 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
6102 Adamo Dr. E
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (813) 677-1676
Email: santiagochopper@aol.com
Website: www.santiagochopper.com

Contact info:
Wynne Pendraig
JW Motorcycles
Email: jwmotorcycles@gmail.com
Website: www.the-norley.com

Tim Harney

With a spotty driving record, an almost unusable and impractical education for industrial design (since the US economic downturn) and a desire to go fast, Tim Harney has forged a path as one of the most unique up and coming custom bike builders. With a great emphasis on classic cafe culture, chopping what you have and keeping things on the the leanest of budgets, Tim has managed to produce some fast, flashy and now, reliable Cafe Racers to run around the streets of Brooklyn on. Paying his bills by producing custom metal furniture from his boutique in NYC, Brooklyn Design House, he candidly stated – “Metal is metal, it’s all the same.” And how right he is, folks. Tim is the epitome of cafe spirit, a down and dirty, get it done and have a fun time while doing it stand-up guy and we’re confident you’ll enjoy his spot in Season 2. Just watch out for the smoke cloud!

Bike Specifications: 2011 Harney Bro’s Special

Frame: 1997 GSXR1100
Subrame: Ducati Bi-Posto
Engine: 1987 Suzuki LT250R w/ 6 Speed Transmission
Carburetion or FI System: Carburetion
Rear Swing Arm: Honda Hawk GT
Rear Wheel (Size): 17″
Front Wheel (Size): 17″
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): Fox Double-clicker Honda Hawk
Clip-Ons or Bars: Triumph 675
Seat: Ducati Bi-Posto
Tank: GSXR750
Rear Sets: 2006 Kawasaki, ZX10R
Radiator: Yamaha Virago
Fairings: Custom Aluminum, Harney
Tires (Sizes): 18” and 19”
Exhaust: Sectioned FMF Expansion Chamber w/ FMF Muffler
Paint & Powdercoat: N/A

Tim Harney featured in Episodes – 8, 9 and 10

– Original Airs: 9/14, 9/21 and 9/28 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
Email: harneytim@gmail.com

Union Motorcycles

The team at Union Motorcycles consists of dedicated (dare we say rabid?) vintage motorcycle enthusiasts with a wide spectrum of backgrounds and skills. They say it takes a village? We’ve they’ve got one. (Including the occasional idiot.) Professional mechanics, Fabricators and restorers joining forces with professional designers = Something we like to think of as the Super Friends of Classic Motorcycles. Their 67 Beezer is a testament to the dedication and fun-loving atmosphere such a place creates.

Bike Specifications: 1967 BSA A65 Lightning

Frame: Modified and stripped BSA A65
Subrame: N/A
Engine: Stock, Rebuilt
Carburetion or FI System: Dual Amal Concentrics carbs
Rear Swing Arm: Stock – detabbed
Rear Wheel (Size): 18″ Shouldered Aluminum
Front Wheel (Size): 18″ Shouldered Aluminum
Steering Stabilizer: Modified Ceriani dampener
Rear Shock(s): 1 inch over stock
Clip-Ons or Bars: Dunstall Replicas
Seat: Custom Fiberglass, Union and GFTP
Tank: Custom Fiberglass, Union and GFTP
Rear Sets: Custom, Union
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: Custom Fiberglass, Union and GFTP
Tires (Sizes): 18” and 18”
Exhaust: Stock headers –  modified mufflers
Paint & Powdercoat: Paint

Union Motorcycles featured in Episodes – 6, 7 and 8
– Original Airs: 8/31, 9/7 and 9/14 @ 9:00pm

– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
6129 Ustick Rd.
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: (208) 466-4474
Email: unionmotorcycleclassics@gmail.com
Website: www.unionmotorcycle.com

Ypsilanti Cafe Racer

John started riding at the age of 4 when his dad put him on a Ruppman mini bike, which is when he simultaneously fell in love with motorcycles. Along with riding motorcycles he was heavy into skateboarding and the punk rock scene from England, and from a young age was influenced by rocker culture.  As an adult in the mid 90s he combined his love for motorcycles and stunts from skateboarding and became a stunt rider until 2002 when he with aspirations to open his first bike shop. With a mind to open a facility that was geared more toward the punk rocker scene led him to the “café racer” style of bikes.  Ypsilnati Cafe Racer was officially started in 2009 by combining Johns mechanical talents with partner Leah’s business savvy. Filling a void in the metro Detroit area they’ve experienced tremendous growth and success in sharing cafe culture.

Bike Specifications: 1976 Honda CB360

Frame: Strock, Stripped
Subrame: N/A
Engine: Stock, Rebuilt
Carburetion or FI System: Stock
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 18″ Stock
Front Wheel (Size): 18″ Stock
Steering Stabilizer: Custom, Ypsilanti
Rear Shock(s): Stock
Clip-Ons or Bars: Dunstall Replicas
Seat: Custom Steel, RAS MOTO/Ypsilanti
Tank: Custom Fiberglass, RAS Moto/Ypsilanti
Rear Sets: Custom Aluminum, RAS Moto/Ypsilanti
Radiator: N/A
Fairings: None
Tires (Sizes): 3.50-18 Rear, 3.00-19 Front
Exhaust: Moto Fiaccone
Paint & Powdercoat: RAS Moto/Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Cafe Racer featured in Episodes – 6, and 7

– Original Airs: 8/31, and 9/7 @ 9:00pm
– First Replay: Coming Soon

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Contact info:
10 E. Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI 49198
Phone: (313) 590-3373
Email: johnnycrasher@yahoo.com
Website: www.caferacerypsi.com

Cafe Racer TV Season 1 Builder Recap

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

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Contact info:
1042 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: 312-432-0955
Website: www.acemotorcycleandscooter.com

 

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

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Contact info:
2025 Lake Ave. SE
Largo, FL 33771
Phone: 727-386-9735
Email: thecrew@dimecitycycles.com
Website: www.dimecitycycles.com

 

Doc’s Chops

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

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Contact info:
Email: docschops@yahoo.com

 

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

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Contact info:
Phone: 717-951-1506
Email: jbmotoco@yahoo.com
Website:  www.jbmotoco.com

 

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

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Contact info:
34676 Horseshoe Drive
Selbyville, DE , 19975
Phone: 302-436-2204
Website: www.loadedguncustoms.com

 

Lossa Engineering

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

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Contact info:
2659 Junipero Ave.
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Phone: 562-889-8389
Email: info@lossaengineering.com
Website: www.lossaengineering.com

 

Santiago Choppers

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

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Contact info:
6611 Hwy. 301 S.
Riverview, FL 33578
Phone: 813-677-1676
Email: santiagochopper@aol.com
Website: www.santiagochopper.com

 

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

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Contact info:
Phone: 212-979-6535
Email: sixthstreetspecials@juno.com

 

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

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Contact info:
956 W. Hyde Park Blvd
Inglewood CA 90302
Phone: 310-330-9933
Email: sales@garagecompany.com
Website: www.garagecompany.com

 

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

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Contact info:
211 Denton Avenue #107
Garden City Park, NY 11040
Email: admin@xpostreetfighter.com
Website: www.xpostreetfighter.com

Santiago Choppers KZ1000 raises $45,000 for Curing Kids Cancer!

Alright folks, you saw in season one as Alain Bernard and his team at Santiago Choppers hacked, hammered and cut away that old KZ1000 and turned it into a one of a kind Cafe Racer.  With a goal in mind of raising funds and awareness for Curing Kids Cancer out of Atlanta, GA it’s probable to believe that Alain and his team had no idea what they were about to achieve…

Due to the commitment of his team, Mecum Auctions and one fantastic woman with a heart for children and motorcycles- they were able to raise $45,000 to go directly to Curing Kids Cancer! What an amazing story!  Watch the video below and please share this with friends. It’s a fantastic cause and a perfect example of what can happen when people with passion for life get together to make a difference.

Stay tuned for Season 2 of Cafe Racer to see what Alain and the Santiago team are cutting up next!

For more information on Santiago Choppers please visit: http://www.santiagochopper.com

For more information on Curing Kids Cancer and to Make a Donation please visit: http://www.curingkidscancer.org

For more information on the Mecum Auctions please visit: http://www.mecum.com

Santiago Chopper’s KZ1000 Cafe Racer – Auctioned off for Curing Kids of Cancer

That’s right folks!  You saw it last night on Cafe Racer!  Alan Bernard of Santiago Choppers has joined forces with Cafe Racer, The Esteemed Mecum Auto Auctions and Curing Kid’s  Cancer based in Atlanta, GA www.curingkidscancer.org to help raise money and awareness to fight forms of Lukemia and Cancer found in children.

Santiago Choppers KZ1000 Cafe Racer

Alan’s beautiful Martin framed Kawasaki KZ1000 custom Cafe Racer is set to be auctioned off live at the Mecum Auto Auctions taking place in Kissimmee, FL Janurary 26-30th.  Please help this wonderful cause and share this information with your fellow riders and collectors via email, Facebook & Twitter.  This is a chance to not only own a piece of history built buy one of the best Cafe Racer builders in the industry, but a chance to make history and change the future for children fighting for the lives.

Santiago Choppers KZ1000 Cafe Racer

About Curing Kid’s Cancer:

Grainne and Clay Owen created Curing Kids’ Cancer only a year after losing their nine-year-old son Killian to leukemia.

Grainne was the driving force behind starting the charity. She launched Coaches Curing Kids Cancer during an appearance on the 2004 WSB Care-a-thon raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The idea: Asking kids’ sports teams to donate money in honor of their coach instead of buying a gift. Coaches didn’t go without a gift however. In return for a donation, coaches were sent a t-shirt and a personalized certificate.

“I hoped that we could raise $5,000 that first season,” Grainne said. “We raised $45,000 – and knew we had a great idea on our hands.”

Grainne has raised more than $1 million since that time.


Mecum Auto Auctions Details:

January 26th-30th, Auction LOT #F264

Location:

Osceola Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Click Here for Mecum’s website

*For more information on how to bid please contact us directly, caferacertv@gmail.com