Café racers, the famous motorcycles that originated in the United Kingdom. They are modified versions of motorcycles that were specifically optimized by their owners for quick rides on short distances. Most of them are visually minimalistic since their owners are much more focused on delivering the best performance. Here is our pick for the ten best custom café racer builds of this month:
10. Thrive Motorcycles Honda CB650
We are kicking off our list with a controversial bike. Controversial mostly because it doesn’t resemble a typical café racer, the CB650 is still a sight for sore eyes. It is simply an amazing mix of a café racer, a vintage Japanese superbike, and the ones ridden by Japanese gangs.
9. BMW R nineT “7075 Koffee”
With its sleek and elegant design, the so called “7075 Koffee” deservedly found itself on the list. It boasts a high-quality aluminum build, a fully adjustable headlight bracket, and completely redesigned passenger and foot pegs.
8. RSD MV Agusta Dragster RR
When a customer asked Roland Sands if he could turn his MV Agusta Dragster into a café racer, he was up to the challenge. After numerous chassis and bodywork modifications, the result was this modernized MV race bike, and most certainly, a satisfied customer.
7. Honda CB750F “Green Arrow” by NCT Motorcycles
A handmade exhaust, Motogadget m-unit electrical system with keyless ignition, and Showa forks are only some of the features of the “Green Arrow”. Yet another Honda on the list, the modified CB750F is a masterpiece created by an enthusiastic Austrian duo.
6. Honda CBX “1098R” by MotoRRetro
It was an ordinary 1978 Honda CBX before it was brought to MotoRRetro. Now it is a Japanese-Italian beast with as many Ducati parts as Honda ones. Not only did its performance improve by a mile, but the workshop also dropped 50kg from the bike.
5. Scales Studio Ducati 1200SS
Since we mentioned Ducati, we can’t forget Scales Studios’ Ducati 1200SS. Over 400 hours were invested in making the fuel tank alone. A much more powerful engine was installed and the capacity was increased to 1200cc. In the end, a bespoke performance exhaust was added.
4. Kawasaki Z1000 Turbo by Dave Solomon
When Dave Solomon gets the creative freedom needed to realize his 30 years old dream, the Zed Turbo is the final result. A Z1R tank and tail, a polished TL1000R swingarm, and Aprilia Shiver wheels are only some of its features.
3. Nova Motorcycles Triumph Thruxton 900
Simple, yet beautiful. That is the shortest description anyone can use to describe the Triumph Thruxton. It is a mixture of the classic café racers of the ‘70s and the modern components of today. A lot of the components are one-offs, unique to this bike only.
2. Stile Italiano Laverda 750 SF
Stile Italiano has done it again. They are known for their custom work and unique colors, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The Laverda 750 SF has a unique body shape and component upgrades from companies such as LSL, Motogadget, and Brembo.
1. Royal Enfield GT 650 – “Lilith”
XTR LED lights/ fairings/ windshield/ fiberglass tank, YSS adjustable rear shocks, K Speed footpegs, Domino quick-turn throttle, and much more. Did we mention the cool skull designed for the owner, who is a tattoo artist? Pepo Rosell really gave it his all on this project.
Which one of these is your favorite one? Do you think another one deserves a spot on the list?