Suzuki GT380 Cafe Racer

Two-Stroke Cafe Racers

There’s nothing quite like the banshee wail of a 2-stroke cafe racer, screaming through the pines, or the ghostly blue smoke left in the wake of such a machine. The manic powerband of legendary two-strokes like the Kawasaki triples earned them the nickname “Widowmakers.” For many, the very smell of two-stroke oil is as nostalgic as grandmother’s apple pie. Here at BikeBound.com, we are big fans of two-stroke specials, and we’re proud of some of the incredible ones we’ve been able to showcase.

 

Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer Sick RD: Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer - Yamaha RD350 Giant Killer from California... The Yamaha RD350 is one of our favorite two-stroke street machines of the 1970s. The 39-horsepower parallel twin could compete with larger bikes due to its excellent power-to-weight ratio, ...read more
Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer Ideal RD: Yamaha “RD380” YPVS Café Racer - The ideal RD, built by the man who wrote the book on Yamaha Two-Strokes... The Yamaha RD350 YPVS type 31 -- sold in the US as the Yamaha RZ350 -- was one of the most ...read more
Yamaha RZ350 Restomod Yamaha RZ350 Restomod - "When you downshift, people look around like the antichrist just landed..." The Yamaha RZ350 was one of the most modern two-stroke street bikes ever sold in North America.  It had triple disc brakes, 18-inch wheels, oil ...read more
Kawasaki KX500 Cafe Racer “Street Lethal” Kawasaki KX500 Cafe Racer - Meet the ultimate lightweight, big bore 2-stroke street weapon... The Kawasaki KX500 is one of the most notorious motorcycles ever built -- a fire-breathing 2-stroke legend of motocross and desert racing whose power delivery has ...read more
Yamaha RZ350 Custom Restomod Yamaha RZ350 Restomod by Keith Carlson - Dragon Slayer: 2-stroke weapon built for the Tail of the Dragon... Indiana's Keith Carlson, who specializes in two-stroke builds, is one of our very favorite builders. Each year, Keith and his friend Steve Hoy of ...read more
Yamaha RD350 Brat Cafe Yamaha RD350 Custom by Moto Exotica - Two-stroke cafe racer from the foot of the Himalayas! Arjun Raina of India's Moto Exotica, set in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, has made a name for himself building Yamaha RD350 customs. In fact, ...read more
Suzuki GT380 Cafe Racer Suzuki GT380 Café Racer by Café Cycles - The Suzuki GT380 was a two-stroke triple with ram air induction and 38 horsepower on tap. The lighter weight sibling of the GT500 and GT750, this bantamweight smoker makes for one nifty cafe racer candidate. ...read more
Handbuilt Show 2018: Two-Strokes - The 2018 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, which took place during Austin's MotoGP weekend last month, proved to be the biggest and best yet. Hosted by Revival Cycles and BMW Motorrad USA, the Handbuilt Show aims at ...read more
Yamaha RZ350 Custom Cafe Racer Yamaha RZ350 “Lab Rat” by Swinndustries - The Lab Rat - a modern two-stroke screamer... The RZ350 was the final evolution of Yamaha's two-stroke RD series street bikes -- a liquid-cooled, dual-carb street weapon with 60 horsepower on tap, a wild powerband, ...read more
Yamaha RX 115 Cafe Racer Yamaha RX 115 Cafe Racer by Yohansuper - The Yamaha RX 115 is a lightweight 2-stroke naked bike had enjoyed a production run of more than 25 years, from 1981 to 2008. With a 15-hp engine and top speed of 99 mph, the ...read more
Suzuki A100 Cafe Racer Suzuki A100 Cafe Racer: “Halimun” - GP-inspired, 2-stroke tribute to Barry Sheene! The Suzuki A100 was a small displacement 2-stroke that the company called a "sportcycle" built for "sprinting around town." The 98cc engine was good for 10-hp, pushing the 183-lb ...read more
Suzuki T500 Titan Road Racer Suzuki T500 Road Race Tribute by Weberwerks - A street-legal, 2-stroke vintage road racer... In the early 60s, East Germany's MZ team rider Ernst Degner escaped the Iron Curtain to work for Suzuki, using the knowledge he gained from 2-stroke genius Walter Kaaden ...read more
Suzuki TS400 Cafe Racer Suzuki TS400 Cafe Racer by Metal Works Utah - From two-stroke enduro to smokin' cafe racer... The Suzuki TS400 Apache was the largest of the Suzuki TS series of two-stroke dual sports -- a 277-lb, 34-hp enduro "built to take on the country." Cycle ...read more
Suzuki GT550 Cafe Racer Suzuki GT550 Cafe Racer by Macdonald Hastings Design (MHD) -   Two-Stroke Street Weapon...with Patina If you've been following us for any length of time, you know we love the smell of two-stroke oil in the morning. Smells like...victory. Enter Ewen Macdonald and his 1974 ...read more
Moby SP90 Cafe Racer Mobylette Cafe Racer by XTR Pepo - From 1949 to 1997, French manufacturer Motobécane built a series of Mobylette (or simply "Moby") mopeds. In French, the word "Mobylette" has come to mean nearly any moped -- not surprising, given that nearly 14 ...read more
Lazer Sport 50 Cafeped Lazer Sport 50 Cafeped - “The Lazer lost in time” We first came across the term "cafeped" through the Instagram account of the same name, @cafepeds. The account features café inspired mopeds from across the world, including customized makes from ...read more
Suzuki GT380 Cafe Racer Suzuki GT380 Café Racer by Keith Carlson - Keith Carlson, who builds out of his home garage in Indiana, has become one of our favorite builders. With a background in vintage motocross, he has a preference for two-stroke street screamers that are, as ...read more
5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke 5-Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke by Allen Millyard - The Kawasaki Triples were some of the most notorious motorcycles ever made, a series of 2-stroke street demons that prompted Hunter S. Thompson to write: I still feel a shudder in my spine every time ...read more
Suzuki T500 Titan Cafe Racer Suzuki T500 Titan Cafe Racer - Here at BikeBound, we are suckers for anything 2-stroke. Nothing beats the banshee-scream of an oil-burner, especially if it's one of the twin or triple 2-stroke street kings of the 70s. Enter Steve Baugrud and ...read more
Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer by Motorcycle Mania Chicago - We love the smell of two-strokes in the morning--or any time, really--especially if they are 70s street screamers. Enter the Suzuki T500, one of the lesser-known oil-smokers of era. Marketed as the Cobra or Titan, ...read more
Yamaha RX King Cafe Racer Yamaha RX King 135 Cafe Racer - Teguh Setiawan, an engineering student in Indonesia, built this beautiful two-stroke cafe racer in the garage of his boarding house with nothing but makeshift tools, Youtube videos, the help of a few close friends, and ...read more
RD400 Custom Yamaha RD400 Custom by Keith Carlson - There is nothing quite like the blood-singing mania of screwing the throttle of a big two-stroke. Sadly, there are few of these blue-smoking screamers still around. Even at their height, the suspension and brakes of ...read more
Suzuki GT550 Cafe Racer Suzuki GT550 Cafe Racer, “The Warlock” - We're thrilled to present The Warlock, a 1972 Suzuki GT550 built by Rich Page of Widow Maker Cycles in Draper, Utah.  We've always been suckers for 70s two-stroke triples, blue-smoking screamers such as the one ...read more