Brad’s Yamaha SR500 Café Racer

My memories of our annual December holiday pilgrimage to Durban include the warm sea, crowded beaches, rickshaws on the Marine Parade, surfers and Yamaha XT500 scramblers. You see, right from the launch of these venerable "thumpers", Durban has, until today, been the capital city for XT500s in South Africa. I think it was on our

By | 2014-03-28T00:05:16+00:00 March 28th, 2014|Categories: Articles|11 Comments

Yamaha XJR café Racer

As the café racer building craze has gained momentum locally, we have watched the prices of  popular donor motorcycles become increasingly ridiculous. Let's face it; café racers were a British phenomenon from the 1960s, so if you are not building your café racer from a 1960's British motorcycle you are building a look-a-like and it

By | 2014-03-23T23:36:51+00:00 March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Articles|5 Comments

One One Customs 1945 Royal Enfield Bobber

We like modern Royal Enfields. The current Bullet model range are un-intimidating, easygoing motorcycles which unashamedly show off their classic 60 year old British heritage. The lovely Continental GT café racer we tested last year is a modern classic straight off the showroom floor. Royal Enfield is best recognised for its Bullet model, which has

By | 2014-03-20T08:46:07+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Categories: Articles|2 Comments

Minimalist XS650 Bobber

What on earth did men talk to one another about before the Industrial Revolution? Farming, hunting, war and plagues were probably about all the discussion topics that were available. Thank goodness for the introduction of mechanisation and all the engineering marvels which, after infinite years of boredom, eventually gave man something to get excited about

By | 2014-03-12T23:18:15+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

The Candy King

Motorcycles which follow the latest mainstream customising trends are not what Retro Write Up generally features on its pages. We do however pride ourselves on featuring South African built customs with a special fondness for those creations which are built in the home garage or small personal workshop. Our featured motorcycle may not be old

By | 2014-03-02T23:35:07+00:00 March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Articles|0 Comments