Although the term cafe racer initially started as a slur against the riders, it’s now worn as a badge of pride – with many second, third and fourth generation motorcyclists grabbing their clip-ons and setting off from the local cafe. Now you can own your own piece of cafe racer history.
Café Racers traces café racer motorcycles from their origins in the mid-twentieth century all the way into modern times, where the style has made a recent comeback in North America and Europe alike, through the museum-quality portraiture of top motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter and the text of motorcycle culture expert Paul d’Orléans.
Chronologically illustrated with fascinating historical photography, the book travels through the numerous ever-morphing and unique eras of these nimble, lean, light, and head-turning machines. Café Racers visually celebrates a motorcycle riding culture as complex as the vast array of bikes within it.
Cafe Racers: Speed, Style, and Tone-Up Culture is available online through Amazon.