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4 Miles – 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

In America, Cafe Racer by AbhiLeave a Comment

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 – now it’s a cult classic, and today I’m sharing the nicest XLCR I’ve ever …

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1975 Moto Guzzi Custom Cafe Racer

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Italy by Abhi1 Comment

Thanks to BikeEXIF for sharing this post in this week’s Speed Read! Post Sale Update: This custom Guzzi sold for $8,000 after 44 bids on eBay in Indio, California. Built with a 850T frame and a T3 engine (with a 955cc big bore kit), this interesting Guzzi custom is claimed to be very reliable and “as fast a stock Le …

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2000 Kawasaki W650 Cafe Racer

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

4/1/21 Update: 4 years, Todd B notes that this bike is back up for sale with a drop in price – find it for sale in Greenwich Village, New York for $6,800 here on Craigslist. Post Listing Update: This custom W650 did not get any interest at the asking price of $8,500. Even though some reviewers thought the W650 looked …

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Custom Café – 1973 Honda CB750K2

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

It may feel to some, as it does to me, that the café bike trend has had a resurgence of late. That since about the turn of the millennium, there has been a steady uptick of interest in the bikes, and subculture. We can certainly agree that when Triumph released the Thruxton in 2004, and a couple of years later …

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Café’d Classic in Poland – Custom 1987 Suzuki GSX-R750

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Suzuki’s early GSX-R750 machines were groundbreaking models when they first appeared on the market, and though they’ve admittedly grown pretty long in the tooth by today’s standards, they’re still relatively high-performing bikes in the grand scheme of things. Plus, thanks to their lack of modern electronics, there’s no bevy of unsightly ancillaries hidden beneath the fairings like that of contemporary …

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Cafe’d Smoker – 1972 Yamaha R5 Custom

In Cafe Racer, Custom, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This R5 did not get any interest at the BIN of $8,500. There’s something really special about two-stroke cafe racers, and this one-off Yamaha is a prime example. This build supposedly started out as a ‘72 R5 that received a refresh with the air-cooled parallel-twin getting all new rings, gaskets, and seals, while the carbs were rebuilt …

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1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

In America, Cafe Racer by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This XLCR sold for $8,700 after 7 bids on eBay. Under the control of Willie G. Davidson, grandson of William A. Davidson, a project to revamp the original Sportster design was born. With two other engineers, Haubert and Moderow, the project started in April 1974. Moderow had to draw and Haubert had to develop from there. After …