Eastern Spirit's Suzuki GS550 cafe racer

The Cafe Racer’s Not Dead: Eastern Spirit’s Suzuki GS550

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Whether you’re looking at new releases from manufacturers, or the custom scene, there’s an overwhelming bias towards scramblers right now. But a well-executed cafe racer still revs our motors—and this classy Suzuki GS550 from Eastern Spirit Garage just sent us into overdrive. So far, we’ve only seen cafe racers from the Polish workshop. But Eastern…

Suzuki GS 550 cafe racer by Eastern Spirit Garage.

Mixing It Up: A Suzuki GS 550 cafe racer from Poland

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We all know that the cafe racer originated in Britain—but these days, the bikes themselves are just as likely to be Japanese. And one of the best Japanese cafe racers we’ve seen lately comes from…Poland. This fine example of cross-pollination comes from Lukas and Sylwester of Eastern Spirit Garage. The boys keep a fairly low…

Custom Honda CX500 by Eastern Spirit Garage.

The Pursuit of Perfection: Eastern Spirit’s CX500

Three years ago, Poland’s Eastern Spirit Garage exploded onto the custom scene with one of the best Honda CX500s ever built. Its immaculate lines even inspired automotive designer Charlie Trelogan to write a hugely popular guide, How To Build A Cafe Racer. Lukas and Sylwester from Eastern Spirit are now back with another Honda CX500,…

A stunning Suzuki GS750 built by Eastern Spirit Garage.

The Suzuki GS750, revisited

In the mid-70s, Suzuki was reeling from the disastrous RE5 rotary episode, and bet the house on a new 4-stroke inline four. The GS750 was an immediate hit with journalists and riders alike: “The quickest and best-handling 750 on the market,” raved Cycle World. So why don’t we see more of them on the custom…

Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

Charlie Trelogan’s insightful piece on café racer design emphasized the importance of good lines. No one understands this concept more than Poland’s Eastern Spirit Garage:…

Honda CX500 custom

The Honda CX500 is not the prettiest of motorcycles. Launched in 1978 and produced for just five years, it attracted a wide range of uncomplimentary…