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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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Basically it had to cut and to manufacture a subchasis to measure since originally it brings a base of chassis type delta, to be able to give a more retro aspect and at the same time to obtain lines more according to a racer cafe. Glass of artisan way conservando a.aspecto similar to the one that brings of factory but of minor dimensions. To the same one was introduced to him a double light back light. In the front we adapted a copulino somewhat modified, was placed semimanillares, the whole painting was painted with powder paint as it came from the factory. Was made tailor made escapes and stainless steel. The pinto with a combination of green trikes and a kawasaki engine was given a glossy black color. The upholstery is also handmade which combines different textures and threads.

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Bucking Bronco lives on!…as CB73

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This build comes to us from Bernie Blackwell in Melbourne, Australia. He tells you about it in his own words.

This 1973 Honda 750.4 cylinder completed its early life in the early 1980’s racing at weekends as a Hillclimber in country Victoria. Rumour has its name as the Bucking Bronco! Discovered in a Leongatha farmshed in early 2011,she was resurrected over 3 1/2 years. The battered original was stripped of 11kg of extraneous parts and fittings….with an industrial angle grinder!

The desired build was to achieve a Manx Nortonlike look(circa 1960)…. organic, brutal, muscular and yet elegant….with a minimal bare hungry look.
The handmade fuel tank,oil tank and tailpiece were fabricated by Bernie Willett of Eltham. Every nut, bolt, washer and bracket has been replaced or fabricated by hand.and its all been mastered by Greg Cook of Leongatha.

Some 40 years after its appearance at the World Exhibition in Tokyo (note the Souvenir coin on the tailpiece) this once mass produced modern classic has been given a full stripped down makeover.

Bucking Bronco lives on!…as CB73.

 

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Maxmade Machines Latest Project

Max Langwieder says he’s a huge fan of Cafe Racer TV. In fact Max tells us he was inspired to build his first Cafe Racer after watching the show. Here are a few photos from his shop, Maxmade Machines in Munich, Germany.

 

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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 .

Your Bike: 1974 Rickman Trident CR

Earl Johnson of Minnesota sent us a real gem this week; a 1974 Rickman Trident CR that he used in competition in the Central Roadracing Association in the late 70s. He picked it up at a salvage yard near home.

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Earl Johnson’s Rickman Trident has seen a lot of mods over the years

The motor was originally a Bonneville but when that blew he replaced it with a 1971 Trident that he said had better performance potential and less vibration. We’ll let Earl take over from here:

“That started a whole host of modifications, including modifying the frame and Trident motor to fit and align properly in the frame. I rebuilt the motor maintaining the 750 displacement but installed full race cams.

“Because the race cams didn’t come with a tach drive gear, I installed a Krober electronic tach. No speedometer is fitted. Cornering clearance had been an issue with the original motor in it and since the Trident motor was wider and I was using a factory 3-1 racing exhaust system(which had to be modified to fit the Rickman frame) , I raised the bike up by installing longer fork tubes (from a Rickman Metisse dirt bike) in new, custom made, wider billet triple trees and building a box section swing arm to get the axle adjusters back to the “normal” position and installing longer rear shocks. The wider forks now required a wider front fender so I split the stock fiberglass one and added in the appropriate amount of material.

“Rickman CRs came stock with a single Lockheed rotor and caliper in front so I modified the other fork leg to add the second caliper and re-laced the front rim to a special dual disc Rickman hub. Since the Bonneville motor grenaded so spectacularly, and because Rickman’s carried their oil in the frame, I was never going to get all the bits and pieces out of the frame, so I built a custom aluminum 6.5 quart oil tank that fit in place of the original airbox. This also offered some additional cooling benefits with the extra oil.

“Production Tridents always ran an oil cooler and I didn’t like hanging mine under the steering neck like the stock bikes, so I built the appropriate bracketry to mount it inside the fairing under and slightly behind the headlight. I then slotted the front of the fairing with 3 slots on either side of the headlight for proper airflow to the cooler. All brake, oil, fuel and breather lines were replaced with custom stainless braided lines and AN fittings. After retiring the bike from competition, I tore the whole bike down and redid everything for the custom cosmetics. The frame was re-polished and re-nickled and all the aluminum bits were polished. The rack of Amal’s were ditched in favor of 3 round slide Mikunis.

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Cafe Racer Ypsi’s Annual TON-UP, Season 4 Bike Tests and a FREE Bonneville!

Alright Cafe Racer fans in the Michigan area, time to get the throttle turning! Cafe Racer Ypsilanti is having their annual “Ton-Up” and it looks like it’s going to be quite the event!  Checkout all the details below and be sure to pass it along to any of your friends in the area!

Along with the usual bike show, live music and other great “Cafe” elements, this years event is a bit special as Triumph Detroit will be raffling off a 110th Anniversary Limited Edition Bonneville. Yeah, that’s what we said too!  WOW!  All the details can be found on their Facebook page link below.  If there was ever an “must attend” event this is it!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thetonup

And if a shot at winning a free Triumph Bonneville wasn’t enough for you, how about a chance to get on the screen and behind the scenes of Cafe Racer TV? That’s right! The Crew will be onsite testing a bike for Season 4 and filming at the event and you just might get lucky enough to get your little fuel burning piston pumping mug behind the camera! We hope to see you there!

Address and contact info:

Noon-10pm – SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH, 2012 – Riverside Park – Ypsilanti, Michigan
Free AdmissionFree cycle parking
Phone: 1 (734) 879-1201
Email: info@caferacerypsi.com
Website: http://www.the-ton-up.com

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!

Cafe Racer TV Featured Builder of The Week – British Customs

As the term “Cafe Racer” continues to gain it’s due here in the US the one problem many face is finding a suitable donor bike. The vintage Japanese bikes are an excellant choice as are Harley’s or other imports in the right hands, but what about the individual who doesn’t have the time or desire to learn how to synchronize a set of troublesome Keihin carburetors or chase a bad condensor in an electrical system? Should he/she be turned away and not have a chance to enjoy in coffee, camaraderie and chasing the TON. No, absolutely not! And fortunately for them Triumph still produces (aside from the Kawasaki W650) the only available parallel air-cooled twin that looks the part and has a history behind it too making it a perfect solution for those looking to build a reliable “push-button” Cafe Racer.

Enter British Customs..

Recognizing the importance and need for modern classic “Cafe Racer” parts British Customs has quickly taken the lead and set a new standard in an old industry. Producing a vaste array from products that suit any of the current model Triumph Bonnevilles, Scramblers or Thruxtons, there parts cache is unrivaled anywhere in the world. The best part? Most of their products don’t require an engineering or welding degree can be installed in an afternoon or over the weekend with the help of some friends and some basic tools. Take their Predator exhaust for example, it will completely transform the sound and response of your modern Triumph while at the same time giving it a little bump in the power department.

Covering all aspects of the motorcycle from power and performance to aesthetics British Customs offers just about anything you could want for your modern Triumph. Oh, and they’re not just a parts supplier Cafe Racer TV fans. These guys build bikes too! If you missed it in Season 2 here’s another look at the 2011 Triumph Thruxton they completely re-worked and let the Bostrom’s take for a jaunt in the famed California hills!

So, if you’ve got the itch but don’t want the hassle of a vintage bike, why not stop into your local Triumph dealer and checkout their inventory and when you settle on a bike give the guys at British Customs a call or visit them on the web at http://www.british-customs.com. You won’t be disappointed!

Cafe Racer TV Featured Builder of The Week – Dave Degens

When it comes to Cafe Racers names like Mark Wilsmore, Father Bill and Dave Degens are synonymous with the iconic culture in both conversation and legend.  Having built literally thousands of Cafe Racers over the last 50 years and being the one to first recognize the utility and capability found in the Norton Featherbed Frame when matched with the Triumph parallel twin, Dave Degens is arguably the Father of Cafe Racers.

Starting out with a 350 Aeramachi, Degens set out on a quest to combine the best qualities from every bike he’d ridden into a single frame style combination that would allow him to shave seconds off laps times on the local brick laden streets of London. Truly a tuner, he set the bar and created a ripple effect that would change the world of motorcycling forever. The pursuit for speed, ah what wonderful thing!

In addition to building some of the most potent frame swinging-arm combinations, as Dave calls them, he is also one of the worlds foremost Triumph engine builders and rebuilders. Able to take a ceased pile of rubbish from a local scrap yard and turn it into a stunning horsepower produce ton chasing power plant, he has a vast amount of knowledge to draw off of when bringing these beauties back to life. Whether it be simple stuff like tapping and rethreading head studs to factory specification, modifying oil paths or adding additional breathers to allow for maximum performance.

But don’t take it from us, check it out yourself online right from Dave’s website at http://www.dresda.co.uk “Winner of the Barcelona 24 hour race on two occasions using sound sensible engineering 100mpg from a Triumph or 80bhp from a Triumph twin Road or Race……………….Talk to the Engineering Experts….We ship worldwide” or in person if you’re fortunate enough to be close, he’s the man when it comes to building things that go fast on two wheels.

The Cafe Racer TV Team toasts to you Dave, without you none of of us would be where we are today twisting the throttle on our aircooled vintage speed machines from pub to pub, cafe to cafe or just running amuk around the streets of our local town! Thank you!

Be sure to checkout all the Edit Room Floor Clips and Outtakes from Cafe Racer and subscribe to our Youtube Channel for updates! [CLICK HERE]

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