THE NEW-OLD CAFƑ RAC­ERS

CAFƑ RACER SPE­CIAL It’s not just the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers do­ing some­thing new and won­der­ful with clas­sic Bri­tish de­signs. Here are four of the best home-built ex­am­ples in the coun­try Con­tin­ued over

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Ru­pert Paul MCN SPORT EDI­TOR

Some­thing new is hap­pen­ing with old bikes.

No, we’re not talk­ing about the trend for grab­bing a CB750 then sling­ing on a set of clip-ons and a brown seat. This is about own­ers with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence re-imag­in­ing how yes­ter­day’s bikes could be – and us­ing today’s prod­ucts and knowl­edge to make it hap­pen. The four ma­chines you see here might look as if they were built years ago. In fact they take full ad­van­tage of what the mod­ern world has to of­fer. And that makes them im­mea­sur­ably bet­ter than the clanky old Brits they’re based on.

In the 1970s and 80s tools cost a for­tune, no-one owned a hy­draulic ramp, bolt-on stuff was scarce and the main in­for­ma­tion source was folk­lore. Today any­one can put to­gether an awe­some work­shop, call on an army of bril­liant en­gi­neers and fab­ri­ca­tors, and use the In­ter­net to root out £50 re­mote reser­voir shocks, or a set of brake lights for a milk float that just hap­pen to suit a hand-beaten tail unit.

Bri­tain has be­come a spe­cial-builder’s par­adise. The only thing you need is imag­i­na­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion, skill – and the will­ing­ness to spend a few quid. Like the guys who built these.

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