Cafe Racer is a style of customized motorcycle. It is used for short distances and not for road trips. It is customized for highs speeds and good handling and wheeling rather than comfort. Moreover, riders tent to customize these motorcycles as light as possible!
It was first used by some British bikers in the the early 1960s. The term derived exactly for the purpose of this bike where the bikes were used for quick and shorts between cafés in the city. First rider team who used that term was the Rocker or “Ton-Up Boys“.
“Cracking the ton on a classic. Not some carbon fiber shrouded super bullet, but a bike with some style, history and more momentum than a dual leading shoe can handle. It doesn’t have to be British (but it helps) and you don’t have to be a ROCKER.” by the Ton-UP Boys
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Of course, many of those guys started using Suzuki GN 125 and 250 for that purpose. Both models are easily adaptable and meet all the critirias so as to be customized into a cafe racer. Have a look in the best Suzuki GN 125 and 250 cafe racer list.
Motorcycle journalist Peter Egan was the first who suggested the term started on the 1960s. Also, American freelance writer Wallace Wyss in 1973, wrote that the term café racer was originally used derogatorily in Europe to describe a “motorcyclist who played at being an Isle of Man road racer” and was, in fact, “someone who owned a racy machine but merely parked it near his table at the local outdoor cafe.” Finally, in 2014, journalist Ben Stewart described the café racer as a “look made popular when European kids stripped down their small-displacement bikes to zip from one café hangout to another.
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In addition to light-weight, lightly-powered engine and minimalist bodywork, the café racer usually options distinctive the usual “applied science”. Low, slim handlebars – called clip-ons (two separate bars that bolt on to every fork tube), clubman or ace bars (one piece bars that attach to the quality mounting location however sink and forward) – enabled the rider to “tuck in”, reducing wind resistance and rising management. in conjunction with the rearward placed seat, the posture usually needed rearsets, or rear-set footrests and foot controls, once more typical of athletics motorcycles of the time. Distinctive or full race-style fairings were typically mounted to the forks or frame.
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Hey still there? Did you like them? I am more of scrambler guy :). But something about this bikes make me wanna start customizing mine! Be sure to check the other Suzuki GN styles!