Cafe Racer TV – The Builders
Vintage Iron has been in the motorcycle restoration business for 25 years and they have built race bikes, street bikes, collectible bikes and a few one-off projects. But the company is best known for its ability to restore period perfect motocross bikes.
For Café Racer TV, VI’s owner, Rick Doughty was asked by one of his clients to take a nearly new Rokon Cobra MX machine and make it into a street bike. Here is the story straight from Rick:
“Nothing we have ever built is as wild and interesting as the King Kobra, commissioned by Tom Reese of Moto Armory. Tom just happens to own the largest off road motorcycle collection in the country and Rokons are some of his favorites.
Rokon started manufacturing two wheel drive trail bikes and later developed full size competition motorcycles, all with snowmobile engines and clutches. Rokons were therefore very unconventional which made the brand a perfect candidate for a cafe racer project.
The original Cobra was the highest performance machine that Rokon ever offered and was very limited production with less than 100 made.
The King Kobra is a “one of one” machine that showcases a blend of old and new technology and sticks to the unique spirit that is Rokon and Tom Reese.”
Bike: 1974 Rokon Cobra (Now “King Kobra”)
Engine: 340cc Sachs snowmobile with reversed head and cylinder
Carburetion: 38mm Mikuni flat slide
Rear Swing Arm: Original Rokon
Rear Wheel: Mid-70s Harley Sportster
Front Wheel: Mid-70s Harley Sportster
Clip-Ons or Bars/ triple clamps: David Munoz Billet Fabrications
Seat: Legendary Motorcycles cafe seat
Tank: Legendary Motorcycles cafe tank
Rear Sets: David Munoz Billet Fabrication
Exhaust: Custom, hand made Vintage Iron expansion chamber
Paint: Vintage Iron metallic dark gray
Headlight: Legendary Motorcycle generic cafe headlight
Front Brake: Yamaha XS650
Rear Brake: Yamaha XS 650
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: David Munoz Billet Fabrications
Cycle Icons’ Leon Stanley unfortunately lives in the wrong era. Instead of weeping about it, he recreated the bygone era of racing-your-daily-rider by converting a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet into three versions for Café Racer TV. It’s an ambitious adventure that ends in an attempt at a land speed record and it isn’t to be missed.
Now operating under the name Badger Corse, Cycle Icons proved on episode four that a motorcycle can be whatever you want it to be, if only you’re willing to put in the time and effort.
If you’re curious to know more about the parts Stanley used on version 3.0, scroll below. If you want to know how Teddy Roosevelt became the inspiration for this project, click HERE.
Bike: 2007 Royal Enfield Bullet: “The Badger” Version 3.0
Engine: 500cc pushrod single
Cylinder: Alloy, Indian aftermarket
Piston: High-compression Hitchcocks by Accralite
Head: Hitchcocks “Big Head”
Cams: Hitchcocks “competition” grind
Carb: Mikuni VM38
Intake manifold: Custom machined by Desengman LLC
Exhaust: Custom fabricated
Clutch: Bob Newby Racing
Frame: Modified Royal Enfield
Front suspension: Modified Royal Enfield
Top yoke: Hitchcocks
Bars: Tommaselli adjustable clip-ons
Rear suspension: Bitubo
Front Brake: Modified Royal Enfield
Rear Brake: modified Royal Enfield
Wheels: Royal Enfield, 19 inch WM2 in black powdercoat
Tires: Avon AM26 90/90v19 front, 100/90v19 rear
Tank: Modified Royal Enfield
Seat: vintage aftermarket Triumph of unknown origin
Rear sets: Hitchcocks
Cycle Icons/Badger Corse
MaceTech Industries is a small FL shop run by Mace Livingston, a general aviation mechanic who is expanding his resume to include custom bike builds.
Livingston’s Mad Max-like KTM café racer, which he built with his wife, Ashlie for Café Racer TV, will be love/hate for most people. Livingston’s airplane and military experience has provided him with an imagination we’ve never seen before on this show and it resulted in a bike that caused 8-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty to say, “What the heck is it?”
Whether you’re a lover or hater of this project, you have to appreciate Mace and Ashlie’s moxie and their willingness to risk reputation by being bold.
Bike: 2000 KTM 640 Adventure
Subframe: MaceTech Industries Custom
Engine: KTM 620cc single cylinder. Kick and electric start
Carburetion or FI System: 42mm Mikuni FCR carb.
Rear Swing Arm: KTM Duke
Rear Wheel: 17-in. aluminum BBS
Front Wheel: 17-in. aluminum BBS with MaceTech Industries axle conversion for the Triumph front suspension.
Clip-Ons or Bars: Modified Triumph clip-ons
Seat: MaceTech Industries custom seat pan, hand formed and upholstered by Ashlie Livingston.
Tank: MaceTech Industries “Mad Max” special. Handmade using exhaust tubing from a semi truck.
Rear Sets: Modified KTM
Tires: 17-in. front and rear Avon Distanzia’s
Exhaust: MaceTech Industries designed and fabricated exhaust system; single cylinder, dual exhaust.
Paint: Clear coat powder coated bare steel
Headlight: 1975 Honda CB500T headlight with custom MaceTech Industries mounts for a Triumph front end.
Front Brake: Triumph
Rear Brake: Brembo
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: MaceTech industries custom triple trees to mount Triumph front suspension to KTM frame.
Even though the project bike was a Harley-Davidson Sportster and even though it turned out to be a street tracker, the opportunity to work with Roland Sands and Travis and Lyn-z Pastrana was too good. Sands is A-list in the custom bike and accessories world and Travis and Lyn-z are action sports legends.
Roland is a former AMA 250GP champion with a gift for design that functions and Roland Sands Design is a team of innovative designers, engineers and fabricators who are as passionate about motorcycles as he is.
As talented as Sands and his team is, when they discovered that their salvage yard Sportster had napkins for an air filter, they were a bit worried about what they’d got themselves into. Pastrana lightened the mood by picking up what he called “tool number one,” a hammer.
The end result is a naked street tracker suitable for the dirt ovals of the Grand National Series. The Pastranas were on hand for a reveal and test that put Travis in a first-time, compromising position.
Bike: 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 from Safari Cycle Salvage in Long Beach, CA
Frame: 2006 Sportster Custom 1200
Subframe: Custom RSD
Engine: Sportster 1200 with Zippers Performance Super Hammer 1200 Engine Kit
Carburetion or FI System: Mikuni Carburetor
Rear Swing Arm: Customized sportster swing arm for a single Progressive shock
Rear Wheel: 17X3.5
Front Wheel: 17X3.5
Clip-Ons or Bars: Prototype RSD Step-bars
Seat: Custom by SDG
Tank: RSD Vintage tank
Rear Sets: Prototype RSD mid-controls
Tires: 130/80-17 front and 140/80-17 rear Dunlop Trailmax TR91
Exhaust: Custom RSD stainless exhaust
Paint: Chris Wood of Airtrix
Front Brake: PM 4 Piston
Rear Brake: PM 4 Piston
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: RSD Custom Harley 48
Roland Sands Design
10571 Los Alamitos Blvd.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Analog Motorcycles started in the summer of 2009. Tony Prust, founder, has been riding and customizing motorcycles for over 15 years in conjunction with his job as a percussion technician for the rock band Chevelle. When the band’s drummer Sam Loeffler wanted a custom café racer he asked his drum tech to moonlight as a bike tech.
The project bike was a horrendously wide and bulky Bimota DB3 that was turned over to the Bostrom brothers for a racetrack test outside of Chicago.
Today, Prust is fully focused on Analog Motorcycles and building bikes. The attention to detail Tony has developed throughout this hobby, combined with his previous profession as a trim carpenter, is starting to result in incredibly beautiful motorcycles. His goal has always been to put together bikes that both look good and perform well.
Currently Analog is capable of small accessory installs to full custom bike builds, powder coating to fabricating and everything in between.
Bike: 1996 Bimota DB3 Mantra
Frame: Stock Bimota DB3
Subframe: Analog design and fabricated with Mike Ardito
Engine: Ducati M900 (2 valve air-cooled 900cc) Refreshed and rebuilt from inside out by TJ of Ducati Milwaukee. Later model oil cooler and custom made oil lines by Analog
Carburetion or FI System: Keihin FCR carbs with Velocity Stacks
Rear Swing Arm: Stock Bimota
Rear Wheel: Alpina 17″ from JCPak Bikes with custom made spacers to allow fitment by Analog
Front Wheel: Alpina 17″ from JCPak Bikes with custom made spacers to allow fitment by Analog
Clip-Ons: Vortex Clip-ons with Speedy Moto bars
Seat: Analog pan and design. Rod’s Designs stitched the Upholstery
Tank: Analog design Mark Ardito Fabricated
Rear Sets: Custom made brackets by Analog. Rizoma rear sets
Tires: Front: 120/70-17 Rear:180/55-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Exhaust: Analog design with same length pipe, 3″ baffles at end and custom painted Biltwell tips. Fabricated by Mike Ardito. Ceramic coated by Hytek Coatings
Paint: Graphic layout and color scheme Analog. Paint by Kiel of Crown Autobody
Headlight: Emgo British 7″ bucket, custom headlight with integrated LED signals and LSL headlight brackets
Front Brake: 320mm custom made ISR rotors, 2x 6 piston monoblock calipers, and fully adjustable radial master cylinders with integrated control switches
Rear Brake: Custom ISR rotor, ISR master cylinder and Stock Brembo caliper
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: Stock Bimota
Suspension: Rebuilt stock Pailloi forks and rear shock with custom made fork brace by Analog and Gary Prust
Speedo: Koso DB-01R
Electrical: Complete rewire with Koso gauge, relocated Earth X lithium battery, and LED taillight array with running, brake and signals in single strip.
Other: Custom made HEL brake lines, Custom fabricated belt guards by Analog, EVR slipper clutch and slave cylinder, all powder coating by J & J Powder coating, suspension refreshed by Bruce at Moto Rider, All ISR parts sourced through Mike at Power Barn, and CRG bar end mirrors
Location: Gurnee, IL
Implying that they were just a bunch of hipsters from Seattle looking to make a statement on national television, Café Racer Magazine’s Mike Seate said this “Franken-bike” project by Twinline Motorcycles would never work.
If marrying a Honda and a Kawasaki wasn’t tough enough, Twinline also took on new challenges that they’ve never tried before, like building a custom gas tank, rebuilding an unfamiliar engine and manipulating and strengthening a frame for a powerhouse that it was never intended to house.
Although it was ambitious and took a bit longer than anticipated, Twinline, led by a group of young craftsman and artists, proved that mixed technology and generations can work. Yes, the future of custom bikes is good.
Bike: “The Thorn” 1977 Honda CB550 and 1990 Kawasaki EX500
Frame: 1977 Honda CB550, strengthened & gusseted
Subrame: Modified stock, gusseted
Engine: Rebuilt 1990 Kawasaki EX500, Bored to 600cc with Engine Dynamics kit, Webcam 245 cams, Barnett clutch, heavyweight springs
Carburetion or FI System: Keihin CR33, 70mm velocity stacks
Rear Swing Arm: Modified stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 2.15” x 18” Warp 9 rim, stainless spokes, KDX200 hub
Front Wheel (Size): 2.15” x 18” Warp 9 rim, stainless spokes, Warp 9 KTM hub
Clip-Ons or Bars: Woodcraft 35mm clip-ons
Seat: Custom one-off seat and upholstery
Tank: Modified CB550ss tank, Pingel high flow petcock
Rear Sets: Motobits pegs, levers, linkage, Moto-R bracket
Tires (Sizes): Front: Avon AM22 110/80-18, Rear: Avon AM23 130/65-18
Exhaust : Modified stock headers, hand made cones
Paint: Frame: 20% powder-coat, Bodywork: none, raw mild steel
Headlight: CB350 bucket, H4 bulb, handmade mounts
Front Brake: Nissin 14mm master cylinder, stainless braided line, Brembo dual pot caliper
Rear Brake: Nissin CBR master cylinder, stainless braided line, Nissin caliper
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: Modified stock, steering damper
Electronics: Trail Tech Vapor gauge, Shorai battery, stock CDI, customized wiring harness
2106 S. Holgate st.
Seattle, Wa 98144
More photos and specs for “The Thorn”
Ry Seidler is classic do-it-yourself-Detroit. From tattoos to automotive engineering, Ry is one of those rare people who can both sides of his brain. The guy even designed his own CNC machine. Some of the feedback we’ve received for “Café Racer” TV is ‘What about the regular guys building in garages?’ Ry is way too talented to be classified as ‘regular’ but he’s definitely in a home garage. When asked to describe Ry’s best skills, the segment producer of this story called Ry “The most complete dude we’ve ever had on the show.”
The CRTV crew met Ry back in season 2 when we worked with the Café Racer Ypsi shop in Ypsilanti, MI. Ry was the tank and seat fabricator for the gift bike for CRY’s Melissa.
For season 4 of CRTV Ry took on a beaten and forgotten Harley Davidson 350cc Sprint that looked like it was a chopper/dirt bike in a previous life.
Bike: (Make/Model/Year) 1972 Harley-Davidson Aermacchi Sprint
Specifications: 350cc 4 stroke 4-speed
Frame: Modified 1969 & 72 Harley-Davidson Sprint
Carburetion or FI System: Carbureted
Rear Swing Arm: modified stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 18”
Front Wheel (Size): 18”
Clip-Ons or Bars: Hand made bars
Seat: Modified vintage Bates flat track seat
Tank: ‘69 Aermacchi
Rear Sets: Handmade, modified stock
Tires (Sizes): 2.75 X 18 front 3.5X18 rear
Exhaust : Handmade pipe with 70s Sportster muffler
Paint: By Ry Seidler. Orange candy with gold pearl over cream
Headlight: Sportster lamp bucket grafted onto a Aermacchi SS body
Front Brake: Drum
Rear Brake: Drum
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: Original, smoothed and polished
RAS Moto Detroit
BIKE: 1975 Moto Guzzi 850 T3
The Bay Area has a great riding scene and culture and Grey Dog Moto is part of why it’s so good on the left coast. Alameda, CA is an island sandwiched between San Francisco and Oakland and Patrick Bell’s Grey Dog takes up just 150 sq. ft. of prime bike building real estate. With a love for speed and a laid back Weimaraner named Berlin as his CEO, Bell has turned his passion into his profession. In episode one of season four Bell chopped a cherry ’75 Guzzi for an over-sized client and took a few risks along the way.
Subframe: Tonti/Grey Dog Moto Custom Subframe (Bike was built for a 220lb 6′ 3″ customer)
Engine: Fairly Stock 850cc Moto Guzzi with Dyna III Electronic Ignition/Coils
Carburetor or FI System: 30mm Dellortos Carburetors re-jetted with K&N Filters, Tommaselli Throttle
Rear Swing Arm: Moto Guzzi with stock gearing for final drive
Rear Wheel: – 18″ rim w/ Stock Hub with 40 hole Excel Rim (by Buchanan)
Front Wheel: – 17″ rim w/ modified hub also 40 hole Excel Rim (by John Koester, Phil Gaitan and Patrick Bell)
Clip-Ons or Bars: – Woodcraft Clip-ons with R6 electrics
Seat: Custom Ducati 1978 900 custom seat (battery & all necessary electrics in seat hump)
Tank: Cut and fabricated “ALL STEEL” Guzzi 850 T3 Stretched Tank (By Tony Parker & GreyDogMoto)
Rear Sets: Aprillia/Ducati/GSXR Custom built by John Koester & GreyDogMoto (parts supplied by Woodcraft)
Tires: rear 130/70/18 front 110/70/17 Bridgestone “Battlax”
Exhaust: Custom headers/end pipes by Emgo
Paint: Tony Parker “The Master” at Crown Works Garage
Headlight: 7″ H4 1975 Honda in Chrome w/ custom welded Grey Dog Moto headlight ears
Front Brake: GSXR front master cylinder, R1 Yamaha Custom fitted forks , 310mm rotors, 4 piston Yamaha calipers Custom Billet GreyDogMoto spacers (by Phil Gaitan)
Rear Brake: Stock rotor “De-linked” Brembo Caliper with custom braded lines
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: R1 Yamaha Inverted Forks, Custom “GPS” Gauge (by Speedhut)
Rear Suspension: Custom built and painted Wilbur Shocks (by The Beemer Shop…Thanks Ted & Josh)
“This bike was built for a very tall customer who now fits nicely onto this custom Moto Guzzi cafe racer. No easy task for such a tall order (pun intended). Lots of custom bits to ensure substantial braking and suspension needs. A real powerhouse to ride and smooth as silk even at 100 mph. This Guzzi is not only insane fun to ride it’s a reliable daily driver.”
– Patrick Bell
Grey Dog Moto
Bike: Honda XL600R 1987
It’s funny how life works out. John Ryland was laid off from his job in advertising and the next thing he knows he’s building a custom motorcycle for Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff. OK, sounds simpler than it really was but it’s been Classified’s style and willingness to experiment, and their ability to market and promote, that has helped their tiny Richmond shop command attention in the custom world. Ryland isn’t scared to use every piece of a scrap bike and if one part doesn’t quite fit the build then he’ll turn it into a desk lamp.
Frame: Honda XL600R heavily modified by Alex Heath of Richmond, VA to accept new swing arm
Carburetion or FI System: XL600R stock carb jetted for free-flowing exhaust and foam filters
Rear Swing Arm: 2006 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 single-sided swing arm, Progressive Suspension 465 shock, custom billet lower mount
Rear Wheel (Size): 2006 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (17-inch)
Front Wheel (Size): 2005 Kawasaki ZX6-R (17-inch)
Clip-Ons or Bars: ZX6-R clip-ons
Seat: Custom solo seat shaped in house and upholstered by Roy Baird of Richmond, VA
Tank: 1970′s Honda CB350, two-tone nickel plated
Rear Sets: Stock pegs and foot controls
Tires (Sizes): Front: Metzeler ME 880 130/80-17 Rear: Dunlop D616 180/55-17
Exhaust: Custom Stainless pipes and silencer by Seth Ingham of Richmond, VA
Paint: No paint. All powder coated by Shaun Dusara of Richmond, VA
Headlight: Twin 4-inch halogens
Front Brake: 2005 Kawasaki ZX6-R stock
Rear Brake: 2006 Triumph Sprint ST 1050
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: Classified Moto triple conversion with custom CM billet upper clamp.
Classified Moto, LLC
6th Street Specials
Scottish expat Hugh Mackie is not a man consumed by bling and glamour: instead, the lovable-but-gruff British motorcycle expert builds machines that reflect the tough, gritty Lower East Side neighborhood where he’s lived and repaired motorcycles for over 30 years. Versed in everything from BSA to Norton, Mackie and chief tech Fumi Matsueda are true enthusiasts, spending their weekends flat track racing against each other in regional competition. They pride themselves on building café racers that are true to their original intent – fast, purposeful motorcycles that can be ridden hard and often. Hugh and Fumi return in season three where they help Café Racer Magazine’s Mike Seate out of a jam.
Bike Specifications: 1973 Norton Comando
Frame: Norton Isolastic
Engine: 750cc air-cooled parallel twin
Carburetion or FI System: Sudco/Mikuni 40mm
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 130×18” Buchannan’s spokes/Sun alloy rim
Front Wheel (Size): 110×18” Buchannan’s spokes/Sun alloy rim
Clip-Ons or Bars: Lossa Engineering Clubman
Seat: Legendary Motorcycles
Tank: Legendary Motorcycles fiberglass 3 gallon Lyta
Rear Sets: Fair Spares stainless steel
Tires (Sizes): 130×18” Avon rear; 110×18” Avon front
Exhaust : Commando Specialties pea-shooter mufflers Unity Equipe sweptback headers
Headlight: Lucas Norton
Front Brake: Colorado Norton Works Brembo two-piston disc
Rear Brake: Stock drum
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: Minnovation Racing billet aluminum
6th Street Specials featured in Episodes – 3, 4 & 5
- Original Airs: 4/26, 4/26 & 5/3 @ 8:00PM
- First Replay: TBA
6th Street Specials
Phone: (212) 979-6535
Colorado Norton Works
Matt Rambow knows what he likes and he knows what he wants to rebuild: Norton Commandos between the years 1968 and 1974. Located in Dolores, CO, Rambow opened Colorado Norton Works in 1997 during the Harley-Davidson boom years. He was called ‘crazy’. Today, the Swedish native puts all his energy into getting vintage Commandos back on the road by manufacturing his own line of custom parts and performing rebuilds that take 250 hours to complete. And he’s wont to call them rebuilds and not restorations because his rebuilds “address all the shortcomings that these machines have.” For “Café Racer”, Rambow takes on a unique and daring project: a limited edition run of 13 Norton Commando Café Specials, each with a price tag of $44,950.00.
Bike Specifications: Norton Comando
Frame: Custom made frame by Jeff Cole. Design by CNW and Jeff Cole (of C&J fame). Oil tank in backbone.
Subrame: Engine: 858cc Commando. Fullauto head, JE pistons, Total seal rings, Web cam, Radiused lifters, Ceramic coated barrel, Breather modification, Big bore exhaust.
Carburetion or FI System: Comstock engineering. Entire kit designed specifically for a Commando engine. Complete engine managment system.
Rear Swing Arm: Custom made swing arm by Jeff Cole. Design by CNW and Jeff Cole
Wheels (Size): MKIII Commando rear hub laced up with stainless steel spokes and nipples on Sun alloy rims. Wm 4.5 wide, 17″. Front hub is a CNW design. Billet aluminum laced up on a wm 3, 18″ rim.
Steering Stabilizer: n/a
Clip-Ons or Bars: Drag bars by Flanders
Seat: Custom made by Evan Wilcox (alloy tail section) and Don Clancy (seat)
Tank: Custom alloy made by Evan Wilcox
Rear Sets: CNW custom with rear set specific z-plates
Tires (Sizes): Conti ‘Go’. 130/80-17″ rear and 100/90-18 front
Exhaust : Big bore, stainless steel, Fast Frog
Paint: All polished alloy bodywork. Powder coated frame, swing arm and engine cradle
Front Brake: CNW custom 39mm front end with dual CNW/Brembo, 4-pad calipers, 12″ full floater rotors, radial master cylinder.
Rear Brake: CNW/Brembo 10.5″ full floater with a 2 piston caliper and Brembo master
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: CNW custom triple trees
- CNW electronic instruments
- CNW center console
- CNW keyless ignition
- CNW/Comstock hydraulic clutch
- Comstock headsteady
- Comstock quick change rear sprocket. CNW 520 x-ring conversion
- LED taillight
- CNW stainless chainguard
- Belt drive primary drive
- CNW outer primary cover
- Skyking bar end mirror
- Hagon shocks
- 12 point ARP engine and barrel hardware
- Stainless fasteners throughout
- CNW MKIII iso conversion
- High output alternator system
Colorado Norton Works featured in Episodes – 6, 7 & 8
- Original Airs: 5/3, 5/10 & 5/10 @ 8:00PM
- First Replay: TBA
Colorado Norton Works
28438 Road P.
Dolores, Colorado 81323
Phone: (970) 882-7163
Desmo Pro, Rich Lambrechts
Best described as a true renaissance man whose talent spans the full gamut from machine work, to pinstripes and paint. Rich Lambrechts love of standout machines spans back to his childhood, in Detroit, Michigan where he grew up watching both his grandfathers at work at the Packard automobile factory. Café 31 was born in the history of the Italian brand, and then mated with the most state of the art components available to produce a machine as capable on the track as on the street. It’s a tribute to Cook Neilson, Phil Schilling, Reno Carrachi and Giorgio Nepoti, four men all Ducati racing legend’s and personal friends. Desmopro builds absolutely accurate restorations of Italian machines, destined for museums, as well as specialized builds like Café 31 and “Deja Blue” which can be seen in the entrance of the Barber museum in Leeds, AL.
Bike Specifications: Café 31
Frame: Ducati 860GT extensively modified
Subrame: Desmopro custom aluminum
Engine: Ducati 904cc bevel drive desmo
Carburetion : Mikuni Pro Series 39mm Flat Slides
Rear Swing Arm: Desmopro custom mono shock
Rear Wheel (Size): 4.5 x 17″ forged alloy rim
Front Wheel (Size): 3.50 x 17″ forged alloy rim
Steering Stabilizer: Ohlins
Rear Shock: Ohlins
Triple Clamp: Gilles Tooling custom FO One
Front Forks: Ohlins FG353P gas
Clip-Ons: Ducati Desmosedici clamps with custom carbon fiber tubes
Seat: handcrafted suede
Tank: Fiberglass (handcrafted) with Ducati 888 Corse Carbon filler cap
Rear Sets: Ducati 1098R
Fenders and other trim: Shift-Tech carbon fiber
Tires (Sizes): Front 120/70-ZR17 , Rear 160/60-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Exhaust: Desmopro handcrafted stainless steel 2 into 1
Brakes: Brembo radial mount front calipers with Brembo radial master cylinder and Gilles Tooling Factor X levers
Paint: Custom by Desmopro Gold metalflake over black base
Desmo Pro featured in Episodes – 1, 2 & 3
- Original Airs: 4/19, 4/19 & 4/26 @ 8:00PM
- First Replay: TBA
Phone: (419) 545-3000
J&B Moto Co.
Launched in York, Pennsylvania in 2005, J&B is a team comprised of Jeff Metz and Brian Leonard, two talented custom painters-turned motorcycle builders. Not afraid to tackle some truly intrepid challenges, in season 1 of “Café Racer” the J&B team was responsible for experimenting with a challenging build: a Yamaha XS 650 with a front-mounted shock absorber. In between creating café racers adorned with some of the grooviest paint schemes this side of the Atlantic, J&B are quickly becoming known as one of the East Coast’s premier café racer shops. In season three they return with a build full of “repurpose”.
Bike Specifications: – To Be Announced
Rear Swing Arm:
Rear Wheel (Size):
Front Wheel (Size):
Fenders and other trim:
J&B Moto Co. featured in Episodes – 11, 12 & 13
- Original Airs: 5/24, 5/24 & 5/31 @ 10:00PM
- First Replay: TBA
J&B Moto Co.
Phone: (717) 468-3799
Classic Farm Motorcycles, Fabrizio “McDeeb” Di Bella
Comprised of a crew of seven ranging from ex-racers to mechanics, artists and everything in between and with a history linking Fabrizio Di Bella himself to vintage machines via a father who used to test ride Vincents for the factory, McDeeb aka: Farm Motorcycles is no stranger to Cafe culture. They are currently manufacturing custom models based on the Royal Enfield in their facility in Italy and have a passion for making things go fast. In addition to building custom Cafe bikes from scratch they also offer milder customization for more tame clients and bolt on parts for those looking to get their hands dirty.
Bike Specifications: McDeeb Clubman 500
Frame: Royal Enfield Bullet Electra with modified rear end and seat/rear fender subframe
Subrame: Aircraft alloy engine plates
Engine: Royal Enfield Bullet 500 (carbureted or EFI)
Carburetion or FI System: Both options available
Rear Swing Arm: Modified standard (larger to allow a larger tyre)
Rear Wheel (Size): 3.50- 19″ alloy rim (18″ and 21″ available on request
Front Wheel (Size): 3.50-19″ alloy rim (18″ available on request)
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Rear Shock(s): McDeeb twin shocks aircraft alloy machined body
Clip-Ons or Bars: McDeeb chromoly
Seat: Selle Patty (handcrafted)
Tank: Alloy sheetmetal (handcrafted)
Rear Sets: N/A
Fairings: Avon “Nosecone” available on request/standard equipment on Thruxton version
Tires (Sizes): Front 110/90-19 or 120/80-18″, Rear 100/90-19 or 110/90-19 or 100/80-21 (All Omolgated)
Exhaust: Handcrafted sweptback pipe + Gold Star with on/off baffle
Paint: Custom by Laini Tuning
McDeeb featured in Episodes – 15, & 16
- Original Airs: 11/2, 11/9 @ 10:00pm
- First Replay: Coming Soon
Via Serale, 9
25040 Bienno, Italy
Phone: (011) 39 0364 300 641
NYC Norton – Kenny Cummings
Kenny Cummings is a four-time AHRMA National Champion racer, who campaigns a Seeley Norton Commando and a Manx Norton throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. After many years of building and perfecting his own racing bikes, he has put his skills toward building and tuning bikes for others who want a high level of performance from their classics. Based in NYC, he quietly opened his shop, NYC Norton, to a few select customers last year and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm. On the lifts currently are several racing bikes in various states of completion, including a couple that will be campaigned by world-class racers at this year’s Barber Vintage Celebration, as well as a handful of high-performance street bikes.
Bike Specifications: Custom Norton Racer
Frame: Seeley MK2, fabricated by Roger Titschmarsh and imported from Minnovation Racing in the UK
Engine: Highly modified Norton Commando 750cc
Carburetion or FI System: Amal MK2 36mm
Rear Swing Arm: Seeley
Rear Wheel (Size): 18″ flanged alloy with Dunlop KR164 racing tire
Front Wheel (Size): 18″ flanged alloy with Dunlop KR825 racing tire
Steering Stabilizer: Ohlins damper
Rear Shock(s): Works Performance Lightweight Alloy Trackers
Clip-Ons or Bars: Minnovation
Seat: Seeley MK2
Tank: Seeley Short Circuit
Rear Sets: Barleycorn Engineering
Fairings: Kirby with self-enclosed belly-pan
Tires (Sizes): KR164 = 130/70, KR825 = 80/80
Exhaust : Steve Maney Racing
Paint: None – bare frame exposing absolute stunning tig-brazing
Kenny Cummings featured in Episodes – 5, 6 and 7
- Original Airs: 5/3, 5/3 and 5/10 @ 9:00pm
- First Replay: TBA
Phone: (917) 723-7109
Rev. Jim Goodrich – Preachers Hotrod Cycle Design
If Moses is remembered for parting the sea, Rev. Jim Goodrich will be remembered for parting the iconic Cafe Racer ideals with the completion of his RC Engineering Cobra Motor powered CB750 salt-flat racer comprised of Honda and Harley Davidson go fast parts all crafted by his hands in his private workshop. Having been around motorcycles and all things that go fast since he was 8 years old, Rev. Jim has established quite the following and cache of knowledge when it comes to fabrication, design and engineering. Preaching the religion of speed he lifts his cane to the sky every day in the hopes of guiding the lost and wayward flock that is the modern youth in the motorcycle community.
Bike Specifications: 1972 Honda CB750 SOHC
Frame, 1972 CB750 k
Sub frame: Preachers / Symmetry customs
Engine: 750 SOHC with 936 R/C Components kit, Assembled in 1980 by Fast By Gast, machined head by “Puppet” of Race Visions, trans by M.R.E.
Carbs: 29mm smooth bore Mikunis, Modified by Larry (Spiderman) McBride
Swingarm: 2002 KZ
Rear wheel: Hub 72, Spokes, Stainless, Rim, 18″ Buchanan
Front wheel: Hub 96 Harley, Spokes stainless, Rim, 19″ Buchanan
Steering Stabilizer: None
Clip ons: Tarozzi
Seat: Preachers hand-formed aluminum one piece with upholstery by Lance auto tops
Tank: 1975 Honda CB 750 f
Rear sets: Preachers Hot Rod Cycle Designs
Tires: Avon, Front, 100/90-19, Rear, 130/60 -18
Exhaust: R/C Components / Preachers
Headlamp: Stock CB750
Paint: Brothers Powder Coating / Signs by Liza
Front Brakes: Harley Davidson with 11-1/2″ custom rotor
Rear Brakes: Stock CB750 drum with drilled plate
Top Triple Tree: Modified 96 Harley Davidson
Rev. Jim featured in Episodes – 2, 3 and 4
- Original Airs: 4/19, 4/26 and 4/26 @ 9:00pm
- First Replay: TBA
Phone: (727) 504-3138
Cafe Racer Magazines “Royal Flush”
Café Racer Magazine’s Mike Seate and Blake Kelly have two problems: their Royal Enfield C5 Bullet tops out at 80 mph, not even close to hitting the Ton and they also have no budget to get it there. What they do have is a Rolodex full of bike builders and a TV crew willing to document their endeavor. This four part series follows Seate and Kelly as they tour the northeast, battling headshake, road blocks and dropouts, in pursuit of making a modern bike with 1950s technology go 100 mph.
Builders: Loaded Gun Customs, XPO Streetfighter, J&B Moto Co.
Bike Specifications: 2011 Royal Enfield C5 Bullet
Subrame: J&B Moto Co.
Engine: 500cc SOHC air-cooled single
Carburetion or FI System: EFI with K&N filter
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size): 3.50×19”
Front Wheel (Size): 100/90/19”
Steering Stabilizer: Norman Hyde
Clip-Ons or Bars: N Field Gear Clip-Ons
Seat: N Field Gear Dunstall Replica
Tank: Suzuki GS 450
Rear Sets: Loaded Gun
Fairings: Yamaha TZ 750 Replica
Exhaust : Emgo reverse megaphone
Paint: J&B Moto Co.
Front Brake: Stock two-piston disc
Rear Brake: Drum
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: N Field Gear alloy
Royal Flush featured in Episodes – 7, 8 and 9
- Original Airs: 5/10, 5/10 and 5/17 @ 8:00pm
- First Replay: TBA
Cafe Racer Magazine
Stan Lipert, lead technician at Northern Ohio Ducati, has agreed to help his former colleague and professional road racer, Jerry Dudley, get into vintage road racing. Dudley has a 1970s CB350 that he picked up for $150 and he’s brought it to Stan, a small displacement engine enthusiast to make it race ready. Lipert, a vintage road racer, has a knack for taking mundane commuter bikes and making them track worthy. But after he finishes doubling the engine’s horsepower Stan plans to race against the very bike he just built for Jerry. Can Stan outrace his own work?
Bike Specifications: 1972 Honda CB350K Clubman Vintage Road Racer
Frame: 1970 Honda CB350K, tabs removed, seat, steering damper and foot peg mounts added. Power coat by Doug Paskiet at Summit Powder Coaters.
Engine: Full race spec. 362cc engine including Todd Henning Racing pistons, THR adjustable cam sprocket, Megacycle cam, R/D valve springs and Cometic head gasket. Lipert custom lightened crank, valves, intake valve seats, valve spring seats, Teflon wrist pin buttons and Ampco 45 valve guides featuring Ducati valve stem seals.
Carburetion: Mikuni VM32.
Ignition: PVL analog on THR mounts.
Exhaust: Lipert custom race. CNC spigots and flanges.
Rear Swing Arm: Stock, tabs removed.
Shocks: Custom built by Works performance.
Forks: 35mm Honda CB500T. Modified springs and dampers.
Triple Clamps: CB750 35mm, lightened.
Handlebars: Vortex CNC clip on.
Front Wheel: 2.15 x 18″ Polished flanged alloy. Buchannan stainless spokes.
Rear Wheel: 2.15 x 18″ Polished flanged alloy. Buchannan stainless spokes.
Front Brake: Lightened Suzuki GT75 4LS. Polishing by Kelly Banks at The Bike Shop.
Rear Brake: Honda SL350.
Tires: Front Avon AM20 90/90H18 race compound, rear Avon AM22 110/80VB18 race compound.
Sprockets and Chain: Sprocket Specialists alloy rear, Tsubaki gold 520 chain.
Seat: Lipert custom fiberglass.
Tank: Stock, tabs removed.
Paint: Tom Bodalski at Bodacious & G-Dog Paint Works. Porsche Guards Red, white stripes matched to custom Bell helmet.
Rear Sets: Lipert custom billet and chrome-moly bronze welded.
Dyno Tuning: Dynojet 250i at Northern Ohio Ducati/Triumph.
Stan featured in Episodes – 10, 11 and 12
- Original Airs: 5/24, 5/24 and 5/31 @ 10pm
- First Replay: TBA
at Northern Ohio Ducati/Triumph
1955 Brittain Road
Akron, Ohio 44235
Dolores, CO (pop. 936) is not the place you’d expect to find a garage full of rare Vincent motorcycles waiting for repair or restoration. When he was 33, Sam Manganaro became the youngest member of the Vincent Owners Club, an exclusive group reserved for those who own one of the 11,000 Vincent bikes manufactured between the early 1920s and 1955. Today, Sam is one of the top Vincent experts in the world and his talents help other Vincent owners source rare parts, restore bikes to factory specifications or customize them for a more modern look and feel. For “Café Racer” Sam tackles a Vincent project that may make the Vincent purists “hemorrhage” as former Rocker Ian Kennedy so delicately puts it.
Bike Specifications: Custom Vincent
Frame: Terry Prince Monoshock
Engine: 1300cc magnesium case 5 speed with electric start
Carburetion or FI System: Kien Flat slides
Rear Swing Arm: Stock
Rear Wheel (Size):Sun rims laced up to KTM adventure hubs and disc brakes 17″
Front Wheel (Size): 17″
Front Forks: Ducati Monster
Steering Stabilizer: N/A
Clip-Ons or Bars: Ducati Monster
Seat: work of Evan Wilcox CA
Tank: work of Evan Wilcox CA
Rear Sets: Stock
Tires (Sizes): N/A
Exhaust : 2″ with removable baffles
Headlight: From a 1950′s Norton
Front Brake: Disc KTM
Rear Brake: Disc KTM
Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: Stock
Vincent Works featured in Episodes – 10, 11 and 12
- Original Airs: 5/24, 5/24 and 5/31 @ 10:00pm
- First Replay: TBA
25720 Road T.5
Dolores, CO 81323
Phone: (540) 514-1013