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1989 Honda GB500

In Cafe Racer, Japan by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Every so often Honda brings a bike to market just because they can. The GB500 TT seems to be one of these. Originally offered in the Japanese market Honda brought the bike to America for 1989 and ‘90. It had the look of a classic British single with the anvil like reliability and engineering of a Honda. Takes more than …

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1986 Moto Guzzi 1000 Cafe Racer

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

3-15-2017 Update: Looks like that sale from a few months ago did not go through, because the bike is back up for sale. Find it with bidding up to $5,000 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Post Sale Update: This Guzzi cafe sold for $7,100 after 21 bids on eBay. Built by Unique Cycles out of Monrovia, …

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“Frank” – 1977 Honda CB550 Custom

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by Abhi0 Comments

2-12-17 Update – Reader Bob K notes that this bike is back up for sale. You can find it for sale here on Craigslist outside of Dallas, Texas for $13,500. Post Listing Update: Frank got a healthy 74 bids on eBay, but the final result of $7,000 was not enough to meet reserve. Called “Frank” because it’s a ‘Frankenstein’ build, …

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Tonti Cafe – 1978 Moto Guzzi SP1000 Custom

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

12-30-16 Update: This Guzzi is back up for sale, bidding is currently at $4,600 with the reserve not yet met here on eBay. Post Listing Update: This Guzzi custom did not meet reserve with bidding up to $5,600 on eBay. This SP originally started as a touring bike, but this example was restored in 2013 and turned into a custom …

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1 of 325 – 2015 Triumph Thruxton Ace

In Cafe Racer, England by Abhi0 Comments

The new Thruxtons are in (and by all accounts, they’re a huge improvement over the last generation), which means that the previous Thruxtons are now available with a significant discount. Case in point – the last time I featured a limited production Ace Edition version, it sold for $10,100 after 27 bids on eBay. This one’s got an asking price …

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1958 Triton

In Cafe Racer, Custom, England by Tom Wacker0 Comments

What do you get if you take the very best from two venerable manufacturers? In this case you get a 1958 Norton Featherbed frame with a 1978 Triumph Tiger powerplant wrapped up in custom cafe racer livery. You’ve probably heard of this mix before as a Triton (Triumph/Norton)

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1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR 1000

In America, Cafe Racer by Abhi0 Comments

When it was released, the Harley-Davidson XLCR (CR stood for Cafe Racer) was supposed to be an instant success powered by Harley’s most powerful production engine to date. It was a jet black departure from HD’s usual chrome fare. It didn’t sell well at all, and now it’s a cult classic.