So what exactly is a café racer? – motorcycle folklore would have it that a café racers were born in the late 1950’s, and were a peculiarly British concept. Rock and Roll loving Teddy Boys, followed later by the Rockers of the 1960’s converted their roadster style bikes into loose replicas of the motorcycles ridden by contemporary racing heroes such as Hailwood, Surtees and Minter and combined with what was then a thriving coffee bar culture, would often (illegally!) race between café’s on their modified bikes. Usually sporting clip on style handlebars, rearset footrests and controls, aluminium fuel tanks and mudguards, plus straight through exhaust pipes that often sailed perilously close to legality, popular bikes including BSA, Triumph, Norton and even more exotic machines such as Vincents were fair game when it came to café racer conversions.
Cafe Racers For Sale
Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer 2016 Royal Enfield Continental GT Cafe Racer 156 Miles Red 0 Manual
Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight XL 1200X Custom Roland Sands Inspired Cafe Racer Complete Custom Fuel Tank Seat Rear Fender Chin
2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R Sportster - Pro Build - Custom - Roland Sands Tribute - HD Title
1966 BSA Lightning Rocket A65 1966 BSA Lightning Rocket, CLEAN, Beautiful, STRONG 650CC Cafe MOTORCYCLE TON UP
2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster 2011 Customized Harley Davidson Sportster Iron XL883N Bobber Tracker Cafe Racer
Though the style had largely faded away by the seventies, the scene is once again flourishing among retro and classic motorcycle fans and several major manufacturers offer café racer models in their range.