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Cafe Racer Boots – Put your Best Foot Forward

If you look at the lineage of any decent piece of Café Racer clothing, you will invariably see its origins dating back to either a military or industrial use. They are after all, the two scenarios that demand the most from their design and construction. So, if we’re looking specifically for Cafe Racer boots, the same rules apply in terms…

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The Cafe Racer Jacket – Simply Perfecto

Whether we like it or not, the black leather motorcycle jacket is a worldwide fashion icon, so we can’t really blame those silly old celebrities for wanting to hijack the biker look in an effort to look cool. But if we want to go back to the beginning and see its humble origins, zip- up your leather, jump on the…

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Grifter Gloves – The Hands On Approach

Those of us who have been riding a long time know that fashions come and go, especially those fueled by television shows. I used to get riled at this, as I believed it diluted a culture that has been a huge part of my life for decades, but the trick is to embrace it. We need to do this for two…

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Going Undercover With the Best Motorcycle Tent

If you own a bike, sooner or later you’ll get the call of the wild. When this happens you’ll either click on booking.com, or go all cowboy and throw your bedroll over your iron horse and head for the horizon.  Sounds great doesn’t it, but if you’ve chosen nights out under the stars, you’re going to need a good motorcycle…

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Cafe Racer, Suzuki

1979 Suzuki GS750 – Better Late Than Never

Honda turned the motorcycle world upside down in 1969 with the 740-4, but it’s a little known fact that Kawasaki had been developing their own version, almost along a parallel time scale. However, as a result of being pipped to the post, they delayed the launch until the bike could be upgraded to a 900, which upon its release in…

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The Modern New Cafe Racer – Cool Straight Out Of The Box

Thanks to clever editing and large budgets, TV programs that involve customizing motorcycles often make it look devilishly simple. But not everyone knows one end of an angle grinder from another (ouch), and in those particular cases riders tend to keep an eye open for a Modern New Cafe Racer.  Customized bikes are cool though, end of. But let’s be…

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Yamaha XS850 : Can’t Keep A Good Bike Down

Yamaha’s XS850 finally ended its production run in 1981 and although it may not have set the world on fire, it certainly made enough firm friends on both sides of the Atlantic to be sadly missed. More refined than a twin but lighter than a four, triple cylinder engines in both 2- stroke and 4-stroke configurations had been pushing bikes…

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