Depending on who you talk to, the café racer movement is either slowly dying or already dead (just in time for the major OEMs to hop on board, we might add). So, what’s the next hot thing?
Vintage bikes from the 1980s and 1990s seem to be stepping up to the plate, because after all what was old is new again. We see this coming from vintage racing series, custom builds, and even some movements from forward-thinking manufacturers.
As such, it only makes sense that there would be a magazine dedicated to this unique niche of the motorcycle industry. Behold, the new Retro-RR magazine, which aims to bring you quarterly print content about the golden age of superbikes.
Conceived by industry veterans Nik Ellwood and Rob Hoyles (of Fast Bikes fame), the first issue of Retro-RR is already out for consumption, and it is 132 pages of quality content that is destined for your shelf, not the waste bin, once you have read through it.
Based out of the UK, pricing is set at £8.50 per issue, or £35.00 for an annual subscription. If you take a look at the contents of issue #1, which are printed below, we think you’ll like what you see. Ordering can be done at the Retro-RR website.
- Kawasaki ZXR750 H1: the original ’89 missile tested
- Products: all the best upgrades for your 80s and 90s superbikes
- Columnists: including Niall Mackenzie, James Whitham and Davide Tardozzi
- 1988 French GP: a ferocious battle as told by Michael Scott
- 1998 Sugo WSBK: Gordon Ritchie on the season finale showdown
- 1992 TT: Norton’s no-hoper makes history with Hizzy
- 2000 Donington BSB: Stu Barker relives one of racing’s most bitter rivalries
- Harley-Davidson VR1000: upsetting the AMA applecart
- Objects of Desire: One man’s leather obsession
- Massimo Tamburini: motorcycling’s Michelangelo
- Garage: ’92 Honda CBR900RR, ’98 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD, 1997 Triumph Daytona and 1999 Yamaha YZF-R6 — bought, fettled, and thrashed in Wales
- Honda RC30: the history of a legend… and a spin in the Italian Alps
- Frankie Chili: a profile of one of the most charismatic racers of the 90s
- Classic TT: Why you need to see it to believe it
We are not sure if the motorcycle industry is prepared to support such a niche pursuit, but we love the fact that Retro-RR is giving this segment a go.
The adage might be that “print is dead” but we have said many times before that there is a strong case for quality content that sits well on a shelf once you have consumed. It’s great to hear someone echoing those words. We wish them the best of luck.
Source: Retro-RR website