Cafe Racer TV: Season 4

Cafe Racer is back for a fourth season starting Wednesday, November 6 on Velocity. The next installment will feature high profile builders like Roland Sands and the guy-in-garage such as Grey Dog Moto and MaceTech. The celebrity lineup includes Riddick's Katee Sackhoff, rock band Chevelle, Travis and Lyn-z Pastrana and test riders Eric and Ben Bostrom. 
A new show format will consist of five episodes that are one hour each in length. Each episode will showcase two bike builds start to finish and more emphasis will be put on the process and craft. 

Season 4: Wednesday nights on Velocity at 10 pm Eastern

Nov. 6 
Nov. 13
Nov. 20
Nov. 27
Dec. 4


The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2013

This weekend grab your finest suit, wax your mustache and make sure to pack your Sherlock Holmes pipe and meet up in any of the 110 cities worldwide.  If you haven't heard of the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride yet, and you live near any major metropolitian area, you're likely to see some dashing men whiz by on their vintage cafe racers.
"The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is all about dapper, classic bikes, laughter and men. It is a motorcycle ride that takes place in over 110 cities worldwide on the exact same day. It is the only event of its kind and all spawned from a single image of a gentleman on a motorcycle in a suit."

The event started in 2012. In its first year it was held in 64 cities across the world and featured in local newspapers, motorcycle magazines, blogs and on national news. In 2013 the decision was made to bring more purpose to the event. In 2012 it was all about spreading merriment and riding. In 2013 it’s all about spreading merriment, riding, creating awareness for Men’s health issues and funding for multiple charities.

In 2013 the money raised through the sale of patches, stickers and fundraising will be split between charities that focus on Prostate Cancer research and awareness that showcase preventive procedures.

They have been in discussions so far with The Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, Prostate Cancer UK and the USA. We will be donating funds raised to these organizations.

In 2014 the DGR goal is to network with more local Men’s Health charities and contribute money raised from rides in their area to a charity in the area or relative to the country. They will also create their own awareness campaigns targeted towards motorcycle enthusiasts and continue to explore other concepts that bring motorcycle enthusiasts around the world together for good causes.

Here's the basic checklist for the DGR ride:

If you don't have a scoot or suit, you can still support.  Make sure to check the DGR website to see how.  The Bullitt is participating in the Los Angeles ride.  Please show your support and donate direct through our profile.


Macco Motors, Triumph Bonneville, cafe racer

Macco Motors' Triumph Bonneville SE :: "Dusty Pearl"

A Spanish-built Bonnie that's right up our alley

Here at The Bullitt, we’re no stranger to modified Triumph Bonnevilles. There’s no doubt these bikes beg to be customized, and with so many being done, it’s harder to stand out from the crowd. It can still happen…there is, in fact, room for more good looking Bonnies out there, and this fine specimen is exactly that. Macco Motors‘ “Dusty Pearl” started it’s life as a mag-wheel Bonneville SE.

 The bike's owner initially wasn’t too into customized bikes but after seeing Macco’s first build he fell in love with their style and wanted to change everything.

Macco Motors, Triumph Bonneville, cafe racer

Macco Motors, Triumph Bonneville, cafe racer

The premise was to make an industrial-looking bike yet retro at the same time. The first modification was to change the original mag wheels to spoked wheels. Once they cracked the egg, the decided to make a full omelet, changing nearly everything on the bike.

 

Macco Motors, Triumph Bonneville, cafe racer

According to Macco, the most note-worthy contributions to Dusty Pearl are the handmade seat and the rear side panels that leave the rear brake brake pump outside. Some of our favorite mods are the Supertrapp dual mufflers, the beautiful paint scheme and the seat/tail combo. All in all, it’s a job well done.

 

Macco Motors, Triumph Bonneville, cafe racer

Macco Motors, Triumph Bonneville, cafe racer
Note-worthy specs:

· Rizoma 22 mm handlebars
· Short control levers polished
· Tomaselli grips
· Single Speedometer
· Rizoma front brake reservoir
· Bates 5 ¾ headlight
· Mudguards and bracket by Maccomotors
· Rear Tire: Metzeler Tourance 140
· Front Tire: Dunlop 110
· Racing footpegs
· Side panels by Maccomotrs
· Progressive rear shocks Bitubo WME rear
· Progressive fork front springs
· Subframe chopped and looped
· Custom seat by Maccomotors
· Custom paint by Maccomotors
· Supertrapp exhaust

 

Macco Motors, Triumph Bonneville, cafe racer

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Images by Sergio Ibarra from Semimate


Triumph Scrambler vs. Triumph Tiger 800xc video

British Customs Presents: Desert To Mountains Video

Triumph Scrambler vs. Triumph Tiger 800xc

Here's a recent video from our friends over at British Customs where they take a Triumph Scrambler vs. Triumph Tiger 800xc, each with a BC treatment, from the desert to the mountains. Both bikes look great and capable but it begs the question - which bike would you want to ride? Let us know!!

 


The Castrol Rocket - Powered by Triumph

Ever since the dawn of man, we have strived to go fast.  Motorcycle enthusiasts and gear-heads perhaps have this desire slightly more so than the average Joe.  A few such men - Matt Markstaller, Bob Carpenter, and Jason DiSalvo - have pulled together a team of people to restore Triumph Motorcycles’ legacy in landspeed racing. Man’s passion has always launched innovation, and these three men have set out to design, build and ride the world’s most advanced streamliner, the Castrol Rocket.

Triumph held the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970 with the exception of a brief 33-day period. The Triumph streamliners to carry world records were Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar and Gyronaut X1, the last being at 245.60 mph (395.28 km/h). Today's bar now sits at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).

Markstaller serves as aerodynamic engineer; Carpenter is the high-peformance engine builder; and Daytona 200 winner and Bonneville class record holder DiSalvo bravely pilots Triumph’s latest entry. This cross-country team converges on the Bonneville Salt Flats, a 40 square mile salt pan in northwestern Utah, with the goal of a 400 mph plus record-breaking run.  

The 2013 edition Castrol Rocket features Carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000+ HP. It is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall, a true rocket on two wheels powered by methanol fuel and filled with Castrol 4T 10W40 full synthetic oil.

 Images and copy via the Castrol Rocket website.


Seaweed & Gravel's Honda CB750 'Babe Blue' Cafe Racer

Sexy CB750 custom from San Diego, CA

Seaweed & Gravel can mostly be summed up by calling them a surf and vintage motorcycle shop out of Leucadia, CA.  They recently popped up on our radar and we have to say we dig their style.  They've had a few builds get some notoriety previously, namely their CB550 'Little Bastard' that got a cover on the Italian Cafe Racer magazine, but when we saw their '73 CB750 'Babe Blue' we had to have more...

The 1973 CB750 is a build between S&G and Brady Young that was a year in the making.  Clearly there is a lot of custom work and great attention to detail throughout the bike.  The inverted forks with wire wheels, and a stripped down frame keep the bike looking tidy.  Our feeling is the 'Babe Blue's piece de resistance is the seat and concealed oil tank.  Perfectly minimalist and well done.

Seaweed & Gravel describes themselves as 'a retail extension of the collective conscious on non-confirming-never-grow-up-weirdos. New and vintage apparel, surfboards, customer & vintage motorcycles, boots, bonsai trees and more...' Being from So Cal ourselves, we can relate.  The bonsai's aren't totally our thing but one can appreciate the simplicity and attention to detail for sure.

Here's their video of S&G's overall concept:
Seaweed & Gravel Concept from Seaweed & Gravel on Vimeo.