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Cafe , in my view, is a style of bike and style of ridding. A fast bike, made faster with simple modifications, because originally cafe racers were not rich kids buying the latest fad, but real motorcycle ridders making their bikes faster for fun in the city and country roads. Less weight, less accesories, aerodynamic posture for speed, a leather jacket for protection.

Cafe is a spirit, and a style. And it is a way of life , in the sense that a cafe ridder uses his bike every day, and tries modifications geared towards speed and swiftness. It is not about money, the best modern bikes, but about learning how to ride fast, ridding skills, and a bike that will adapt to speed and performance.

Perhaps, yes, the original cafe racers were european, but this is one world, and the spirit of the cafe racer will go around the globe, adapting to the motorcycles and conditions, as well as people it encounters around the planet.

I can see there is a clear difference between a cafe racer ridder, who lives with the spirit of it, and the show offs "looking good" kind of guys, I mean, specifically, the guys with brand new road bikes with leather full suits that match the color of the bike.....and all that corny stuff.....that is nauseating.....<img src=icon_smile_dead.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Psyco Driver 69.
I like your car, I am fixing up my own classic car, my equivalent cafe car...if there is anything like that...
It is a 74 Datsun 610......

Currently I am getting it painted the original Orange factory color. I saved some bucks, I am working omn it.....it will come around really nice.

Modifications in sight, dual DCOE sidedraft carburetors, headers and cam.

It will come around pretty good.



Cafe racer DOHC CB750F

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<<Cafe , in my view, is a style of bike and style of ridding. A fast bike, made faster with simple modifications, because originally cafe racers were not rich kids buying the latest fad, but real motorcycle ridders making their bikes faster for fun in the city and country roads. Less weight, less accesories, aerodynamic posture for speed, a leather jacket for protection.>>


you could almost substitute "choppers" in there. how many times have i read that same thing in the old iron horse magazine?

jc
You could replace the work cafe ridders with choppers , I believe some chopper guys are not into cruising, but into ridding as fast as their bikes permit, with a difference though, they look for ape bars,long and tall front ends...flashy paint jobs....and their ridding practices are different, swiftness and cornering is not their thing.

The similarity resides in the determination to follow a philosophy.Cafe racer is not the only motorcycle movement there is, it is one of several. In europe, there is Vespa riders.....yes, sounds corny, but there is one, and some of those ridders do not fit the common description of a nice kid on a Vespa , it is meaner men, yes, kind of derranged to play the mean kid on a Vespa....but I can see that was the product of european streets, small, narrow,no real need for a monster big bore bike......
In Asian countries, you can find the equivalent to Cafe racers in small bikes. Due to economic problems , govermental constraints, what ever the real reason, those asian guys ride 125's, 175's ... a 250 is a big bike there. The Honda 50 is still made and sold over there ....and there are cafe racers in small bikes, making those small bikes meaner and more corner ready.
It is a frame of mind, it progresses, evolutionises with the bikes and people it seeds in around the world.

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