What if a Cafe Racer actually raced? Some friends of ours in New Jersey intend to find out. They’re building a “rat cafe” out of an old Royal Enfield 500 and intend to ride it to Mid-Ohio for some proper vintage racing.

“Can we build a Royal Enfield Bullet ( which, let's face it, has a dubious reputation for durability on a good day) that is street legal and registered, yet can go like hell on the track? Asks Leon Stanley. “Can it be made to hold together? Can we do it on a very limited budget and race competitively against well-funded and better pedigreed teams? Can we raise the game even higher? Forgo trailering the bike to and from the track, and ride the damn thing? Truly conjure the spirit of Post-War British motorcycling and club racing?”

“The name hit like a lightning bolt. “Project Badger”. A Badger: cranky, mean, stubborn, fearless. Most assuredly- badass. And not particularly pretty.”

You can help the team make this happen by visiting their Kickstarter page.

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