Lets go back in time, and imagine you are a hard rocker in the 1960’s. You are planning to meet your group outside your big city, so you put your heaviest leather jacket, your hard boots, jeans and mount your Racer bike.
Rockers love loud noises, rebel look, and to pass the image that no one can tell them what to do, they don’t even know the meaning of forbidden sign .
You get on your bike with the most beautiful look for racing the streets and go to the Ace Cafe near London, there you will gang up with other rockers and show you revolution against the social norms of those days.
Your bike is your reflection, so you had to modify and rebuild according to your feel and taste. Open mufflers could take you to almost 160 km/h from the Ace cafe to the next roundabout and back until the track of the music in the jukebox ended. This is the born of the Cafe Racer bikes model name.
The typical ones are mainly one to three cylinders from English manufacturers like Triumph or Norton who build the famous engines called the Tritons and Norvins, being followed by some Japanese brands like the Yamaha SR400 (featured image).
This is an excellent base for you to start if planning to build your own cafe racer. Get the focus that you will need a big single lamp in front, a large gas tank, and one or two single seat.
No mirrors allowed!
After the decline of the motorcycle industry in Great Britain, other manufacturers started to enter the Cafe Racer Style, so, today we have the BMW RnineT as an example for this bike styles.
This year, Ducati with the Scrambler Cafe Racer start playing the record in the jukebox again.
The Ace Day is celebrated on the 25th of June since the reopening of the Ace Cafe in 2001 in London, and now it is spread by other locations around the globe where you can meet your old friends and go with the movement.
In our days you can also see some gentleman riding these bike models, with some very good taken care beards and open helmets going on a weekend trip with their friends, but still miss the rebel stamp that created these awesome bikes.
Once again, lets go for that coffee?