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Monday
May162016

Motos Across America: Baltimore Stop

Cafe Racer XXX is stoked to partner with Whiskey Grade to kick off the "Motos Across America Tour" on Tuesday, May 17th. For those that aren't familiar with Baltimore, we've got an amazing city!! and I say that with all heart and throttle. A mix of grit and charm, Baltimore is an incredible town packed with art, music, diverse culture, hipster currents, and a thriving food scene. We have world famous crabs, endless events, the Baltimore Harbor, flourishing businesses and as home to "The Wire", yes our fair share of crime. In terms of motorcycling, our roots are strong and in fact, East Coast Triumph Motorcycles was once headquartered here. We have strong ties to racing legends like Gary Nixon! We are actually home to a number of moto crews, publications, collectives, legends and shops including: Cafe Racer XXX, Lowside Magazine, The Mufflers, Sixteen Tons, Tom Turnbull, 515 Moto, 12 O'clock Boys and the respected old timers over at Mid Atlantic OSSA to name a few.  

We are excited to bring everyone together tomorrow night at the Baltimore Tattoo Museum for an array of attractions and eats. First, Dangerously Delicious Pies, recently featured on the Food Network has donated an array of their sweet and savory pies! A special thank you to Rodney and the Canton location.

Secondly, Diablo Doughnuts donated some his kick ass doughnuts and unarguably the absolute best doughnuts in town! Thank you Roslan, you're killing the doughnut scene.

The gents at the Baltimore tattoo musuem are finalizing moto flash for discounted ink!

Atticus Anonymous will be painting helmets for a suggested donation!

 Mid-Atlantic OSSA will be bringing a pair of vintage Triumphs for display.

Rebel Yell, a tour sponsor will provide whiskey samples to attendees. Craft cocktails will be served by Michael Trevor Young using two of his best Bourbon recipes.

 

Whiskey Grade will have their latest collection of apparel on display!

Duclaw Brewing company has donated a keg of their Morgazm, a Grapefruit Blonde Ale.

 And last, we will be serving our 865cc coffee and have our Big Babe collaboration cigar available. 

 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night! Here is the event flyer

<and> the link to our FB event! A big thank you to all the local and tour sponsors!

Cheers!

Cafe Racer XXX

 

Wednesday
May112016

"The Royal Vote" for the Custom build collab between Royal Enfield | Cafe Racer XXX | MotoRelic

Hey friends! I'm sure by now you may have caught word of our community build with Cafe Racer XXX, Royal Enfield and MotoRelic. Here's the deal! We are starting out with a stock Royal Enfield Continental GT 535cc donor bike. Next, we will have the community vote on 3 main aspects of the build over the next few weeks. Then we, errrr Sean Skinner of MotoRelic will go to work and make this machine transform. 

 

Our first vote will be on overall build style. Cast your choice here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Apr252016

Royal Enfield North America | Cafe Racer XXX | MotoRelic join forces for custom build

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is set to collaborate on a unique custom motorcycle build with online media partner Cafe Racer XXX.  The build will be a consumer-voting based motorcycle customization project.

(Credit: Scott Bradley Photo)

This alliance is focused on illustrating the range of creative options that can be employed in customizing a Royal Enfield. At the same time highlighting the expertise and artisanship of the selected customizer tasked with bringing the build to life; Sean Skinner of MotoRelic in Hamilton, VA. This world class builder will implement the build vision voted on and facilitated by Café Racer XXX.  

"The opportunity to show the motorcycle world my work is very exciting,” said Skinner. “I am honored and looking forward to working with Royal Enfield, Cafe Racer XXX and the voting public during this adventure" 

(Credit Watta Foto)

Royal Enfield is interested in fostering creative visions in the ever growing custom build community.  This constitutes the third build of 2016 for Royal Enfield North America.  This particular build comes with a twist; for a month the motorcycle community will be asked to vote on various aspects such as build design, color, exhaust positioning and a few curve balls for the builder. The build will take place from May-August 2016 and then showcased from September forward.

The public will be the final decision maker on main aspects of the build and will be asked to vote at www.caferacerxxx.com and follow progress there or at Royal Enfield on twitter @royalenfield_na

"I deeply appreciate the history that Royal Enfield brings to the table and I am inspired by the popularity of the Continental GT in the marketplace,” said Sasha Valentine, owner of Cafe Racer XXX. “I am thrilled to help facilitate the custom moto community in voting, help curate the build, and to work with a very talented builder.”

RENA earlier this year facilitated another build which was a collaboration build between See See Motorcycles (Portland, OR) and Poler Stuff (Portland, OR) on a "Camp Vibes" motorcycle that is currently on tour along the est oast. The base of this build started with a Classic 500 and developed into a highly unique motorcycle suited for outdoor adventure. To see this build, follow See See Motorcycles and/or Poler Stuff  ( @seeseemotorcycles and @polerstuff ).   

Following that build, in February RENA unveiled a custom build by Analog Motorcycles; the Royal Scrambler. This highly touted build debuted at the MAMA Tried show in Milwaukee, WI as a purpose built ice-racer/scrambler. The build was also featured at the Handbuilt show in Austin, TX and will soon be on tour with Motos Across America slated to hit 13 key cities nationwide.

Monday
Apr112016

SIXTY2 | NEW POP ICON = Pure 4FUNdred

Last week I had the opportunity to get out on the new Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was the most fun I’ve had on the street in a long time – maybe ever. Rewind to a year and a half ago when Ducati was teasing us with the ‘land of joy’ and we were first introduced to the Scrambler 800. Comparing this first gen Scrambler to my Triumph I was excited to see a smaller, lighter bike with on and off road aspirations come to market but when I got my hands on one I quickly realized it wasn’t the beginner bike I had hoped to point people to. Where the bike was nice and light and quick on the freeway, the power delivery wasn’t super consistent making it less than ideal for a beginner or someone wanting to actually scramble.

Queue the Sixty2.

Named for the first year Ducati launched the Scrambler and inspired by youth street culture, this new addition to the family packs an air cooled, twin-cylinder 400. Styling is consistent with the 800 but a few small tweaks were made – higher bars, larger tank, larger mirrors, new colors and specific logos. Ducati must’ve heard the feedback from the 800 because this new bike has the perfect power for its size/weight and predictable acceleration.

Last week Ducati pulled a rad group of folks from all over the country together for a few days to blast around on the new bike and experience all of the fun Venice has to offer. We spent an evening with a crew from Ducati North America hearing about the vision for this new bike and where the inspiration came from before getting the keys. We kicked things off with a mellow cruise as a group up the Pacific Coast Highway with a sly ask not to wheelie, lane split, burnout, skid stop, etc. The group kept it relatively clean and with [surprisingly] no traffic heading north it was a good ride to get familiar with the Sixty2. The bike is comfortable – as in the seat is comfortable but also the body positioning is upright, the pegs aren’t too high, and the bars feel good.

As soon as we hit the canyon the fun really began – chasing Nathon Verdugo, Ducati’s PR guy up my favorite twisty road was a blast. Even with a passenger he was putting all 41 horsepower to use and keeping up with him meant scraping pegs and pipe with every turn. For the afternoon, Sean McDonald and I broke from the group to see what trouble we could get into. Don’t let the nose-ring fool you, Sean is a decent guy and a good rider and we had a ton of fun seeing just what the bike could do.  Even when pushed, the bike handles really well – after red lining our way down the canyon (and breaking 100) we did our fair share of lane splitting, curb hopping, and yes, there were some impressive skid stops by Sean. One of my favorite things about the bike is how light and nimble it is – weighing in at only 400 pounds wet, it’s easy to maneuver through traffic without slamming any mirrors.

I suppose that brings me to my next thing, if my name was on the title, these are the changes I would make. I’d swap out the bars, lose the big mirrors, put some 60/40 tires on there and a true high pipe – but that’s just the scrambler purist in me.  I can’t stress enough that this is exactly the bike I’ve been wanting to refer every beginner or vintage Honda twin rider to. Also, gals, because size matters if you have a short inseam and are less comfortable on a heavy bike then consider this one (and if you have a bunch of experience, snag the 800.) Beginners, this is a great size to start on, the weight isn’t intimidating, and you’ll have yourself a versatile machine. I love a vintage bike as much as the next guy but if you’re looking for reliability in a daily rider and are less concerned with gaining a ton of power then this is perfect.

All in all, my biggest issue with the bike is they really blew it on the name – I refuse to call it anything other than the Ducati Scrambler 4FUNdred!

 

Words by Joy Lewis (Guest Contributor for Cafe Racer XXX)

Photos provided by Joy Lewis and Ducati | Olvia Godin