Check it out Cafe Racer TV Fans, your favorite new TV series showcasing vintage speed machines of yesteryear just made it to regular Discovery Channel! That’s right, for all of you who’ve been asking we finally were able to deliver. Now you can watch Season 2 re-runs of Cafe Racer starting at 2PM EST on your local channel for Discovery. Just check with your local cable company for listing details!
Archive for month: January, 2012
[One of The Bostrom Brothers piloting Santiago’s Norley @ Talledega. Can you guess which one? Photo by: Jerome Guiselin]
So this Harley Rider and a guy on a CB750 walk into a bar… Just kidding folks!
All jokes aside, when it comes to producing some of the highest quality available aftermarket parts for Harley’s, Honda’s and Triumph’s Joker Machine really stands all in a light of it’s own. If you recall, we saw the team from Joker in Season 2 of CRTV along with the stunning CB750 they built. Granted, it was a bit more modern than some would prefer, however the undeniable levels of quality and attention to detail and skill could not be argued, even by the oldest and grittiest Cafe Racer guys we could find. And that means something!
Leveraging years of experience in producing parts for the aviation industry under large contracts that require miles and miles of red tape, certifications and safety measures and standards, the team at Joker has really created a new parts market where nothing existed. Being able to sketch something like a side cover for a CB750 engine or a new set of triple trees and then realize it in finished aluminum is not only of major importance to the aftermarket parts industry, but the oe parts segment too. Think about it, what happens there are not more side covers or tripple trees to be had? Someone it going to have to make them and fortunately for you, Joker is and has been putting in all the R&D to make that possible.
As you can see in the photos above of their CB750 almost every part has been CAD drawn and CNC built exactly to the Joker Machine teams specifications, in house, by themselves to depict their vision of a CB750 that is the perfect blend of old and new. If you ask us, it’s NOT too shabby and as you can see from the parts list below almost everything was made in house. Quite the feat! You can view the complete build by [CLICKING HERE.]
Needless to say, these guys are on to something and for those of you who prefer a more modern look but like the sound and feel of a true air-cooled vintage motorcycle, Joker Machine might just be your new vendor of choice. Check them out today on the web via: http://www.jokermachine.com/onlinecatalogcafe2004.asp and be sure to watch out for re-runs on Velocity!
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!