A Café Racer That’s Knife-edged Sharp


When Tyler Florence does something, he does it with a level of detail that could be described as knife-edged precision, which is appropriate since the Food Network star and restaurateur also has his own line of titanium cutlery.

This vintage-styled custom café racer, which began life as a Bonneville T100, was inspired by a British Customs-modified Thruxton and built by the team at Hattar Motorsports/Marin Speed Shop.

The gas tank is reminiscent of the old Slippery Sam Triumph race bike, the tail section is hand-formed, and the seat and tool pouch are both hand-stitched in top-grade leather. But the tool pouch doesn’t hold wrenches. It’s custom-made to carry the tools of Tyler’s trade, his titanium cutlery. That same theme is carried over to the bike’s finish, which was designed and painstakingly applied to obtain the appearance of a well-used chef’s knife.

After 10 months of planning and handcrafting every detail, did the bike meet Tyler’s expectations? Let’s just say the best place to see this custom café racer is when Tyler is commuting to one of his five San Francisco Bay Area restaurants.

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