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Cafe Racer TV Season 3 – Episodes 5 and 6

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

This week’s shows open with none other than Kenny Cummings who works at the East Coast’s best-kept café racer secret laboratory- the massive – and massively hidden Spannerland complex. Kenny is the type of enthusiast that makes working on a series like Café Racer so memorable- the professional musician has gigged on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and toured with top-flight alt-rock bands, but in the between hours, Cummings is a fierce competitor on the vintage motorcycle roadracing circuit.

This week finds Kenny eager- no, that’s too benign a word- foaming- to get a podium finish on his Seeley-framed Norton Commando roadracer, a machine that he’s run in various AHRMA (Antique and Historical Motorcycle Roadracing Association) events. Kenny’s quest to claim a trophy takes the CRTV crew to Minnovation Racing, a Northern England machine shop and race parts emporium that supply Kenny and like-minded petrolheads with go-fast necessities.

The fifth episode of the new season also finds me, your host, running around New York’s Lower East Side, trying to pin down the technicians from 6th Street Specials so’s I can blag a test ride aboard the Norton Commando project bike that Café Racer magazine’s overworked crew were too busy- OK, we admit it, too unskilled- to tackle for ourselves. The results, and the scary-fast way that 67th Street’s Hugh and Fumi blow off steam on the weekends is a real-eye (and throttle) opener.

We return to Italy’s industrial heart in this edition of Café Racer where Classic Farm Motorcycles’ Fabrizio DiBella gets into the beating heart of his Royal Enfield café racer project.

If you’re curious about the Mod side of the re-emergent Mods and Rockers equation, this episode takes a long, informative look at the history and future of Mods on both sides of the Atlantic. The parka-wearing, soul music-loving Mods have been around nearly as long as- and occupied a similar cultural cache- as café racers, and their story, filmed in part during a Mod gathering at California’s vaunted Peterson Automotive Museum, is worth hearing, even if you think scooters are just overblown hair-dryers!

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In Episode Six, we’ll meet one of the classic British motorcycle scene’s true eccentric visionaries. Matt Rambow (yes, that’s his given name!) has been building reproductions of classic Nortons at his Colorado shop for years, and Café Racer TV’s crew catches Matt as he embarks on the most ambitious project yet; he’s setting out to design and build a dozen, identical Norton Commando customs, high-end street machines festooned with the best components the aftermarket can muster. When completed, they’ll sell for more than a garage full of café racers.

Meanwhile, back in Jersey City, Kenny Cummings takes delivery of his hand-welded Seeley racing chassis, a component that the determined roadracer is convinced will shave seconds from his lap times and add precious MPH to his performance. Of course, Kenny, who operates NYC Norton, a restoration and custom shop, has to find time to build his racebike while customers are a-knockin’…

We’ve all seen patch-wearing biker clubs in TV serials like “Sons of Anarchy,” but what do like-minded café racers do when they feel the need to cement bonds of camaraderie? Well, almost 20 years ago, before café racers we’re popular in the states and motorcycle clubs had Facebook pages or reality TVs shows, on the West Coast, dozens joined forces in the Cretins MC. Today, they’re several chapters strong and have helped drive café culture on the west coast.

Which in the midst of other M/C’s is no simple feat! We applaud them for their efforts to pave the way and help keep the culture alive and are sure you’ll enjoy their segment!

And don’t put away those English/Italian phrasebooks just yet- this week finds Italy’s Classic Farm Motorcycles revving up its all-aluminum, lightweight and very stylish Royal Enfield Bullet for a road test. The Enfield 500 has been fully redesigned to look like a 1950s café racer while offering loads of modern performance, so this should be a test to remember for British bike fans and Italian motorcycle lovers alike. Ciao!

Norton Cafe Racer 750
Norton Cafe Racer 750
Norton Cafe Racer 750
Norton Cafe Racer 750


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