What Are The Characteristics of A Cafe Race Bike?

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The cafe racer style is distinct- you can spot them from the appearance and hear them from a mile away. They are fast, aggressive, and raw motorcycles that became a representation of the carefree times of the 50s and 60s rock n roll scene. 


What Are The Characteristics of A Cafe Race Bike?


The standout feature of a cafe race bike is its stripped-back appearance. This stripped-back appearance reduces the weight of the bike, creating a faster, more nimble motorcycle. With the stripped-back appearance, the cafe race bike style has common characteristics across the range, including a single headlight, solo seat (often with a rear cowl for the racer appearance), rear sets (for optimal riding position), clipped-on (dropped) handlebars, a parallel twin engine, half or full race fairing, as well as plenty of black, leather, and rawness. These are the essential basics of the retro cafe racer style.


The cafe racer bike is retro that has previously always had a focus on style rather than performance. Nowadays a cafe race bike can be enhanced with modern reliability while still maintaining the authenticity of the look. The modern version of cafe racers keeps to the original stripped-back style but with some customisations to enhance the performance and comfort of the ride. Some of the customisations allow for a more comfortable riding position while others add more bark to the bike.  


The cafe racer style is a classic British look from the 1950s. The stripped-back version allows for a no-frills bike. That means the only thing built on from the essentials are the things that will make your ride easier and more comfortable. Cafe racers are ideal for whipping around busy city streets, hammering through traffic in style, and gunning it along the open road. Some are built with more power while others are built for their aggression and all are built for that badass style. Mutt Motorcycles keep to the classic British style of the cafe racer while enhancing them with modern customisation to create your ideal bike. Contact Mutt Motorcycles for more information.

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