Season 2 Re-runs in the UK

You’ve asked for it and we finally pried from their cold clammy Fish n’ Chip eating hands! Here’s the re-run schedule for Season 2 of Cafe Racer for the UK. Enjoy!

– Café Racer (Series 2) will be shown on Turbo UK from January 3rd. Tuesdays at 20:00 and 20:30, repeating at 23:00 & 23:30 and on Wednesdays at 12:00 & 12:30. –

Cafe Racer TV Featured Builder of The Week – Tim Harney

When it comes to building Cafe Racers the true spirit lies in putting together, chopping up and mixing what you have at your disposal to create a bike you can call your own. Cafe culture for this reason tends to lend itself to the more creative and expressive of individuals and Tim Harney, a custom furniture manufacturer out of NYC, is just one such man.  Having been a graduate from the Pratt Institute flowing lines and function come natural to Tim. Toss in some welding skills and the ability to turn a wrench and you’ve got the makings for quite the interesting final products…

Featured above is Tim’s build for Season 2 of Cafe Racer TV. A conglomeration of parts featuring marquee brands like Ducati and Suzuki powered by a 2-stroke wheeler motor. Tim also hand beat and pounded the sheet aluminum body work to create a raw and industrial look. While other’s may comment that it doesn’t have a kick-stand we feel Tim would say something like “Why have a kick-stand, there’s plenty of good walls around and besides, that’s just extra weight and it’s not like I ever stop anyways!”

Above you can see Tim taking his 2-stroker smoker to the track at Talladega to put it through the ringer. While his test didn’t turn out exactly like he wanted, he had the opportunity to test a machine he built with his own hands that truly pushed the envelope of engineering and design. He came away with a smile and said “Cafe racing is more an activity then aesthetic. It’s putting mind over matter to create an innovation out of something you saw needed improvement.” And we couldn’t agree more…

So, if you’re in the NYC and are in need a custom metal chair or a custom speed machine, Tim Harney is your man! Checkout more on him here at his website: Brooklyndesignhouse.com

Cafe Racer Season 2 Re-run Schedule

Here it is folks, you asked for it and you shall receive!  Checkout your favorite builders again and again as the re-runs of Cafe Racer TV Season 2 air on Velocity!

Episode Title Broadcast Date Time DOW
Episode 1 08/03/2011 9:00P Wed
Episode 1 08/03/2011 12:00M Wed
Episode 1 08/03/2011 4:00A Wed
Episode 1 08/04/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 1 08/10/2011 9:30P Wed
Episode 1 08/10/2011 12:30A Wed
Episode 1 08/10/2011 4:30A Wed
Episode 1 08/11/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 1 09/11/2011 4:00P Sun
Episode 1 09/18/2011 3:00P Sun
Episode 1 10/31/2011 9:00A Mon
Episode 1 10/31/2011 6:00P Mon
Episode 1 11/05/2011 4:00P Sat
Episode 1 11/17/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 1 11/17/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 1 11/17/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 1 11/18/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 1 12/09/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 1 12/13/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 1 12/15/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 1 12/29/2011 9:00A Th
Episode 1 12/29/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 2 08/03/2011 9:30P Wed
Episode 2 08/03/2011 12:30A Wed
Episode 2 08/03/2011 4:30A Wed
Episode 2 08/04/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 2 08/17/2011 9:30P Wed
Episode 2 08/17/2011 12:30A Wed
Episode 2 08/17/2011 4:30A Wed
Episode 2 08/18/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 2 09/11/2011 4:30P Sun
Episode 2 09/18/2011 3:30P Sun
Episode 2 10/31/2011 9:30A Mon
Episode 2 10/31/2011 6:30P Mon
Episode 2 11/05/2011 4:30P Sat
Episode 2 11/17/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 2 11/17/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 2 11/17/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 2 11/18/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 2 12/13/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 2 12/15/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 2 12/29/2011 9:30A Th
Episode 2 12/29/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 3 08/10/2011 9:00P Wed
Episode 3 08/10/2011 12:00M Wed
Episode 3 08/10/2011 4:00A Wed
Episode 3 08/11/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 3 08/24/2011 9:30P Wed
Episode 3 08/24/2011 12:30A Wed
Episode 3 08/24/2011 4:30A Wed
Episode 3 08/25/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 3 09/18/2011 4:00P Sun
Episode 3 09/24/2011 4:00P Sat
Episode 3 09/25/2011 3:00P Sun
Episode 3 10/16/2011 4:00P Sun
Episode 3 10/31/2011 10:00A Mon
Episode 3 10/31/2011 7:00P Mon
Episode 3 10/31/2011 2:00A Mon
Episode 3 11/05/2011 5:00P Sat
Episode 3 12/16/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 3 12/20/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 3 12/23/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 3 12/29/2011 10:00A Th
Episode 3 12/29/2011 6:00P Th
Episode 4 08/17/2011 9:00P Wed
Episode 4 08/17/2011 12:00M Wed
Episode 4 08/17/2011 4:00A Wed
Episode 4 08/18/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 4 08/31/2011 9:30P Wed
Episode 4 08/31/2011 12:30A Wed
Episode 4 08/31/2011 4:30A Wed
Episode 4 09/01/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 4 09/18/2011 4:30P Sun
Episode 4 09/18/2011 5:00P Sun
Episode 4 09/24/2011 4:30P Sat
Episode 4 09/25/2011 3:30P Sun
Episode 4 10/16/2011 4:30P Sun
Episode 4 10/31/2011 10:30A Mon
Episode 4 10/31/2011 7:30P Mon
Episode 4 10/31/2011 2:30A Mon
Episode 4 11/05/2011 5:30P Sat
Episode 4 12/16/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 4 12/20/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 4 12/23/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 4 12/29/2011 10:30A Th
Episode 4 12/29/2011 6:30P Th
Episode 5 08/24/2011 9:00P Wed
Episode 5 08/24/2011 12:00M Wed
Episode 5 08/24/2011 4:00A Wed
Episode 5 08/25/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 5 09/07/2011 9:30P Wed
Episode 5 09/07/2011 12:30A Wed
Episode 5 09/07/2011 4:30A Wed
Episode 5 09/08/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 5 09/18/2011 5:30P Sun
Episode 5 09/25/2011 4:00P Sun
Episode 5 10/16/2011 5:00P Sun
Episode 5 12/29/2011 11:00A Th
Episode 5 12/29/2011 7:00P Th
Episode 5 01/03/2012 5:00P Tue
Episode 5 01/05/2012 8:00P Th
Episode 5 01/05/2012 11:00P Th
Episode 5 01/05/2012 3:00A Th
Episode 5 01/06/2012 8:00A Fri
Episode 6 08/31/2011 9:00P Wed
Episode 6 08/31/2011 12:00M Wed
Episode 6 08/31/2011 4:00A Wed
Episode 6 09/01/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 6 09/14/2011 9:30P Wed
Episode 6 09/14/2011 12:30A Wed
Episode 6 09/14/2011 4:30A Wed
Episode 6 09/15/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 6 09/25/2011 4:30P Sun
Episode 6 10/16/2011 5:30P Sun
Episode 6 12/29/2011 11:30A Th
Episode 6 12/29/2011 7:30P Th
Episode 6 01/03/2012 5:30P Tue
Episode 6 01/05/2012 8:30P Th
Episode 6 01/05/2012 11:30P Th
Episode 6 01/05/2012 3:30A Th
Episode 6 01/06/2012 8:30A Fri
Episode 7 09/07/2011 9:00P Wed
Episode 7 09/07/2011 12:00M Wed
Episode 7 09/07/2011 4:00A Wed
Episode 7 09/08/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 7 09/22/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 7 09/22/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 7 09/22/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 7 09/23/2011 4:30P Fri
Episode 7 09/25/2011 5:00P Sun
Episode 7 10/16/2011 6:00P Sun
Episode 7 12/29/2011 12:00P Th
Episode 7 01/10/2012 5:00P Tue
Episode 7 01/12/2012 8:00P Th
Episode 7 01/12/2012 11:00P Th
Episode 7 01/12/2012 3:00A Th
Episode 7 01/13/2012 8:00A Fri
Episode 8 09/14/2011 9:00P Wed
Episode 8 09/14/2011 12:00M Wed
Episode 8 09/14/2011 4:00A Wed
Episode 8 09/15/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 8 09/25/2011 5:30P Sun
Episode 8 09/29/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 8 09/29/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 8 09/29/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 8 09/30/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 8 10/11/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 8 10/13/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 8 10/16/2011 6:30P Sun
Episode 8 12/29/2011 12:30P Th
Episode 8 01/10/2012 5:30P Tue
Episode 8 01/12/2012 8:30P Th
Episode 8 01/12/2012 11:30P Th
Episode 8 01/12/2012 3:30A Th
Episode 8 01/13/2012 8:30A Fri
Episode 9 09/22/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 9 09/22/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 9 09/22/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 9 09/23/2011 4:00P Fri
Episode 9 10/13/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 9 10/13/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 9 10/13/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 9 10/14/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 9 10/18/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 9 10/20/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 9 12/29/2011 1:00P Th
Episode 9 01/17/2012 5:00P Tue
Episode 9 01/19/2012 8:00P Th
Episode 9 01/19/2012 11:00P Th
Episode 9 01/19/2012 3:00A Th
Episode 9 01/20/2012 8:00A Fri
Episode 9 01/24/2012 5:00P Tue
Episode 9 01/26/2012 3:00A Th
Episode 9 01/27/2012 8:00A Fri
Episode 10 09/29/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 10 09/29/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 10 09/29/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 10 09/30/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 10 10/11/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 10 10/13/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 10 10/20/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 10 10/20/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 10 10/20/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 10 10/21/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 10 10/25/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 10 10/27/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 10 12/29/2011 1:30P Th
Episode 10 01/17/2012 5:30P Tue
Episode 10 01/19/2012 8:30P Th
Episode 10 01/19/2012 11:30P Th
Episode 10 01/19/2012 3:30A Th
Episode 10 01/20/2012 8:30A Fri
Episode 10 01/24/2012 5:30P Tue
Episode 10 01/26/2012 3:30A Th
Episode 10 01/27/2012 8:30A Fri
Episode 11 10/13/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 11 10/13/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 11 10/13/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 11 10/14/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 11 10/18/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 11 10/20/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 11 10/27/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 11 10/27/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 11 10/27/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 11 10/28/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 11 11/01/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 11 11/03/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 11 12/29/2011 2:00P Th
Episode 12 10/20/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 12 10/20/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 12 10/20/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 12 10/21/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 12 10/25/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 12 10/27/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 12 11/04/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 12 12/29/2011 2:30P Th
Episode 13 10/27/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 13 10/27/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 13 10/27/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 13 10/28/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 13 11/01/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 13 11/03/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 13 11/08/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 13 11/10/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 13 12/29/2011 3:00P Th
Episode 14 11/03/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 14 11/03/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 14 11/03/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 14 11/04/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 14 11/08/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 14 11/10/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 14 11/22/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 14 11/29/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 14 12/01/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 14 12/02/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 14 12/08/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 14 12/29/2011 3:30P Th
Episode 15 11/03/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 15 11/03/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 15 11/03/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 15 11/10/2011 8:00P Th
Episode 15 11/10/2011 11:00P Th
Episode 15 11/10/2011 3:00A Th
Episode 15 11/11/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 15 11/15/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 15 11/17/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 15 12/29/2011 4:00P Th
Episode 16 11/10/2011 8:30P Th
Episode 16 11/10/2011 11:30P Th
Episode 16 11/10/2011 3:30A Th
Episode 16 11/11/2011 8:30A Fri
Episode 16 11/15/2011 5:30P Tue
Episode 16 11/17/2011 5:30P Th
Episode 16 11/22/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 16 11/29/2011 5:00P Tue
Episode 16 12/01/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 16 12/02/2011 8:00A Fri
Episode 16 12/08/2011 5:00P Th
Episode 16 12/29/2011 4:30P Th

Cafe Racer TV Featured Builder of The Week – Kenny Cummings & Dan Rose, NYC Norton

If you’ve watched Season 1 or 2 of Cafe Racer TV you’ve seen quite the array of motorcycles, all of which are aspiring to the “Cafe Racer” marquee. Shod with knee indents, clip-ons and other bits and pieces focused on speed they pay homage to the forefathers of modern sport bikes, the race bikes of yesteryear. Our talented builders have all worked tirelessly to create and re-create the bikes that hailed the streets of London in the 50’s and 60’s all of which were mirrored after those very same race bikes of the day. Bikes like the Matchless G50, MV Augusta’s Fours and Ducati’s Bevel’s.

Giving it a twist and turn and slight departure from the norm we’re going to look at these machines from a slightly different perspective with one builder in particular, Kenny Cummings from NYC. Instead of staring from the sidewalk to the track, we’re going to the track and are leaving the sidewalk in the rearview…

We give you this weeks featured builder(s) from Season 2 of Cafe Racer TV, Kenny Cummings and Dan Rose, who together, with quite the cache of expertise and resource have built what is arguably one of the fastest, most accurate and simply stunning Vintage Norton Race Bikes to ever see the pits at any of the fine race tracks found in the good’ol US of A. It is, The Seely Norton.

A modern interpretation of a Seeley MKII Racing Norton with a hand fabricated frame by Roger Titschmarsh and imported from Minnovation Racing in the UK. Powered by a custom Commando motor assembled from Steve Maney Racing components and JS Motorsport internals. No paint… just bare metal. Dan Rose’s “REV’IT” Seeley Norton is an amalgamation of period correct and hand fabricated parts and serves as one of the finest examples of a period correct race bike that as they said in the day “Goes like snot!” But don’t take our word for it, stop by the recently launched website http://seeleynorton.com and share in the story that Dan tells as this fantastic machine comes to life.

Just like the Seeley itself, the website is well laid out, crisp and thorough. You can follow the build step by step without being overwhelmed by a myriad of photos and blathering text. Dan has somehow, just like in the creation of his machine, perfectly balanced the art of aesthetic with detail and function in the presentation of this bikes story. It’s worth the look! Trust us, you won’t be dissapointed!

Cafe Racer TV Photo-pic(s) of the Week – The Black Dice Cafe

Here’s some great shots by Mondo Lulu from The Black Dice Cafe in Toronto Canada. Pictured in the photo below is Tim Aysan, founder of DOTHETON.com, Paul & Vinni from Back Alley Customs, Hide the owner of The Black Dice Cafe and Jason from Dime City Cycles.

Cafe Racer TV Featured Builder of The Week – Union Motorcycle Classics

Operating out of a remodeled “milking parlor” within a 100 year old barn hidden in the hills of Nampa Idaho, Union Motorcycles breathes new life into classic motorcycles that would otherwise have long since been forgotten. Vintage Ducati’s, Honda’s, BSA’s, Norton’s and anything else that speaks of the speed of yesteryear is welcome in their facility which is now home to another type of untamed beasts.

Their most recent creation, a 1967 BSA Lightning, like most old motorcycles has a side story… A talented engine builder went through the motor of this one time basket case, but then lost interest as the flashier Spitfires, Rocket Goldstars, and Proddy Commandos kept his attentions focused elsewhere. An old comrade, he sweet talked the guys at Union into taking on this project. And boy are we glad they accepted!

Like the builder before them, The Union Team started on the Bezza, but lost interest as a Bonny and Triton project turned his head and drew his affections away from this diamond in the rough. In spite of its brand new motor, it seemed that this little sleeper with a heart of gold would be relegated to watching life from its box on the sidelines of shops, until its fairy godcycle stepped in. Having captured the eye of the Caferacer TV team, we asked Union Motorcycle’s to build the bike for one of our season 2 features.

Suddenly, everything old was new again. Pulling the Bezza to the front of the line, Union shaped a new first of their kind seat, tank, fairing, and side covers. GFTP put their name on the dance card with new molds and parts. The frame was heavily modified in concert with the with new body work. Rear sets, brackets, mounts, and miscellaneous hardware were fabbed up. No stock BSA bracket went untouched. Countless hours on the lathe, mill, and welder resulted in every part looking period correct and functioned to a T.

Be sure to checkout this and many of the other fantastic Union builds on their clean and crisp website, http://www.unionmotorcycle.com/ and be on the lookout for this TON-chasing Beeza on reruns of Cafe Racer TV on Velocity!

Cutting-Room Collage by: Mike Seate

Making television for a living is a great deal like writing books or magazine articles for a living. However much painstaking research one does and how many pertinent factoids one can squeeze into a tiny 30-minute episode format, there is always those who clamor for more. The shoot-to-air ratio on any TV show is large enough to have dozens of hours on unaired footage left over, and since launching Café Racer TV a couple of years ago, we’ve wondered what to do with our rapidly expanding archive. And then it hit us–or rather, thousands of e-mails from viewers collectively offered a solution: make the outtakes, bloopers and detailed custom motorcycle build tapes available to viewers on this very website. Yep, viewers can catch footage from fleshed-out mechanicals by clicking on this site where we’ll feature a different builder each and every week. While these clips are not the nuts-and-bolts, how to videos that many café racer fans have requested, they’ll provide a more in-depth view of just what goes on while creating a fast, unique streetbike.

And if greasy knuckles aren’t your cuppa, keep visiting this site and check out Café Racer TV’s outtakes and Café a la carte page – http://www.caferacertv.com/behind-the-scenes-video – where the show’s talented editors are having a ball posting outtakes, bloopers and other amazing moments from the series. The brief-but-informative Café A La Carte mini-features from Season I were a favorite of mine as they allowed us to profile individual motorcycle builders and owners about their machines, revealing a depth of passion that only true biking enthusiasts share. The ‘featurettes’ weren’t included in Season II, but several can be seen on the aforementioned page, which are not to be missed. As for me and the rest of the crew, we’re heading down to Georgia to conduct a test of a 1970s Honda dragbike with drag racing legend Rickey Gadson (www.rickeygadson.com) a rider so fast, he’s believed to possess the skills to break the sound barrier on a tuned Kawasaki and be back in the garage before the boom starts to echo. Having professional bike testers on hand at Café Racer TV helps us truly understand how well these custom motorcycles are designed as mere mortals can seldom wrest every ounce of performance from a machine and offer sound, accurate analysis of what’s going down.

We’re also teaming up with track day providers Team Pro-Motion for a possible Café Racer magazine track day at New Jersey Motorsports Park sometime in late spring 2012. We know that café enthusiasts dig fast riding and there’s no place better to let the throttle cables unwind than on a closed-circuit (read: no cops, no cars, no gravel) racecourse and Millville, New Jersey’s New Jersey Motorsports Park is among the world’s best. Sure, café racing is, historically, all about the street, but unless your last name is Pedrosa or Hayden, everyone can use some skills training to sharpen their riding. TPM even offers leathers and gear and complete motorcycles for rental and if enough folks reply, we may even schedule a Reader’s Ride-In Custom Bike Show, barbecue and some live rockabilly music. Interested? Drop a line to rockersrule@caferacermag and let us know whether you’re ready for some serious fun.

– Mike Seate

Frame Crafters Moto3 Project

A lot of our viewers wonder what other kinds of neat and new projects featured builders of Cafe Racer TV have going on in their shop while not filming and building ton-up speed machines. Well, here’s an update from one of our featured builders, Frame Crafters. Take a look!

From the Frame Crafters website – [http://www.framecrafters.net/show-project.php?id=84]

The GPtechFramecraftersYamaha USA Moto3 project. Earlier this year GP Tech and Framecrafters joined forces to develop a Yamaha based Moto3 GP bike. With additional support from Yamaha USA , Rising Sun Cycles and Ohlins USA, the project has made a tremendous amount of head way over the past several weeks while stirring a great interest across the board. ” We like this approach by GPTech and are very interested in its success”says Keith McCarty, Yamaha USA , Motorsports Racing Division Manager. The new bike will be unveiled and raced at USGPRU’s Championship Final Race at Putnam Park on October 7th-9th competing in the Moto3 class. Built on Framecrafters 2nd generation bi-metallic GP frame kit which is derived from their earlier F450RR project and coupled with top-shelf components makes for a competitive package.

Full Bike Specifications:

Bike- YamahaGPTechFramecrafters Moto3
Engine- 2011 Yamaha YZ250F
Framesubframe-FC 2nd gen. Bi-Metallic GP frame
Swingarm- 2011 YZ250F
ForksTriples- 40mm MoriwakiShowa
Shock – Ohlins TTX
Radiator- FC mod’ed large capacity YZF450
Fuel Tank- FC Alloy
Wheels- Galespeed, 17”x2.5” front, 17”x3.5” rear
Clip-ons- GPTech
Rear-sets- RSC Battle Factory RS250
Front Brake- 296mm AP Racing radial kit
Rear Brake- mod’ed YZ250F
Gearing- 520 GPTech
FairingSeat- HotBodiesGPTech 125GP
Exhaust- FC tapered pipeGraves muffler

The team at Framecrafters said – “this project was derived from the F450RR we did with Café Racer TV in Season 1.” How cool is it to know that shops previously featured on CRTV are out and doing fantastic things in the marketplace and race world. Good-on-ya Framecrafters and the CRTV team wishes you the best of luck!

For more details on the project, race schedule and other information please visit Framecrafters website directly by [CLICKING HERE].

Two new Cafe Racer tee’s to add to your closet!

You guys have asked for it and like everything else, we deliver! Check out these super cool new tee’s keeping it alive following the manta of “Everything Old Is Cool Again!” Snag yours today from the CRTV Store by [CLICKING HERE!] They’re printed on super soft vintage cotton with a discharge process that makes the ink almost impossible to feel when you run your hands over it. THINK- Wind Resistance! Get yours today!

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]