High-Tech Italian Cafe Racer Inspired By John Britten

CR&S Motorcycles (an acronym of Cafe Racers & Superbikes) is an Italian company whose original founders (Roberto Crepaldi & Carlo Talamo) were inspired by a meeting with legendary John Britten that led them to build the CR&S Britten V1000 a very successful creation competing throughout the world. Following the death of John Britten, the CR&S team stopped its racing activities, and conceived the first prototype bearing the CR&S brand, a basic single-cylinder road bike built by RACECO in UK and in 2004 the company launched the CR&S “Vun” during the Intermot German Show.

Two models, single and dual cylinders (Vun and Duu) and multiple dress options, hand built and argeted to an elite of bikers with a lot of Euros and looking for the ultimate riding pleasure in a light bike with beautiful aesthetics. Each unit is somewhat different because each client is authorized to give his input on materials and details at the time he orders. In which category to put the CR&S? The company affirms that it belongs to none. So, they created their own that they call “Mistostretto”, a word that only Italian builders can understand because it can’t be translated in any language. Enjoy the pictures…CR&S Motorcycles.

23 Responses to “High-Tech Italian Cafe Racer Inspired By John Britten”

  1. 1 hoyt Apr 12th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    This is the Duu, as in 2 cylinders.
    The Vun is the single

  2. 2 Keith Stone & Kiki Apr 12th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Almost looks like the new Ducati…. looks good

  3. 3 Brother T Apr 12th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    It’s the first cafe racer that has really ever done anything for me. Just gorgeous.

  4. 4 Mike Apr 12th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Damn, now I have to wipe up drool from my keyboard. That thing is georgous!

  5. 5 DUHL Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:39 pm


  6. 6 fluke Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    the Vun and Duu are two completely separate models, not 2 versions of the same bike.

    I saw a Duu at a bike show well over a year ago now and fell in love. American muscle, Italian flair. I am seriously thinking of buying one now business is picking up.

    the price point is awesome too.

  7. 7 Kelley Apr 12th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I could abuse this one. Awesome look.

  8. 8 Hondo Cat Apr 12th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    It’s nice see more and more builders use the relatively new S&S Cycle X-Wedge engine. Not sure what the cubic inches are but it does look nice in that frame.

  9. 9 colemanfu Apr 12th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    That deal is nasty!
    I bet the V-twin has some GRUNT.

  10. 10 jag1046 Apr 12th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I see MV Agusta Brutale, Confederate, Ducati, S&S a little V-Max and some B-King Lots of Very Nice influences all put together…

  11. 11 Arie Apr 12th, 2011 at 5:41 pm


  12. 12 nicker Apr 12th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    VERY nice indeed.


  13. 13 Sid Apr 13th, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Agree. It really looks like Ducati! but all the same it is beautiful bike…

  14. 14 Fred Apr 13th, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Reminds me of the Ecosse, too long and heavy to be a contender against a Ducati or MV Agusta.

  15. 15 Bleeding Ears Apr 13th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Not only is it keen, it’s Cugot.

    I like loud pipes.

  16. 16 martin Twofeather Apr 13th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    There is no words for that except where can I buy it locally……………

  17. 17 Chris Apr 14th, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I’m sorry but that is the goofiest looking bike I think I’ve ever seen. Quit trying to make a statement and just build something that works. Just my opinion…

  18. 18 Sportster Mike Apr 14th, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I think Wakan have already done all this – a lot better too
    and that uses an S&S engine too…

  19. 19 fluke Apr 14th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    The Wakan is now out of production and cost about 15,000$ more There are still a few unsold Roadsters in dealers. Stylingwise they are chalk and cheese. The Wakan really goes up head to head with the Ducati Diavel type bikes which are half the cost, more powerful and much better handling. It is a tough market segment.

    I keep hearing rumours of a new Wakan model though.

  20. 20 JZ Apr 14th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Bravo Giovanni! It’s incredible. -JZ

  21. 21 nicker Apr 14th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    “…build something that works…”

    Well, it probably “works” better than 70 inches of wheel based on a 300 rear tire….. (???)


  22. 22 roadoiler Apr 18th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    a great effort but most likely John Britten would not be impressed.

    If you were to view his V twin and this bike, side by side, there is just no comparison.

  23. 23 road rash Apr 18th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I hate to be the one to say so but, that is the furtherest thing from being a cafe racer, every one thinks you can just attach a cafe seat on any bike and it becomes a CAFE RACER, do your homework before you build and waste your time and money….

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