Cafe Racer TV causes uproar…

The Devil?

Last night was the season premiere of Cafe Racer TV, a half hour program dedicated to all things Cafe.  The first season seemed to be a hit, not pleasing everyone, but doing as well as can be expected for a program involving subjective esthetics and fevered opinions about motorcycles.  Unfortunately, last night, the first episode began with a segment highlighting a custom hot rod car builder named Bryan Fuller, taking a near pristine 1969 CB750 (highly sought after) and chopping the frame in half, in front of the original owner.

Instantly there were comments lighting up around the blogosphere, creating a fury about the nerve of a builder destroying a bike people would die for.  It seems the common consensus was that with the amount of chopping this guy was doing, he could have used any rusted, abandoned bike, and still created what he was going for.  I read some of the posts before watching the episode, and truly thought I would have a much more mellow reaction.  I am no purist, by any stretch of the imagination, so I assumed that my attitude would be more forgiving.

Then I watched it…  I have to say, I was more sad than pissed.  Mostly due to the destruction was happening with the PO in the shop, looking on, as the cutting wheels came out, and the bike began to fall away.  Also lamentable, was the fact that the way the show is edited, the completed build will not be seen until the next episode, so people were left wondering “why…oh why…”  It turned out that even other builders were interviewed about Fuller’s decision, and all seemed to agree that chopping this particular bike, especially in front of the Previous Owner (PO), was a tragic move.

The segment rang as a cheap trick to me, and the producers must have known that the community at large would have something to say about it.  That’s TV entertainment I guess.  They did make a decent save, by following up the CB750 segment with one showcasing the talents of Dave Degens, the man behind Dresda Motorcycles, the legendary mechanic who has created some of the most amazing cafe and race bikes of the past 50 years, and continues to do so…

The Angel!

6 Replies to “Cafe Racer TV causes uproar…”

  1. I’m still pissed. He’s just another guy riding the trend wave. Hot rod builder “transitioning” into building “cafe racers.” So much ugh I can’t take it.

    1. I hear what you’re saying. Stay tuned for a follow up. Someone on the SOHC-4 forum knows this guy, and felt the need to defend him. Sounds like he has been messing with bikes for quite some time, has assistants who race bikes, and in general, the episode was staged.

      Maybe the beef is with Cafe Racer TV, and not Fuller, the builder.

  2. The way I see it is He cut up a 1969 cb750 and then used the engine to build a custom bike. Cafe bikes are built from your mind not your wallet.

  3. Agreed. But I don’t think the point is that he exercised his right to cut his own bike, in the way he wanted, but that he did it with a bike that many people would die for. And the fact that the end result most likely did not benefit from the original bike being that 750. It turned out so different that it could have been and 750, rusted and lonely, up to 1978.

    Still, I believe he has the right to do whatever he wants – it’s his bike. But there is no way CRTV didn’t stage the drama knowing it would ruffle feathers (or spanner wrenches, as it were).

  4. I thought the show was about cafe racers. If this is another show about custom big money motorcycles that are built from a box from the mail, then it will get very old fast. Sure he can do whatever he wishs with the bike. But the show is on cafe racers. Not custom bikes or custom choppers.

  5. Unfortunately, it seems that is the way the show has been headed, much to the dismay of the cafe community. But this is where the debate begins to get murky. What may be a “cafe” to one person, may not fit another builder’s criteria.

    Personally, I appreciate the “make it better with what you have to work with” mentality, but the show seems to be highlighting a bunch of builders that are taking this opportunity to go nuts, withn a seemingly unlimited budget.

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