Cafe racer

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Born out of the 1950’s in the UK the name Cafe racer derives from the biker clubs and gangs that used to gather and congregate in Cafe and race along the roads and duel carriage ways around the UK, the most famous to lend its name to this genre of bike was the Ace Cafe in London.

Lean, simple and dirty (in the cleanest sense) these bikes from the likes of Triumph and Norton were no frills machines and were built for speed unlike our American cousins with their “chopper” bikes all chrome, extended front forks and raised handle bars the racers had very little if any chrome and with no frills!

These bikes now have a huge following of which I’m a big fan their appeal (for me anyway) is in their raw, lean and dirty mean look! you won’t find any bells and chrome whistles on these machines!