Handbuilt Show 2019: Cafe Racers!

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show never ceases to showcase some of the most stunning custom motorcycles to come out of North America, and the 2019 edition was no exception. The show organizers, Revival Cycles, hosted more than 150 builders this year at the Austin Statesman during MotoGP weekend. As the name implies, the show is meant to revive a culture of physical craftsmanship and inspire attendees to pick up tools themselves:

“The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is an inspiring showcase of works from builders and craftsmen that combine knowledge, skill, and ingenuity to create one-of-a-kind truly hand-built machines.”

Below, we highlight some of our favorite “cafe racer-ish” builds from the show — several of which we’ve previously featured on the blog. While many of the bikes below defy the conventional definition of a cafe racer, they nonetheless harken to the days of yore when riders crouched high-kneed over their low bars and rear-set pegs, wringing speed from their shed-built Nortons and Triumphs. All photo credits go to Brandon LaJoie / Revival Cycles / Handbuilt Show.

Handbuilt Show 2019: Cafe Racers

MOTODesignfeatured here on the blog!
Jett Design
Utopeia Moto Companyfeatured here on the blog!
Vandals Motofeatured here on the blog!
Walt Siegl Motorcycles
Raccia Motorcycles
Kott Motorcycles
Merlin Cycleworksfeatured here on the blog!
Roland Sands Design
The Motoworks
Nova Motorcyclesfeatured here on the blog!
Cafe Cycles
485 Designs
OXYD Cycles
Norm Wilding
Craig Rodsmith
Craig Jackson
Flying Tiger Moto
Son of Time by TW Steel
Dylan Johnson (@dyno_dylan)
Walt Siegl Motorcycles
“Teufelhunden” (Devil Dogs)
Industrial Moto
Roland Sands Design
“Frankenblast” by desmoBIBU
GT Motocycles
GT Motocycles
Scales Studio
Poor Boy Customs
Full Gas Motorcycles
Brent Becker / Flying Tiger Moto / Slipstream Creations (Paint / Bodywork)
Builder unknown — tell us!
Brian Cox (Classic Bike Building)

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One Comment

  1. Geoffrey Belk

    These bikes are gorgeous. Wish I could have been there to see them in person. Keep up the great work guys. Seeing these gives others such inspiration.

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