Ducati 750SS Cafe Racer

Sportbike Cafe Racers

A sportbike (or sport bike) is any modern motorcycle designed and optimized for cornering, accelerating, and braking on paved roads or tracks. As Kevin Cameron of Cycle World states:

“A sportbike is a motorcycle whose enjoyment consists mainly from its ability to perform on all types of paved highway – its cornering ability, its handling, its thrilling acceleration and braking power, even (dare I say it?) its speed.”

Sportbikes are typically split into three classes:

  • Lightweights:  <500cc, typically.
  • Middleweights, aka Supersports:  600-750cc
  • Superbikes, aka Literbikes:  1000cc
  • Hyperbikes, aka Hypersport or Open-Class:  >1000cc

In modern days, the sportbike cafe racer has become more common, as these bikes handle and perform exponentially better than their vintage predecessors, but modern sportbike styling leaves much to be desired for the rider or builder who is a fan of retro or classical aesthetics.

GSXR750 Custom Cafe Gixxer: Suzuki GSX-R750 Custom - Down the Rabbit Hole: Dwight Mason’s 1990 GSX-R750 Custom…  In 1985, the original GSX-R750 revolutionized the world of sporting motorcycles, setting the superbike standard for years to come. The old heavy steel frames and comfortable […]
KMT Duke 690 Custom “The Ideal Big Single” – KTM 690 Duke - Super Single: KTM 690 Duke “Road Sport” by 46works…  In 1969, a Norton Manx piloted by Godfrey Nash was the last single-cylinder machine to win a 500cc Grand Prix. Even as multi-cylinder machines came to […]
Suzuki RG500 Gamma Custom Naked Gamma: Custom Suzuki RG500 - “A screaming riot of two-stroke lunacy” from ETTO Motorcycles…  Introduced in 1985, the Suzuki RG500 Gamma was closely patterned after Suzuki’s 500cc Grand Prix bikes, which had earned four world titles and 50 GP victories […]
Ducati 750SS Cafe Racer Bloodred Bombshell: Ducati 750SS Café Racer - Polish Passion: Ducati Cafe Racer from Versor…  In 1972, Paul Smart took victory in the first Imola 200 on a Ducati 750, breaking the Italian factory into the big-bike brotherhood of leading European, Japanese, and […]
Jawa Aprilia Custom Slovakian Supermono: Jawa “JSA 650RR” - Jawa / Suzuki / Aprilia = JSA 650RR… It’s easy to take for granted the opportunities many of us have to own and work on our own motorcycles. Recently we heard from Roman Juriš of […]
Tumulte Bike: Triumph Speed Triple “RC30” - A Speed Triple 1050 inspired by 90s sportbikes…  The Triumph Speed Triple was one of the first and most formidable production streetfighters, a bug-eyed brute with a high-powered three-cylinder triple and scant bodywork. With the […]
Ducati 1200SS Scales Studio: Ducati “1200SS” - A 120-whp / 320-lb Ducati from Scales Studio… Introduced in 2002, the Ducati 1000SS was the newest evolution of Bologna’s Super Sport family. We only received a handful of the machines here in the States, […]
Ducati 848 Cafe Racer Marlboro Missile: Ducati 848 Café Racer - Motocrew builds an 80s-inspired 848 Evo…  Introduced in 2010, the Ducati 848 Evo was a road-legal track weapon, boasting a 126-hp Testastretta engine, Brembo Monobloc calipers from the 1198R, and a non-adjustable steering damper: “This […]
Super Sport Tribute: Ducati 848 Café Racer - Jerem Motorcycles builds a modern tribute to the Ducati SS…  Introduced in 2007, the Ducati 848 has been called a superbike-killer, a 122-bhp V-twin sportbike with razor handling, an uproarious soundtrack, and a top speed […]
Honda Hornet Street Tracker El Calcolante: Honda Hornet 600 - Italy’s Francesco Paura builds one bad black Hornet…  Introduced in 1998, the Honda CB600F Hornet — known as the 599 here in the States — quickly earned a strong reputation among racers, couriers, and commuters […]
Langen Two Stroke The Langen: A Modern Street-Legal Two-Stroke Sports Bike! - The Langen Two Stroke: 250cc, 265 pounds, 76 bhp…  Here at BikeBound, we have a soft spot for two-stroke street bikes. There’s just something about the size, scent, and sensations of a two-stroke that call […]
Handbuilt Show 2022 Cafe Racers Handbuilt Show 2022: Café Racers! - Cafe Racers, Real Racers, and Superbikes…  The Handbuilt Show in one of the best motorcycle shows on the planet, celebrating hand-built machinery in a world that seems to be hurtling toward the virtual, digital, and […]
Ducati 1098 Cafe Racer Bologna Bullet: Ducati 1098S Café Racer - Super Café: Badass Factory’s 160-hp Café Racer…  In 2007, Ducati introduced the 1098, also known as the “Ten-Nine-Eight” — a 1099cc liquid-cooled V-twin superbike that boasted 160 horsepower and a top speed of 174 mph. […]
Honda CBR500R Cafe Racer Neo Café Racer: Honda CBR500R “Yoru” - “Life is too short to ride something ordinary.” In 1988, the Japanese anime film Akira hit theaters — it was destined to become a modern cult classic, widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi / […]
DUCATI 1000SS CAFE RACER Motor Valley Missile: Ducati 1000SS - Simone Conti Motorcycles builds an alloy-clad Italian rocket…  Italy’s “Motor Valley” — aka Terra dei Motori (Land of Motors) — boasts an incredibly high concentration of iconic car, motorcycle, and motorsports names: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, […]
Honda VTR1000 Custom Farewell VTR: Honda VTR1000 by Francis Von Tuto - For Sale: 1000cc V-Twin “FTVR” from Francis Von Tuto… In the 1990s, Carl Fogarty had been putting the hammer down on the Japanese fours in World Superbike, piloting his booming Ducati to four championships. Riders […]
Ducati Superlite Ducati Superlite from Gareth Roberts - The ultimate cafe racer from Oil In The Blood filmmaker Gareth Roberts… The Ducati MH900e (Evoluzione) is an ultra-rare, hand-built retro sport bike that paid homage to Mike Hailwood’s (MH) victorious 1978 Isle of Man […]
Honda CBR1000RR Custom “Tricolor” Retro Racer: Honda CBR1000RR by Crazy Garage - An RC30-inspired “Retro Racer” built in collaboration with Öhlins Korea… Known as the Fireblade in some markets, the Honda CBR1000RR was introduced in 2004 as the 7th generation RR superbike. Developed in conjunction with Honda’s […]
Stoker S-RR Road Racer: Stoker S-RR by Stoker Motorcycles - The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6RR was a limited-production homologation special based on the company’s 636cc middleweight, the ZX-6R. Both machines featured new aerodynamic bodywork, ram induction, and a GP-style swingarm, but the track-oriented RR added an […]
Turbo Ducati 848 Superbike Turbocharged Superbike: Ducati 848 Turbo - Turbocharged Ducati superbike from two best friends… The Ducati 848 superbike, introduced in 2008, featured a 134-hp “Testastretta” V-twin, a trellis frame developed in conjuction with the company’s racing division, and in a surprising move […]
Ducati 999 Custom Custom Ducati 999 “Paprika” by XTR Pepo - The Ducati 999, built from 2003-2006, boasted a liquid-cooled L-twin Desmodromic engine capable of 138 horsepower and 80 lb-ft of torque. While the 999’s styling — which was the work of South African designer Pierre […]
Triumph Speed Triple Custom Triumph Speed Triple by Italian Dream Motorcycle - Track Weapon:  “Tripla Competizione” Sergio Giordano, the founder of Italian Dream Motorcycle, runs a team of professional racing mechanics uniquely qualified to build high-performance custom motorcycles. “Thanks to years of experience in the world of […]
Ducati 900SS Cafe Racer Ducati 900SS Retro Racer Cafe - The Ducati 900SS is a legend of a machine, capable of inspiring some of the most famous words in motorcycling history: “Some people will tell you that slow is good – and it may be, […]
Triumph Street Triple Cafe Racer “Tripla 0.0” Triumph Street Triple - Italian Dream Motorcycle + The Arsenale:  a modern yet timeless interpretation of the iconic Triple… Visionary Italian industrialist Carlo Talamo was one of the most successful Harley-Davidson importers in Europe and later became the first […]
Suzuki Katana Streetfighter Restomod Suzuki Katana Restomod by dB Customs - Darren Begg of dB Customs has quickly established himself as a leader in world-class restomod builds.  His builds often retain the original silhouette and paint scheme of the original, while upgrading the powerplant, suspension, brakes, […]
Ducati 750SS Cafe Racer Ducati 750SS Cafe Racer by Kaspeed - We are big fans of family-run workshops, especially when they turn out staggering beauties like this 2001 Ducati 750SS cafe racer. This is the most sophisticated build to date from twin brothers Jimmy and Mick […]
Triumph Street Triple Cafe Racer Triumph Street Triple Cafe Racer by Jett Design - Whenever a race car fabricator turns their attention to custom bike-building, we pay attention. Racers have a special appreciation for light weight, solid geometry, and components that won’t fail under stress. Enter Andrew Jett of […]
Suzuki GSX1100 Katana Restomod Suzuki GSX1100S Katana Restomod by ACP Customs - It’s tough to beat the big air-cooled fours of the 80s — especially when they get the restomod treatment from a skilled builder such as ACP Customs of Ontario, Canada, who built the Suzuki GSX1100S […]
Ducati Monster Custom Ducati Monster Custom by XTR Pepo - Nobody builds bikes quite like the “master constructor,” Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo. His bikes tend to take their inspiration from the realm of motorsport, with paint schemes and high-performance engines, suspension, and brakes that […]
Suzuki TL1000R Cafe Racer Suzuki TL1000R Cafe Fighter by Magnum Opus - Ah, the Suzuki TL1000R — introduced in 1998 to be Japan’s mighty V-twin Superbike, designed to rival the dominant Ducatis on the track and in the showroom. The TL1000R would fall short in World Superbike, […]
Honda CB1100R Restomod Honda CB1100R Restomod by dB Customs - The CB1100R was Honda’s first homologation special, an exotic, road-legal sportbike built from 1981-1983. Based off the CB900F, the single-seat CB1100R offered 115 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque, and was intended to homologate Honda’s […]
Yamaha R1 Cafe Racer Yamaha R1 Cafe Racer by Vintage Addiction Crew - We are big fans of Vintage Addiction Crew (V/A), having featured their XS400 cafe racer and DR600 scrambler. One of our favorite things are the shop is that they don’t rely on the same platforms […]
Honda CB750F “Street Racer” by Vintage Iron Club - During our Florida swing last year, we were fortunate enough to meet Daniel Newcomb–“Presidente Daniel”–of the Vintage Iron Club, which describes itself as follows… We are a vintage motorcycle riding club in South Florida that […]
900SS Cafe Racer Ducati 900SS Cafe Racer by MotoBergamo - Hunter S. Thompson famously said of the Ducati 900SS: “There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a bright-red, hunch-back, warp-speed 900cc cafe racer is one of them – but I want one […]
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SAMCO V-1 Warbird SAMCO V-1 Warbird - We have a very special treat today, the prototype of a new American motorcycle:  the V-1 Warbird by SAMCO (Spirit American Motorcycle Company). The United States offers scarcely few American-made options for sport riders, especially […]
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