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June 30, 2012 at 8:51 PM

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Cafe Racer, rat bike and vintage motorcycle owners gather at Backfire Moto


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Todd Werny takes a break from Backfire Moto, a monthly meet-up in Ballard dedicated to Cafe Racers, rat bikes and vintage motorcycles. "Seattle has one of the most flourishing Cafe Racer scenes in the world," said Werny, one of three organizers. The Cafe Racer bike culture, imported from England in the 1960s, centers around riding from cafe to cafe on stripped-down, affordable bikes built for performance and style. The event draws hundreds of bikers of all types. It's mostly a social event for owners of this genre of overlooked bikes. Backfire is held on the third Wednesday of the month on the corner of 17th Avenue Northwest and Leary Avenue Northwest. "It's a punk rock, DIY thing," he said.

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Backfire Moto, a monthly meet-up for Cafe Racers, rat bikes and vintage motorcycles started four years ago in Ballard by organizers Sean Dunlap, Sean Westlake and Todd Werny.

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A portrait of Joe Maddeline is taken at Backfire Moto, a monthly meet-up in Ballard dedicated Cafe Racers, rat bikes and vintage motorcycles.

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Cafe Racer bikes can be recognized for their low handlebars and rear set of foot controls.

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Malia Hunter, in hat, watches a crowd of hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts outside the 2 Bit Saloon and Shelter Lounge during Backfire Moto. The event is also held at Northwest Peaks Brewery and Hilliards Brewery.

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Backfire Moto attracts bikers with alternative ideas and a DIY mentality according to Todd Werny, one of the organizers.

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Backfire Moto events often attract people with alternative tastes in art, music and ideas.

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Doug Riedner, a member of the Cretins MC, attends Backfire Moto. The Cretins MC is the only Cafe Racer motorcycle club in Seattle, and one of the first ones in the country. Cretins MC will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this November.

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A crowd gathers at Backfire Moto in Ballard earlier this year. During the summer months, the event draws up to 500 and 600 attendees.

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Joe Maddeline attends Backfire Moto, a monthly meet-up in Ballard dedicated to Cafe Racers, rat bikes and vintage motorcycles.

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Henry Reed, of Lake Forest Park, prepares to leave Backfire Moto on his 1973 French VeloSolex. Backfire Moto draws in owners of a wide variety of bikes, including vintage mopeds and scooters.

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Midnight Forsythe, second from right, talks with Fixer Forthoffer outside the 2 Bit Saloon during Backfire Moto. The men are members of the Jolly Rogers Motorcycle Club.

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A motorcyclist leaves Backfire Moto earlier this year in Ballard. The event is free to the public. For more information visit their webpage.

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