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.


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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Live At Barber!- Friends, Fans, and First-Timers

Ben Friedman of Cafe Racer TV talks to some fans and first-timers around the Ace Corner here at the 2012 Barber Vintage Festival here in Birmingham, Alabama.

Live At Barber!- Inside the Ace Corner

Jason Michaels of Dime City Cycles and Ben Friedman with Cafe Racer TV show off the faces and places inside the Ace Corner at the Barber Vintage Festival 2012:

Cafe Racer Lunch Ride @ Barber Vintage Festival

Alright folks, the Barber Vintage Festival is less than a week away!  As you know we’re putting together quite the to-do area for those of you who appreciate these vintage speed machines of yesteryear! We’ve got over $1,500.00 in giveaways from great sponsors like Dennis Kirk, Bell Helmets, Icon, Legends Fiberglass, Rusty Knuckles, Caraibi Rockers, Mike Woulfe Leathers and several more. In addition you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy of Ace Times the history of the Ace Cafe signed by Marks Wilsmore.

The Friday Lunch Ride is going to be a blast and for those of you coming, we ask you to please join us!  The ride meets in the museum parking lot, KICKSTANDS UP at 12:30. It is a ride at your own pace, destination ride to the Irondale Café, better known as the “whistle-stop café” from the book/movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”. They are expecting us at 1pm, if you want to check out some of the lovely Alabama roads in the morning and meet at the café, that’s fine. The address is: 1906 First Ave North, Irondale, AL.

There is parking for the group behind the café. It’s cafeteria style, separate checks and if you like old fashioned southern cooking, that’s what it’s world famous for. Our group will be lead by folks from Dime City Cycles, DoTheTon, The Ace Cafe and Cafe Racer TV and will follow (at a distance) the Atlanta Ducati Owners Club “Wilducs” Should you choose to ride with the group please stay alert, leave plenty of space between you and the bikes near you and obey the traffic laws. If you are uncomfortable for any reason, do not hesitate to drop out. As an additional safety and help item, there will be a black truck marked DUCSTOCK following the group, if you need assistance that’s what they are there for – JUST ASK!

Here’s an update flier for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, we look forward to seeing all of you there!

Cafe Racer TV Featured Builder of The Week – Greg “Doc’s Chops” Hageman

For those of you who’ve seen Cafe Racer TV or better yet, met Greg “Doc’s Chops” Hageman in person, you can attest to the relaxed demeanor he has. Who are we kidding, he’s practically sedate. That is, until you see him opening the throttle of one of his many custom build XS650’s, CX500’s or Virago’s. It’s at that point that you realize you’re dealing with a Wolf in Sheeps clothing…just like his bikes.

Greg has built a myriad of bikes over his ten-year as a full fledged motorcycle mechanic.  Some of his more recent bikes have been seen on our series in Season 1 and upcoming on Season 2.  You’ll notice that Greg has a knack for finding the most god-awful bike around and turning it into something almost  to good to be true.  Here’s an example of just that in his recent CX500 build:

photo by: Erick Runyon,

In the midst of building his Virago, the lastest creation to roll out of Doc’s Chops, Greg also managed to get his new website online which details his previous builds as well as current projects. If you have a minute, check it out, it’s worth a gander!

And for those of you who would like to see one of Greg’s custom Cafe creations up close you can check him out at the Barber Vintage Festival in the Cafe Racer Paddock.  He’ll be there with the guys from Dime City Cycles, Loaded Gun Customs and Fuller Hotrods along with a TON of other awesome Cafe bikes. We hope to see you there!

Barber Vintage Festival, The Cafe Racer Paddock & Season 1 DVD Sales

Unless you’ve been living under a pile of old engine parts for the last month you know The 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival is coming up right around the corner, October 7th, 8th and 9th to be exact! You should also already know (if not, consider this your being informed) that Cafe Racer TV will be onsite live in a fantastic paddock joined by the good folks from The Ace Cafe North America (yes, it’s coming!), the largest online community for Cafe Racers and our boys from the South, Dime City Cycles in what we hope to be the biggest hit of the year at Barbers.

If you have a Cafe Racer now’s your chance to show it off at the largest vintage bike festival in the US of A. Just email for details on how to register and you’ll get your crack at over $1,500.00 worth of awesome SWAG donated by some of our fantastic sponsors listed above. Here’s just a few of the items we’ll be giving away:

3 Bell Custom 500 Helmets with Vintage Face Shields
Loaded Gun Cafe Racer Rearsets w/ Universal Linkage Kit
3 Pair of Vitesse Moto Riding Boots
A custom Leather Jacket by Woulfe Leathers
Clubman Bars from Lossa Engineering
….and a TON more!

Entry is simple, just contact Jason @ Dime City and pay your 10$ for entry. And for all of you who have been asking, yes, you will be able to take your bike out of the show for the parade lap on Saturday.

And for all of you who’ve been patient…we finally have DVD sets of Season 1 of Cafe Racer TV which will be available for purchase at Barber. So come join us and share in the iconic tradition that is Cafe Racer and help us make this one of the best events Barber has ever put on! What else could you possibly need to motivate you?