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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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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 .

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

Cafe Racer Season 2 DVD Set Now Available!

With new builders, bolder bikes and original music. Cafe Racer returns for a second season to the world of high-performance. Naked Motorcycles. From Boise to Britain; with musicians Billy Joel and Butch Walker; test riders Bob Hannah and Ben and FEric Bostrom; on BSA, Bonneville and even a Brough Superior. Cafe Racer is back with 16 new episodes.

From period perfect rebuilds to modern interpretations. The Vintage motorcycle is the state of Cafe Racer. Cringe as Bryan Fuller cuts in a half a cherry ’69 CB750, cheer when Yoshi Kosaka and Jay Larossa take a two stroke Yamaha from the scrap yard back to the track and watch with amazement as Dime City Cycle’s Herm Narciso and Jason Michaels take yet another junk-yard Honda and turn it into a race winning vintage speed machines. Explore The 59 Club, the world’s oldest cafe society. And enter the garage of cafe racing’s godfather, Dave Degens.

Cafe Racer: Vintage Reborn.

Just click the “Cafe Racer DVD” link from the front page of CafeRacerTV.com and get your copy ordered today!

Cafe Racer TV Season 3 Builders Teaser

Check it out Cafe Racer fans, here’s another video to get your carburetors pumping for the April 19th release of Cafe Racer TV Season 3 on Velocity!

“Mission Damn Near Impossible..” by: Mike Seate

“I need a good café racer for under $7,500,” was the request from “Café Racer” TV’s Executive Producer, Chet Burks. The man had a plan to present the bike as a door prize at Discovery HD Theater’s rebrand to Velocity. The network has been pumping up “Café Racer” like a supercharged dragbike and this would be a great way to give something back to the folks that make it happen. Sure, there are a few machines in the Café Racer magazine stable that we could be persuaded to release for that kind of money – and let’s face it – when you’re infected with the custom bike building bug, garage space is always at a premium. We gave Chet a better idea – “Buy a stock Triumph Bonneville T-100 and we’ll do it up in the three days we have left before the launch party.”

As magazine people do when faced by deadlines, we make promises, then decide later if we can actually meet them. Usually, we do. For this project, I needed to muster the troops–fast. The stock Bonnie was located at Atlanta’s WOW Motorcycles, where a low mileage, 2010 model was found with only 1,500 miles on the clocks. The shop promised a 48 hour delivery to our Pittsburgh-area garage, which left just enough time to call in chief tech and road tester Blake Kelly and his sidekick, Zac Leroy, a man who can do things with vinyl that even its inventors never imagined. The wacky, and quite controversial, H.N.I.C. Racing Ducati 999 custom sportbike that I’d once built in the pages of Motorcyclist Magazine – yes, the one with KFC, Trojan Magnum and Miller High Life livery – was Zac’s idea and he’s since delivered several more sportbikes and café customs decorated in funky, irreverent decal kits.

The Bonneville, upon spotting it, would require a different approach, Zac and Blake decided. “Pipes, bars, decals, a seat cowl and some attitude should take care of everything,” Blake said, wasting no time tearing off the excessive parts that adorn Triumphs owned by riders of a certain age and disposition. Passenger pegs? Who needs ‘em? Chrome grab rail that adds more weight than a lead brake disc? Off it went along with the quieter-than-a-baby’s-fart stock exhaust system. Along with the removal of the factory installed center stand, we’d managed to tear about 40 pounds from the bike in just over an hour. The good folks at Triumph’s Georgia HQ were eager to help out with the project. They hooked us up with a lightweight two-into-two Arrow full exhaust system and a groovy little gloss black seat cowl from a Bonneville Thruxton model that transformed the stock T-100’s lines. Blake popped off the clunky stock rear fender and canned it along with the D.O.T. turn signals; in their place came a tiny (but still legal, honest) aftermarket LED strip light and mini indicators. Thruxton rear shocks, which offer two inches more rear wheel travel than the low riding Bonnie units, were bolted in place. This alters the rear ride height of the bike for sharper turning.

Up front, Zac got busy disconnecting the factory O2 sensors that are a royal pain for every customized fuel-injected bike builder to deal with. The mystery of the project? We thought all Hinckley Bonnevilles were issued with fat, one-inch diameter handlebars, but this one came rockin’ a set of 7/8” buckhorns from the factory. Lucky for us, we had several pair of cheap, swap meet clubman bars lying around the magazine’s workshop and, with some expert rewiring help form Blake, fitted them easily into place. Zac conjured up a very natty vinyl sticker kit for the Bonneville consisting of a set of CRTV logos for the tailpiece and a checkerboard trail leading from front fender down the gas tank and over the seat cowl. The kit changed the look and attitude of the entire bike and required no painting, powdercoating or hassles. Cool.

Looking at the clock, we’d invested about four hours in turning a stock, ordinary roadbike into something we’d be proud to park outside the Rock Store or Milwaukee’s Fuel Café. But this baby was headed to her big prom night in front of Discovery’s bigwigs. Could she hold her own in a room full of exotic Lamborghinis and Porsches? More on that later…