What Is a Cafe' Racer?


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A café racer is a type of modified motorcycle popularized in 1960’s England. Café racers were so-named because they were designed to race from a café to some other predetermined destination.

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Early café racers had a standardized look and shared specifications. Some of the typical specifications included swept-back pipes, larger carburetors, clip-on’s or “Ace” bars, reverse cone megaphone mufflers (Mega’s), rear seats and TT100 Dunlop tires. These modifications helped motorcycle owners transform affordable bikes into racing machines that could reach up to 100 mph.

According to legend, riders would select a record on the café jukebox and try to race from the café to another destination and back before the record finished.

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