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The Simple Beauty of the Custom-Built ‘Café Racer’ Motorcycle

cafe racerFOR SOME riders, the latest racy sport motorcycles and muscular cruisers are just too off-the-shelf to excite. Those people are turning instead to two-wheeled couture: café racers. These light, stripped-down bikes are built in the spirit of 1960s models, which owners modified for extra speed and raced from one “café” (bar) to the next. While a few large companies, including BMW and Moto Guzzi, sell café-esque models today, the most inspired examples are emerging from the workshops of custom builders.  READ ON

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Kreater Custom Motorcycles: If you build it, they will come

CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR: Of all the bikes George Tchor has built over the past 15 years or so, including a $300,000 trike, he says the bike seen here, called “18,” is his favourite.At Kreater Custom Motorcycles, the customers write the big cheques without complaint and George Tchor’s team creates a mechanical work of art without compromise.

Sometimes, when things get hectic at the shop and George Tchor starts stressing out, one of his technicians will come over and whisper in his ear: “Hey — we’re building custom bikes!”
“And I think, yeah. How can I get upset building custom bikes for a living?” says Tchor. “We have some fun here.” READ ON
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Only 47 Of These Samurai-Inspired Motorcycles Will Be Made

Ronin Motor Works making new bikes from Buell'sVehicle manufacturers make limited edition models available all the time, but few people start their own business for the sole purpose of taking someone else’s hardware and rebuilding it into their own, exclusive line. This, however, is exactly what people behind Ronin Motor Works did when it heard Harley Davidson was killing off its Buell brand of motorcycles, with its interests falling in particular on the liquid-cooled 1125 series. READ ON

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Celebrity motorcycle builder Billy Lane freed from prison

Billy Lane is a free man. 

The celebrity motorcycle builder, whose custom work earned the Melbourne-based designer several spots on reality television, has been formally freed from an Orlando work release program today as part of the completion of his sentence on a vehicular homicide charge, the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed today. READ ON

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Mini-choppers take shape at area schools

Motorcycles are taking shape in metal shop classrooms across Manitowoc County as students work toward a Friday deadline to complete their bikes in time for a late-April motorcycle show.

This year five schools are participating in the mini-chopper program, which provides students with real life experience and promotes careers in manufacturing as they build mini choppers as part of their academic curriculum. The project is a collaborative effort by the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County, The Chamber of Manitowoc County, local high schools, Lakeshore Technical College, and sponsorship by area businesses.  READ ON

 

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