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shoturtle Jan 23, 2010 7:40 PM

Cafe Racer
 
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This is a nice cafe racer on display, like the throw back paint job

Hards80 Jan 23, 2010 11:08 PM

very interesting bike. just for curiosity, what is the term Cafe Racer for?

shoturtle Jan 23, 2010 11:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Hards80 (Post 1043632)
very interesting bike. just for curiosity, what is the term Cafe Racer for?

Cafe racing was something that started in England in the 50'-60's. They were english built bikes, that riders uses to race from on cafe to another cafe. They would put a coin in a play a song at one cafe, race to the next one before the song ended. Their bikes were very personalize.

So modern Cafe racers are pretty much retro style bikes from that era, that has a racing style to it. You can tell cafe racer bikers style by the warn leather jackets with racing stripe and half helmets with googles. It is vintage looking, with a european flare. No Harleys.;)

Pretty much the modern day cafe racers are the triumph thruxton and scrambler, ducati's 1000 GT and the moto guzzi 750 classic and sport.

Hards80 Jan 23, 2010 11:20 PM

oh interesting, i had never heard of that before. learn something every day.

shoturtle Jan 23, 2010 11:24 PM

there are couple of members that are motorcycle encyclopedia's, and I thought I knew allot about motorcycles.

VTphotog Jan 27, 2010 8:38 AM

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Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1043638)
Cafe racing was something that started in England in the 50'-60's. They were english built bikes, that riders uses to race from on cafe to another cafe. They would put a coin in a play a song at one cafe, race to the next one before the song ended. Their bikes were very personalize.

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The way I heard it was that they would race from pub to pub, with the last one to arrive buying the round, but not drinking. This tended to even things up for the next run. Of course, today, that is completely politically incorrect to even mention.:shakehead:

brian

shoturtle Jan 27, 2010 9:08 AM

It all started supposedly at the Ace cafe in england. That is why "cafe" is in the name.

lesmore49 Jan 27, 2010 6:48 PM

There's a good movie, made back in the early '60's called The Leather Boys ......with Rita Tushingham and Dudley Sutton . It's not all about motorcycles, but motorcycles, cafe racing, the Ace Cafe, the clothes, culture, the British scene, etc...are all featured. Good movie.

Here's a review.

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source...ypa13cC2Q2OI6Q

bhammitt Feb 6, 2010 8:34 AM

Those are great looking bikes!! Thanks for info, pretty cool!!

Bob

shoturtle Feb 6, 2010 9:46 PM

Thanks bhammitt


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