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  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
Japan may be best known, at least among motorcycle enthusiasts, for its sport bikes. But as we found at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are capable of producing all kinds of motorbikes. And to our delight, that includes cafe racers.

Along with the myriad electric bikes, dirt bikes, crotch rockets and scooters, the halls of Tokyo's Big Site convention center this year were full of the retro-infused rides we love. Chief among them was the Bolt (shown above) which Yamaha exhibited alongside their various electric two-wheelers, sporting a delicious metallic blue paintjob, inverted handlebars and hanging mirrors, machined metal bits, blacked-out trim and saddle brown leatherwork.

Honda CB1100EXHonda was also on hand with a new EX version of its '70s-style CB1100 retro roadster in sinister and low-key matte black. And this was our first chance to check out BMW Motorrad's new birthday present to its 90-year-old self, the R NineT, a model recently unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. But one of the most amusing retro rides we came across was the Honda Monkey Limited, a mini bike that makes the new 125cc Grom (which was displayed alongside it) look positively gigantic.

While we were at it – and to show some fairness to the riders who aren't as enamored of cafe racers – we also scoped out Honda's new F6C (a new custom-style take on the company's flat-six cruiser once known as the Valkyrie) and BMW's new track toy, the HP4. There's plenty to see with six galleries of high-resolution live shots from the show floor, so jump on in and take a look.


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      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      All these bikes are HOT! If yamaha or honda is bringing any of these retro bikes to the states, im gonna start saving up for them.
      Sasha
      • 1 Year Ago
      I LOVE the Yamaha. The others, eh, don't really do it for me. It's a fine line doing 'retro' without being boring. The CB1100 is damned boring, and I love Hondas. The BMW twin is cool, but looks a lot like the R1150R I had a decade ago. The others, well, aren't cafe racers.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Star Bolt tracker looks great. They need to get that into production and sell it here in the US.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I might get rid of my ninja zx6r crotch rocket and jump into a café racer. I just love the simplicity of them, its like owning a classic mustang the way I see it.
      Clipper44
      • 1 Year Ago
      This bike has every little trinket bolted on. The cafe racer industry is turning into what the chopper industry turned in to.. a parody of itself.
      Mike Jun
      • 1 Year Ago
      how to fix my comment???? errr
      Mike Jun
      • 1 Year Ago
      tokyo nuclear secum so dangerious...got it thi point
      E85 450HP Forester
      • 1 Year Ago
      To dude on the right second pic, yeah dude that's all you.