Custom Cafe Motorcycles
Café racer BSA A65 in a Café Ace
Triton café racer with a triumph engine in frame Norton Featherbed
A café racer (/ ˈkæf/KAF, more often/ˈkæfeɪ/KAF-ay) is a lightweight, simple powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling rather than comfort and fast ride in a short distance. with the bodywork and inspection layouts to remember the early 1960’s Grand Prix racing bike street bike, café racer noted for the minimalism of their visual, featuring handlebars low-Mount, seat leading the cowling and elongated fuel tank – and often knee-grips the indentation in the fuel tank.
The origins of the café racer
The term flourished among fans of British motorcycles in the early 1960s came from Watford and London, the more Rocker or “Ton-Up Boys” subculture where the Bikes are used for short, quick rides between cafés, in Watford in the cafe bother the bees and the Ace Café in London. in Britain post-war, car ownership is still rare, however, the end of the 1950s, Britons can usually car shopping, so that the beginning of the 1960s café racer meaning that the bike has stopped by to represent the speed, status and rebellion, not merely the inability to car shopping.
In 2014, journalist Ben Stewart described the café racer as a “look contrived famous when European children stripped down Bike small-displacement them to the zip comes from the streets of one of the other cafes. “write  in 1973, Wallace Wyss is maintained café racer term prefixes used in Europe to describe a “motorcyclist who played at the Isle of Man road racer to be” the “someone who owned the machine excited but just parked near the table in the cafe a local. ”
1962 AJS 7R 350cc racing Bike, with features that many imitated by café racer
BSA Gold Star 500 café racer
In addition to the light weight, the Machine is set and minimalist bodywork, the café racer typically have ergonomics that are typical. Drop the Bar low, narrow handlebars (called “clip-ons”) – allows the rider to “tuck in”, reducing wind drag and add control. Together with the chair located to the back, posture is often necessary rearsets, or footrests rear-sets and foot screening, re-typical motor racing era. typical 1/2 or full style race fairings sometimes mounted to the forks or frame.
Mick Walker show that the specifications of a typical café racer the beginning will be: swept-back pipes, low-Mounted clip-on handlebars or Bar ‘Ace’, reverse cone megaphone mufflers, Tires TT100 Dunlop, rear sets, and a bigger carburetor (often with a trumpet inlet than eve filter)..
The bike featured a minimalist model, the Engine is tuned for speed and responsive handling. A typical example is “Triton”, combined homemade machine Triumph Bonneville in the frame Norton Featherbed. A less common hybrid is the “Tribsa” which has the machine’s Triumph in the frame of the duplex the BSA. Café racer hybrid other also “NorVin” (a Vincent V-Twin engine in the frame Featherbed), and a bike with a racing frame Rickman or Seeley.